Nintendo Would "Love" to See Red Dead Redemption 2 on the Switch

Nintendo Would "Love" to See Red Dead Redemption 2 on the Switch

Putting Red Dead Redemption 2 on the Switch would be like stuffing ten pounds of horsemeat into a one-pound bag, hoss.

Yesterday, Hollywood Reporter ran an interview with Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. Writer Patrick Shanley talks to Reggie about the Switch's sales success, the stunning amount of content in the recently-released Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and the possibility of seeing Red Dead Redemption 2 on the Switch.

Reggie tells Shanley he'd "love" for Red Dead Redemption 2 to hit the Switch but points out Rockstar's massive open-world cowboy adventure was in development long before Nintendo communicated openly about the Switch.

"[F]rom [Rockstar's] mentality, they need to move forward and finish the game they’ve been working on and then be in a position to look at other opportunities. Any game from a key third-party that’s coming out now, typically that development started well before any conversations about Nintendo Switch," Reggie says. "What happens moving forward? We’ll see. But that’s how you wind up with a situation with Red Dead not being available on our platform."

Another reason Red Dead Redemption 2 probably isn't coming to the Switch any time soon—and it's a reason Reggie understandably isn't going to offer up in an interview—is resources. Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of those games that makes my vanilla PlayStation 4 groan like an overburdened pack mule. Though the Switch is home to some great ports, even ports of last-gen games like Diablo III are scaled down a bit to run at a consistent frame rate. The Switch's portability is usually a worthwhile trade-off, though nobody wants to play a badly-ported game, portable or not. A Switch version of Red Dead Redemption 2 would have to be pared way down.

We live in interesting times where anything can (and does) happen, but I just don't see Red Dead Redemption 2 appearing on the Switch. Not unless Nintendo releases an upgraded version of the system—and to be fair, "Portable Red Dead Redemption 2" would be one heck of a pitch for a new Switch.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve,, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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