When it comes to Nintendo, they have just about every kind of gaming genre on their systems. Platformers, action games, adventure games, racing titles, fighting titles, and of course, various forms of RPGs. However, the one genre that has rarely graced a Nintendo platform is the MMORPG. There have been “kind of” MMO games, like Xenoblade Chronicles X, but the only “full” one (that we know of) was Dragon Quest X, and even then, that was only in Japan. This trend may continue though, as Phantasy Star Online 2 is also coming, but only for Japan.
In fact, Phantasy Star Online 2 will be the first MMORPG on the Nintendo Switch, which of course could lead to many interesting possibilities should it do well. Even if it’s only in Japan. Funnily enough, the game itself has had a massive following ever since its arrival on SEGA Dreamcast, and through that following has been ported to other systems, but none ever made it to America.
But let’s assume it does well, comes overseas, and does well there. Will this open up the gates to other MMORPGs? Well, it’s very possible. If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know that Final Fantasy XIV has been rumored to be coming to Nintendo Switch (as well as Xbox One), but nothing definitive has been announced yet. What’s more, Blizzard has said that World of Warcraft could come, but likely won’t for management (game management) reasons.
There are of course other MMORPGS that could crossover. Black Desert Online is a great example. It crossed over to the Xbox One, so why not the Switch?
The real question though is about whether the Switch can handle it. It’s kind of untested, and thus Phantasy Star Online 2 will be the measuring stick of sorts to see how well it does, and whether others should follow.