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Direct The giveaway stream spiked just hours ago, and despite knowing we’d be disappointed, some of us at Nintendo Life tune in, hoping to hear about the games coming to the Switch. Balan Wonderworld was introduced, but we already knew that, and the only other Switch game was Bubble Bobble 4 Friends, which came out to console in 2019, but is eventually releasing for PC as well.
All in all, a bit disappointing for us Nintendo kids, but … well, we already knew it would be. You can’t always get what you want, as the Rolling Stones would say. But out of all the omissions, we wonder once again: Why isn’t Life Is Strange on the Nintendo Switch?
There hasn’t been much news on that front since DONTNOD, the French studio that made Life is Strange 1 and 2 (but not the Before the Storm prequel, and not the new game, Life Is Strange: True Colors), told GameSpot on 2019 that “they would love to see Life is Strange and Life is Strange 2 on this console,” but that was Square Enix’s decision. Now that the American studio Deck Nine has the reins of the series, it is even less clear what will happen.
However, late last month, a poster on the ResetEra video game forum leaked a ton of information about the games that turned out to be true, following today’s presentation from Square Enix. They knew the title and correctly identified the Asian-American leader, as well as the main mechanics of the game, so it’s safe to say they got their information from a good source.
Regarding the Switch versions, the leaker, known only as “Bing,” had the following to say:
“Life is Strange 1 is transferring to the Switch. I’m not sure if the second and BtS will migrate as well, but I imagine they would. The ports should be advertised every time LiS 3 is advertised.”
But that hasn’t turned out to be true so far, unfortunately. In all likelihood, they are you’re probably working on it, but due to COVID, it might take a little longer. There’s even a chance that they’ll announce it shortly after I publish this article, and I’ll have to eat my hat.
But why has it taken so long to get Life Is Strange on Switch? I’m not being ungrateful, there are a ton of great indies available on console here, and trust me, I don’t need other game to add to my ever-growing pile of shame – it seems like such an obvious home for a game that it’s a small town story focused on queer teen narrative.
After all, Nintendo has long been the place to find small town stories in Harvest Moon, narrative-heavy games like Ace Attorney, and heartwarming LGBTQ games like Stardew Valley, Spiritfarer, Night in the Woods, and Monster Prom. Sure, some of those games didn’t originate on the Switch, but they fit quite well.
The lack of Life is Strange on the Switch feels so strange that I often have to remind myself that I can’t write about it in Nintendo Life. Apparently we only cover Nintendo news, although that hasn’t stopped me from talking about Valheim every week on “What Are You Playing” as if Big Viking is paying me.
In the meantime, I guess I’ll have to be content with my real life as a bisexual woman.
with superpowers living in a small town on the coast. Although I suppose I will have to learn to play guitar.