One Piece Odyssey is around the corner, bringing a brand new story to fans of the anime and manga series. One Piece has received many video game renditions in the past. These range from unique entries like the fighting game One Piece: Burning Blood to Koei Tecmo’s several Pirate Warriors hack-and-slash spin-offs.
With Odyssey, developer ILCA, Inc. brings a JRPG experience to modern console and PC platforms. As with many games going forward, titles have skipped a Nintendo Switch version for one reason or another. That said, how does series creator Eiichiro Oda’s latest game fare in that regard?
One Piece Odyssey will not be available on Nintendo Switch
Unfortunately, the game is only coming to the PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S platforms. It was confirmed last year that there were no plans for a Nintendo Switch version, as the developers wanted to focus on their intended target platforms. But that doesn’t mean we won’t see a port in the future.
So far, a handful of modern One Piece console releases have made their way to the Nintendo Switch. An example includes Pirate Warriors 4, first released in 2020 on the portable console along with PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Other modern JRPGs also eventually received versions for Big N’s console, such as Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. However, technical concerns are also valid as the Nintendo Switch is a less capable platform due to its portable and somewhat restrictive nature.
After all, the Odyssey has an ARM-based Tegra X1 SoC, first released in 2015 for the Nvidia Shield TV Android home console. However, the game looks like a simple Unreal Engine 4 game that doesn’t push any graphical boundaries. We’ve also seen many impressive renders on the Nintendo Switch using Epic Games’ popular engine, such as Vampyr.
The fact that Odyssey is developed by ILCA – the same team responsible for the Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl games – means they already have the knowledge to create games for the hybrid machine. Fans just need to ask the publisher for a release on Switch, as producer Katsuaki Tsuzuki has suggested that the team will look into the matter if there is enough demand.
Are there other games like One Piece Odyssey on Nintendo Switch?
While One Piece Odyssey is not available on Switch, gamers can find alternatives in the genre. It’s a turn-based JRPG with a focus on party management and exploration. Here are some examples found on the platform:
- Dragon Quest XI S – Echoes of an Elusive Age: Developed and published by Square Enix, it is the latest entry in the long-running fantasy JRPG series. Become a Luminary, meet new friends and battle powerful enemies on your quest to stop evil.
- Shin Megami Tensei V: The most ambitious MegaTen game to date, Shin Megami Tensei V is an all-new post-apocalyptic narrative centered around the supernatural. After teaming up with the deity Aogami to become Nahobino, the protagonist finds himself in a battle between angels and demons.
- Monster Hunter Stories 2 – Wings of Ruin: Stories 2 is a turn-based spin-off of Capcom’s iconic action-RPG Monster Hunter series, and sees players embark on a perilous journey to find the source of a mysterious rage engulfing the local monsters that are driving them mad.
One Piece Odyssey is coming on January 13, 2023.