Nintendo Switch: 10 ports to look forward to for the rest of 2019

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#9. Grandia HD Collection

Portable systems are best for playing more traditional RPGs; it’s just true. So a console that functions as both a home console and a portable system is by default the best way to play a remastered classic RPG for sure. It’s just something about playing an older game on the couch, in your bed, in a car, anywhere that isn’t on your TV that has a certain appeal to it (possibly because even with an HD treatment the older games usually look sharper on those smaller screens).

Grandia and Grandia II are two of the greatest RPGs of the late 90s-early 2000s era of gaming and still hold up incredibly well. Grandia II has been available on PC for some time, but neither game has been available on a modern console (it’s available on PSN but do you want to dig out your PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita if you even still have those?).

The two Grandia games (there are more, but they aren’t worth putting in a collection, frankly) are being released in on HD collection for Nintendo Switch, PC and PS4. As I said previously, there’s just a certain appeal about playing either classic RPGs or RPGs that are in the classic vein on a portable system that works incredibly well. The entire history of Nintendo’s (and Sony’s, as well) portable lineage is packed with memorable, beloved RPGs while their bigger home console counterparts often got the shaft in terms of that genre.

We don’t have a specific release date on Grandia HD Collection, but we have been assured it is coming “soon,” and I will be downloading the minute it appears on the Nintendo Switch eShop the minute it appears.