MLB The Show 21: Nintendo Switch release looks unlikely

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This past week, Sony San Diego officially announced MLB The Show 21, confirming the long-awaited news that this year’s baseball sim will be on platforms outside the PlayStation family of consoles. This year’s game will be available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One — officially ending PlayStation’s exclusivity for the best baseball game on the market.

The announcement wasn’t too surprising considering the multiyear partnership extension between Sony, Sony San Diego, MLB and the MLB Players Association — announced in December 2019 — essentially confirmed MLB The Show would be coming to “additional console platforms beyond PlayStation platforms as early as 2021.” What we didn’t know at the time was exactly which consoles it would be coming to.

Now we know it’s PlayStation and Xbox with Nintendo and PC seemingly left out in the cold — at least for the time being.  The lack of a Nintendo Switch announcement was somewhat surprising to me considering Nintendo of America was one of the companies to respond to the news of MLB The Show going multiplatform, but it really shouldn’t have been too unexpected.

The Nintendo Switch is a considerably less powerful console than the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Even more so when compared to the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X. And when comparing it to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S — which was probably the focus for MLB The Show 21 — well, forget about it.

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Unless Sony San Diego is planning to release some watered-down version of this year’s game (which I doubt they are), then we can probably safely assume that MLB The Show 21 will not be coming to the Nintendo Switch.

Even the current FAQ for MLB The Show 21 explicitly names the platforms this year’s game will be available on, and there’s no mention of the Switch.

Will the series ever come to the Nintendo platform? I suppose it’s possible, one day — like if Nintendo ever releases the rumored Nintendo Switch Pro. But as it currently stands, I wouldn’t expect MLB The Show to ever release on the current Nintendo Switch hardware.