League of Legends: Wild Rift is a perfect fit for the Nintendo Switch

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League of Legends: Wild Rift is finally launching its open beta in North America this week. At some point after the game fully launches, Riot Games will begin focusing on the console version of this League of Legends spinoff.

We don’t know what consoles the game will release for just yet, although Riot hinted that it was the usual major players, Sony and Xbox. While it’s almost a certainty Wild Rift will come to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S (possibly PS4 and Xbox One as well), it’s hard to ignore just how perfect it seems for the Nintendo Switch.

The concept of Wild Rift is basically League of Legends — a popular competitive MOBA game on PC — combined with the accessibility and social play of mobile devices. Of the big three major consoles, the Nintendo Switch best fits the bill as it’s home to numerous competitive games (Fortnite, Super Smash Bros., Splatoon, etc.) as well as a hybrid console that you can take with you on-the-go.

If we’re talking mobility, no one does it better than the Nintendo Switch, as you can literally undock it and take it from your living room to wherever. I guess the only snag is that playing a game like League of Legends: Wild Rift will require an internet connection, so whereas it’s possible to play on mobile devices using your cell network, the Switch would require a WiFi connection.

But still, there’s no reason why Wild Rift wouldn’t work on the Switch. The minimum device specs for iOS and Android are on the low end, so the Switch could easily run the game smoothly. And the game is optimized to not drain battery life, so you don’t have to worry about playing in handheld mode.

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Beyond the ease of mobility with the Switch, the gameplay itself should translate just fine. Wild Rift utilizes dual-stick controls with abilities mapped to the various controller buttons. So if it can work on Xbox or PlayStation, it can work on Switch. If anything, the Switch has an advantage here as well as it also boasts a touchscreen.

I’d say it even has an advantage over mobile devices as well. Undocked you can use the kickstand to lean the screen upwards and then use the joy-cons as you would a normal controller. The switch is the best of both worlds — mobile and console — and I see no reason why Wild Rift shouldn’t come to it.

League of Legends: Wild Rift open beta launches in North America on March 29. Hopefully, we learn what consoles the game will be coming too shortly afterward.