Nintendo continues to do things the right way with their commitment to bringing in mature ports for their latest release, the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo has always largely been a relatively wholesome and family-focused company, but they are starting to open their eyes to older gamers who grew up with their systems and are looking for a more mature experience. This has led Nintendo to work hard to expand their library with high-quality ports of classic games. Among those classic and mature ports are ‘Skyrim’ and ‘Doom’ and now ‘GTA 5’ is getting added to the list.
Okay, so Nintendo hasn’t officially added the title to their list of ports yet but rumors are increasingly circulating which makes gamers of all stripes increasingly interested and excited. Nintendo has been pushing more and more toward becoming a full third-party partner and adding titles ‘GTA 5’ from companies like Rockstar is pretty much the peak of what could be their porting process. Of course, had you brought up the idea of a GTA title on a Nintendo console, not through emulation, we would have scoffed at the prospect. GTA is about as non-family friendly as you are going to find in the wide world of gaming and that means that Nintendo would had to have shifted their marketing techniques in a big way. Yet here we are and it is looking all the more possible.
Still, there are some hurdles in the way of this becoming a reality and a few of them may not be obvious at first glance. The first hurdle that Nintendo would have to clear with a port is the issue of memory. GTA 5 is a monolithic game and the Switch only has a 32GB internal HDD. Nintendo has plans to address this in 2019 when they release their 64 GB HDD but that won’t happen for a while now. The second sticking point, and likely the biggest, is how Nintendo would handle GTA Online which is essentially the only reason the title is still popular. Still, we’re at a point where anything is believable and our fingers are crossed.