Preview NieR Automata on Switch, the best Nintendo console port? – TGS 2022 on Switch

Preview NieR Automata on Switch, the best Nintendo console port? – TGS 2022

This month of October, the Switch will welcome two great masterpieces of modern J-RPG, both dating from 2017: Persona 5 and especially NieR: Automata. The latter will appear on October 6 on the hybrid console and was approached recently. So, new “miracle” port or a title too greedy for the Nintendo machine?

A little over five years after its release, do we still need to present NieR: Automata? Originally released on PC and PlayStation 4, this unique action-RPG / beat’em all / shoot’em up (cross out as appropriate) signed Platinum Games RECEIVES a whopping 19/20 complimentary to JV when it was released. After arriving on Xbox One with the subtitle “Become as Gods”, Yoko Tarō’s last game as a director was praised on many points, especially. its captivating story, its unique soundtrack and its ability to constantly reinvent itself, switching between several genres while maintaining an amazing overall balance. Only its technical weakness (60fps apart) is often pointed out, which makes it a hit an ideal client for the Nintendo Switch port, the console prefers titles that aren’t too greedy…

Preview the Terms

We got to test the first two “chapters” of Nier: Automata – The End of YoRHa Edition during the press event organized by Square-Enix in London. Our impressions come from this gaming session conducted on the Switch, both docked with a 4K screen (not necessarily the best option to do it justice) and on the go with an OLED model .


  • A portage project that is both ambitious and obvious
  • Performance and (especially) fluidity in the rendezvous
  • One of the best Switch ports, as far as its gameplay goes

A portage project that is both ambitious and obvious

Last June, during a high-flying Nintendo Direct “Partners Showcase”, the formalization of a Switch port of NieR: Automata was one of the best announcements of the event. I have to say that this edition is expected by many players knowing that the hybrid engine of Nintendo clearly able to run this title with limited technical claims. If this new edition turns out to be able to offer an HD resolution that isn’t too restrictive, and at least a fully consistent framerate of 30fps Astral Chain’s way (the studio’s game that’s been exclusive to Switch so far), so we’re fine with that, after all! It should also be noted that at a conference at the previous Tokyo Game Show, PlatinumGames teams announced that this production impressed Square Enix and that the idea of ​​a port of NieR: Automata would have come from there:

Performance and (especially) fluidity in the rendezvous

NieR Automata on Switch, the best Nintendo console port?  - TGS 2022

With NieR: Automata, the Switch welcomes another masterpiece, and in excellent conditions, moreover.

But what about once in the field? Well, it’s simple, we don’t cut corners: NieR: Automata is surprisingly stable on Switch, and even impressive in portable mode, especially in an OLED version that takes advantage of its display in black and white to sublimate these colors that are very much in the artistic direction of such a work. If the docked version confused us, mainly because of the inappropriate dimensions of the screen used that make the whole thing a bit thick, this “The End of YoRHa Edition” nevertheless guarantees a resolution of 1080p under these conditions (better than the 900p in the “fat” version of PS4!), and 720p on handheld, all at 30 stable frames per second! The framerate drops actually turned out to be more noticeable, to our delight, especially since NieR: Automata loves sequences with a lot of on-screen movement elements in its combat stages. Note that the game’s menus are very bright and full of inventiveness, even as it runs at 60fps.

NieR Automata on Switch, the best Nintendo console port?  - TGS 2022

Even in sequences full of effects and particles, the framerate is very stable on the Switch.

This is where our main surprise: such a nervous game should be completely fluid, and the amazing overall stability gives it sensations, hand pad, similar to the Astral Chain of its time . Technically, it’s very simple: the Switch never put NieR: Automata to shame, except in areas with large landscape distances where cutting can be painful. An obvious sacrifice (in a game that no longer lacks a scenario) to ensure a pleasant gaming experience, and which will nevertheless convince players to discover the masterpiece of Yoko Tarō and PlatinumGames… as well as those who already know the game. . To further address the latter with the concrete example of a technical concession, the stones of the chasm that separates the City of Ruins from the shopping center towards the forest are shown from a distance in low definition, before one approaches them and discovers their true meaning. In our experience, this is about the only price to pay to ensure a truly clean translation, but the title remains frankly beautiful, and above all, not worse than in 2017 on the first PS4 model.

Again, with this great port, YoRHa has a lot to do on the Switch.

NieR Automata on Switch, the best Nintendo console port?  - TGS 2022

One of the best Switch ports, as far as its gameplay goes

Finally, to fill it, and to our great surprise (once again!), this Switch version uses joy-con during confrontation sequences, to perform attacks or dodge. If this is another gadget, we would be grateful to see that the care given to this port extends to the controls that may be stupidly modeled on the so-called “superior” versions; But no, “The End of YoRHa” edition definitely wants to stand out and frankly it’s good. If we were able to admire before the almost miraculous qualities of adapting titles like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt or DOOM Eternal to Nintendo’s hybrid console, it is clear that Nier: Automata – The End of YoRHa Edition is still a cut above in terms of awesomeness. Admittedly, the original version was less technically impressive, but the challenge was no less dangerous.

Nier: Automata – The End of YoRHa Edition will be released for Nintendo Switch on October 6th.

NieR Automata on Switch, the best Nintendo console port?  - TGS 2022

Our impressions

If one is clearly not facing the best edition possible to play such a gem (because, yes, it is), what might be the final version of NieR: Automata is more honest in these conditions, whether to discover it or release it. again, as it deserves it. In a pinch, we can recommend that you favor the portable version if you have an OLED version of the console, but with more than two weeks of its release, we can’t wait to confirm these beautiful promises: as and it can’t be done. that only the beginning of the game will technically continue and that everything will collapse afterwards! With Nier: Automata – The End of YoRHa Edition, the Switch should have one more important, and still a very good RPG, if it is not already enough to accommodate. Kudos to the people, and above all, to the teams behind what is probably the most successful Switch port of an entire generation!

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