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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is quite easily one of the finest games of all time. This is a fact that I'm willing to prove. With science and numbers. CD Projekt RED's 2015 RPG is a sprawling, ambitious, gorgeous piece of work that captivated gamers the world over, winning heaps of critical acclaim and commercial success.
It was a good day then, when The Witcher 3 was announced for Nintendo Switch. I was fully on board with the concept of taking one of my favourite games on the go, but my only real concern was that most people who'd already the played the (by now four-year-old) game wouldn't be willing to sink £50 just for the novelty of playing it again on a handheld machine. Not everyone is as weird as me - or so I thought.
As it turns out, I needn't have worried. Switcher, as we should call it at all times, has been doing just fine on Nintendo Switch, and has even helped boost overall sales of the game to a (frankly) ridiculous degree.
GamesIndustry.biz reports that Geralt's final adventure, which launched October 15, came into the UK charts at number 4. While that's not to be sniffed at, what's really impressive is that Switcher accounted for 96% of all copies of The Witcher 3 sold last week.
Given that only a small number of copies were sold on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, this means the game's overall sales increased by an incredible 999% week-on-week thanks to the Switch version. Clearly people are willing to pay full price for a four-year-old game if it means they can play it on the go.
We here at GAMINGbible have spent a good bit of time with Switcher already of course, testing the portable version of the game on our daily commutes, in bed, and on the toilet. Actually, scratch that last one. I haven't played it on the loo yet. I definitely will though.
In his in-depth hands-on analysis, Mike Diver admitted that The Witcher 3 on Switch certainly has its issues, but it's hard to deny that it's a commuter's dream.
As a regular commuter I can confirm that my two dreams have always been one of my favourite AAA RPGs on a portable console, and the re-nationalistion of the rail service. One down. Meanwhile, I learned some valuable lessons while playing The Witcher 3 on the train. Lessons that you can read all about right here.
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