BioShock, Borderlands and XCOM are coming to Switch; here’s why that’s even better than you think

Nintendo Switch players are about to have a whole lot of incredible gaming at their fingertips. During the recent Nintendo Direct, it was confirmed that 2K is bringing three collections of games to Nintendo’s console; Borderlands Legendary Collection, BioShock: The Collection and XCOM 2 Collection.

In total, these three collections will include seven base games and a huge number of DLC that originally launched for the games.

Melissa Bell, Senior Vice President & Head of Global Marketing at 2K said;

We’re thrilled to be bringing some of our biggest franchises to the Nintendo Switch platform.

These are some of our most successful games and franchises that have captivated millions of fans around the world, and now bringing them to Nintendo Switch means we add an element of mobility to these experiences while getting them in the hands of even more gamers.

With the majority of people self-isolating due to COVID-19, it’s a perfect time to replay these games on Switch, or play them for the first time if you never have.

Borderlands Switch

Borderlands on Switch has been something I’ve personally believed to be a fantastic idea for a long, long time. Borderlands 2 was released on Vita, so it always made sense to me that Borderlands on Switch could work. When I was in Los Angeles in 2019 for the global reveal of Borderlands 3 I asked Gearbox about Borderlands on Switch but was told that although it was a good idea, there was nothing to announce.

In April 2019, Randy Pitchford also agreed that Borderlands on Switch would be great.

Now, we are getting Borderlands, Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel along with all DLC except the brand-new Commander Lilith & the Fight for Sanctuary add-on that leads into Borderlands 3.

That is an incredible amount of content and Borderlands goodness and will certainly keep gamers playing for a good many hours to come. Even better, 2K has confirmed two-player, split-screen co-op and four-player online play for all three titles.

There’s no mention of local, wireless co-op play, though, nobody is likely to be able to get together with a group of friends anytime soon anyway.

Borderlands Legendary Edition launches for Switch on May 29, 2020.

BioShock Switch

BioShock is one of the most well-loved series of all time and for good reason. While BioShock 2 is often cast as the black sheep of the family, all three games are incredible on their own and as a collected work. However, as Irrational Games only worked on BioShock and Infinite, those two are tied together and are, at the end of the day, inseparable.

Each of these games explores a wide range of themes and ideas in a way not normally seen in videogames. They challenge the notion of what a videogame and a shooter can be and do so while still being tremendously fun.

Having access to all single-player content in these three games is like having the original Star Wars trilogy. They’re some of the best examples of videogames that exist.

Being able to play them on Switch, is going to be a treat.

XCOM Switch

XCOM 2 Collection on Switch brings the best tactical turn-based strategy game of the past few years into the palm of your hands. XCOM 2 follows on from Enemy Unknown and features a world ruled by the Alien invaders. 

While promising a bright future, they hide a sinister secret that the guerilla group, XCOM, seek to overthrow. 

Having played Mario and Rabbids and Fire Emblem on Switch, it’s clear that the genre works impeccably well on the handheld. With XCOM 2 Collection, the king of the genre will have arrived.

And, it’s bringing all of its DLC and the huge expansion, War for the Chosen.

With so much content, you won’t even be tempted to go outside. 

In Australia and New Zealand, Borderlands and BioShock will be available as a cartridge with additional download and as a download only. XCOM 2 will only be available digitally.

BioShock: The Collection contains a 16GB cartridge including the opening acts of BioShock Remastered, BioShock 2 Remastered, and BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition. The remainder of each title needs to be downloaded.

Borderlands Legendary Edition includes an 8GB cart that contains Borderlands which also requires a 6.6GB download. To play Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel, a 35GB download is required.

All three collections are coming to Switch on May 29. 2020.

Leo Stevenson
Leo Stevenson
I've been playing games for the past 27 years and have been writing for almost as long. Combining two passions in the way I'm able is a true privilege. PowerUp! is a labour of love and one I am so excited to share.

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