Ori and the Blind Forest is the next Xbox title coming to Nintendo Switch

Microsoft and Nintendo’s partnership continues to deepen. Earlier this month, word got out that Xbox Game Studios was considering publishing more multi-platform games. With games like Cuphead, New Super Lucky’s Tale, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and The Outer Worlds, fans on both sides are eager to see what could possibly come to the Switch next. On that note, today’s Indie World showcase ended with one last surprise! Moon Games’ Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition comes to Nintendo Switch on September 27.

Ori’s Nintendo debut

The original 2015 game launched on Xbox One to widespread critical acclaim for its breathtaking visuals, orchestral soundtrack, and moving storytelling. The definitive edition followed the next year with extra maps, adjustable difficulty levels, and fast-travel. As much as I love this reveal, I’m all the more hoping that its Will of the Wisps sequel will follow when it launches in February 2020!

Additionally, Moon Games’ Thomas Mahler announced on ResetERA that there were no compromises in porting over Ori and the Blind Forest to the Switch. Just like the Xbox One and PC versions, fans will enjoy the Switch version at 1080p 60fps in Docked Mode. Handheld mode will bring that down to 720p, but remain in 60fps! Given the game already looks visually stunning, I am in awe knowing that it will look just as beautiful as ever on the Switch.

Still, I can’t help but grieve for my wallet; September is already filled to the brim with a ton of quality games coming out, like Link’s Awakening, Daemon X Machina, and Dragon Quest XI. Will Ori and the Blind Forest be one of your picks? What were your thoughts on the game, if you already played it on Xbox One or PC? What other game would you like to see Xbox Game Studios publish on the Switch? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!


Jeffrey McDonell
I'm just a hobbyist freelancer who writes for fun, previously under Gamnesia and The Sonic Stadium. I grew up on Nintendo consoles since the Game Boy Advance and GameCube—with standouts like Sonic, Mario, and Zelda defining my childhood—and am especially fond of video game music and remixes.