The Nintendo Switch is essentially a handheld console, despite its “hybrid platform” marketing. After all, all the main technology is inside the portable unit.
Even with all the drawbacks of a portable design, the system proved capable of handling some of the biggest third-party games.
Games like Witcher 3 and DOOM Eternal feature full renders of full console releases. Plus, new announcements like Hogwarts Legacy continue to surprise many.
Most of these ports naturally take a visual and/or performance hit to meet high-end demands on a portable device. However, some end up delighting fans by delivering experiences on par with other releases, even when it comes to performance.
So here are five impressive third-party Nintendo Switch games that manage to run at 60 FPS.
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5 Best Third-Party Nintendo Switch Games That Run at 60 FPS
1) Mortal Kombat 11
NetherRealm’s famous fighting game franchise has a long history with Nintendo consoles. However, over the years releases have faltered, with the latest Nintendo console entry being Mortal Kombat: Armageddon on the Wii.
People were surprised to see the series back on Nintendo in 2019. Mortal Kombat 11 is the latest installment and saw a Nintendo Switch port despite many doubts about its technical feasibility.
Even more impressive is the fact that it was not only made possible by Shiver Entertainment, but also targets 60 FPS on the Big N’s handheld. Image quality naturally takes a hit, but the sacrifice in it’s worth it.
It’s the last handheld entry in the series since Mortal Kombat 9 on PS Vita.
On a related note, Mortal Kombat 11 will appear in EVO 2022, one of the biggest competitive fighting game scenes in the world.
2) Samurai Showdown
This 2019 fighter acts as a reboot of SNK’s underrated series of the same name. Set in the Tenmei era of Japan in 1787, players control a variety of fighters arriving in the Land of the Rising Sun to defeat a growing evil threat. The game emphasizes gunplay, so it is more systematic than others in its genre.
Samurai Showdown may not be a popular game, but it is loved by the fighting game community. The PC version has pretty high system requirements for a 2.5D fighter, so fans were wary of how the end result would play out on Nintendo’s little machine.
The Nintendo Switch port isn’t perfect like Mortal Kombat 11, but it manages to do the job reasonably well.
3) Rogue company
Rogue Company is one of the most overlooked multiplayer games released in recent years.
Developed by First Watch Games and published by Hi-Rez Studios, it is a third-person shooter with a sci-fi setting of covert tactical operations. Players choose one of two dozen heroes called Rogues and engage in a variety of skirmishes. These include a 4v4 mode that focuses on teams hacking each other.
In a nutshell, Rogue Company is a combination of various genres and games, like Battle Royale and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The best part about the game is that it targets 60 FPS on all platforms – including Nintendo Switch – despite being an Unreal Engine 4 game.
Performance hits the 50s at worst, which isn’t bad considering it’s also targeting 900p dynamic resolution when docked.
Rogue Company also offers cross-play on all platforms, so players on any system can join players on other platforms.
Another Hi-Rez game, and hugely popular, Paladins surprised fans when the Nintendo Switch version was announced. The fact that it would be 60 FPS on Switch made the deal even sweeter.
The fantasy-themed PvP FPS is getting players to this day, especially as an Overwatch rival with similar unique heroes to choose from.
While Overwatch is a 30 FPS experience on the handheld, Paladins slides to a smooth 60, even in taxing scenarios. That’s interesting, given the game’s Unreal Engine 3 roots, which don’t natively support handheld.
The resolution can be quite blurry, especially in handheld mode with the GPU clock speed greatly reduced, but the frame rate doesn’t change at all.
5) Dragon Ball FighterZ
Unreal Engine 4 games generally don’t have the best results on Nintendo Switch. However, some have managed to exceed expectations. One of them is Dragon Ball FighterZ.
Acclaimed fighting game developer Arc System Works took the reins of this game and created one of the most beloved Dragon Ball games to date.
The game takes place during the events of the Dragon Ball Super series. Including the DLC, there are over 40 characters to choose from, including fan favorites like Frieza and Broly.
It aims for 60 FPS on the Big N’s laptop, but it seems to hit the dynamic 1080p target less reliably. Still, it’s a great way for fans to enjoy the fast-paced action the series is known for on the go.