Eight months after the initial release of Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles, the Switch version hits the scene in early summer 2022. Owners of Nintendo’s hybrid console will finally be able to (re)discover the adventures of Tanjiro Kamado, controller in hand. . Does this port work in favor of Demon Slayers?
A nomadic epic
Demon Hunter: The Hinokami Chronicles on Nintendo Switch features little to no difference from versions previously released on 8th generation consoles. From a performance point of view, the Big N machine crosses swords with dignity with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, without ever outshining more powerful machines. It must be said that the title developed by CyberConnect2 (Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot) under Unreal Engine is not intended to be a visual revolution, let alone a technical one.
Nintendo Switch, however, comes out with the honors and proposes a typical “manga” artistic direction faithful to the animated series that popularized the saga beyond the borders of Japan. The frame rate, often at 30 frames per second, ensures a certain gaming comfort., and the same goes for the loading times, which in the end turn out to be quite short. For the rest, whether in terms of gameplay, content or even game modes, Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles on Nintendo Switch is a carbon copy of the versions for PC and home consoles stamped with the seals of Sony and Microsoft, with a “small” close difference.
The roster, which originally lined up 11 fighters, and not one more, as well as 6 variants, offers since its launch on Nintendo Switch all 6 new characters added in the fall and winter updates. Thus, Kamado Tanjiro, Kamado Nezuko, Agatsuma Zen’itsu, Hashibira Inosuke, Tomioka Giyu, Urokodaki Sakonji, Sabito, Makomo, Kocho Shinobu, Rengoku Kyojuro and Murata are joined by Rui, Akaza, Susamaru, Yahaba, Enmu, Yushiro and Tamayo. 11 fighters against 17… that little extra makes the differenceespecially for a game that relies heavily on fanservice to convince.
- The qualities of the original game (fidelity to the work, “manga” visuals, fan service, multiplayer, fun and accessible gameplay, etc.)
- An expanded roster of 17 fighters (+7 variants)
- The opportunity to play in nomad mode
- The shortcomings of previous versions (staging, boss fights, exploration, technical achievements, messy encounters, etc.)
Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicle is a credible alternative to the PC and console versions from Sony and Microsoft. This hybrid version of the adventures of Tanjiro and the demon slayers provides the essentials in terms of gameplay, content, and performance. The Sega, Aniplex, and CyberConnect2 title even affords itself the luxury of lining up a full roster of day one fighters. The video game adaptation of Demon Slayer on Nintendo Switch is recommended for fans of manga and/or anime who have not yet given in to the call of fan service.
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