When will Genshin Impact be released on Nintendo Switch?

Kenneth Williams • December 5, 19:39

Genshin Impact on Nintendo Switch is still not available, but fans won’t have to wait much longer.

Nintendo Switch seems like the perfect platform for a game like Genshin Impact. The anime style fits perfectly with other popular titles, and the console’s portable nature suits a game that wants you to play it every day. After all, Genshin Impact’s biggest inspiration The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was a massive blockbuster for the Switch. 

miHoYo has not announced an official release date for Genshin Impact on the Nintendo Switch. Fans speculated that the port would be finalized sometime in late 2021, but the company has not released any new information since confirming a port last year. 

The most likely release date for Genshin Impact on Switch will be sometime in mid-2022. miHoYo developers have had over a year to work on the port. Despite that, the lack of updates shows that there is still some time to go. Expect to see updates for Genshin Impact’s Switch release date a few months into next year. 

Genshin Impact differences on Nintendo Switch

Genshin Impact could undergo a few changes when it eventually becomes available on Nintendo Switch. The biggest changes will be to the graphical settings. The Switch is much more powerful than most mobile devices, but it doesn’t have the same power as a PlayStation or personal computer. If the rumored 4K Switch turns out to be real, players will still be able to experience the world of Teyvat in high definition.

Genshin Impact multiplayer could also work differently on Nintendo’s console. For big events like the currently ongoing Shadows Amidst Snowstorms, multiplayer is practically a necessity to complete some of the more difficult challenges.

There are also hundreds of in-game achievements related to online play. Switch owners will most likely need to purchase Nintendo Online to play with their friends. miHoYo could make some minor adjustments to account for that difference.

Update schedules could also work differently on the Switch. New Genshin Impact content rolls out on a weekly basis, which means very frequent updates. Such schedules have caused problems for other developers. Many multi-platform titles are a patch or two behind on the Switch because Nintendo insists on quality control for almost every patch. Considering Genshin Impact’s massive success, miHoYo could work directly with Nintendo to find a solution.

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