The Spyro: Reignited Trilogy, released towards the end of 2018 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, has made its way to the Nintendo Switch as a long-awaited port for fans of this series. How does this port hold up compared to its year-old counterpart? First off, the graphics: do the beautiful, Pixar-esque visuals still look just as great as they ever have. Some of the more distant details are a little less sharp and not as clear as they were on the other consoles but it is a small aspect to forgive given how good it looks on a portable device.
Performance wasn’t much of an issue because the game sticks to a solid frame-rate. There were slight drops - or more accurately 'judders' - when the camera faces something with way too much going on on-screen or loading a whole new level but these moments were minimal in my time with the game thus far.
Is the game worth getting on the Switch? I say absolutely! Spyro is a fantastic game reminiscent of video games from the 90s where you jump on and around platforms to collect gems and whatnot. Something like this is perfect for the Switch, being able to pick it up and play for however short or long periods of time. On top of this, I really recommend playing the game in handheld mode rather than docked, as it seems to look slightly more beautiful on the smaller screen. Perhaps it's the compressed images without the upscaling but either way it is a blast to experience on this hybrid system.
As for the game itself, I had this to say in my review last year:
“One question remains about the games, regardless of how impressive the recreations may be: does the gameplay hold up today? If you're buying the trilogy, you want it to be for more than just nostalgia. Well, fear not, as the Spyro games are still packed full of challenges, collectables, secrets and characters that you will love. Unlike the recent recreation of Crash Bandicoot, which is notoriously challenging and linear, Spyro offers a raw look into the early days of open-ended gaming with full 3D environments to explore.
"If you enjoy collectables or just want a simple-yet-detailed game to run, jump, and glide your way through, then you'll not be disappointed with Spyro: Reignited Trilogy. The games and their level design definitely hold up in 2018, with plenty of content and charm to keep you coming back. On top of this, the Spyro: Reignited Trilogy is not a full-priced game. If you love Spyro, and like what you see and hear of the game, then there'll be no catches to disappoint you. What you see is what you get, and what you get is a blast from the past, with an amazing and impressive passion put into bringing the games back, better than ever.”
These words hold true as we near the end of 2019. And the added functionality of a handheld option further the possible enjoyment more than ever before. Comparing the PS4 and Nintendo Switch version reveals that you don't lose out on much if played on either system. So, whether you have played these games before and want to again or missed out its release on other systems, I definitely recommend the Switch port as a valid option.