If you followed KoopaTV's E3 coverage last week, then you may have realized that there were only two games showcased worth caring about: Super Mario Odyssey and Dragon Ball FighterZ. The latter may not have exactly been a close second when it came to KoopaTV's reactions as whole, but it matters not. This was the first Dragon Ball game to basically ever have a presence at E3. This was important enough to be front and center at a Microsoft press conference (introduced by Phil Spencer himself) which hilariously made Microsoft have the most anime conference of the entire Electronic Entertainment Expo. It soon became clear that for many it was Odyssey's sole competition:
|Pictured above: Dragon Ball FighterZ producer Tomoko Hiroki with a metric ton of E3 awards|
As KoopaTV readers may know, I'm a pretty big Dragon Ball fan. Please ignore the fact that both Dragon Ball-based articles on the site ("Are Our Soundtracks Safe?" + "Does Dragon Ball Really NEED a Xenoverse 2?") are dripping with pessimism and that outside of here I'm most famous for discovering one of many Dragon Ball Xenoverse typos, because my reaction to FighterZ in KoopaTV's Microsoft E3 2017 Conference Live Reactions should indicate just how passionate of a fan I really am. I'm almost as passionate as these people!:
Unlike the Xenoverse games where the characters look permanently dowsed in lighter fluid, the big draw of Dragon Ball FighterZ right now is that the game is absolutely stunningly beautiful. Thank Arc System Works and their state-of-the-ARC modeling capabilities for that. Complemented by being announced one day after Frieza's third-but-by-far-most-grandiose canon return via Dragon Ball Super and on the same literal day as Kamehameha Day, this was E3 2017's most exciting reveal prior to the Nintendo Spotlight.
|A thumbnail of this leaked and people got laughed at for thinking it would reflect the actual game.|
...Hey, is my first mentioning of the word Nintendo a good opportunity to segue into the point of this article? Okay, because FighterZ being announced for every mainstream current console except theirs was the only general complaint anyone had with its reveal. What happened to Unprecedented Partnerships finally being for real this time? Well, it turns out on the Switch they may be realer than we thought...with some active effort.
French gaming blog Gameblog.fr recently did an interview with Tomoko and if my French translating skills haven't gone rusty than this is how it reads:
"I don't know who told you that [the Switch cannot run Dragon Ball FighterZ] but this is not a question of power. We are not experiencing any difficulties with the Switch version of Xenoverse 2. I would say that if we carry on getting requests from fans, we will manage to create a version for Switch as well. The latter may not come out at the same time as the others, however we might consider it."(I didn't actually translate that, IGN did. I've also never translated French in my life. I also happen to think the original French Dragon Ball Z opening is complete shit.)
Still, if this is to be believed then Bandai Namco is basically telling Switch owners to beg for FighterZ til they can't beg no mo'. Begging has of course been at critical mass already (there are multiple change.org petitions out there) which means it's probably safe to say things aren't going unnoticed, but now it's a question of whether Namco will a) respect the fans' demands or b) pull a Capcom and and hold a potential Switch version ransom until fans buy X amount of unrelated failing Bandai Namco games.
|Even Gohan knows they're capable of more!|
If pressure stays on them then Namco and Arc Systems will theoretically have no choice but to comply, which is why KoopaTV would like to announce that it's committed to bringing the FightZ. It's not like we're ruled by any social/environment movements and their time suckage (unlike that one Yooka-Laylee dev who ran off mid-development to go help stop climate change), so what has KoopaTV got to lose? It's about getting gorgeous graphics onto the Switch so that less plebs will associate Nintendo with the likes of Yoshi's New Island. It's about securing Dragon Ball a permanent home on Nintendo platforms so that less plebs will associate it with warty PC toads. It's about Unprecedented Partnerships, man!
|LET'S. GET. SWITCHING!|
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Rawk will keep making Dragon Ball articles until Dragon Ball FighterZ is on the Nintendo Switch.
Despite the above related article blurb, Ludwig wrote the article covering Dragon Ball FighterZ's release. There are no announcements for it being on the Switch.
Huzzah! It's on Nintendo Switch now!