Eight months after the initial release of Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles, the Switch version enters the arena at the dawn of 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 Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles on Nintendo Switch features very little, if any difference to versions previously released on eighth generation consoles. From a performance point of view, the Big N machine crosses swords with dignity with the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, without ever overshadowing 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 does not aim to be a visual revolution, and even less technical.
The Nintendo Switch, however, comes out with the honors and puts forward a typical “manga” artistic direction faithful to the animated series which popularized the saga beyond the borders of Japan. The framerate, often at 30 frames per second, ensures a certain comfort of play, and the same goes for the loading times which ultimately 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 PC and home console versions stamped with the seals of Sony and Microsoft, with a “small” difference close.
The roster, which originally lined up 11 fighters, and not one more, as well as 6 variants, offers from launch on Nintendo Switch the 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 & Tamayo. 11 fighters versus 17… that little extra makes the differenceespecially for a game that relies above all on fan service 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 nomadic mode
- The shortcomings of earlier versions (staging, boss fights, exploration, technical achievement, 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 title of Sega, Aniplex and CyberConnect2 even allows itself the luxury of aligning a complete roster of Day One fighters. The video game adaptation of Demon Slayer on Nintendo Switch is recommended for fans of the manga and / or anime who have not yet yielded to the call of fan service.
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