Honestly, between work and school, I don’t have much time to learn Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite. I’ve only had close to 60+ hours to play the game since launch last month, the majority of that time spent in the game right after the first wave of DLC.
Historically, I’ve enjoyed playing on all consoles and PC but I’ve always been a huge fan of portable gaming systems like the Gameboy Advance, Playstation Portable, Nintendo 3DS, and the Playstation Vita. Years before I found myself laying in bed, restless, looking up stuff on Instagram and twitter, I use to game myself to sleep playing Pokemon Blue or Zelda Link’s Awakening on the Gameboy with one of those Nyko Worm Lights. Unfortunately, while this is anecdotal, it would seem fighters have never been crazy popular on handhelds, at least not the traditional fighters. I find that to be a little upsetting because I’ve always considered Jump Ultimate Stars (Nintendo DS) to be my first serious chain based fighting game, one where I actively learned and participated in developing my combo skills. So when games like Super Smash Bros and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 got announced for handheld platforms I could hardly contain myself and made sure I had my copy as early as possible by importing the games from Japan (as they both released in Japan ahead of the states).
So last Gen was pretty amazing as I could take two of my favorite fighting games with me on the go. However, with the development and release of the Nintendo Switch I was really hoping I could have this happen once again, especially with on-going franchises like Smash and Marvel vs Capcom. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite has not been announced for the console and I have no means of playing the game portable, on my down time when I’m not at home.
Three Options For Portable Gaming
However, not all is lost, there are at least two other ways I can enjoy this game while not at home but I don’t consider any of them as easy or cost effective as playing the title on the Switch, if it existed.
Price range for a modern gaming laptop will be at least $800+ but the benefits of owning one might outweigh the cons I’ve listed above. The usually aren’t too heavy, ranging from 3 to 4.5lbs and many of the modern GPU’s rival some of the older desktop GPU’s. A user could have access to their Steam games, a catalog of many other titles unlike the other two options which are limited to that specific system and could even use the machine for other task such as writing or video editing.
Price for the GAEMS Vanguard is $349.99 not including a console, but boast a 19 inch display, decent speakers with the ability to use headphones, and the ability to store your console and cables within the housing for the unit. A user is able to use many modern consoles including last generation consoles, all versions of the current gen systems, and you could probably use any other device that looks up via HDMI, honestly. But there are a few drawbacks, the unit will probably weigh over 20lbs and the display is limited to 720p. Considering the price of the vanguard and the cost of a console, if I didn’t already own one, the laptop is looking to be a better option.
Had to lead with an image of BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, I’ve not actually purchased a Blazblue game since the PS3 but I’m mildly interested and will probably end up buying the game as it will be on the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo Switch has its fair share of fighting games, everything from Arms, Pokken Tournament, Classic SNK fighters, and even Capcom’s own Ultra Street Fighter II. I find it mind boggling that Capcom didn’t try to get Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite on the Nintendo Switch, especially considering the system can run Unreal Engine 4 and even Bethesda got a version of their 2016 Doom to the platform.
Honestly, the Switch would be the ideal way for me to play Infinite, portable. The system continues to get patches which support additional controllers, be it official or aftermarket, and the system already has a few arcade sticks available. I wouldn’t have to worry about any additional cost as I already have the unit, peripherals, and other games (many of those fighters I’ve mentioned above). Secondly, EVERYTHING ON THE NINTENDO SWITCH IS PRETTY MUCH A GUARANTEED SELLER. I don’t understand why they wouldn’t be working to port the game to the system, surely it could be done and I’m hoping it happens, soon.
Doesn’t this look beautiful? Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite for Nintendo Switch