Is Call of Duty on Nintendo Switch?
It is undeniable that Call of Duty is one of the biggest video game franchises in the world. Since the release of the first installment in 2003, fans around the world have experienced the story and the future through the eyes of a first-person shooter. Traditionally, players could choose whether they wanted to play on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.
Enter: Nintendo. Whereas Call of Duty is not necessarily alien to Nintendo’s consoles – the Wii received a Call of Duty title at the time – it didn’t make a name for itself there like it did on consoles from Sony and Microsoft. For its part, Nintendo has traditionally favored proprietary titles on its consoles over those of third-party developers. It wasn’t until the Wii U and Switch that the company made a concerted effort to woo outside developers from major franchises.
That being said, is it even possible to play Call of Duty on a Nintendo Switch?
Call of Duty on the switch
At the time of writing it is not possible to play an official Call of Duty title on a switch. There’s no Call of Duty games published for the platform or available on Nintendo’s digital eShop.
At the end of March 2022, rumors circulated about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launch on the Switch after developer Activision accidentally listed the Switch as one of its supported platforms on its server status page. Activision would later take down the listing and not mention it again, but eagle-eyed fans think it could be a sign that the franchise is heading to Nintendo’s console.
The series’ notable absence on Switch doesn’t seem to be down to a lack of envy. Before the Activision mess, Microsoft President Brad Smith mentioned in February that he would like to put Call of Duty on Nintendo consoles, assuming the company’s acquisition of Activision-Blizzard goes through. Nothing has happened since that statement and the acquisition is still under investigation by the FTC and the UK government, so it may be some time before Switch owners can get their Call of Duty repair on their Switch.