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Is Call of Duty on Nintendo Switch?

Call of Duty is one of the most popular FPS franchises of all time, yet it has had relatively few releases on equally popular Nintendo consoles. This may change however with Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the publisher behind the Call of Duty series. Here’s everything we know about Call of Duty on Nintendo Switch.

Published on: 12-05-2022

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Can you get Call of Duty on Nintendo Switch?

No, there are currently no Call of Duty games on Nintendo Switch. Despite Call of Duty’s widespread success, no Call of Duty games have been released on Nintendo’s most recent console. 

The last Call of Duty game to be released on a Nintendo console was Call of Duty: Ghosts, which was released for the Wii U on November 5, 2013. Previous Call of Duty titles, such as Modern Warfare and Black Ops, had also been released on the original Wii and the Nintendo DS.

Box art for Call of Duty: Ghosts on Wii U

Ever since the release of Ghosts however, Call of Duty has not been available on any Nintendo consoles or handhelds. This means that Call of Duty Warzone is currently not playable on the Nintendo Switch. Luckily for Nintendo Switch players, Call of Duty’s absence from the Nintendo family may soon be coming to an end!

Is Call of Duty coming to Nintendo Switch?

Recent news suggests that Call of Duty may indeed finally be coming to Nintendo Switch consoles.

First off, Microsoft’s buyout of Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard back in January may have implications for Call of Duty on Nintendo Switch. After the acquisition had been announced, Microsoft president Brad Smith stated in a CNBC interview that the company would like to bring the popular FPS franchise to Nintendo devices: “We’d like to bring it to Nintendo devices. We’d like to bring the other popular titles that Activision has, and ensure that they continue to be available on PlayStation, and that they become available on Nintendo.” 

Smith’s statement confirms that Microsoft and Activision Blizzard are open to bringing the Call of Duty franchise to Nintendo Switch. However it remains unclear whether this would mean developing new Call of Duty games for the Switch or simply adapting pre-existing titles for the platform.

List of Activision Blizzard games as part of Microsoft's acquisition

Recent listing on Activision support page points toward Nintendo Switch release

On top of this official statement, a recent listing on Activision’s Online Services page points towards a potential Nintendo Switch release. The Online Services section of Activision’s support platform shows the current status of online services for several Call of Duty games. 

In late March, the Nintendo Switch temporarily appeared in the server listing for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The listing was removed rather quickly after it was spotted, so it may have simply been an error or technical glitch. But it could also imply that Activision is preparing for a future Call of Duty release on Nintendo Switch behind the scenes. In any case, the timing for this Nintendo Switch listing is quite interesting, given Brad Smith’s statement just a few weeks earlier.

Screenshot of Nintendo Switch listed on the Online Services page for Black Ops 4

Alternatives for Call of Duty on Nintendo Switch

Although it seems that Call of Duty games will become available on Nintendo Switch in the future, a definitive release is likely still some time away. If you’re looking to scratch your Call of Duty itch in the meantime, we suggest the following alternatives:

  • Warface: free-to-play online shooter that’s very similar to Call of Duty. Features 10 traditional PvP modes, such as Team Deathmatch, Domination and Free For All.
  • Quake: classic arena shooter that supports 8-player online matches. Also features dedicated servers, crossplay and free mods.
  • Apex Legends: free-to-play battle royale hero shooter. Combines unique character skills with first person shooter gameplay. Supports cross-play and features a ranked mode.
  • DOOM Eternal: classic first person shooter, featuring a 2 versus 1 multiplayer mode that pits a fully-armed DOOM Slayer against two player-controlled demons.
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  • Overwatch: 6v6 hero shooter with a large roster of characters that all have unique abilities. Features a ranked mode.
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    £8.54
     
  • Splatoon 2: third-person shooter in which you use colored ink as ammunition. Supports online multiplayer with up to 10 players and features a ranked mode.
    Splatoon 2
    £49.99
    Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion
    £16.79
     
  • Fortnite: free 100-player battle royale shooter. Combines unique building mechanics with third-person shooter gameplay. Features cross-play and a ranked mode.
    Fortnite 2800 V-Bucks Digital Code
    £15.99
    Fortnite 5000 V-Bucks Digital Code
    £25.99
     


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