Cuphead was my favorite indie game of 2017, and if not for the heavy hitting triple A titles released the same year, it might have been my favorite game over all. I played in on PC, but since I prefer using consoles for gaming, I was overjoyed once that it was announced it would be making its way to Nintendo Switch.
While Cuphead looks and feels pretty much the same as it did when I first played it on PC, I feel that it’s much easier for me to play on my Switch. Now that doesn’t mean it’s no longer difficult, but I find it less difficult than I did in the past. This is likely because I’m more accustomed to playing games on consoles and no longer have to worry as much about making sure a controller is properly connected. There’s also the possibility that my laptop, which isn’t necessarily meant for gaming but can run plenty of indie and less demanding games fine, may have some input lag that maybe I didn’t realize it did. Another bonus feature with having Cuphead on Nintendo Switch is that it’s much easier to play both at home and on the go, and I don’t have to wait for something else to update unless the Switch itself has one, which is usually quick and seems to happen less often than on other platforms.
While the updated content released alongside the Nintendo Switch version is now available for all platforms, it still feels special knowing that I can play it on Nintendo Switch and not have to wait for it. The added ability to play as Mugman in single player is a great added bonus even through there aren’t really any gameplay differences between him and Cuphead. And if I want to play with a friend instead of by myself I now always have the option and don’t have to worry about finding or buying a second controller, even if a single Joy-con controller may not be the best way to play for some. Additionally, finding all the secret bosses during boss fights provide a fun extra challenge, particularly for those who have already mastered the rest of the game on both simple and regular modes.
Cuphead is still a blast to play nearly two years later, and its Nintendo Switch release makes me even more excited to play the Delicious Last Course DLC once it comes out. Hopefully we’ll get to see even more Cuphead content in the future.
Cuphead is available on the Nintendo Switch eShop. It is also available for Xbox One via the Microsoft Store and PC via Steam. All content between versions is the same and nothing is exclusive to one platform.
A code was provided by the publisher.