Fortnite for Nintendo Switch review: Still great, even on the Switch (2022)

Our Verdict

Bottom line: Fortnite remains top of its class on the Nintendo Switch, maintaining it's 100 player insanity while making considerable visual and performance downgrades.

For

  • Crossplay and cross-progression
  • Fortnite's gameplay remains intact, both docked and in handheld mode
  • Gyro controls

Against

  • The visuals and performance take a hit
  • Microtransactions border on predatory
  • Hard to play competitively on the Switch

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(Video) Fortnite Nintendo Switch Review - It has TWO (NONE NOW) MAJOR issues

  • The good
  • The bad
  • Should you play?

Back in 2018, I had a chance to play Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch at E3, and I was impressed by what I tried out. At the time, Fortnite was on the cusp of its third season and was already soaring in popularity. When it was finally available for public consumption, however, I started to notice the blemishes I missed on the trade floor, especially when docked. And as the seasons went on and morphed Fortnite's map into the complex battle arena it is now, the shortcomings of the Switch version began to stick out even more.

Epic Games could've left the Switch version out to dry, and continued focusing on the other platforms, but it seems like the developers were dedicated to making Fortnite playable on the Nintendo Switch. Now at the start of Chapter 2, Season 6, Fortnite has become a grandiose space opera that has successfully blended popular video games, movies, TV shows, popular memes, music, dances, and even real-life people, into an absurdist fever dream that is very playable on the Nintendo Switch.

Fortnite for Switch: The greatest crossover of all time

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CategoryFortnite for Switch
TitleFortnite
DeveloperEpic Games
PublisherEpic Games
GenreThird-Person Shooter
Game Size11.4 GB
PlayersUp to 100 players
FormatDownload
PriceFree download on Nintendo eShop

If you haven't played Fortnite, then I can only assume you've been living under a rock for the last four years, in which case, welcome back. For the uninitiated, Fortnite is a battle royal game that pits you against 99 other players as you fight to survive on an ever-shrinking map. Fortnite wasn't the first popular battle royal game — that honor is held by the unfortunately named PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, but Fortnite has definitely done it better, constantly changing the game and introducing new game mechanics, lore, and plenty of cosmetics and emotes with every season.

Since its humble beginnings as a rip-off of PUBG, Fortnite has introduced vehicles, crafting, concerts, community mods, quests, challenges, and lore to tie everything together. The game has evolved so much that it's almost unrecognizable when compared to how it launched, but the constant state of flux that the game exists in is what keeps Fortnite fresh. It's easy to see why it's insanely popular with just about every demographic. It has also managed to avoid pay-to-win practices, though it's chock full of in-app purchases.

Fortnite has become the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate of shooters.

Most recently, Chapter 2, Season 6 launched with a bang, complete with an opening cinematic directed by none other than the directors of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, Joe and Anthony Russo. So when someone tells you that Fortnite isn't a big deal, you can safely toss their opinion straight into the trash.

As it stands, I can join a squad that consists of Master Chief, Travis Scott, Wolverine, and John Wick, jump into a car and blast Cardi B, and let off a headshot while dancing to BTS choreography. The crossover element alone is enough alone to draw in gamers from all walks of life. Fortnite has become the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate of shooters — literally everyone is here.

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What's the Switch difference?

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Just like Fortnite's ever-changing map, the Switch version of Fortnite has morphed since its 2018 debut. Like many Switch ports, the visuals take a hit as well as the framerate. The resolution hovers just over 720p while the FPS has a cap of 30. The numbers are the same in handheld mode, though the smaller screen masks the muddy textures that are apparent when playing docked. One new feature is the addition of gyro control, which offers a good amount of control once you get the hang of it. Also, you'll want to get yourself a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller because the Joy-Cons don't really cut it for an action game like this.

Fortnite's colorful visuals still pop and look decent despite the downgrade.

Fortnite is saved, however, by its cartoony art style and some Unreal Engine trickery. While blurry textures and pop-in are noticeable from the lobby to the final shot of the game, unlike Apex Legends, Fortnite's colorful visuals still pop and look decent despite the downgrade.

When you're actually in combat, the framerate remains steady enough, even while frantically building and shooting. The frame rate gets shakier in Team Rumble, however.

The Unreal Engine has proven versatile and can scale incredibly, as the essence of the game is still preserved on the Nintendo Switch, despite the cut in texture quality. The geography is exactly the same across mobile, PC, and other consoles, and you can easily link your Epic account with your Nintendo ID to play with your friends, no matter the platform. Even nicer to have is cross-progression, which allows you to access your cosmetics as well as level up your Battle Pass across platforms.

Fortnite for Switch: Not the prettiest Switch game

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I mentioned before that Fortnite's visuals and performance takes a hit on the Switch, and while I think it's more stable than it has ever been, it's by far the ugliest version of the game. Even mobile players experience cleaner visuals and better performance. Certain omissions, like the ability to record clips, takes away from the showboating nature of the game, in my opinion.

I found myself wanting to switch over to another platform when I felt competitive.

It's also worth noting the difference when playing against Switch players vs playing against everybody. Switch players just seem to be easier to kill, while taking the game across platforms is when you'll start running into the players that can build skyscrapers in the blink of an eye.

(Video) A feature you’ll probably want to turn off on your Switch

Fortnite is a casual experience when you're playing against players of the same platform, but I found myself wanting to switch over to another platform when I felt competitive.

Fortnite is hugely popular with kids, and while the game can be enjoyed to its fullest without paying a dime, the game is littered with microtransactions — something to be mindful of when you let your kids or younger siblings play. Make sure your parental controls are in place to avoid any accidental $100 purchases.

Fortnite for Switch: Still a victory royale

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All in all, Fortnite works on the Nintendo Switch pretty well, and is one of the best free-to-play games on the console, no doubt. While the visual downgrade hurts a bit, the game's core gameplay holds together, and the cross-progression makes the Switch version an extension of the game we all know and love, rather than a hard restart like Apex Legends. For better or worse, Fortnite has carved its place in video game history and has plenty in the tank to keep it relevant for years to come.

Fortnite is still relevant as it's ever been, and there's no better time to drop in than now, especially since the latest season has started. The Nintendo Switch version is competent and playable, and that's all you really want from your uber-popular battle royal game.

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Fortnite for Nintendo Switch

Bottom line: Fortnite remains undefeated, even on the Nintendo Switch. The free-to-play battle royal works well on the Switch, despite its visual and performance setbacks.

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FAQs

Are Nintendo switches good for Fortnite? ›

All in all, Fortnite works on the Nintendo Switch pretty well, and is one of the best free-to-play games on the console, no doubt.

Is Fortnite still playable on Switch? ›

Yes. As long as you've linked your Xbox, PlayStation, PC, Switch or Mobile account to your Epic Games account, any content you purchased (except V-Bucks) and progress you make is accessible across all platforms.

Is Fortnite laggy on Nintendo Switch? ›

This might be an unpopular opinion, but console games should never lag. Ever. The fact that running fortnite on the switch is so intensive it literally lags all of the time makes it pretty obvious to me it is not truly a switch game. Other games that were ported to the switch run absolutely fine.

Can you play Fortnite on a normal Nintendo Switch? ›

Epic Games' popular battle royale video game Fortnite is completely free to play on the Nintendo Switch. Like all digital Switch titles, it must be claimed and downloaded from the first-party eShop app. Here's how to download and install Fortnite on Nintendo's hybrid home console.

Why is Fortnite so hard on Switch? ›

The tiny joysticks. These make it very hard to aim and especially at close range. You have to have your sensitivity at 0.5 or it's almost impossible to play.

How do you play Fortnite better on Switch? ›

Percent we have colorblind to tritenope. And colorblind strength to a 10 just to make the game look

Is Fortnite OK for kids? ›

The age recommendation for Fortnite is 13 and up, but each child is different. The Entertainment Software Ratings Board rates Fortnite “T” for teen, which means ages 13 and up. Common Sense Media, an Understood founding partner, also recommends the game for kids 13 and up, because of its action violence and open chat.

Can you play Fortnite on Nintendo Switch without Internet? ›

Fortnite is a completely online experience. There is no offline mode available.

Can I play Fortnite on Switch without online? ›

Do I need a Nintendo Switch Online membership to play Fortnite Battle Royale and Fortnite Creative? No, you do not need a Nintendo Switch Online membership in order to play Fortnite Battle Royale and Fortnite Creative on Nintendo Switch.

How do I stop Fortnite from lagging on my switch? ›

We are just going to restart our nintendo switch a soft reset of the nintendo switch console can

Why is Fortnite the only game that lags? ›

Considering that the battle royale game requires a constant internet connection, it becomes a problem for those who have packages with low bandwidth. If you're wondering why Fortnite is laggy, chances are that the servers are completely fine and that your settings or setup is simply not good enough.

Why is Fortnite so laggy right now? ›

Well, this is almost always due to an issue with your internet service provider's way they are routing to our Fortnite servers. Internet service providers use things called internet exchange points to efficiently carry data from your computer to any destination.

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And all it is is pressing y on your switch. Controller.

What are the best Nintendo Switch settings for Fortnite? ›

First group of settings that we need to look at is the video tab which is the first section to make

How do you get better at Fortnite on Switch 2022? ›

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Sensitivity you guys want to go ahead and rock this on seven percent exactly to have these both on

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