Can You Play Warzone on Nintendo Switch in 2023?

Can You Play Warzone on Nintendo Switch

It’s been a little over five years since the Nintendo Switch was released, and it feels as if every game under the Sun has been ported to the hybrid console. It’s only fair to ask if you can play Call of Duty: Warzone on Nintendo Switch. Warzone has been out since March 2020, so surely it’s been ported to the Switch, right?

Call of Duty: Warzone is currently not available for Nintendo Switch. Although a PlayStation 5 and an Xbox Series X/S version are scheduled to release sometime this year, there is still no word about a Switch version.

Keep your chin up, however. It’s not all doom and gloom for a Switch port of Warzone. Let’s find out why.

When Will Warzone Be Available on Nintendo Switch?

At the moment, Warzone is not available to play on Nintendo Switch. There’s not even any news about when it will be brought to the popular hybrid console. Will it ever be released on a Nintendo platform?

Don’t feel hopeless about that thought, however. Microsoft has been notably friendly with Nintendo when it comes to bringing their exclusive titles over, such as Minecraft. And ever since Microsoft announced its plans to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, the chances of Warzone being available on Switch have increased. [1]

A month after the acquisition announcement, Microsoft President Brad Smith mentioned the company’s plans to create a universal app store during an interview with CNBC. Regarding Activision’s blockbuster franchises, Smith added, “We’d like to bring [Call of Duty] to Nintendo devices.” Skip to 6:48 to hear his full statement about their plans for cross-platform titles.

So does that confirm Warzone’s availability on Nintendo eShop in the future? While Smith’s statement is not a direct confirmation, it’s indicative of what Microsoft wants for the franchise’s future: availability across all competing platforms. It’s just a matter of when it will finally happen.

That idea becomes even more of a possibility after an image tweeted by WarzoneQG briefly showed Nintendo Switch as an available server for Black Ops 4. The (presumably) test server has since been taken down, but it’s reassuring to know that Activision still has the Switch in their minds. Fingers crossed that Warzone will get such a server soon.

What Devices Can You Play Warzone On?

At the moment, you can play Warzone for free on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S owners do not have an official released build yet, but they can play the PS4 and Xbox One versions through backwards compatibility. The official PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions are still slated for release later this year, though an exact date is unknown.

Activision is also trying to bring the game to mobile devices. According to a blog post they made back in March, they have several open roles dedicated to bringing the battle royale game to iOS and Android. [2] The job listings have since been taken down, so it’s safe to assume the spots were filled.

Though they specifically mentioned wanting the game to be played “on the go,” it’s currently unclear whether this also extends to the Switch or not. There are no similar job listings yet that would point to a potential Switch version.

What Call of Duty Can You Play on Nintendo Switch?

Even though the Nintendo Switch has been out since March 2017, it’s surprising to see that the hybrid console has no Call of Duty titles at all whatsoever. Aside from the test Nintendo Switch server on Black Ops 4, there’s been nothing for the Switch from the massively popular franchise.

That’s not to say the Switch is going to get completely snubbed. A tweet from the Twitter account @RalphsValve, an account focusing on Call of Duty news, mentioned that Activision intends to bring Modern Warfare Remastered on Switch. If true, then this will be the first Call of Duty entry for the hybrid console.

Thankfully, other Call of Duty titles have graced various Nintendo consoles in the past. Here’s a list of all Call of Duty games released on Nintendo systems:

  • Call of Duty: Finest Hour (Gamecube)
  • Call of Duty 2: Big Red One (Gamecube)
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Wii)
  • Call of Duty: World at War (Wii)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Mobilized (DS)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (Wii)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops DS (DS)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Wii)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Wii U)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (Wii U)

As you can see, Activision has been releasing Call of Duty titles for Nintendo all the way back to the Gamecube. They haven’t skipped any major console since, so it’s only a matter of time before the Switch finally gets its first Call of Duty entry. Whether it’s Warzone or something else remains to be seen.

What Games Like Call of Duty Are on Nintendo Switch?

If you’re itching to play Warzone or other Call of Duty games, you’d have to settle with playing it on another platform for now. We don’t know yet when Activision will release any Call of Duty titles to the beloved hybrid console, so it’s best to play it somewhere else for now. But if the Switch is your preferred gaming console, here are five first-person shooter games you can play that are like Call of Duty (in no particular order):

Singleplayer/Campaign-based Games:

  • DOOM Eternal
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Metro: Last Light
  • Sniper Elite III
  • Borderlands 2

Multiplayer/Battle Royale Games:

  • Fortnite
  • Apex Legends
  • Overwatch
  • Paladins
  • Warface

Keep in mind that Overwatch will require you to have an active Nintendo Switch Online account in order for you to play with others. The other four titles on the multiplayer list can be played without Switch Online as they are free-to-play. A good rule of thumb is if you didn’t pay for the game upfront, you don’t need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

  • Franceen Burton

    Franceen Burton is a UK-based freelance tech and video games writer. Before hopping across the Atlantic, Franceen attended Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in America for her bachelor of arts in journalism in 2016. Before attending IUPUI, Franceen ran a...