Unlike the Devil May Cry HD Collection released on console and PC last year, this appears to be a stand-alone title. Reaction to that decision has been mixed; some Devil May Cry fans seem happy to avoid the much maligned Devil May Cry 2, but given the first three games are available as a moderately priced bundle elsewhere, fans are also perplexed by the decision to release just one game from the series on Switch.
But Capcom, like many other publishers, has been on a Switch port tear lately. The company has already released Switch versions of Onimusha: Warlords, Okami, and Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, with ports of Resident Evil, Resident Evil 0, and Resident Evil 4 due later this month.
There’s additional speculation that the Devil May Cry series’ debut on Switch could mean something else: a possible future for Dante in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. While there’s been no indication from Nintendo that Dante is bound for a guest appearance in Ultimate, a quote from Devil May Cry 5 director Hideaki Itsuno is being interpreted as opening the door for such a cameo.
“Devil May Cry has never been on a Nintendo platform,” Itsuno told VG247 earlier this year when asked about Dante joining the Ultimate roster. “So it seems like the first thing to do would be to get Capcom to put Devil May Cry on a Nintendo platform in some way, shape or form – whatever game that might be.”