A lucky player has somehow snagged a copy of Hogwarts Legacy for the Nintendo Switch ahead of the official release. This twist of fate has given the gaming community a sneak peek at how the much-talked-about title operates on Nintendo’s portable console.
The individual in question, a user named Tal Helfgott on the platform formerly known as Twitter, shared evidence of the early purchase with a snapshot of the game in its physical form. While he’s run into a minor snag due to the need to download parts of the game, which isn’t yet possible, Helfgott’s access to the title has nevertheless allowed him to confirm that the game runs on the Switch hardware, much to the delight of those curious about the performance of such a robust game on a portable system.
Despite the limitations of being unable to download the entire game, Helfgott’s initial impressions seem positive. He has lauded the title as another impossible port, which suggests that Hogwarts Legacy is pushing the boundaries of what’s expected from the Switch’s performance capabilities. This aligns with the fact that the game’s settings prevent players from capturing video directly from the console. This rare limitation is generally a sign of a game demanding a lot from the hardware.
To bypass this, Helfgott took a more grassroots approach by recording gameplay footage with an external camera, offering a window into how the game runs in handheld mode. The footage, which has started making rounds online, indicates that the game runs smoothly on the Switch, a technical achievement given the console’s modest hardware compared to its stationary counterparts.
The leaked footage can be found in Helfgott’s post, stirring up conversations and curiosity across gaming forums and social media. With the official release around the corner, this unexpected glimpse has not only heightened the excitement but also raised questions about how the final product will perform once all components are available for download.
— Tal Helfgott (@talhelf) November 7, 2023