Skullgirls is one of the more unique modern fighting games released within the console generation, originally released back in 2012. Anybody familiar with the likes of Marvel vs Capcom or any of the other crazy versus series games will notice its inspirations for many of its gameplay mechanics and other aspects. Skullgirls: 2nd Encore on the Nintendo Switch is a port of the game that includes all of the released downloadable content and important updates since its initial release. While many in the fighting game community have praised the game for its visual style and fighting, does it still hold up well on the Nintendo Switch all these years later? Luckily for fans, it’s one of the best ways to play the game and bring it with you anywhere.
Skullgirls: 2nd Encore has all of the additional characters, unique challenges, Story Mode, and tweaks to its presentation that have released over the years. The game still looks great and has a soundtrack that accents all of the fighting on screen. The fully voiced story mode for each character you play as definitely adds a lot of fun personality to the visuals of the game. Some of the designs for the roster can borderline on insanity and over exaggeration, but it falls in line with the kind of tone and action the game is going for. Crazy fighting can be justified by crazy characters throwing out all sorts of crazy moves, which Skullgirls doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. The story itself might be a little silly and unbelievable in some instances, but like other fighting games consistency isn’t always above just simply having fun.
On the Switch there’s a lot to do outside of just the story mode. Arcade, Versus, and tutorials are all great for someone playing solo. But the real fun is when you’re playing against other players either locally or online. Playing locally on one console is as easy as disconnecting the joycon controllers and going at it, or by connecting to another Switch console with the game. There’s also a tournament mode that allows you to get together with other players and compete against each other, with options to tinker with the tournament settings. But the obvious choice among fighting game vets will be to go online.
Getting into a match can sometimes take a bit, mostly due to the lack of players on the servers at any given time. You won’t get stuck in matchmaking looking for someone, but you’ll have to wait a bit before you can lock into a match. The same can be said for lobbies, which you can either create or join online. Once you get into a match however, things are pretty good. Depending on your internet connection lag can be an issue, like it is for almost any fighting game.
The interesting portion of Skullgirls: 2nd Encore on the Switch however is all of the extra content. You have access to an art gallery and a bonus game mode called Marie 300%, which has you fighting a super powered version of the final boss in the game’s story mode. This is no easy task and will test your patience more than your skills in some instances. The gallery itself however has a ton of great artwork and promos to scroll through.
You can gain new artwork to view by either simply completing a character’s story or playing with them in any other game mode. But you’ll also find many pieces of production art and concept shots for each and every character, plus a lot more. It’s a great distraction from the fighting since there’s so much to uncover as you play.
Skullgirls: 2nd Encore is a solid port of a great fighting game for the Nintendo Switch. It has all of the characters and extra content from its previous releases and is a lot of fun to play. While there’s no additional new content outside of what has already been released, there’s plenty of great stuff to enjoy, even if you’ve already played the game on other platforms. It has great visuals and music, great controls, and a good online versus mode. It’s a solid version of Skullgirls to play on the go and possibly the best version of the game to be release to date.
These impressions were based on a digital review code of Skullgirls: 2nd Encore for the Nintendo Switch, provided by Skybound Games.