With Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection out now on Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam worldwide, most fans of the DS games and newcomers will likely be wondering what platform to buy the collection or individual games on. This Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection Nintendo Switch vs PC guide will cover the platform differences, Steam Deck performance, stylus use on Switch, touchscreen controls, and more to help you decide where to buy Atlus’ newest remaster. You can read my review of the collection on PC here. Having spent the last few weeks with Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection on PC, I was curious to see how it would feel on Nintendo Switch. I got access to the Switch version last week, so I wanted to help potential buyers decide which platform to buy this release on. I’ll be updating this once I’ve played more of the Switch version and with any day one updates that arrive.
Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection Nintendo Switch vs PC visual differences
Visually, the only differences are in resolution and frame rate. While Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection looks great on Switch in handheld mode, it has a few jagged edges when played docked for the 3D elements. This isn’t a major issue, but if you plan on playing docked, keep that in mind. Both the PC and Switch versions use some low resolution icons for the mapping. I hope these can be fixed in potential updates. On Steam Deck, you can even downsample from a higher resolution if needed to clean up the image further.
Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection Nintendo Switch vs PC performance differences
Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection targets 60fps on Switch and can run at 150fps on PC. Having played a lot of Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection at 60fps or above on Steam Deck, I’m very pleased with the pe
Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection Nintendo Switch vs PC mapping – which is better?
Using a controller to map in Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection is not as convenient as playing with a mouse on PC or using the touchscreen in handheld mode on Nintendo Switch. Mouse and touchscreen offer the best mapping experience as expected. While the developers did a good job with the controller interface, it will take you a while to get used to it, and it still will take extra button presses to do basic things which you could do in two clicks or taps otherwise.
If you are adamant on using a controller to play Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection on PC or plan to play it only docked on Switch, I’d recommend turning on auto-map if you aren’t a fan of the mapping controls using a controller. You can also collapse the map to a small box on the right for widescreen gameplay.
While testing with a basic capacitive stylus, I found mapping is better on Switch than Steam Deck. For some reason the Steam Deck screen didn’t respond as well. I’d say the best stylus experience is on Nintendo Switch with mouse on PC or Steam Deck being as good, if not better.
Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection Nintendo Switch vs PC – what to buy?
If you have a preferred platform, buy it there. Both the PC and Switch versions are very good barring the font, but keep in mind that the best possible experience is using a touchscreen on Switch or using a mouse on PC if you care about mapping.
Hopefully my Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection comparison feature helped you decide what platform to buy the games on if you are planning on getting them day one.