Nintendo Switch Gets MS-DOS City-Builder Constructor at Launch

The Nintendo Switch launch roster of games has gotten a classic addition in the form of Constructor HD.

While the game launches alongside the Nintendo Switch on March 3rd, it remains to be seen if this is a digital-only release, or if developer System 3 are planning a retail version as well.

Originally released for MS-DOS back in 1997, it was later ported to the original PlayStation, Mac, native Windows. The game also has a planned release on PC and consoles on February 28th.

Here’s a rundown on the game, via developer System 3:

Using the Nintendo Switch™, Constructor fans will be able to seamlessly take their construction empire with them, allowing players to build, sabotage, and cause construction chaos anywhere. Caught short and need to lay some pipe during Constructor? Undock your Nintendo Switch™, take your place on the porcelain throne, and continue building your empire in uninterrupted comfort. Just remember to flush.

Constructor also utilises the wireless play of the Nintendo Switch™, allowing up to four mates to effortlessly play against each other in the many multiplayer Constructor challenges.

“The drive and ambition to bring products to the world’s most dynamic gaming systems has stood System 3 in good stead over its 35-year existence. The Nintendo Switch is the latest example of hardware allowing us to bring our unique vision to the market. You’ll now be able to build and run your construction empire anywhere you like – you’ll never stop building!”, said Mark Cale, CEO of System 3.

Constructor will be released on launch day for Nintendo Switch™, and 28th February for Xbox One, PlayStation® 4, & Steam players.



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  1. Bashtarle
    January 17, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Clearly a system seller if ever I’ve seen one …………………………

  2. Jack
    January 17, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Open the door
    Fall in a ditch
    There’s no games for the switch

  3. Tenetan
    January 17, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Real good game back in the days, can’t belive it’s been almost 20 years since I’ve played it lol.

  4. M37 TrenchGun
    M37 TrenchGun
    January 17, 2017 at 1:20 pm


  5. porkbun
    January 17, 2017 at 1:23 pm


  6. AR7777
    January 17, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    My cousin had constructor for PSX and the save file used all 15 blocks lol.

  7. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    January 17, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    We need re-releases of old games that launched on other consoles.

    Final Fantasy VII would be a good start.

  8. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    January 17, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    EA, get on this shit. Time to dump your third party titles on the Switch.

  9. catazxy
    January 17, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    The ff7 remake will have a bigger impact

  10. Himegami Aisa
    Himegami Aisa
    January 17, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Ignoring the fact that that would never happen, no-one’s gonna buy the Switch for a game older than 3 years old. If you wanna play old games, emulation is the way to go in most instances.

  11. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    January 17, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    People are buying for a Switch for the new games, but neglecting people who would buy and enjoy old content as well is just silly.

  12. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    January 17, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Of killed the brand… sure.

  13. catazxy
    January 17, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    The old ff7 is on almost every platform, the remake, as shitty as it will probably be, will bring sell like hot cakes, for a while at least

  14. PenguinPlayer
    January 17, 2017 at 6:23 pm


  15. catazxy
    January 17, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    What? No motion controls on this one?

  16. Tubsiwub
    January 17, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    This is incredibly odd news, but alright.

  17. EuroMIX
    January 17, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    It’s what GOG (originally named “Good Old Games”) was founded on, and they seems to be doing well. Never underestimate people’s desire for easy access to old games that may be difficult to run on modern systems.

    If this game hasn’t been on Nintendo systems before, then it’s essentially something new for them. Also, I don’t see anyone arguing that people would be buying the system JUST for this game, but the more the merrier; every additional game adds value to the system.

  18. Personaknight
    January 17, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Holy shit! Sealed the deal for me. Now get Xcom on here and I’ll buy 2.

  19. Personaknight
    January 17, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Should have gone with Xcom.

  20. Galvanized Dreamer
    Galvanized Dreamer
    January 17, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    We need The Ultimate DOOM & DOOM II ports.

  21. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    January 17, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    It’s going to put the last nail in the coffin for Square, I think. This was their last trump card, and they seem to have blown it.

  22. sanic
    January 18, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Can you make disasters like simcity? Shit I got a hankering for some simcity with the unlimited money code.

  23. Carl_Ed
    January 18, 2017 at 2:01 am

    System 3 needs to hurry up and make me a new Last Ninja game.

  24. catazxy
    January 18, 2017 at 5:47 am

    Its ironic that you said that, since I could say the same about the Switch, but it’s too early to tell.. for sure

  25. Himegami Aisa
    Himegami Aisa
    January 18, 2017 at 5:59 am

    15 sold well and 14 has a healthy amount of subscribers last I checked. Hardly a franchise in its death throes. As for the overall health of the business, Square Enix’s net income was $175 million last financial year, up from last. This wasn’t some desperate Hail Mary from Square, just a cynical ploy to exploit the legions of drooling FF7 fans.

  26. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    January 18, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Fifteen did not sell well enough to justify the years of working on nothing else.

  27. Himegami Aisa
    Himegami Aisa
    January 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I have no idea what you mean by “years of working on nothing else”― Square Enix is a huge company and they released plenty of other games during its development cycle. As for the sales, they’ve been sketchy on the figures, but we know something like 750k copies were sold in the first fortnight in Japan, so just about the only thing we can say about it is it wasn’t a massive flop or anything. Whether they were disappointing only SE can say.

  28. Fenrir007
    January 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I really enjoyed this game back in the day. That said, I don’t see myself playing it outside of a computer.