Skyrim On Nintendo Switch Release Date Announced

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A Nintendo Switch version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was one of the big surprises of last year's system reveal event, but until now we only had a vague idea of when to expect it. As part of today's lengthy Nintendo Direct, however, we got a hard release date.

Skyrim is due out for Switch on November 17 in both North America and Europe, Nintendo has revealed. That's almost six years to the day after its original release on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360; it arrived for those consoles back on November 11, 2011. This Switch version comes with the base game and its three expansions: Dragonborn, Dawnguard, and Hearthfire.

Besides that, Skyrim on Switch includes some unique features. It can be played with motion controls, allowing you to swing weapons, pick locks, or aim your bow with the Joy-Cons. Additionally, it includes exclusive Zelda-themed armor and weapons, which we've seen before. These are unlocked by scanning compatible Amiibo figures, though the presentation revealed you may be able to find the rare items through adventuring in the world as well.

You can catch up on today's Nintendo Direct announcements with our roundup of all the news and trailers.

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still waiting on great games, no sports, 6 year old games priced as new?? good luck with your switches people....solid waste of 300 bucks unless you are into old shit and kid franchises, sucky thing is i really wanted one, but its nintendo i shouldve known there would be nothing for me

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@dev-raid1: I'm sorry you've decided to miss out on the cream of the crop of the Wii U library (Pokken Tournament, Mario Kart 8, many more to come) as well as Metroid Prime 4 and arguably the best Zelda game ever made, if not one of the best games ever made period, but hey - that's your choice. And then there's Mario vs Rabbids as well.

Also, being able to play Wolfenstein 2 or DOOM on an airplane is going to be so, so sick. Really looking forward to do that, since I fly a lot at the moment.

And yeah, I'm a sucker when it comes to Skyrim. I've spent over 2500 hours playing it - and I hate being away from my PC cause then I can't play Skyrim. Well, now I can.

Like, honestly, apart from PC exclusives and RTS's and MMORPG's, I really don't play on my PC a lot anymore. Being able to play a game, then leave and keep playing while riding the bus for an hour, and then putting it in the bag before work and nobody notices, and then being able to do the same thing on the way home... it's awesome.

And don't even get me started on the promise of a full Pokemon RPG with current gen console graphics. We've never had that before - really looking forward to that; because the series is an RPG that's trying to present an immersive world and journey, and better graphics will let it do so better; and it was already pretty good at it.

I don't regret my purchase one bit, but if you have a Wii U and don't travel a lot, I agree it's poor value right now.

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@TheDesertDragon: its fine you are enjoying your switch i honestly am happy for you, but for someone like me that got extremely hyped all to be let down.....nintendo doesnt have 1st party games that i play, not zelda not mario not metroid none of it, so if they dont get 3rd party support from devs i like people like me have no reason to get one. skyrim is ok but i played it for a really long time 5 years ago, its not something i want to start all over, and i dont play wolfenstein .....again i was hyped up almost bought one too but i thought about it for a few minutes and realized that not even in the near future will it have anything for a guy like me. sucks but you get over it pretty quick, heres hoping sony gets off their arses and builds a vita 2 bringing ps3 to handheld

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I'm glad that Bethesda and Nintendo aren't locking content behind Amiibo's for this game. If/when I buy it I don't want to buy a 13$ figurine to get the Master Sword.

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I would rather buy a 5 dollar good book for my Kindle before paying $60 to play this again. Nothing on the Switch till Xenoblade 2 on Nov 1st. This should be 19.99 like Okami HD.

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@agramonte: Sorry to burst your bubble, but Xenoblade 2 comes out December 1st, so the wait will be a bit longer for you. Sucks that you aren't interested in Mario Odyssey though. That's going to keep me busy until Xenoblade.

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@doctor_mg: yep, you right on both points. Wishful thinking on XB2 and I'm on the fence with Mario - but sure nobody else is.

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@agramonte: In reality, youre paying for the portability of it and the extra content unique to Nintendo. I've played this hell out of this game back in Xbox 360, then on PC not too long ago. But I have yet to come close to beating it.

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Good for my Nan, that guy up in the space station and Elvis.

I can't think of anyone else who hasn't played Skyrim already.

Bring on the VR version and I may bite.

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Lemme guess, no mods?

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@Thanatos2k: Mods on consoles are pretty much a joke right now anyway. Hopefully next generation they don't limit them so much.

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@Thanatos2k: You're stuck with the game as intended by its makers. Damn.

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@Bread_or_Decide: The game "as intended by its makers" is actually pretty bad though. The game is nearly unplayable without UI mods at the minimum.

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@Thanatos2k: Weird. How did I put 100 hours into an unplayable game? Crazy....must have been a dream.

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@Bread_or_Decide: It means you didn't know any better? Unfortunate.

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@Thanatos2k: Well its sad that the SkyUI mod is still not available for the special edition of Skyrim, which is imo the best UI mod for Skyrim. (at least it was not released yet when I last checked which has been a while now)

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Am I the only one sick of Nintendo slapping link and Mario all over everyone else's franchise? I think a cameo here and there is cool, but I'm worried it might tarnish them a bit

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@Senact: Does this one have Mario in it? I thought there were just some Zelda items.

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The most pointless release ever? I want to play Dark Souls on my toaster; not this crap.

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@teppolundgren: Well so far that nintendo third party poster has proven to be NOT a big fat lie. So since From Software was on it....who knows what they're planning for the switch but I'm certain it will be something cool. Portable dark souls trilogy...man that would own.

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@Bread_or_Decide: or another ancient game at a crazy price... Pretty much what nintendo 3rd party poster has produced so far.

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@agramonte: Doom is one years old. Skyrim is far from ancient. And switch is getting wolfenstein 2 next year.

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@Bread_or_Decide: skyrim is old, stop trying to change facts.....its 2017 not 2012

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@Bread_or_Decide: I said you can Google any of those games and read everything about it till the cows come home. I was making the point that I rather have articles about something new. Not a history lesson.

Skyrim is from 2011!... how far do we need to go before a game is considered old on the Switch? Wolfenstein 2 comes out in October of this year for everything. It is like the RIME announcement. We still waiting @39.99 on the Switch. I saw it for 19.99 on the PS4 already - It has been 5 months.

They didn't even give a date.

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@Bread_or_Decide: I think you may have misunderstood me. I didn't affectionately refer to my Switch as a "toaster" (I don't own a Switch). What I meant was that I'd rather play Dark Souls on my toaster (I have one of those) than play ANYTHING on a Switch. Especially Skyrim.

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@teppolundgren: Ahh, gotcha. Don't fight too hard, friend. You may like the switch more than you think.

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@Bread_or_Decide: i like the switch, but if this is their 3rd party support....keep it, i dont need a portable skyrim if it costs the same as 6 years ago, people trying to say oh youre paying for portability.....well then keep on paying for portability i wont....not too mention where are the games for sports fans??? if you are a baseball, golf, hockey, football person you have no reason to buy a switch.

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@Bread_or_Decide: Afraid not. The only reason I'd buy a Switch would be so that I could "switch" it for something better. :)

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Can't wait. I need portable uncompromised skyrim in my life.

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@Bread_or_Decide: its on a nintendo platform......it was compromised the day it was announced

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@dev-raid1: why you mad though.

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"Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should."

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Skyrim on Nintendo Switch apparently has a terrible soundtrack.

Glad no amiibos required

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@girlusocrazy: It does? The soundtrack sounds the same as the other releases. Do you mean the bit quality is worse, or did they change the actual tracks somehow?

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@doctor_mg: It was a joke, there is terrible music in the trailer, not Skyrim's music but some assy upbeat tune like for a training video or some educational video at school

What is this, an infomercial on QVC?

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"Hey Todd, shouldn't we be start making a next Elder Scrolls game ?"

"Nah screw that, let's milk Skyrim for however long we can, fans will still buy it

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@jygg4lag: These games take a long time to make. They are 100% working on the next game but until then you gotta keep the lights on. Skyrim is like Minecraft, it's gotta be on every platform for those platforms to be considered legitimate.

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Never heard of this game before, might gonna check it out on Switch.

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@Pelezinho777: Also fairly unknown on this site is Destiny 2, not sure why they refuse to acknowledge its existence on GameSpot

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@girlusocrazy: I particularly never heard of Destiny 2.

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I love how the dragon in that Skyrim Switch video does a typical Skyrim Dragon thing and pays no mind to the Player to attack a random mudcrab or something behind it. It's Skyrim, alright.

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@MadCat221: Gamebryo'd

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