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Watch Wolfenstein 2 Nintendo Switch Gameplay

See how Wolfenstein looks on Nintendo's console.

At this early juncture in the Switch's life, few third-parties have supported the console as fully as Bethesda. On top of its widely acclaimed RPG, Skyrim, the publisher has brought Doom--one of the most brutal and visually intensive shooters of the current generation--to the hybrid console courtesy of developer Panic Button, which is also handling the upcoming Switch port of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.

As with the Switch version of Doom before it, Panic Button has made some sacrifices to bring Wolfenstein II to Nintendo's hybrid console. The game is capped at 30 FPS, with a lower resolution and some muddier textures than the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions. Despite this, the experience still remains very much intact. Some visual compromises aside, Wolfenstein II looks and feels like the same game that launched for other platforms last fall, and while it may not be quite as pretty as those versions, it's still one of the most visually impressive games coming to Nintendo's console.

We had a chance to go hands-on with the Switch version of Wolfenstein II at PAX East 2018. In the video above, you can watch us play through a portion of the game's second chapter in docked mode. Like the Switch version of Doom, Wolfenstein II will also support motion-controlled aiming using the controller's gyroscope; that option wasn't available for us to try during our hands-on session, but it will be available in the game from launch.

Bethesda still hasn't announced a release date for the Switch version of Wolfenstein II, but the game is slated to launch for the console sometime this year. The shooter was one of the most acclaimed games of 2017; GameSpot's Kallie Plagge awarded it a 9/10 in our Wolfenstein II review and said, "Despite some heavy-handed moments that feel like missteps in its message, satisfying Nazi-killing action bolsters its completely bonkers storyline in a way that only Wolfenstein can achieve."

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scirocco7

It looks good. The problem with release date still stays and also the price will be untouchable.

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93ChevyNut

GS, when doing "How it looks on NS" articles, please show docked and undocked footage.

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GirlUSoCrazy

Looks good!

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sakaiXx

Its good on video but when we get our hands on the game it wil not live up to hype just like doom. Still, great seeing bethesda supporting.

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cheater87

Blood, gore, swastikas, and swearing in a Wolf game on a Nintendo system? Color me impressed!

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SuperKlyph

I wish there were PS4 games that used the gyroscope for aiming. I've messed around with it on Steam with the PS4 controller and it works beautifully.

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Externalpower43

" 30 FPS, with a lower resolution and some muddier textures"

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MichelleBennet

Doom port on Switch was just too blurry for my taste.

I hope this get's a little sharper image. I don't care if they reduce the quality of some textures and shadowing, as long as the image is clear enough.

I have some great FPS at 4k in Xbox one X, but I would like to have a decent one on Switch to play portable.

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Mogan

@michellebennet: The Switch isn't all that terribly powerful, so I wouldn't expect a port of a PS4/Xbox/PC shooter to be super pretty, smooth experience on Nintendo's system. Maybe something made specifically for the Switch.

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Shuttle_Cock

The problem with games like this on the Switch is the price. Basically they look worse than the other consoles and PC but cost way more and never go on sale, I mean I got The New Order on PC or $7.50 a year after it was released, Nintendo games just NEVER get that cheap.

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Sepewrath

@shuttle_cock: The price of 3rd party games always goes down on Nintendo platforms. The 1st party games are the ones that stay full price because they continue to sell for a long time. If everyone could do that, they would; case in point, it took a long time for GTA V's price to drop because it just kept selling. It makes no sense to drop the price for something that is still selling a price drop is done to reinvigorate sales. PC games drop in price the quickest from what I see.

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sakaiXx

@Sepewrath: nope. Games on ninty are really pricy.

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nikolistary

@Sepewrath: I don't think so dude. Doom is nearly 2 years old and it's still $60 in the store. And will probably never go on sale. If it does it'll be like $50. Hate Nintendo's complete lack of good discounts.

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GirlUSoCrazy

@nikolistary: @sakaiXx: Yeah, why I just picked it up on PS4 vs Switch, came down to price and that's it.

OTOH Dark Souls and Sonic Mania Plus coming out same day same price and I am picking them up on Switch.

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locknuts84

Every gameplay video I've seen so far has shown the player seemingly struggle with the controls in combat. I hope the controls are ok.

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gameboy8877

@locknuts84: i hope the players are ok

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ender003

@gameboy8877: They're professional gaming journalists. At this point, you'd be silly to expect them to be competent at actually playing games.