Skyrim for the Nintendo Switch was one of the stars at Bethesda’s E3 2017 showcase. The game, which was originally announced during Nintendo’s Switch launch event in January, appeared alongside Fallout 4 VR and a new Creation Club for Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition.
On stage, Bethesda confirmed a flurry of new Skyrim Switch details including a specific release window and bonus content you can’t get on the PS4 or Xbox One. The company also released a new trailer showing off the game on Nintendo’s portable console.
As we push into September we want to take you through the most important things you need to know if you’re interested in playing Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch.
This includes a look at its release date, Skyrim Switch deals, and a brief look at what you can expect from the game’s content and gameplay.
Nintendo Switch Skyrim Release Date
Nintendo and Bethesda have finally confirmed a specific release date.
Nintendo Switch Skyrim Pre-Orders
If you want to order Skyrim for Nintendo Switch right now, you can.
Nintendo Switch Skyrim Deals
If you don’t want to pay the full $60 for Skyrim you don’t, and won’t, have to.
Both are paid memberships but you can signup for a free Amazon Prime trial and snag the deal. Best Buy doesn’t offer a GCU free trial.
We expect more Skyrim Switch deals (including some that don’t need a membership) to emerge throughout the year so keep an eye out as we approach the fall.
Nintendo Switch Skyrim Content
Skyrim for Nintendo Switch isn’t the same as Skyrim Special Edition for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. There are some key differences.
Key differences include new gameplay features like motion controls for lock-picking and combat. On the Switch, you’ll be able to detach the Joy-Con controller from the unit and experience Skyrim in all-new ways.
The game will also feature some unique content from The Legend of Zelda series. Skyrim for Switch includes outfits and gear from the popular series including:
- Master Sword
- Hylian Shield
- Champion’s Tunic
The game also includes amiibo support. The Legend of Zelda amiibo will unlock additional loot in the game, a nice perk for those invested in Nintendo’s platform.
Archer Link was shown off during the initial announcement but it’s unclear the game will include additional costumes.
Skyrim’s three DLC expansion packs, Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn, are also included in the game’s package.
Bethesda recently showcased the game in action at Gamescom and some people in attendance were able to get hands-on with the title.
The video above from YouTuber GameXplain showcases the game being played while the Nintendo Switch is in its handheld mode.
Nintendo Switch Skyrim Mods
Bethesda’s Skyrim for Switch could be missing one key element: Mods. The company hasn’t confirmed mod support for Skyrim on Switch.
Mods are a huge part of the game’s success on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Bethesda’s Skyrim mod library features thousands of ways to change the game.
The company’s also launched its new Creation Club on Fallout 4 with a release on Skyrim Special Edition coming sometime in September.
Creation Club gives gamers access to new Skyrim items, abilities and gameplay features created by Bethesda Games Studios and outside development partners.
Creation Club is available on the Xbox One, PS4 and Windows PC but the developer hasn’t said anything about a release on Nintendo Switch. Don’t hold your breath.