The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is coming to Nintendo Switch. Bethesda revealed the game during the handheld’s very own reveal, and the release will make the first time Skyrim has been properly playable while on the go. Keep this page bookmarked, as we’ll be updating it with any new information on the game over the coming months, including the Skyrim Switch release date, Skyrim Switch Link Costume, Skyrim Switch reviews, Skyrim Switch gameplay footage, Skyrim Switch Mods and more.
Skyrim Switch Review Roundup
With just a few days to go until Skyrim releases worldwide for Nintendo Switch, reviews are now out in the wild, and we've rounded up a selection of the offerings just below:
- USgamer - "It's the Skyrim you remember from countless hours of play in 2011 and beyond, with a few tweaks and additions. More importantly, it's a Skyrim that can be played on-the-go, with very little in the way of real compromise."
- IGN: 8/10 - "All of its vastness, beauty, characters, stories, and goofy bugs fit nicely onto the Switch, where it runs at a good, steady framerate and resolution."
- Gamespot: 8/10 - "With the addition of Zelda-themed gear that's actually useful--and the fact that you can play anywhere--the Switch version of Skyrim is a great excuse to revisit a much-loved RPG."
- Gamesradar: 4.5/5 - "Motion controls add a breath of fresh air to a familiar game, with astounding results. A must-have for anyone with a Switch and a love of open world games."
Skyrim Switch Essential Information:
- Release Date: November 17, 2017
- Price: TBC, likely fully-priced
- Pre-order Skyrim for Nintendo Switch
- Platform: Nintendo Switch
- Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
- Publisher: Bethesda
- Genre: Adventure, Role-Playing
Skyrim Switch Release Date
We first saw Skyrim Switch running on the console back in 2016, and since then we've managed to get our hands on the game at numerous preview events. Having already heard so much about Skyrim Switch for months on end, Nintendo finally announced that the Skyrim Switch release date is November 17, 2017, just in time for the holiday season.
No Mod Support in Skyrim on Switch
The Nintendo Switch version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will not include mod support. When Skyrim came to PS4 and Xbox One the games each included support for user-made mods - although the PS4 game had significant limitations. Sadly for Switch owners, their version of the game won't support mods in any shape or form.
Speaking to USGamer, Bethesda's Pete Hines said that mod support "isn't planned at this time."
Skyrim Switch Gameplay Footage
Gameplay footage showing off Skyrim running on Nintendo Switch has been released. The latest footage comes from our friends at Eurogamer, who got to play the game in handheld mode at Gamescom 2017. See the footage below and check out their impressions of the port.
In the videos below you can see the game being played in handheld mode and with the joy-cons held separately to make use of motion controls.
Skryim Switch Amiibo Functionality
If you were just expecting Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch to be a straight port, then you’re mistaken, for Bethesda is including Amiibo functionality with the re-release of the six year-old game. Players can unlock items like the Master Sword through scanning Amiibo. These items can also be found without using amiibo. Use our how to get Zelda items in Skyrim Switch guide for all the info.
Once an Amiibo is scanned into the Switch console, a chest will appear in-game within Skyrim Switch, which will allow the player to unlock a load of brand new items. These can include the Master Sword, a Hylian Shield, and an outfit that allows your character to cosplay as Link. All these items were briefly seen in the teaser trailer above, shown during Bethesda’s E3 2017 presentation.
Motion Controls for Skyrim Switch
In the latter part of the gameplay teaser trailer for Skyrim Switch at Bethesda’s E3 presentation, we could see the player using the motion controls of the joycons to attack with a sword, block with a shield, and fire off arrows towards a dragon in the distance.
These motion controls look like they’re fairly simple to use, as all you have to do is mimic the action that the Skyrim in-game character would do. For example to raise your shield to block an attack, just raise the corresponding joycon up.
The motion control functionality with Skyrim Switch is a nice touch, but if you don’t want to play the game this way, you’d have to imagine that there’d be the option to turn them off within the game.
This is all the information we have right now for Skyrim Switch, but be sure to keep an eye on this page, as we’ll be updating it with further news whenever it breaks, especially in the coming months in the run-up to the release of Skyrim Switch. Hopefully we'll find out if Skyrim on Switch will support the best Skyrim Mods.