If you have followed me on social media, the Class vs Crass podcast on NintendoEnthusiast’s Youtube channel, or on my personal channel RGT 85, you are well aware of my feelings on Skyrim for the Nintendo Switch. Since the game was announced, I was very vocal in the fact that the game needed something Nintendo-related in order to make it enticing for Nintendo Switch owners. Skyrim itself is an older game, and while this is the first modern Bethesda title on a Nintendo platform ever, it still would be a tough sell to Switch owners. During Bethesda’s press conference at E3 though, they revealed exactly what I wanted them to: the inclusion of Nintendo items in the game. I was expecting Fire Emblem, to be honest, so seeing the Master Sword, Breath of the Wild attire, and more was a huge surprise to me. Does this inclusion make the game more appealing when it releases this Fall?
Obviously, The Legend of Zelda is riding a massive high right now with the outstanding success of Breath of the Wild on the Nintendo Switch. Many are already calling it the Game of the Year, and it’s currently the highest rated game of 2017. When looking at an open-world action-RPG like Skyrim, it would make perfect sense for the Legend of Zelda to infiltrate this landscape. The way it’s done is unique as well, with a simple tap of your Link amiibo (no matter what kind) giving you access to these awesome upgrades that impact the game both visually and in terms of gameplay with the new weapons.
Essentially, playing the game visually as Link is a pretty cool addition to the game, and blends right into the Elder Scrolls universe. But the question remains, is that enough to entice Nintendo Switch owners to pick this game up?
Maybe not. I don’t think this inclusion alone is THE thing that will make Switch owners interested in Skyrim, but I think it helps bring the game to their attention. When you combine that with the fact that Skyrim will also be completely portable due to the Nintendo Switch being a hybrid system, and the addition of motion controls/all DLC in one package, the blending of these four elements is a much more potent combination. Considering people have put hundreds of hours into playing Skyrim, and probably still haven’t seen everything in the game, the portability aspect is key for this version of Skyrim.
As long as the game looks and plays well, I think the inclusion of Zelda goodies along with the aforementioned portability, motion controls, and all DLC makes Skyrim a very attractive package for Nintendo Switch owners. Do you plan on picking up this title? Let us know in the comments below.