The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Nintendo Switch

  • Publisher: Bethesda
  • SKU: 5722101
  • Release Date: 11/17/2017
ESRB Rating: Mature
Blood and gore, Intense violence, Sexual themes, Use of alcohol
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What's Included


  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (923 out of 935)

Product Details


  • Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
  • Publisher: Bethesda
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Genre: Role Playing
  • Release Date: 11/17/2017

Synopsis


Winner of 200+ Game of the Year Awards, Skyrim® arrives on the Nintendo Switch console. The open-world adventure from Bethesda Game Studios® where you can virtually be anyone and do anything, now allows you to go anywhere - at home and on the go. New features include motion controls, gear based on the Legend of Zelda™ series, and amiibo™ compatibility.

Dragons, long lost to the passages of the Elder Scrolls, have returned and the future of Skyrim hangs in the balance. As Dragonborn, the prophesized hero born with the power of The Voice, you are the only one who can stand against them.

Live another life in another world - from battling ancient dragons, exploring rugged mountains, building a home to mastering hundreds of weapons, spells and abilities. For the first time ever, go into battle Legend of Zelda style: fight with the Master sword, guard with the Hylian shield, while wearing the Champion’s tunic.

Features


Includes all the content from official add-ons: Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn

Uncover the mystery behind the return of the dragons in a massive open world to explore any way you choose

Create your own custom character and do virtually anything you want

Choose from hundreds of weapons, spells, and abilities. The character system allows you to play the way you like and define yourself through your actions

Your decisions matter in a world that changes dynamically based on your choices

Use motion controls to battle with melee weapons, aim your bow, or pick locks, exclusively on Nintendo Switch

Tap compatible Legend of Zelda™ character amiibo™ figures (sold separately) once daily for the chance to gain gear inspired by the series

Take down enemies with the Master sword, protect yourself with the Hylian shield, and feel heroic in the Champion's tunic

Tap other compatible amiibo figures to receive a chest of loot, exclusive to the Nintendo Switch version of the game



Overall customer rating

4.8
99%
would recommend to a friend

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Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Massive world...portable fun!

    Posted
    TheHutch
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    Ok, let me start by saying that I am completely new to the world of Skyrim but after playing for several hours let me just say that I can see why this game had earned the all the kudos and accolades it did waay back in 2011. This marks the sixth console on which this game has appeared on, and while some aspects are beginning to show its age, its still every bit the awesome game that it was all those years ago. Graphically this stands toe to toe with the PS3 or XBOX 360 versions, albeit with some sacrifices on draw distance and things popping up far away. The framerate is solid and while I haven't got to the big action pieces yet, what I have seen is impressive. Even more so given that until now, this game has never been on a portable system. The DLC that came out after the games' release, Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn, is all there too making this package even more worthwhile. There are no 'mods' (adjustments to the game made by fans) on it, so you can only play the game proper (sorry Thomas the Tank Engine fans), but again it is an absolute revelation that it plays and looks as well as it does on the not-as-powerful Nintendo Switch. New to the Switch version is motion controls and amiibo functionality. The motion controls you may or may not like but they are done fairly well-especially if you go the archer route. The amiibos give you treasure chests, but only once every 24 hours. A cool addition is that you can get Zelda exclusives, including the Hylian Shield, BOTW Tunic, and...The Master Sword!!!-when you use zelda based amiibo. Its random but they occur fairly often. Don't worry if you don't have Zelda amiibo, these Switch exclusives occur in game at some point as well. Playing this I realize that Breath of the Wild got a lot of inspiration from the gameplay of Skyrim. The bottom line: If you have never played Skyrim this is a must buy! If you have never experienced Skyrim before think Breath of the Wild meets Game of Thrones. There is alot to learn and not a lot of hand holding but its a 5 star game. If you owned this and played it already then I cant say this version justifies revisiting Skyrim once again as $60 is a lot for a 6 year old game. That it is portable now may entice those who played to shell out another $60 for the ability to drop in on the inhabitants of Tamriel once again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Still epic

    Posted
    Alfabits
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    Skyrim on Switch is still an amazing game. Everything from the previous console versions is here. If you've never played Skyrim, this version holds its own even against the remastered versions for other current consoles. While it may not look nearly as good (although still better than the original version), the fact that you can play it anywhere makes up for it. If you already played Skyrim, but haven't touched it since it originally came out, it's worth a revisit, especially if you're a fan. I'm currently about 60 hours in and just can't stop playing. I'm either finishing up a quest, or simply exploring a cave a ruin I stumbled across. It's also been fun going back through the game playing a completely different class than before. I only have a few complaints. One is, when playing in handheld mode, the game is a little too dark, even with the brightness turned all the way up. It's not that bad when exploring the wilderness, but since so much time is spent caves and castles, it can be difficult to notice everything. Also, the text, whether menu or subtitles, is hard to read. Not only because it is small, but because of the brightness issue. When playing in console mode, this obviously is not a problem. My only other complaint is the price. $60 for a six year old game is quite a bit steep. Especially since the enhanced remaster versions for the XBOne and PS4 can be found new for half the price. It really feels like Nintendo fans are getting gouged. This is also the reason I can't give it 5 stars. I managed to find it on sale at a different store and Best Buy price matched. If this is something you've been interested in or something you've wanted to return to, I highly recommend it, only add that you wait until you see a price drop or sale.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Skyrim in the palm of your hand...

    Posted
    GAMEnyc
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    Lets get a few things out of the way... Yes, this is a six year old game. Yes, the graphics are a bit dated by current standards. Yes, you probably purchased this on one or more platforms in the past. All that being said, this is Skyrim on a handheld system. That is a testament to how fast technology has advanced in just six short years. It runs remarkably well. It looks great on the handheld screen at 720, and looks fine docked at 1080p. As good as a current PC, PS4 or Xbox? No. Does that matter? No. I know everyone likes to compare specs these days. But if specs are your top priority, you probably shouldn't own a Switch. You can now play a game that just 5-6 years ago required a high end gaming PC. A remarkable achievement. Overall, this review isn't about the specifics of the game. There are hundreds of reviews going back years if you want those. This version doesn't have mods but that is ok. This is to introduce those who never took the time to play Skyrim and enjoy it in portable form. Highly Recommended. Lets hope Morrowind and Oblivion are not far behind.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Lot of Bang for Your Buck

    Posted
    Kirby511
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    This game has been high on my list of upcoming Switch games to play due to the fact that I have never had a chance to play it previously. I am happy to report that it delivers in every aspect. The game play is smooth, combat is fun, and the scenery is breathtaking. Although some might complain about the lack of mods or creation club support, I'm able to enjoy the game perfectly fine and as it was intended to be played so I don't see those two aspects as really deterrents. I love going on these long, epic adventures and I'm sure to be playing this for a very good while. My only complaint is that I have read in other reviews that as you progress further along in the game and store a lot of items in chests that it does suffer from some lag, but I believe that is a common problem also found in other versions of the game as well. An easy fix is to use the chest in Whiterun which apparently does not suffer from this bug, and to use as little save files as possible (or to make a new save file every once in a while and delete your older ones.) I hope everyone (of age) gets to try this game at least once, the portability factor of this version makes it the most easy to access in my opinion, and it's worth playing through if you enjoy high levels of fantasy and action.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent port of a classic title

    Posted
    shalingrad
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    Skyrim has been out for years (and had already been ported to numerous other systems in the past) and yet I still get the itch to start a new character every now and then. When I heard it was coming out for the Switch, I knew I had to pick up this version because the idea of being able to play it on the go really resonated with me. This version includes the base game + the 3 previously-released DLC. Now, the reason I only give this particular version 3 stars is due to a couple things. First, the game is VERY dark. It becomes extremely hard to see anything in certain environments such as caves and there is no in-game gamma slider you can adjust to your liking. Second, the loading times can become awfully long (especially when you first load up the game), which really shouldn't be an issue on this gen's hardware. Other than these two things, I haven't really noticed anything of concern. Skyrim is a classic game which I've put hundreds of hours into, and the only reason I would recommend this version over any other is for the Switch's portability.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Still a masterpiece, reinvigorated by Switch

    Posted
    JazZelda
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    Skyrim was amazing when it came out in 2011 and though it is starting to show some age, the game is still incredibly immersive. Nintendo gave us a polished, open-world masterpiece that only Nintendo could with Breath of the Wild earlier this year. In comparison, Skyrim's moment-to-moment gameplay is much rougher around the edges. But while Breath of the Wild's Hyrule feels intentionally, well, wild, Skyrim feels lived-in. If you want an open world filled with dozens of meaty sidequests, lively towns populated with NPCs, and deep lore, then Skyrim offers a different kind of immersion that Zelda does not. It is a different kind of masterpiece in world-building and still holds up well today. If you are a Nintendo-only gamer that has never played it, I assure you it is worth your time! If you have played it before, only you can decide how much the portability of the Switch matters to you. To me, it's a no-brainer. After a few years away, the Switch got me to go back to Skyrim. Now that I can take it anywhere, I might never leave.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Game

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    Omegared86
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    This is my first time playing Skyrim and I am thoroughly pleased with my purchase. This game is massive, there is an abundance of content for the player to go through. This game is an RPG, which allows you to create your own character and presents several choices for you during gameplay. Its unique that no two players will experience the game the same way, I am sure on my next playthrough I will play differently. This game has great performance on the Switch. I've played about 20 hours so far and I there hasn't been any frame issues or weird glitches. The only thing I've noticed was some weird audio glitch that has occurred twice. I was exploring White Run when some garbled distorted sounds came blasting from my speakers which lasted for about 1-2 seconds. Besides those minor glitches, eveyrthing is great thus far. If you love adventure games and have an urge to play a deep game I highly recommend adding Skyrim to your Switch collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Portable Skyrim

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    frogo
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    Skyrim on the go is a bit surreal. Elder Scrolls games are usually when I upgrade to a fancy new PC to handle some of the most impressive visuals in a generation. Now one is running on a tablet, and it looks better than it did on consoles just a few years ago. And not only can you take Skyrim in your pocket, you can sleep it, set it down, and hop right back into the game in no time at all. If you've never experienced Skyrim, you could do worse than buying this version. Maybe you loved Skyrim but never returned to play the expansions. Or maybe you played it to death but still want to be able to have it with you wherever you go. You'll get your money's worth with an Elder Scrolls game.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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