The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim-Nintendo Switch

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Bethesda Softworks

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Live another life, in another world in the legendary open-world masterpiece from Bethesda Game Studios.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

A Glorious Return
by Javy Gwaltney

Return to the snowy, dragon-ridden mountains of Skyrim and save the world – but this time on Nintendo's portable console


The Switch version of Skyrim is surprisingly beautiful as long as you don't look too closely at poorly aged textures


The sounds of your arrows turning a dragon into a pincushion and the stirring orchestral score are fantastic


Skyrim's interface remains unchanged from the main game, with easy to understand controls and accessibility options that let you tail the game to your preferences


The Switch version of Skyrim is a well-executed version of a modern classic that you can play on the go, offering the same delights (and minor frustrations) of the original



For more than six years, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has captured the imaginations of countless gamers, with its beautiful and snowy fantastical trappings, seemingly endless side quests, and massive modding community. The Switch port of Skyrim is an exciting prospect because it makes an enticing promise that the other console versions don't: being able to play on the go. I was impressed with how the Switch handles this massive (and infamously glitchy) RPG, resulting in a competent port that transitions wonderfully to portable play.

The biggest question on many fans' minds is whether or not the Switch can handle Skyrim's massive size and propensity for loading those spaces with numerous foes. During my 35-plus hours with the game, my framerate was constantly above 30 FPS and I never encountered a single dip or stutter. Load times were also surprisingly brief in comparison to the original PS3/360 versions, with a one-minute initial load time from main menu to game world, and then brief transitions taking from 4 to 10 seconds. Everything ran smoothly no matter what area I was in, how populated it is, or what activity I was doing. Control functionality is also satisfying, with a pleasant rumble in the Joy-Cons helping capture the pleasurable thunk of combat when you drive an axe into a foe's head or whip them off a mountainside with a brush of your sword.

Bethesda didn't have to make any huge sacrifices to achieve this performance, either. Outside of textures and rough character models (we're talking about a game from 2011), the world of Skyrim looks as stunning as ever. I noticed no fuzziness in either portable mode or on three different HD televisions of various sizes during my playtime. The draw distance is equally impressive; I could make out distant mountains, cities, and landmasses without any fog enshrouding them. A slight motion blur occurs when you're turning, but I hardly noticed it all except in dark spaces like caverns. It might not look quite as pretty as the PC version running at ultra-high settings, but it doesn't settle for adequacy either, resulting in a world that's constantly nice to look at as long as you don't examine textures too closely.

See more of the review at Game Informer

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 for the Nintendo Switch version of the game include motion controls, gear based on the Legend of Zelda™ series, and amiibo™ compatibility.

Live Another Life, In Another World

  • Create your own custom character, and do virtually whatever you want
  • Includes all content from of??icial add-ons: Dawnguard, Hearth??ire, and Dragonborn
  • Choose from hundreds of weapons, spells, and abilities. The character system allows you to play almost any way you want and de??ine yourself through your actions

Exclusive Features Only on Nintendo Switch

  • Use motion controls to battle with melee weapons, aim your bow, or pick locks
  • Tap compatible Legend of Zelda™ character amiibo™ ??igures (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 ??igures to receive a chest of loot and abilities

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