E3 2017 - Skyrim For Nintendo Switch Introduces Motion Controls And Amiibo Support
The Switch version of Skyrim stands to become the most exciting version of the game yet.
One of the most talked-about games for the Nintendo Switch is Bethesda's massively-popular RPG title The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Some of the earliest footage of the Nintendo Switch in action, even videos predating the launch of the Switch, have shown Skyrim running on the system, and players have been eagerly awaiting their first proper looks at the Switch version of the game. Fortunately, Bethesda saw fit to give us a new trailer for Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch at their E3 2017 presentation, and it seems the latest version of the game has a host of new and unexpected features.
The biggest feature by far, and one that took many fans by surprise, is Skyrim's new support for the Switch's motion-based input. The new E3 trailer, seen above, clearly demonstrates the Joy-Con controllers being used for actions like sword swipes, shield blocks, and even archery. For a game that makes heavy use of first-person combat, this new mechanic is huge, and will certainly be a selling point for players on the fence about picking up yet-another copy of the game.
The new trailer also showcases the game's support for amiibo: using a Breath of the Wild Link amiibo, the anonymous protagonist of the video is able to spawn a chest containing a Breath of the Wild-inspired outfit as well as a gnarly replica of the Master Sword.
Needless to say, things are shaping up well for Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch. Points of contention have been raised about an all-new console proudly boasting its support for a game that came out nearly six years ago, but the fact remains that the Switch version of Skyrim stands to be one of the most exciting versions of the game ever.
We still don't have any firm release date for Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch; there wasn't even a vague 2018 estimate like many of the other Switch games presented by Nintendo this year. Still, it's nice to know that the game is still in the works, and even nicer to know that it's shaping up well.
Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch stands to be one of the best handheld RPGs of all time. Until it releases, though, players will have to stick to some of the other excellent titles like those featured on our list of the Best Handheld RPGs.