Skyrim Anniversary Edition surprise launch on Nintendo eShop
In a rather surprising move, Bethesda has just launched the Switch version of Skyrim Anniversary Edition via Nintendo eShop. While the game has been available on other platforms since November 2021, Bethesda has chosen not to release Skyrim Anniversary Edition on Nintendo’s hybrid console for unknown reasons, which makes this recent development somewhat unexpected for a number of Switch owners.
The others were actually expecting Bethesda to move, as the rumors of Skyrim Anniversary Edition coming to the Switch had already been circulating since May. At the time, the game had apparently appeared somewhere in a database of a game rating board in Taiwan, prompting the idea that it would indeed be coming to Nintendo’s platform in the future.
Thankfully, fans don’t have to wait any longer because Skyrim Anniversary Edition has finally been officially listed on the Nintendo eShop and is available for purchase in all supported regions. As of this writing, the title is only available digitally for $69.99. That makes it $10 more expensive than the current price of the original Switch port from Skyrim. So far, neither Bethesda nor Nintendo have mentioned the possibility of a physical release of Skyrim Anniversary Edition for the switch.
For players who previously owned the original Switch port of Skyrim, Nintendo is offering a chance to upgrade it to the Anniversary Edition for $19.99. Whether or not it’s worth it depends on how each player enjoys the additional Creation Club content that Skyrim Anniversary Edition brings to the table, which includes new quests, dungeons, bosses, weapons, and spells created by Bethesda and community creators.
As for why Bethesda decided to come out Skyrim Anniversary Edition on Switch this delay remains a big question mark. Importantly, Switch players can now get the latest version of Skyrim and it’s arguably a big win for open-world gaming fans who for some reason haven’t played the game before. Meanwhile, returning players can still benefit from the upgrade as it contains secrets exclusive to Skyrim Anniversary Edition.
That much, Skyrim is already more than ten years old, but with The Elder Scrolls 6 being still very far down the road, fans should still settle for Skyrim whenever they want to experience Bethesda’s famous fantasy RPG franchise. Community building helps to make Skyrim feeling a bit chilly from time to time, and it’s great to see that Switch gamers can experience that too now that Skyrim Anniversary Edition has arrived on the Nintendo platform.
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Anniversary Edition is available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.
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