Todd Howard Further Teases Skyrim on Nintendo Switch

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Skyrim director Todd Howard has continued teasing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for Nintendo Switch.

In an interview with Glixel, Howard talked up Skyrim running on the new Nintendo console. “It’s the same game on the TV and on the other screen,” Howard said.

He also talked up a hands-on demo he received of the console at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. “I love it. I got to play it,” he said. “… One of the best demos I’ve ever seen. Probably the best demo I’ve ever seen. At E3.”

It’s worth mentioning that while Skyrim was prominently shown in the Nintendo Switch reveal, Bethesda hasn’t officially confirmed the game’s release on the console. That hasn’t stopped Todd from praising the console, though. “I think it’s really smart what they’re doing [with Nintendo Switch],” Howard said.

Bethesda is officially supporting the console, however. “We’re definitely going to be supporting it. It’s the first time we’ve done something on Nintendo — if you don’t count the old NES stuff,” Howard said.

We’ll be seeing more information for Nintendo’s console on January 12th in a new video showcase.

Could this mean we’ll finally see a Bethesda game on a Nintendo console? Sound off in the comments with your expectations!

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  1. Heavily Augmented
    Heavily Augmented
    November 24, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Honestly, would anyone really care at this point?

  2. Annie T. Mood
    Annie T. Mood
    November 24, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    “It’s the same game on the TV and on the other screen”
    The same boring main quests, the same boring landscape, the same lack of choices, the same horrendous UI, the same imbalance of difficulty, the same bugs & glitches.
    Now on the Nintendo Switch.

    By the way it was exactly like this with the transition from Skyrim to the Special Edition with the only difference in there (if you can even really call it that) is that the saturation or something was turned up. Literally everything else was the same game.

  3. sanic
    November 24, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Todd also mentioned an OUYA release

  4. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    November 24, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Sweet little lies. Besides, you think Sony was bad with the Skyrim Special Edition modding debacle? Wait until Nintendo closes that system up like a nun on Sunday.

  5. FinalFight
    November 24, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    If Todd Howard lies in the forest and no one is around to hear it, will people still fall for it?

  6. Mr0303
    November 24, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    At this point they should confirm it. Nintendo preventing devs to promote their games before the release of the NS is a stupid decision.

  7. OSad
    November 25, 2016 at 1:09 am

    Yeah, I don’t know who on this hellscape we call the current gaming industry hasn’t yet played Skyrim of all games… and actually wants to do it at this point, on a Nintendo platform of all places, where it’s least likely to get mods and other enhancements. I guess the idea is that if you’re branching into the very enclosed Nintendo ecosystem, you actually have a chance to find some people that somehow don’t know what Bethesda games are at all so you can sell more copies of Elder Scrolls to them.

    I don’t even know *how* Skyrim still makes headlines to this day despite being five years old at this point. I guess Todd would never let it go as long as it’s even remotely profitable to try and push more copies out.

  8. tccboss
    November 25, 2016 at 1:17 am

    Wasn’t Skyrim not supposed to be on Switch?

  9. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    November 25, 2016 at 1:19 am

    That was a conspiracy theory drummed up by desperate Pretendos trying to find SOMETHING to hate about the Switch.

    It obviously isn’t true.

  10. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    November 25, 2016 at 1:19 am

    They want to keep the launch lineup a secret until January.

  11. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    November 25, 2016 at 1:25 am

    “See that forest? You can lie to it.”

  12. Chino Gambino
    Chino Gambino
    November 25, 2016 at 1:58 am

    What low standards Nintendo fans have if this actually excites them. Nintendo always do this, their console library always swells with lousy ports.

  13. Himegami Aisa
    Himegami Aisa
    November 25, 2016 at 3:05 am

    That was completely born of Jewtendo disallowing Bethesda from officially announcing the game shown front and centre in the NX reveal and the fact that it was all pre-rendered footage not even running on the NX.

  14. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    November 25, 2016 at 3:06 am

    It was obviously coming to the Switch.

  15. Himegami Aisa
    Himegami Aisa
    November 25, 2016 at 3:14 am

    An inferior port of a game released over half a decade ago, no less. But what do you expect from Nintendo?

  16. Choppinfoot
    November 25, 2016 at 3:41 am

    A 5 year old game on a brand new console. How far we’ve come!

  17. Sandman83
    November 25, 2016 at 3:55 am

    Well it was in the trailer so it’s strange to think the game would not be on the Switch. Besides whit all the hype the game got for the Switch it will likely sell really well and it would be pretty dumb for Bethesda not to release it, it would even be reasonable for them to consider porting more of their ip:s.
    And yeah, meaby even Nintendo helped make the game better or something, who knows. They done it whit many other games before so.

  18. CoarseHock
    November 25, 2016 at 4:39 am

    Did you just unironically use the term “Pretendo”?

  19. Mr0303
    November 25, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Yeah, and it’s a stupid decision.

  20. Minuteworld92
    November 25, 2016 at 8:29 am


  21. Loli de 42 Anos - the Return
    Loli de 42 Anos - the Return
    November 25, 2016 at 8:52 am

    unless this version comes with a considerable amount of empty space on the cartridge so people can mod it then what’s the point? Skyrim is only really fun with Mods.

  22. Loli de 42 Anos - the Return
    Loli de 42 Anos - the Return
    November 25, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I guess the only real attractive here is that you’d be playing Skyrim on the Go.

  23. Feniks
    November 25, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Maybe this port will come with climbable mountains? But seriously I don’t get why an old port of Skyrim is anything to be happy about. I don’t get it.

  24. Fierce_Deity_link
    November 25, 2016 at 9:46 am

    look at super mario maker, and a bunch of other stuff. nintedo will be less strict if anything

  25. Andiar Rohnds
    Andiar Rohnds
    November 25, 2016 at 9:48 am

    all the delusional sony and neogafers are in full force. skyrim and mario bros are the number one best selling games in history which makes sony very jealous. the truth is, skyrim is a great game and even the nintendo nx will have better support for it than the overpriced PS4 and its failing popularity

  26. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    November 25, 2016 at 10:00 am


  27. Etherblaze
    November 25, 2016 at 10:28 am

    I find it amusing that people could be excited for this.


  28. Bitterbear
    November 25, 2016 at 10:35 am

    The apathy is an improvement over the death threats sent to Iwata for reviving the Bayonetta franchise.

  29. BlueSkies
    November 25, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Why would I want to play Skyrim on a stupid tablet. This whole system makes no sense.

  30. Madbrainbox
    November 25, 2016 at 11:09 am

    It’s Nintendo.Can’t expect too many intelligent decisions from them.

  31. LaserCatsAreAwesome
    November 25, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Oh yeah that franchise is sure alive and well after bombaing what a revival! Truly a business decision by Nintendo on par with paying for 3 shitty exclusive Sonic game.

  32. LaserCatsAreAwesome
    November 25, 2016 at 11:14 am

    So is the narrative going to be that the only reason that Wii U bombed was because it didn’t have Skyrim?

  33. catazxy
    November 25, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I can’t wait for the bugs and glitches videos on the NS, OH, and the “no mods” announcement..

  34. Bitterbear
    November 25, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Nintendo is the only company that loses goodwill for financing the revival of otherwise dead sequels.

  35. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    November 25, 2016 at 11:28 am

    I don’t believe so. Super Mario Maker can be played using only the parameters Nintendo gave to the player. The player cannot screw with the code, obviously.

    Plus, any time a fan-made game is released automatically sets their copyright hounds to hunt mode.

  36. Immahnoob
    November 25, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Fine, you can have a cookie.

  37. Bitterbear
    November 25, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    And they have shit memories too. The Wii U ports of Ninja Gaiden and Deus Ex: Human Revolution had actual improvements over the base games. The combined heat that rage generated could have kept Russia warm for a week.

  38. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    November 25, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Just like waiting to reveal the Switch was a ‘stupid decision?’

    You don’t know what you are talking about.

  39. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    November 25, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Yes. People have to pretend to be fans of the company to criticize them.

  40. Smug
    November 25, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    you pretend to know a lot of things and to play video games

  41. Bitterbear
    November 25, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    The cheapest Surface you can buy from Microsoft is $799 and the Razer Edge pro is $999 on Amazon.

  42. Himegami Aisa
    Himegami Aisa
    November 25, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    I’m sure Sony is brimming with jealousy over a game that was released twice on their systems on as many consoles.

  43. Mr0303
    November 25, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    As a matter of fact, yes – that was another stupid decision.

  44. Fear Me I Am Free
    Fear Me I Am Free
    November 25, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Gotta milk Skyrim as much as possible.

  45. GameZard
    November 25, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Skyrim is not a great game.

  46. GameZard
    November 25, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    The wii u verison of deus ex had major framerate issues.

  47. GameZard
    November 25, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Especially when the only playable verison is on PC because of mod support. Playing the vanilla verison of this game is a chore.

  48. GameZard
    November 25, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Why would someone pretend to be a fan of a company on the internet? What would they gain? That would just be a waste of time.

  49. Bitterbear
    November 25, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    People still bitched for it to be ported onto the other consoles/PC. Eventually it happened (same with Ninja Gaiden) and the roaring masses calmed down.

  50. GameZard
    November 25, 2016 at 4:04 pm


  51. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    November 25, 2016 at 4:44 pm


    These people spend all their free time crying about a video game company they don’t like. It is a waste of time.

    They have nothing else going on in their lives.

  52. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    November 25, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    How so?

  53. Phasmatis75
    November 25, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Didn’t work with remastered, Fallout 4 sold less than New Vegas, so no…maybe.

  54. Phasmatis75
    November 25, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Sony had Bethesda by the balls on that. Bethesda thought lying and blaming the problem on Sony would force Sony’s hand and have them wave their Quality Control demands. Sony stood firm and it became obvious that Bethesda was going to get sued for promising something it didn’t deliver. The kind of sued where they’d have to reimburse a huge chunk of their sales.

    They went sniveling back to Sony and asked if they could have that original deal of no new assets. Sony probably dropped their pants and asked what was in it for them. Next were hear: Pro support for Skyrim and Fallout 4 and I’ll bet Sony gets advertisement rights to the next Fallout or Elder Scrolls game.

    That’s what being stupid gets you.

  55. Mr0303
    November 25, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    The reveal that they did leave many important questions unanswered and Nintendo are doing a complete information blackout. People just have speculation about the system that is pretty far from being released. So the entire reveal was pointless and the secret launch line-up isn’t making things better.

    Customers want to be informed on what they are going to buy – there is no point in keeping secrets, especially after the Wii U’s failure.

  56. Will3316
    November 25, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    I’d be curious how the Switch’s technology would work with it.

  57. Will3316
    November 25, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    It was a miscalculation to make Bayonetta exclusive to the console that very few people bought last gen. Should’ve remained multi plat.

  58. Bitterbear
    November 25, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    It wasn’t. If anything, it proved that Nintendo will always get Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. It would have been interesting to see the sky lit with rage if they had bought Atlus instead of Sega doing the buying.

  59. Will3316
    November 25, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Most Bayonetta 1 owners didn’t own a Wii U. Only fanboys buy a console for just one game.

  60. Smug
    November 25, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    So basically you on everything that isnt Nintendo?

  61. Feniks
    November 25, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Yep and a cheap laptop can run it by now.

  62. Dr. Roswell. W
    Dr. Roswell. W
    November 26, 2016 at 1:54 am

    Fuckin Thank You.

  63. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    November 26, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Not really. You just proved my point that consoles aren’t really open platforms. Was it foolish for Bethesda to make that promise? Yes. Good for you. Still doesn’t deter from the fact that console modding is a stupid venture to follow.

    Enjoy your ‘quality control’ of free identity theft courtesy of Sony, though.

  64. Fierce_Deity_link
    November 27, 2016 at 2:57 am

    mods are different. knowing them they will enjoy more mods than xbone and have the entire mod library

  65. porkbun
    November 27, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I don’t understand why N picked this game to show they have third party support. Why not show BF/COD or any other 2016 AAA games running on it? Is it because NS is too weak to run those?

  66. Phasmatis75
    December 7, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    I’m PC, but cool story brah.

  67. Hans Olo
    Hans Olo
    January 26, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    OK Felicia!