Skyrim was one of biggest games of the last generation, Bethesda reaching a whole new audience with the Elder Scrolls series. While it was notably absent from any Nintendo consoles at the time, the original Switch trailer revealed the game was finally coming. According to Bethesda’s Todd Howard, it was Nintendo’s idea to put the hit game on their new system. In an interview with Glixel, Howard talked about how Nintendo came to Bethesda to propose the idea. Check out the full interview here.

G: You’re getting this award a week before the Nintendo Switch is released, and you’re one of the few Western developers that’s visible on the new console from the beginning. How did that come about?

TD: When it comes to the Switch, Nintendo’s the only company that can do that, right? When you hear that Nintendo’s going to do a new platform, there’s a lot of ways that can go. If you look at handheld gaming, they’re still the best at it. If they say “we’re going to make the best handheld ever and you can plug it into your TV”, well that’s just really, really smart. I hope they do well and it’s a unique opportunity for us.

G: Were you talking to them for a while?

TD: They came to us early about Skyrim, and we always wanted to work with them. Even though it’s a game that people have played before and have known for a long time, it’s special for us to work them. I think it was Nintendo of America who reached out to us. I wasn’t the original point of contact. We met with some people from Japan, but it originally came from the American team. There was much more of a push this time to get the support. They have the kind of device that makes it much easier for third parties to give them the support.

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  1. ” They have the kind of device that makes it much easier for third parties to give the support. ”

    For the devs who lied and said that your games wouldn’t probably run on the Switch you’ve been exposed

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    • Why is everybody who can’t support a system automatically a lyer, betrayer or whatever you’d call em? We’re talking about Skyrim here and you might know how old that game is right? this game ran on the PS3! OF COURSE it can be ported to the Switch!
      The devs you’re whining about are talking about current software and in case of games like Watchdogs 2, of course that can’t be ported over to the Switch that easily. The Switch is what? 2 times faster than the WiiU? maybe a bit more, maybe a bit less? You really thing that’s enough? Of course not.
      I’m not downplaying that system, it’s gonna be great and I’m superpumped to play Zelda on it, which btw is also a WiiU port. As long as we don’t see a real multiconsole release of something running on PS4 and Switch, it’s hard to keasure things but I absolutely understand now, why some devs were talking like that or even laughing about the possibility of getting their game onto that system. I’s literally like if you had asked someone to port the Last of Us onto the 3DS.

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  2. Still pissed the went for skyrim…
    GTA V would have been the killer 3rd party game.

    The fact Nintendo went to them is making me less excited about the whole 3rd party side.

    I never believe in their so called support anyway…

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    • considering Nintendo has always shied away form overly violent, particularly graphic, games why in the world would they go for one of the most violent games on the market? people who buy Nintendo products want the zelda series, Mario games, Pokemon games and are loyal consumers for that reason. they aren’t going to give up the “family friendly system” title for a game that wont even have that many sales in their consumer base. and gta fans arent loyal enough to drop $300 for a system just to run a single game. Skyrim falls on the line between fantasy and graphic, and is still pushing it in terms of pr standpoint.

      tl;dr: Nintendo+skyrim=game and system that current user base would buy that not damage public relations with family friendly reputation

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      • Skyrim isn’t family friendly. You can even behead people in the game. There’s already mature titles Nintendo picked up along the way this generation like Bayonetta 2 and Devil’s Third. So there’s no reason to stop now. GTA V wasn’t actually made by Nintendo anyways. It’s not going to do anything to them. An M rated Nintendo game like Mario or Metroid is what would turn heads. But they obviously have no interest in doing that. Nintendo not making mature titles doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be allowed to get those type of games from other developers though.

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  3. Well, since Nintendo showed the amount of developers they have on board with the Switch, I would hope that translates into getting AAA third party games on it. Because at the moment, it’s not looking too good. I don’t see them yet.

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  4. Why focusing on a so old game? Why not investing in new third parties IPs?
    Everyone has played Skyrim by now, it’s 6 years old. I can understand a new episode, but not that exact game… At least they should use motion controllers, otherwise…

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  5. “we’re going to make the best handheld ever and you can plug it into your TV”

    Well there goes the neighborhood. It’s a handheld first, home console second. Of which we got confirmation by how BoTW performs. Good luck to Nintendo and their faithful.

    Back on topic, glad to see Nintendo doing this for once, especially for NoA. But it should make people weary since if it’s so easy to port Nintendo shouldn’t even have to ask devs for support. /2¢

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  6. King Kalas X3 {Greatness Awaits at Sony PlayStation 4! Hopefully it will also await us at Nintendo Switch if Nintendo doesn't FUCK things up again!}

    Did they even try to go to Capcom for Resident Evil 7 biohazard or CD Projekt RED for The Witcher III: The Wild Hunt? Hell! Maybe even asked about Grand Theft Auto V from Rockstar Games. They list Rockstar’s parent company as one of their 3rd party supporters so where’s news on that? GTAV is still selling & some people might actually buy it on Switch. I’m sorry but I can’t really be too hyped about Skyrim which is a PS3/XB360 game even if it is getting a PS4 & Xbox One remaster or whatever it’s being called. So far, it’s been nothing but indies, sports games, or ports. Hopefully things will look brighter when E3 rolls around.

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