Report: The original DOOM trilogy descends onto Nintendo Switch today

Doom 64

UPDATE: Bethesda just announced at QuakeCon that Doom, Doom II, and Doom 3 are available as of today for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One; QuakeCon attendees also get to demo the Switch versions at the convention. The first two Doom games are also available for mobile devices. The original story follows the reveal trailer below.

The Nintendo Switch can run Doom 2016 and the upcoming Doom Eternal, that much we know for a fact. But can the Switch run the original 1993 classic Doom? Homebrew efforts aside, turns out it officially can as of today, since Doom, Doom II, and Doom 3 all appear to be shadow-dropping on the Switch eShop shortly!

Go back to Hell

The trilogy is coming to the hybrid system to commemorate the series’ 25th anniversary, and why not? Doom is the series often lauded as the games that popularized the first-person shooter genre. However, that celebratory fuse was blown prematurely; Nintendo UK listed the games for a short period on their site with today as their release date, then quickly took the listings down.

But still, what luck: it won’t just be the vanilla editions of the games either! Each of the titles come equipped with their expansions from days past, so you’re getting the definitive Doom experience right there. The 1993 Doom launches with “Episode IV: Thy Flesh Consumed”; Doom II with the community-developed “The Master Levels”; Doom 3 with both “The Resurrection of Evil” and “The Lost Missions.” Additionally, Doom and Doom II each have four player death matches, as well as splitscreen two player co-op!

On top of all of this, Doom and Doom II are both priced at £3.99 (approximately $4.99 USD), with Doom 3 at £7.99 (approx. $9.99). Altogether, you can revisit the trilogy—or play them for the first time, as in my case—for an estimated $20 value!

Bethesda and id Software are hosting a number of panels at QuakeCon in Dallas, Texas; the official announcement for the Doom re-releases will likely occur during the 2019 QuakeCon Keynote Featuring Doom Eternal at 11am Central, or the “Influence of Doom on Video Games” panel at 12pm. You can check the complete schedule here, and then tune in to their Twitch!

With such cheap pricing, I’ll likely give these games a shot until my copy of Fire Emblem: Three Houses finally ships! Are you looking forward to revisiting these classics? Will this be your foray into the original Doom games? Let us know in the comments!

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Jeffrey McDonell
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