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Nintendo dooms the Switch
BY PARKER LOIZON

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The Doomguy is back to shred through hordes of demons on the Nintendo Switch.

Bethesda Softworks rereleased “Doom (2016)” on the Nintendo Switch, making it the first shooter on the console.

 

“Doom” follows a space marine on a mission to rid the planet Mars of demons from Hell. With a wide array of weapons and brutal finishers, this game shows exactly what the Nintendo Switch can handle. It is a fast-paced, first person shooter that now shares a console with the likes of Link and Mario.

 

The release of “Doom” on the Switch is the first entry in the series on a Nintendo console since the Game Boy Advance version launched in 2001. The 2016 remastered version is much more detailed and gore-filled than its predecessors, though this does not mean that it is in any way perfect.

 

One of the main issues for fans is that, while still visually appealing, this edition of “Doom” has some graphical hiccups due to the power of the Switch.

 

Having a slightly less powerful console also required the game’s makers to take out the SnapMap feature. The SnapMap lets players customize levels and adds another layer to the game once the story has been beaten, but it was deemed too difficult to run. Some were upset that this version would not be the full game it was on consoles and PCs. This is, however, just a small price to pay for the sheer fun that is “Doom.”

 

The Switch is known for its motion controls and handheld capabilities, and the makers of “Doom” definitely use this to their advantage. While it is much easier to play using the Pro Controller, the motion controls provide a new way to experience “Doom” while still allowing for customization regardless of the controller choice. Having a version of this game that looks great while still maintaining portability shows Nintendo’s ability to innovate and improve using its own platform.

 

Bethesda has plans to release “Skyrim” and “Wolfenstein” on the Switch later this year. This could allow other third party game makers to find their way to the Switch in the near future. Nintendo’s willingness to branch out and bring in new games for all generations to enjoy shows its commitment to the fans and proves the Switch is still a powerful console. The future of new games looks bright for Nintendo.

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