Originally launched back in May of 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and had a really strange development cycle before then where it didn't really seem like Bethesda could decide if the 2016 Doom release was going to be a sequel titled Doom 4 or a reboot. In the end, it turned out to be neither, but rather a reimagining of what Doom games should be- A welcome change from previous installments in the series where they played more like survival horror games than the Doom we knew from our childhood. Gameplay is fast, and there's endless hordes of demons to shoot through as you make your way through a Mars research facility, then, of course, descend into Hell where things really start to get crazy.

Doom was received quite well, and currently is sitting at 85 on Metacritic, with some minor variance between platforms. (Oddly enough, for whatever reason, the Xbox One version scored the highest overall.) I really liked how quickly the game played, as it seems like so many modern FPS games have you moving slowly, being strategic, and conserving both health and ammunition. In Doom, you just go wild, pushing through waves of enemies, executing them to regain health, and blasting your way through an experience that feels how Doom should.

We got an early code for the Nintendo Switch version, and, well, it's no surprise that it's the same game. What is surprising is to be playing a gritty and bloody game on a Nintendo platform, particularly with every other game I own for the Switch being totally kid friendly on every level. Hopping between Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 to Doom feels odd, but mostly because these types of games have largely just been absent from modern Nintendo platforms. They've doubled down on being a family friendly platform, leaving games like Doom to thrive on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

While the Doom multiplayer modes were kind of a dud on the PC and other consoles, playing a fast-paced online FPS multiplayer game on the Switch feels like you're doing something the console wasn't made to do. (As, again, my online interactions with the Switch had been limited to things like throwing banana peels, not bloody head shots.) Getting matches together on the pre-release version involved a lot of waiting and scheming with other people who have early copies, but I'm super stoked for the potential this game has once it's available for everyone.

Really, the only knock against Doom I can come up with is that it seems like the visuals really got turned down to get it running on the Switch. The frame rate of the game is rock solid, but if you played Doom on the PC (like I did), "downgrading" to the graphics the Switch is capable of pumping out takes a bit of an adjustment. It's not super surprising, and a totally unfair comparison to make between the Switch and my PC, but it's just something to be aware of. The above comparison video is great at showing where the Switch version lands between the available platforms.

Doom for the Nintendo Switch launches tomorrow for $59.99. If you've never played it, I highly recommend considering picking it up, particularly if you're into first person shooters. More than anything else, how good Doom runs (even with the graphics turned down) has me ultra excited for the Switch port of Skyrim coming later this month.

  • Tom

    Would be awesome to see an iOS port of this, someone get Feral on the line

    • zergslayer69

      They would need to focus on a new devices. Problem with iOS game development is that devs want to have their game run on as many devices as possible and they range from powerful to barely passing. If they ported it for only 2017 devices I'm sure it's doable.

  • lezrock

    Yes we need an iOS port!

  • gonif

    Does TA cover Switch games now? Why is this here?

    • http://wizodd.tumblr.com Wizard of Odyssey

      Listen to the podcast sometime, they're all over the Switch.

      Touch Arcade is all about all mobile gaming, it's just mostly iOS.

      • Qaioud

        “Keeping you in touch with the latest in iOS gaming.”


      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        That’s going away with the redesign we are about to launch so make sure you comment about this as many times as possible before then. 😉

      • http://wizodd.tumblr.com Wizard of Odyssey

        HA ha! Hodapp burn!!

      • Qaioud


  • http://wizodd.tumblr.com Wizard of Odyssey

    Eli, what was the installation size? I download all my games but don't want to run out of space.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Ummm I’m not in front of my Switch right now but I want to say 22GB?

  • boydstr

    I think that Nintendo is aiming at a more “hardcore” gaming audience as you mention in the review that Nintendo positions itself in the past as a “family” friendly console I remember some time ago that on the SNES they released the for that time extremely popular and bloody fighter Mortal Kombat but Nintendo didn’t want such a bloody game on the console but they want to make money because the game was a huge success so they ask the developers John Tobias and Ed Boon to make the color of the blood a gray color so that it looked like sweat so it didn’t hurt the family friendly image of Nintendo,in the end Sega sold far more copies than the SNES version did. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aaae3f78aefce6c2f997579576a6b028b399718e4e29ab3ce418dfa9a80fbce3.jpg

  • Taeles

    Doom 2016. When friends ask if I recommend it I ask them a question who’s subject matter is hinted at in this article. Which doom do you prefer? Doom 1 and 2 where it was almost entirely arena shooters, or Doom 3 with its heavy story based survival shooter explorer play style?

    Doom 2016 is not for fans of Doom 3, it’s for fans of the earlier entries. I managed a complete play through but was happy to be done with it. Not because it was a bad game but because it isn’t a sequel to doom 3 🙂

  • Quadzilla

    Keep up the great switch info Eli. This will attract a new type traffic for the site that is not looking for $1.99 games to go on sale.

    • mark angeles


    • Far_Out

      RIGHT ON!

  • orangecan

    I'm also thoroughly enjoying the Switch coverage as well. More please.

    • Far_Out


  • Andy C83

    TouchArcade getting serious with posting Nintendo stuff, I love it.

  • marksapolloa

    Excellent, I’m considering a Switch, I mean Doom and Wolfenstein 2 on a portable??!! I still have my original PSP and some of the games on it are excellent, plus they aren’t full of stupid IAP.

    • Duane Locsin

      I had hopes mobile in particular iOS would be 'the console on the go', but that looks to never be the case, so I just decided to get a Swith with Street fighter, Doom, Skyrim, La Noire and Wolfenstein.

  • Nolann Riviere

    “Keeping you in touch with the latest in iOS gaming.”[/banner]

    • Michal Hochmajer

      "That’s going away with the redesign we are about to launch so make sure you comment about this as many times as possible before then. ;)" [/Eli]

  • yannick smit

    TouchArcade getting serious with posting Nintendo stuff, I love it.

  • Zion

    Listen to the podcast sometime, they're all over the Switch.Touch Arcade is all about all mobile gaming, it's just mostly iOS.

  • Stormourner of the Nature

    rip and tear, this is all I can say