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Many people looked forward to a port announcement of a critical and commercial darling JRPG from five years ago, but this wasn’t the one they were quite expecting — announced during the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase, NieR: Automata, the existential robot action-RPG, is headed to Nintendo Switch. My favorite game of 2017 — a stacked year that included The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and, yes, Persona 5 — Automata follows a group of androids as they war against machines for control of the earth, encountering questions about the nature of life, humanity, and society along the way.



The game will be coming as both a physical and digital version, neither of which are cloud versions (thank heavens). It’s the “End of YoRHa” edition, which means it’ll include all of the base game’s DLC as well as some new exclusive costumes for the Switch version based off of NieR: Replicant and NieR: Re[in]carnation. In addition, Square Enix announced that the game’s sold 6.5 million on other platforms — already a staggering number sure to go even higher when the Switch version comes out, especially if the porting is good.

NieR: Automata: The End of YoRHa Edition on Switch releases October 6th, 2022. No word on whether last year’s NieR: Replicant remake will make its way over, especially considering it comes first chronologically, but we’ll have to wait and see. Until then — glory to mankind.





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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.