March 20 is *packed*, but the ’90s are calling
While many of us are planning to play as much Doom Eternal or Animal Crossing: New Horizons as possible on March 20, 2020, some fans are going to spend the busy day hunting down Mother Demon in Doom 64. Nightdive and id Software’s port of the Nintendo 64 game is also launching on March 20, and per a listing on the Nintendo Switch eShop page, it will only cost $4.99. That’s a nice surprise!
Of course, if you’re pre-ordering Doom Eternal on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch, you’ll get a free copy of Doom 64 – for the same platform – as a bonus. But for people like me who want Doom 64 on Switch and Doom Eternal on anything else, the standalone price matters. (It’s also worth remembering that, following a delay, Doom Eternal doesn’t have a new release date on Switch.)
Just last night, I was debating whether I should buy Doom and Doom II again on Nintendo Switch for no particular reason. I’m still on the fence – I’ve got too many other games competing for my time right now as it is – but Doom 64? Yeah, I’m gonna want Doom 64, and I’m going to want it on my Switch.
If you saw the classic box art plastered all over but never bothered to buy or rent Doom 64 back in the day, a friendly heads-up: the game is its own thing. The story, levels, sprites, and lighting are new!
Any time a Nintendo 64 game like this can make it onto modern platforms, I’m stoked.