Doom, Doom 2 and Doom 3 have temporarily appeared on the Nintendo eShop

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Right in the middle of QuakeCon 2019 – or DOOMCON as Bethesda calls it – Doom came to the Nintendo Switch and went just as quickly.

Earlier today and without fanfare, Switch versions of the original Doom Trilogy appeared on the UK Nintendo eShop. The games were available for about half an hour before they were pulled, and they never even made it to the US eShop.

While Doom games were available on the eShop, their store pages promised plenty of demon-slaying action, along with a few bonuses. Doom 1 and 2, for example, included local 4-player co-op and deathmatch modes. More importantly, the games featured their respective expansion packs, Episode IV: Thy Flesh Consumed and The Master Levels.

Meanwhile, Doom 3 would have finally delivered the “action-horror tale of the original DOOM” for the first time on any Nintendo console. And, like the other games, it came with its expansion packs, Resurrection of Evil and The Lost Missions. However, due to a lack of screenshots, we don’t know if this iteration of Doom 3 was a port of the original or the BFG Edition which features cleaner graphics and a permanent flashlight.

Even though all three games and their expansions were temporarily available on the Nintendo Switch to celebrate Doom’s 25th anniversary (as noted on the game’s store page), the reason for their removal is a bit of a mystery. Maybe someone at Nintendo’s UK branch was a little too trigger-happy and released them a little early, which might explain why the US eShop never showed the titles. Hopefully, the games will be live on all Nintendo eShop storefronts later today. After all, the original pages list game release dates as “26/07/2019”.

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*Edit*
Well, it didn’t take long. Shortly after this article was published, Bethesda officially announced the Doom 1-3 re-releases, complete with a trailer. Not only are the games now available on the Nintendo Switch, but they’re also available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Additionally, the first two games can be purchased on Android and iOS devices.

Timothy C. Mayo