What, you want to know about NieR:Automata on Switch?

NieR:Automata The End of YoRHa Edition is out now on Nintendo Switch! But what’s included in this portable version of the game? We answer some questions.
By Duncan Heaney

This will probably be the easiest article I ever write.

NieR:Automata is out now on Nintendo Switch. It’s a true masterpiece and you should buy it.

....aaaand there we go. Job done.

…wait, you say that’s not enough? What do you mean I should address some common questions about the game and provide useful details?

Sigh. Fine.

What is NieR:Automata The End of YoRHa Edition?

You probably already know that NieR:Automata is a very good action RPG that features exciting combat, innovative mechanics and a moving, thought-provoking story.

NieR:Automata The End of YoRHa Edition is a very good action RPG that features exciting combat, innovative mechanics and a moving, thought-provoking story… on Nintendo Switch.

Not only that, the game includes the content from the NieR:Automata 3C3C1D119440927 DLC, and some brand new free items to download, too!

So wait… you’re telling me that NieR:Automata is now PORTABLE?

Yep. Being on Nintendo’s hybrid platform means that you can play the game both docked and portable. Whichever way you play, the game’s been optimized to provide a great experience.

So I could play it on the bus?


Or I could play it on the toilet?

I mean… if you want? No judgement here.

Maybe in the bath?

Well, not if it’s plugged in. That would be very foolish. Plus it seems like a lot of risk of water damage to your Switch so I wouldn’t recommend it.

But technically… yes.

In a dark room while contemplating the quiet futility of existence?

Ah, I see you’ve played a NieR game before.

Actually I haven’t. Why should I care about this ‘NieR:Automata’?

Hmm… why should you care about one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed games of modern times? Well I could show you what the critics are saying:

Or perhaps I should point you to the emotional story, which sees androids 2B and 9S sent to a ruined Earth to take back the planet from dangerous machine lifeforms. Suffice to say, things aren’t quite so simple in this twisty-turny narrative, which presents powerful philosophical questions about life itself.

Maybe I should highlight the incredible combat, originally developed by action game masters at PlatinumGames. With lots of different weapons, snappy controls and some absolutely stellar bosses, it’s a game where the simple act of playing feels endlessly satisfying.

Some would say we should talk about how the game revels in the unexpected, changing styles and even entire genres on the fly. One minute you could be playing a bullet hell shooter, the next you’re flinging blades around like a character action superstar, or even in a 2D platformer. It keeps you on your toes and makes sure you’re always excited about what could be next.

Alternatively, I could dig into the nitty gritty to highlight the unique structure (pro tip: don’t stop when you see credits), to the amazing characters and creator YOKO TARO’s richly dark sense of humor.

But all that seems like a lot of effort when the game speaks for itself. So just go play it.

You said the game includes additional content?

I did and it does.

NieR:Automata The End of the YoRHa Edition includes the content from the NieR:Automata 3C3C1D119440927 DLC as standard, without the need to download it.

This additional content includes three arenas with loads of challenging battles, and additional costumes for the game’s android heroes, based on first game in the series: NieR Replicant.

Is there any new content for the Switch version of the game?

Yes, new content is available for the Switch version, and is downloadable… well, right now. What’s more it’s free!

The 6C2P4A118680823 DLC adds six new costumes, four new accessories and two new pod skins based on the (also excellent) mobile game NieR Re[in]carnation.

Specifically, here’s what’s included:


  • 2P's Body Replica (for 2B)
  • 9P's Body Replica (for 9S)
  • P2's Body Replica (for A2)
  • YoRHa Uniform 1 (for 2B)
  • YoRHa Uniform 2 (for 9S)
  • YoRHa Uniform Prototype (for A2)


  • White Fox Mask
  • Black Fox Mask
  • Under the Moon Bauble
  • Remnant Flower Bauble

Pod Skins

  • Mama (for Pod 042)
  • Carrier (for Pod 153)

Now here’s some disclaimer-y stuff that I am required to add:

  • The separately sold product, NieR:Automata The End of YoRHa Edition, is needed in order to access this content (well, duh).

  • There are also some scenes during the progression of the main game scenario in which this content cannot be accessed.

How do I get NieR:Automata The End of YoRHa Edition?

As quickly as possible because it’s great!

A more useful answer is that the game is available now physically and digitally for Nintendo Switch. So head to the retailer of your choice or download the game from the Nintendo eShop now.

Here, we’ll make it easy for you:

We hope you’re excited to start playing this weird and wonderful masterpiece. If this is your first time experiencing the game, you’re in for a truly unforgettable experience.

And if you’re revisiting the game on Nintendo Switch, welcome back. We hope you enjoy the game - and don’t forget to download the new items!

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