Gearbox Software and 2K Games have officially announced the launch of Borderlands 3 for Nintendo Switch on October 6, four years after its original release. This article provides a detailed overview of what players can expect from this version, from its Ultimate Edition to its potential impact on the game’s longevity.

Plot and Gameplay

Following Handsome Jack’s defeat in Borderlands 2, Borderlands 3 sees the Vault Hunters return to Pandora to retrieve a lost Vault map from Troy and Tyreen, leaders of the Children of the Vault. The game’s plot extends beyond Pandora, taking players to different planets and Vaults. This offers Nintendo Switch gamers the opportunity to engage in the Borderlands universe for the first time.

The Ultimate Edition

Announced via the official Borderlands Twitter account, the Nintendo Switch version is an Ultimate Edition priced at $59.99. It includes the base game, over 30 additional cosmetic items, and all six DLC packs—ranging from Moxxi’s Heist of the Handsome Jackpot to Director’s Cut. This edition promises hundreds of hours of content for newcomers and veteran players alike.

Co-op and Online Features

The Nintendo Switch version supports both local and online co-op gameplay. Friends can team up to secure loot and explore the expansive universe together. However, performance details specific to the Nintendo Switch version have yet to be announced.

Pre-orders and Special Collections

Pre-orders for the physical edition of the Borderlands 3 Ultimate Edition are already available at participating retailers, including GameStop. Additionally, the Borderlands Collection: Pandora’s Box, featuring earlier titles and their respective DLCs, was announced. It should be noted that this collection will not be available on the Nintendo Switch platform.

Longevity and Community Impact

The release on Nintendo Switch has the potential to extend the life of Borderlands 3. With an active community continually developing new mods and builds, the addition of a Nintendo Switch version could spur even more activity.

Post-Launch Support and Future Announcements

Gearbox and 2K are expected to share more details about the game’s performance and post-launch support on the Nintendo Switch through official channels and the Borderlands 3 website.

Catching Up on the Series

For those interested in diving into the Borderlands universe before the Nintendo Switch release, the Borderlands Legendary Collection is already available on the platform, providing a comprehensive gameplay experience.


The confirmation of Borderlands 3 for Nintendo Switch ends years of speculation and brings fresh excitement to both Borderlands fans and the Nintendo community. With an array of content in the Ultimate Edition and the promise of both local and online co-op, this new release has a lot to offer. As the gaming community eagerly awaits more details, this launch represents a significant addition to the Nintendo Switch’s growing library of titles.

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