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The Nintendo Switch is Time Magazine’s top gadget of the year

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Nintendo’s Switch is the gaming industry darling right now. After the dismal failure of the company’s last home console, the beleaguered Wii U, Nintendo needed to hit a home run with their hybrid handheld. A few design issues aside, they’ve knocked it out of the park – delivering a system that allows home-console quality games to be played from the couch, or on-the-go.

It really is such a marvel, that I opt to get multiplatform games on the system, even though there’s a discernible power gulf between the Switch and my other gaming systems. It’s also reversed Nintendo’s fortunes, very nearly bringing its market cap to levels last seen in the days of the Wii. So emboldened is Nintendo by its success, that there are reports that the company will sufficiently ramp up production to push up to 30 million of the things out in the next financial year.

It’s also home to several of the year’s best games, including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. It’s for these reasons (and more!) that Time Magazine has named the Switch as its top tech gadget of the year. To win that accolade, it’s bested the Xbox One X, the Apple iPhone X, Microsoft’s Surface Laptop and Samsung’s Galaxy S8.

Says Time:

“For about as long as game consoles have existed, players have had to choose between gaming in front of a TV or holding a tiny screen in their hands while out and about. Not so with the Nintendo Switch, the first console that’s truly designed for both at-home and on-the-go entertainment. The Switch consists of a tablet with a 6.2-inch screen with slots for attaching Nintendo’s Joy-Con controllers on either side, turning it into a handheld video game machine. But when you’re at home, you can slide the slate into a dock that hooks up to your TV and play it like a traditional console. That “play anywhere, anytime” approach, combined with a stellar games roster, from the recently launched Super Mario Odyssey to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, makes the Switch a true knockout.”

To quote myself unashamedly:

Last Updated: November 21, 2017

19 Comments

  1. Alien Emperor Trevor

    November 21, 2017 at 13:36

  2. Admiral Chief

    November 21, 2017 at 13:43

    Good

    Reply

  3. Admiral Chief

    November 21, 2017 at 13:43

    I actually have some well earned SARS money in my account today (yay), however, I will be spending it on my PC.

    I’d love to have a Switch though

    Reply

  4. Gavin Mannion

    November 21, 2017 at 13:52

    Really thinking about getting one for the family for our upcoming travels. Seems like the best way to make flights shorter

    Reply

    • Ottokie

      November 21, 2017 at 13:53

      Open the food tray, remove switch controllers. Sit back and play while the guy next to you wonders what a man child you are xD

      Flight to JHB for rAge was “fun”

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        November 21, 2017 at 13:56

        Depends…what were you playing? Or were you watching MLP?

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        • Ottokie

          November 21, 2017 at 13:59

          I was playing Sword break simulator.

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 21, 2017 at 14:19

            You were probably playing without headphones too.

  5. Original Heretic

    November 21, 2017 at 13:57

    Always knew this was going to do well. From the moment it was revealed.

    But waitwaitwaitwait….

    GEOFFSTROKE?!?!?!?
    Wahahahaah!

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      November 21, 2017 at 14:00

      Don’t laugh. It’s a serious medical condition.

      Reply

      • Original Heretic

        November 21, 2017 at 14:02

        Why, what does he keep stroking?
        Or should I be asking “who”….?

        Reply

  6. Guz

    November 21, 2017 at 14:13

    I really want one, but it just a bit to steep for me considering the amount of time i will get to actaully use the thing, between work, family, friends,gaming(pc) other hobbies like MTBing/ fishing ect I’m just not going to have enough time to warrant the expense

    Reply

  7. Matthew Figueira

    November 21, 2017 at 14:25

    Hell yes! Nintendo are back 😀

    Reply

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