TIME Magazine has recently named the ever-popular Nintendo Switch the gadget of the year for 2017.
The article names the top ten gadgets of the year, 2017, with the Nintendo Switch sitting at the top of the list.
Should I Switch?
Many see the Nintendo Switch as the natural progression of gaming. It combines the attributes of a home consoles with that of a portable console. With the release of the Switch, Nintendo takes huge strides in technical innovation.
TIME describes the console’s appeal with the following information:
“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.”
Nintendo is no stranger to portable consoles. The DS is the best selling portable gaming console of all time with about 154 million units sold. With the exception of the Wii U, Nintendo’s home consoles have also been extremely successful. According to historical statistics, it makes sense to a large number of people that Nintendo would combine both markets into one piece of technology.
The console launched with Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This was known by many as the “killer app.” It was seen as a must-have for many who picked up the Nintendo Switch. Additionally, the recently released Super Mario Odyssey only added fuel to the Nintendo Switch’s popularity. With the holiday seasons approaching, Switch sales could potentially increase exponentially.
Switching the demographic?
TIME Magazine’s significant reward shows the Switch’s mainstream appeal. The console is becoming more attractive to the average person who may not have the time to always sit down and play a game on a home console.
For a lot of consumers, the portability aspect is the main selling point for the Switch.
TIME also included Microsoft’s Xbox One X, and Nintendo’s Super Nintendo Classic in the list. The Xbox One X landed at number eight, while the Super Nintendo Classic swept into the sixth spot.
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