In November 2006, 12 years ago, I bought my last console - a Nintendo Wii. I played it a lot for the first year or so, then quickly returned to playing games on my PC. The prices and options on PC just had it beat completely and I realized that, after playing consoles since I was 5, starting with an NES, I had no real reason for getting them any more. They were just too expensive and didn’t have enough games. I got a Nintendo DS Lite a couple years later and played that CONSTANTLY - but then it got stolen after about a year and I couldn’t bring myself to get buy one.

I then spent the last 10 years only playing games on my PC. Over that decade I felt like I missed out on maybe.....2 or 3 games that I couldn’t get on PC and the prices of consoles jumped up by hundreds of dollars and games all began costing $60 +tax. I honestly didn’t think I was going to ever get another console...and then the Switch came out.

I didn’t get a Switch for the first year because I had hung onto a magical hope before its release: I told myself “if I can play DS games on the Switch, I am 100% buying it immediately.” Of course, this didn’t happen so I didn’t buy it. I was annoyed that Nintendo didn’t make this decision because....it just would have been so incredible. Of course, Nintendo is a greedy corporation just like Sony and Microsoft so I knew it was a long shot, but still I hoped.

So I waited...and I waited...and I kept craving a handheld system again, and I kept hearing about how great the Switch is, how great Zelda, Mario, and the plethora of indie titles were when played both docked and handheld. So I did it, I finally got a Switch about 6 months ago, and I haven’t been able to stop playing it since.

I primarily play docked but...being able to play in bed with my partner, on the long train ride to my sister’s wedding, on the couch while watching a movie, or just being able to pull it out of the dock, quickly add a game to my wishlist so I don’t forget about it, and then dock it again in about 15 seconds has been incredible.

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The Switch’s ability to switch between handheld and docked brought me back to consoles and I’ve been having more fun playing games than I have in years because of it.

If this sounds appealing to you...you really should get one. It’s been worth every penny, my partner and I play more games together, I take it on long trips with me, it’s just been a total blast.