Now we’ve had the opportunity to regularly play the Switch and experience how it factors into everyday life, chances are you’ve formed quite the genuine bond with Nintendo’s experimental little handheld/home console hybrid.
It’s a weird way to think of a game system, as the faux-monolithic form factors of both the PS4 and Xbox One have conditioned us to think of consoles as subtle additions to the living room, blending in next to set-top boxes and blu-ray players. Yet, “To hell with that!” screamed Nintendo, as the completely unique-feeling Switch entered our lives, its sales skyrocketing to almost Wii-toppling numbers as almost a quarter-million units continue to be shifted each month in America alone.
Indeed, Breath of the Wild was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to awesome games fleshing out the console’s library, yet Zelda’s mentality of exploration first, word-of-mouth second has extended to the system itself. The Switch may be relatively unassuming, but beneath that streamlined approach are a number of key console features Nintendo themselves have seldom spoke of.