Nintendo Switch: A Home or Portable Console?

Many have been debating the ‘proper’ use of Nintendo’s upcoming console, the Switch. I for one am confused as to which direction Nintendo wishes to take the Switch, and it does seem I am not alone in this sentiment.

Many journalists have been arguing whether or not Nintendo has prioritised the soon-to-be-released Switch as a home or portable gaming system, where some believe the console’s portableness will undermine its home gaming function and vice versa.

Well, TIME published an interview with Nintendo Director Shinya Takahashi and Switch Producer Yoshiaki Koizumi and according to Koizumi, the Switch is a sort of home and portable hybrid gaming system.

Koizumi-san: We’re hoping that Nintendo Switch will be a system that will be the constant in your gaming life. Whereas previously, you would play certain things on your home system and certain things on your handheld. Our hope is that Nintendo Switch can be the system that bridges both of those and becomes the constant system that you’re always using.

Certainly, I’m sure you’re very busy and I’m very busy and maybe we don’t have as much time to play games as we would like. But my hope is that with Nintendo Switch being a system that you can play at home and bring with you, we’re going to be able to find more of those moments where we’re able to play the games that we all enjoy and be able to enjoy them that much more.

Debate settled. The Nintendo Switch is both a home and portable gaming system.

The Japanese love for hand-held game consoles is no joke, and with Japan being a transport heaving society portable consoles are a preferred choice. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Nintendo (a Japanese company) wanted to incorporate this feature into the Switch.

It may be a hard concept to get your head around, but it is by no means the first time Nintendo’s innovation has led them to experiment this concept of home and portable gaming fusion. May I remind you of Nintendo’s Wii U?


Let us all give the Wii U a moment of time to mourn its untimely death. With only 15m units sold word wide the Wii U had no chance following in its predecessor’s (Nintendo Wii) footsteps and has since been discontinued.

Nintendo is hoping that the Switch can prevail where the Wii U failed by bridging the gap between home and portable gaming.

Nintendo must be stern believers of the cliche: if it doesn’t work out the first time, then try try try again. However, some more pessimistic may say: if it doesn’t work the first time, it won’t work the second nor third!

But, I for one am rooting for the success of the Switch and will have my money at the ready come March 3rd.


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