My favorite part about the Nintendo Switch OLED reveal wasn’t necessarily its flashier screen, improved kickstand, or ethernet port (side note: I never noticed the original Switch dock lacked an ethernet port until that video). It was watching a new, highly produced montage of cheerful actors enjoying their Switch in various locales. These delightfully goofy clips are, of course, meant to show off the Switch’s portability. Whether it’s at your friend’s house our within the mouth of an active volcano, you can – and should – take Mario and friends everywhere you go.
I always chuckle at these scenes, often thinking to myself “who actually plays their Switch in such a place?” But then I started wondering: after owning a Switch since 2017, playing undocked at least half the time, and traveling with it quite a bit over the years, how many of these exact scenarios have actually occurred? Am I truly getting the most out of the Switch’s most appealing feature? To find out, I combed through several Switch commercials to get a tally of whether or not I’ve done the things that Nintendo clearly expects the average Switch owner to do on a regular basis.
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