Nintendo Switch Portability “Barely Used”


The Nintendo Switch’s portability is apparently largely wasted on the overwhelming majority of buyers, with Nintendo’s own survey results demonstrating as much.

Despite Nintendo’s greatest efforts to get lazy gamers off their couches and into the great outdoors, many players prefer playing games inside, unfortunately wasting the Switch’s potential – the poll, via Nintendo’s official Twitter:


Online few seemed surprised at such a one-sided poll:

“I cant imagine why anyone would prefer to do something out of home if they can do it at home.”

“Well it’s been known for a long time that the majority of people play their 3DS on the couch at home.”

“Maybe people would play on the go more if their screens weren’t warped.”

“Considering how hot the Nintendo Switch gets, I wouldn’t bring it to hot places like the beach or a park. It would fry the insides.”

“Makes sense. Home is the place one is usually most relaxed and have the most free time to play games.”

“I like the ability to play the switch and watch TV at the same time.”

“None because its impossible to get one!”

“I can’t believe there isn’t an option for “Bathroom”.

“I’m already afraid to take my switch to a friend’s house. How can anyone handle putting it through airport security?”

“Where in the house is a better question, basement vs living room vs bathroom vs bedroom…”

“Who the fuck takes their switch to the beach? Lol”

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    Avatar of Rya
    Comment by Rya
    18:03 19/08/2017 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Stupid poll, Nintendo. The REAL question is do you use your switch at home in docked mode or not. In docked mode it's just an underpowered console with one good game. In portable mode it's an overpowered handheld handicapped by low battery life and terrible game design using a multitude of peripherals.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:54 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Marios later!!



    Comment by Anonymous
    20:47 19/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Fun thing that you can do the same with ps4 and ps vita. And with much more good games and graphics. Why people even buy switch? They love zelda so much?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:09 19/08/2017 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Zelda yeah, that is literally the reason the switch sold as much as it did.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:33 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they ditched the wii u version they would have triggered a massive outrage. People already didn't take it easy the idea of killing a console early, let alone cancelling its main game...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:13 19/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not really, since it's really a Wii U game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:04 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    not realy, since Zelda sold 3 times more on switch than on wii u, they should ditch wii u version and made more switches

    Avatar of Helvetica Standard
    Comment by Helvetica Standard
    04:39 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Legend of Skyr- AHEM, I mean Zelda BOTW is a killer app, no doubt.
    Along with Splatoon 2, they will move more units than the original wii ever did in its first year.
    Never underestimate killer apps. Remember how Halo saved the original Xbox?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:40 21/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Vita remote play locks at 24fps and has about 10 of those input delay, spiking sometimes to more than a second... Moreover getting both is more expensive than a Switch for a way worse experience.

    Avatar of Siveria
    Comment by Siveria
    01:36 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dunno why nintendo even keeps making home consoles, they always flop due to lack of dev support. Last good one they had was prob the snes. However in terms of handhelds like 3DS etc, they are very successful.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:03 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Many other companies would want flops of this magnitude. Switch earns lots of money. It's still shit from a gamer's perspective, sure, but Nintendo isn't run by or does anything for gamers.

    Avatar of Chen-04
    Comment by Chen-04
    02:09 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    The lack of Dev support is due to Nintendo being major dicks and not changing their way in the last 20 years.

    Comment by Anonymous

    And that's why they didn't. They made a great handheld that can connect to your TV to pretend it's a console if you want to.

    Which most of us buying it probably don't want in the first place. It's not all about exclusives but about what the system can do.

    Part of the reason the Switch is great if you're going to stupidly compare them to the PS4 and XBox One when it's clearly not in competition with them in the first place is that you can take the same games you already have on them, on the go easily. Same goes for PC.

    I'm not exactly going to pick up my PC and be able to play anything on the go, but I can take my Switch and my copy of TBoI: Afterbirth+ or Setsuna or (soon) Xenoverse/Xenoverse 2 for it and walk out the door.

    Anything over 720p is luxury that you can barely see the difference between in a normal set up, so I and i'm sure most don't give a fuck about the fact that it has less power than our PCs etc. because it's good enough and can do things they can't (unlike XBO, at least actually has exclusives to boot).

    Comment by Anonymous

    funny, i have 7 good games and never experience any slow down or underpowered. and i can play it anywhere i want and i'm satisfied by it. shame you have to be closed-minded person as you can't experience it.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Handheld is pretty good.

    If you are going on about underpowered consoles, all consoles are absolute trash when compared to computers. However the Nintendo Switch at least offers portability where as the consoles offer nothing that pcs don't already.

    PCs have more power, more games, more accessories, more customization, more of everything. However none really offer a portable option of the same quality. While laptops are portable they are pretty bulky. Where as ps4/xbox offer nothing that pcs do outside of a few exclusive titles, ps4 having more than xbox when you consider a number of xbox exclusives have made their way to pc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:18 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    more price and more power consumption.

    Mo more physical released game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:07 21/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Quality of games > Quantity of games

    Avatar of Helvetica Standard
    Comment by Helvetica Standard
    04:35 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you have the dosh to spend on a gaming PC then all the power to you I guess...
    Consoles are popular because of their simplicity and their cost effective accessibility.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:43 21/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Consoles are way expensive though, maybe half the price to buy but the games are normally double at launch and even cheaper if you wait for the sales.

    Avatar of Chen-04
    Comment by Chen-04
    05:48 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    You say that as if the Switch wasn't overpriced. Back in the days, when consoles cost under $200 you had a point.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:09 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I've said that since the beginning. Remember the first trailer for the Switch? With the hipster teenagers huddling together to play their Switch on a rooftop? Yeah that will never happen in real life.

    I think Nintendo hasn't realized that what keeps them popular isn't their gimmicky consoles, it's their time tested game franchises.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:32 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    More like they didn't realize they asked the wrong question.

    I mostly play at home too, but you know what I don't really do? Play with it docked.

    I have both of mine hooked up to my monitors via HDMI switchers but I play them that way less than a quarter of the time. Most of the time I'm playing my Switch while sitting in front of my PC with different games open on each monitor. It's called multi-tasking.

    This article is making shit up because that answer doesn't mean what they're saying it means. Playing at home doesn't mean you're not playing it in handheld or tabletop mode.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:05 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everyone knew that. But you can't make a trailer out of sad losers playing Skyrim on a tv in 480p.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:37 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    If that ever comes out....

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:55 19/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    the beach?
    Motherfucker the beach is no the place to play a motherfucking game. There's salt water and shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:52 19/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    And sand gets EVERYWHERE. Also it's hardness is usually abrasive enough to scratch most surfaces, so electronics and the beach just don't mix IMO.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:36 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't worry, nintendo will fix it for you for just 149,99.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:07 19/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    plus some nagger will steal it

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:22 23/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thievery. It brings the races together.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:57 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    or a rich american...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:41 19/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or native indian

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:33 19/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    or arab

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:17 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    OR mexican.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:55 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    salt? water? dude that's the LEAST of your problem. the main reason is there's chick with bikini over there and you prefer playing games!?!?!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:35 19/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ahaha, dude, you definitely haven't been at Japanese beach. 70% of people are sitting under parasols/tents, while 30% are standing in the knee level waters. I swear, some of them CAN play video games there :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:42 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    "salt water and shit"
    nope, no shit on my local beach, but plenty of abrasive invasive sand though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:01 19/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's obvious. Back in the day, even Steve Jobs understood it: no one in their sane mind would carry more than one device in their pocket (even if we're talking about a big pocket). That's why portable consoles are in free fall and cellphone games are taking over the market (and if you don't believe it, come to Japan: you'll see that phone games are 99% of the games being played)

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:30 22/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah except most smartphone games requires you to always online, draining battery fast, makes your phone hot, can't play on subway, and so on..

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    Comment by Chen-04
    02:13 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's because phones nowadays are similar to what the GameBoy experience was. Good enough. GameBoy competitors had color screens and everything and still flopped. Mobile market doesn't care for these kind of things.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:20 24/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mobile games are complete and utter shit while gameboy games were actually better than the competition despite the inferior graphics. Lynx and gamegear both sucked balls.

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    Comment by konakona
    00:13 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Why is beach/park an option? When you go to those places you have an activity in mind already. Playing on a console isn't likely going to be that activity...

    Friend's house would make more sense.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:26 19/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Battery issue is a problem too and fuck if anyone wants to play that small controls. That's punishment, you're providing punishment Nintendo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:54 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    never got any issue with mine, the control is fine as well

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:47 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    cuz you got baby hands, seriously the joy con sucks

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:25 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, your european-american have all thumb fingers. My condolences you're not Asian master race. Go back playing your XBOX.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:43 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mine's fine as well, at first i though i'll need a pro controller, turns out the joycon is comfy enough for everyday use

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:59 21/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    The pro controller is awful, incredibly clunky, super heavy and everything squeaks; the seperated joycon are far superior. Probably my favourite controllers after a good mouse and gamepad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:56 19/08/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The survey is biased.
    there should have been an option to select "During class"

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:39 19/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    True. There should've been an "other" option.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:03 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are hardly any games and they refuse to even acknowledge the over heating and bending, so yes, until they fix those issues i wont be playing mine and might even trade it in

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:01 20/08/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    What a silly poll. If it comes to portability, isn't the more important question "Do you use your Switch docked or undocked more often?"

    For example, I bought my laptop for it's portability compared to a desktop but use it 90% at home. (not in school anymore so that option is cut)

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