Break out the cake and candles, it’s time to wish a happy birthday to Nintendo’s latest child, the Switch. It’s been a year since the handheld/home console hybrid hit the shelves, and it’s pretty safe to say nobody could have predicted what a meteoric rise it has had in that time. Expectations were completely blown away for some, while others remained stoic and unfazed by the console; so now that the first year is out of the way, it’s worth having a look at great things the Switch has done, and what could still be on offer in the not-too-distant future.
THE GOOD FROM YEAR 1
PORTABILITY: Nintendo’s biggest challenge was walking the fine line between home console and handheld; and with continual support of the 3DS, it was questioned as to how the pair would fit in each other’s ecosystems. Thankfully, with the difference of gaming and the playability and portability of the console, the Switch offered a completely unique and different experience to the 3DS, which not only allowed Nintendo to begin building a new market for this console but also not alienating existing 3DS owners.