I’ve never necessarily considered myself a gamer, per se. The last gaming console I actually owned was the original PlayStation, back in the late nineties. I did have both a Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo before then, and often played a Nintendo 64 during daycare; but for all intents and purposes, it’s been quite a while since I’ve owned a console. Andrew, on the other hand, has always been a big gamer, and there have been many instances of me scrolling through websites on my phone while he plays on his console of choice.
So when October rolled around and it got time to start planning for what to get him for Christmas, I knew instantly what it would have to be. He’d spent most of the year strongly hinting at wanting a Nintendo Switch for Christmas. I entered a few giveaways here and there in the hopes of winning something, but when November rolled around and I hadn’t heard anything, I went ahead and went out to purchase a Nintendo Switch for him. Naturally, this meant that on Black Friday, I’d get an e-mail letting me know that I had, in fact, won a giveaway. This giveaway was for a Nintendo Switch Lite – the newly released handheld-only model – and with Andrew’s gift already wrapped, I figured what the hell, I’ll just keep it for myself.
In the month or so that I’ve had my Nintendo Switch Lite, I’ve fallen in love with the device. I predominantly play single-player games, so it only being able to be used in handheld mode was perfect for me. Aesthetically, I’ve also just always preferred smaller, more compact electronics, and the size of the Nintendo Switch Lite compared to the regular Nintendo Switch was perfect for me.
The first thing I did after signing up for the online membership was download the free emulators they had for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo. I spent my first night down a night of nostalgia with Mario World and Super Mario World. The next day came time for to play some of the actual games. I’d been recommended Asphalt 9: Legends, a free racing game, so that was on my list to download. I also had two games that I’d been dying to check out – Crash Bandicoot Team Racing (my favourite game when I had a PlayStation) and Friday the 13th: The Game, based off of the aptly titled horror series (of which I did a film ranking to celebrate the Friday the 13th in December).
After spending the weeks of December with those three games, we invested in Mario Kart 8 for Andrew’s Nintendo Switch, and it’s been an absolute joy to play. I’m still used to the older Mario Kart from the aforementioned systems, so seeing such a detailed, HD version of Mario Kart has been quite a treat. We’ve also definitely brought each other’s competitive side in our marriage whenever we play against each other in the races.
The device had its share of detractors and people wondering why it was even necessary. It made me worry I wouldn’t enjoy the device, but thankfully real-world use has voided that worry. It’s the perfect gaming device for me, and I look forward to many more months of enjoyment out of it.
Now if you’re like me, and you’re worried about traveling with yours, you’re in luck. Amazon is full of screen protectors, cases, sleeves, skins, grips, etc. for it. I personally went with the Spigen screen protector – I’ve used their screen protectors on many of my electronic devices, and I’ve never had any complaints about them. For my travel case, I wanted something a bit different than the normal sleeve, and went with ProCase’s Carrying Case. In retrospect, I think I would’ve gone with something that had a harder exterior for its sleeve, but I still love the look of the case I went with.