Nintendo has always been a family friendly gaming company, and the modern phenomenon of the Wii saw record sales due to its unique design and family-oriented game library. Unfortunately, the hype didn't continue when #Nintendo launched the Wii U, which was seen as basically the same console as before, but with an added second screen. Other game developers refused to design games for the Wii U, leaving little to no reason for families to upgrade to the latest and "greatest" Nintendo experience.
On October 20, Nintendo released the first official look at its latest console: the Nintendo #Switch. This new system boasts the ultimate advantage — being able to continue your gaming on the go. Parents may not be able to escape the hit to their wallets as they did with the Wii U. As a mother myself, I sat in awe at the potential this console has for my family. I have every intention of shelling out a few hundred on the Switch come March 2017, as I'm sure many other parents will as well. The Switch will solve the most annoying parental dilemmas of the 21st century, and here's how.
1. Baby Asleep On You? Not A Problem!
When my first son was born, I would have loved to have a Nintendo Switch. All parents know how serious it is when a baby falls asleep on you: Every jarring movement will ruin any hope you have for a peaceful break. If you don't have everything you want to do within arm's reach, you're out of luck.
The Switch can solve this problem if you get creative. Place the dock nearby and if the baby falls asleep, you can switch into portable mode and play Skyrim, no matter what position you're in. Your neck won't be sore from craning to see the TV and your baby gets a restful nap in your arms. Everybody wins! I cannot wait to try this out with my youngest son.
2. Have To Leave In A Hurry? Do It Without The Fuss
It is near impossible to pry a kid away from a video game quickly. Any attempt to do so will result in complaining, crying, pleading, stomping — and that's not including how your child may react.
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The Nintendo Switch may be the perfect solution to the busy-bee blues: Just have your kid carry their game out to the car. This could go down in history as the end of an era. You might never be late to an event again.
3. Long Trip Ahead? Keep Siblings Occupied
Any parent with more than one child will readily complain about road trips with the family. Kids are simply not programmed to handle such nonsense. Put two or more bored and energized children next to each other in a car and chaos can ensue. Add the pressure of settling arguments over who gets to use the family electronics and you have yourself a justifiable reason to never leave the house.
The Switch can and will make traveling easier for parents and kids alike. The little ones can enjoy Mario Kart together and parents get a break from listening to them argue over which FGTeeV YouTube video to watch next. Because Mom and Dad can only handle kids watching YouTube for so long.
4. Wallet Under Stress? Two Can Play At Unboxing!
Latest Steam sale got your wallet running on fumes? Don't fret! The Nintendo Switch will allow for multiplayer, right out of the box — no need to spend all that extra money on another controller. This exciting feature has been desired by gamers for ages.
Finally, we can play together with just the core product. You can be the cool parent without having to drop an entire month's salary on the console and a bunch of accessories. What a wonderful time it is to be alive! Of course, accessories may be necessary down the road, but at least they can play together and be happy in between paychecks.
As a gamer I don't know much about the Nintendo Switch yet, but as a parent, I know enough. The new console will be worth every penny to my family. and I'm sure many families will agree.
What other family benefits do you see in the Switch? What about other social advantages? Tell me about them in the comments!
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