A Facebook group I’m a part of, the Handheld Gaming Network, had a discussion these past few days about the size of the Nintendo Switch when used as a handheld. Is it too big because it won’t fit into your pocket? Or is it the right size, because it shows off the games beautifully, and can be stowed in a bag?
I guess it all depends on how you are used to play your games, and how you go about your daily business. True, if you grew up with an Gameboy that you had in your pockets at all times, always ready to whip it out to do a bit of gaming, then yes, the Switch will feel too clunky. It’s too expensive to endanger the screen damaging, so yes, you do need a case to put it in. Can you imagine your car keys in your pocket scratching the beautiful unmarred screen? Heaven forbid!
If you are used to carrying a bag or a backpack, it might feel the right size because you can bring it along easily. After all, any smaller and playing Breath of the Wild comfortably would be a challenge. I guess us ladies have the benefit: most of us carry a purse or handbag anyway. You just have to make sure your bag is big enough to accommodate the device.
It reminded me of a little book I got years and years ago, when I turned 30 actually. It had a funny drawing on the cover of a woman camping out under her upturned purse (or handbag, I guess it depends on whether she was American or English). and it read: “What women over 30 need in their handbag to survive”. That’s what instantly popped in my mind when reading the discussion: the older women get, the bigger the handbag, so the Switch will have no trouble fitting. Along with a 3DS and the Vita, if necessary!
Another member of the group had the perfect solution though: just detach the joy cons, put them in one pocket and the screen in the other. Hey Presto!