I’ve been wary of Nintendo’s new game console, the Switch, for quite some time.

Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch is a home console and a portable game console, seen here in both iterations.

On paper, there’s a lot stacked against it:

  • It’s underpowered compared with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, both of which cost the same (or less, depending on the model).
  • It has a paltry game library compared with the competition.
  • Because of its lack of horsepower, major games released on multiple platforms (think: “Assassin’s Creed,” “Call of Duty,” “Grand Theft Auto,” etc.) won’t ever come to the Switch.

Still, there’s something kind of magical about actually using the Switch.

The gimmick of Nintendo’s new console is simple: It’s both a home console and portable device, with the same game experience at home on a TV or in your hand on the go. But that gimmick is transformative in practice.

Nintendo Switch (in bag)
Nintendo sent over a carrying case, which I would suggest owning if you plan to take the Switch with you often.

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Indulge me for a moment while I explain what this means in my daily life:

On Sunday evening, I played a few hours of “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” before dinner. I used the Switch Pro controller to play the game from my couch on my TV. Around 7 p.m., I paused the game and put the console into Sleep Mode (the equivalent of closing a laptop or turning off a tablet screen — “off,” but not…