I find 80% of statistics fascinating, 100% of the time.
Talking to a longtime buddy of mine, we ended up on the topic of Nintendo Switch, and more specifically, how great the portability factor was. It blew my mind when he admitted that he rarely, if ever, plays it in handheld mode. To me, the handheld mode is not only the most important part of the Switch, but the way that I enjoy it more than 75% of the time, if I had to guess.
My buddy is far from alone in this – the numbers are all over the place according to Nintendo’s own financial results (PDF WARNING). Roughly 30% of users primarily play their console in handheld mode, with a little less than 20% playing primarily in docked mode. The remaining ~50% uses their Switch in a healthy mix of both modes.
But what strikes me as interesting is the different types of lifestyles and how the Switch fits so perfectly into them.
Personally, the handheld mode benefits me because of the following reasons:
- While my wife watches her Netflix shows, I like to hang around her and play on my Switch, generally earlier on in the night before I head up to the office to play in docked mode.
- I have a crazy-ass dog who requires attention. I can easily bring my Switch downstairs and hang around the vicinity for a bit to make sure he’s not destroying my house.
- My Switch dock is in my office/game-room, and I don’t always want to be in my office, particularly as I work from home several days per week and already spend a lot of time there.
- On the days I do go into the office, my commute is at least 1 hour on a bus each way. That’s at least two dedicated gaming hours, 3 days a week.
- I like to play in different environments. Maybe I’ll take a long motorcycle ride, then hang out at a park and play some games for an hour. I actually did this a lot with Pokemon X after getting my first 3DS. Nothing beats exploring a digital work while exploring the real world!
- I enjoy playing in bed, and it helps me fall asleep if I play while laying down. Sitting down and playing makes it hard for me to fall asleep.
As you can probably surmise, I am also a twitchy freak who can’t sit still and needs to move around constantly. The Switch helps with that.
Of course, the other interesting part to me aside from Nintendo’s findings is how unique the situations for each person can be.
- A ton of people drive a car to work.
- People with infants probably use the Switch in handheld mode a lot more, for the obvious reasons.
- People who commute via subway or smaller area probably don’t feel comfortable holding the relatively huge Switch, or are worried about damage and/or theft.
- Some people don’t share a TV or living space, and so they never have a need to remove the console to another room.
- Depending on your career, you may be required to travel a lot. Folks who frequent planes, trains, and hotels probably use their Switch primarily in handheld mode.
I’ve assumed that my reader base here at Nostalgia Trigger are folks in their late-20s to early-30s, and so I’m curious as to how everyone who has a Switch enjoys playing their console.
Do you put yourself in the 30% that primarily plays handheld, 20% that plays docked, or somewhere mixed in the middle? What’s a typical day look like for you, and how does the Switch work itself into your unique lifestyle?