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Is The Nintendo Switch A Success Thanks To Busy Big Kids?

Are 10 million (and counting) sales PartLY owed to BUSY adult gamers?

At the very end of 2017 I purchased a Nintendo Switch. The decision came after months of sitting on the fence and, at one point, after having tried the ‘console’, giving it a bit of a roasting over the build quality of the main display unit (I referred to it as ‘one of those cheap Android tablets or a sat nav’).

So why the sudden change of heart? Why go all in now and why is it suddenly one of my favourite gaming devices of all time? It would appear I am not alone either, the console has received glowing reviews across the board. It is officially the fastest-selling console of all-time in the United States and has already sold over 10 million units worldwide and is matching the Sony PlayStation 4 sales pace.

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Planet Midori Telephone Adventure Game A

Brian!? Get off that phone! Your tea is getting cold! – Welcome to the world of vinyl telephone gaming.

I’ve been alive long enough to have witnessed gaming in an array of guises. From the small classifieds in the back of Darkside and CU Amiga magazines et al appealing for hardy gamers to come play-by-mail (the art of taking turns playing a game, usually sports management or some sort of fantasy battle, by using the postal service) to the very latest in online AAA megablockbuster multiplayer excite-o-thons that pepper the various video game platforms of 2018.

During my time roaming our good planet I have also come across numerous forms of storytelling. Books, audio, video games, television, seedy ad’s in the back of Exchange & Mart etc. As I am sure have you.

Nothing quite prepared me though for this. Vinyl record telephone gaming. Yes, you read that right.

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