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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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Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball Heroes 3DS

3DS Baseball. Where the beer comes in 72oz tubs.

Posted on August 15, 2017

“I can’t think of a better place to spend a balmy summer’s night than the old ball yard. There’s just the green grass of the outfield, the crushed brick of the infield, and the white chalk lines that divide the men from the little boys”. Lisa Simpson makes a wonderful, and wistful, poetic articulation about America’s favourite pastime.  “Lisa, honey. You’re forgetting the beer. It comes in 72-ounce tubs here”. Homer Simpson makes a blunt, if somewhat equally valid point.

Construe this for when you think of baseball video games, the Nintendo 3DS isn’t exactly the first platform that springs to mind. And, like 72oz beer, they’re not that easy to find. Especially in the west. Especially outside the USA too.

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Cruisin’ In My Lefty (レフティ RX)

Posted on June 16, 2016

Released in 1972, long before video games were even a glint in a developers eye, Nintendo were in the business of manufacturing childrens toys. The Lefty was a series of toy RC cars by Nintendo that appeared on the market before rival Tamiya (today a world leader in radio controlled hobby products). With the Lefty, Nintendo aimed to release the world’s first radio controlled car at an affordable price point. To keep costs down the cars featured one servo. A servo with the ability to operate in one motion. A motion that allowed the car to solely turn left. Hence the name, Lefty.

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