Screw it, I’m Getting 2 Switches

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I know it sounds crazy to buy 2 Switches, especially when the Switch itself can function as 2 different gaming devices, a console and a handheld.  But in my household both my wife and I play games, and I’m starting to realize that sharing 1 Switch between the 2 of us might not be as easy as it seems.

For all of the consoles we own, we only have one of each.  But for all of our Nintendo portables, we each have our own.  We share the Playstation 4, but I strongly considered buying a PS4 Pro just so we could both play different PS4 games at the same time.  I know, this sounds pretty hardcore and spoiled, but sometimes I want to play Battlefield 1 and she wants to play Dragon Quest Builders, definitely first world problems.  We are also known to move the main consoles around the house at times, sometimes we play PS4 and Wii U in our game room, sometimes we move them upstairs to the family room.  PS4 has a bit of a universal power cord, so I had an extra that I keep upstairs along with the HDMI cable, this makes moving the PS4 from room to room fairly simple.  The Wii U however has it’s own unique power cord, and yes, we did shell out the $40 for it to make moving the Wii U from room to room easy, no need to drag around cords. Now that you might understand my situation, let me explain how this would play out with the Switch.

I’m pretty certain I will buy a second Nintendo Switch Dock, that way I could have one in the family room and one in the game room.  Very easy to move from TV to TV, very spoiled, I know.  The Switch Dock is $90 when sold separately (pretty ridiculous), so that’s already gonna cost me close to 1/3rd the price of the Switch.  I tend to buy multiple controllers for when I have local multiplayer parties and so I don’t put wear on one single controller, by rotating I keep them all relatively fresh (or relatively slightly worn).  I was planning on buying another standard-type controller or two.  One of those controllers being a Pro (but not included in this equation) the other being another set of Joy-Cons and another Joy-Con grip.  An extra pair of Joy-Cons are $79.99 and an extra Joy-Con Grip is $29.99!!  I understand all the tech in the Joy-Cons and how it’s essentially 2 controllers, so I’m fine with the $80 price tag.but the Grip is just a piece of plastic!!! (Edited:  Didn’t realize the one that is sold separately is also a chargerAnyhow for the cost of the Dock, the pair of Joy-Cons and the Joy-Con Grip, I’m at $199.97!! At that point I might as well just pony up the extra $100 and get another Switch!!

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An extra Switch will come with some added benefits.  My wife and I will get all of those extra accessories that I mentioned buying separate.  We will also be able to have our own individual Switch to play different games by ourselves (playing together is great though, don’t misunderstand that).  If I’m out somewhere and I take the Switch with me, it doesn’t leave her without a Switch to play at home, and vice versa.   If Nintendo allows some sort of account sharing or family account similar to PSN+ and XBox Live, then we can really reap the benefits.   For games like Splatoon 2 me and her will be able to play online together on our own consoles, this wouldn’t require us to take turns like we had to in the first Splatoon.  If Nintendo allows us to just sign in and out of accounts freely (unlike the 3DS) then again we will at least be able to access our digital games no matter whose system we’re on.  I know, $100 is $100, but for that extra $100 it will open a lot more freedom and possibilities for 2 gamers instead of sharing 1 device in the house with extra accessories.  Hopefully we’ll only have to pay for one Nintendo Online account, that could change things.

Posted on February 8, 2017, in Featured Opinion and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Keep in mind what you’re calling just a piece of plastic is the Joy-Con Grip which is 15 dollars. The 30 dollar version is the Joy Con Charging Grip which has a battery. The version of the grip that comes with a Switch is the 15 dollar plastic one, not the 30 dollar charging grip.

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