We’re suckers for new technology. We’re also suckers for video games. We made a rash decision to buy a Nintendo Switch just before a long-haul flight and we couldn’t be happier with that decision.
Is it Worth Traveling With the Nintendo Switch?
Firstly, the Switch is just genuinely a great gaming console. Not only is it great for playing at home on your TV, it’s really awesome for mobile gaming. All the games work seamlessly and look really, really good.
The Switch is super portable. We picked up this case that has a hard case and pockets for game we weren’t carrying phyisical cartridges of and charging cables. It’s hard-sided and also came with a tempered glass screen cover, and I would happily give it five stars. It isn’t bulky and the case protected everything.
Using The Nintendo Switch On Flights
We probably haven’t used the Switch flying as much as we expected we would, but it has definitely helped us survive long-haul flights. This is probably more of a personal thing than anything else, but we typically end up sleeping or watching movies more than we’ve played the Switch or read books.
There was a seven hour flight from Tokyo to Kuala Lumpur we were on where a guy sitting next to us literally played his Switch for the entire flight. That’s more than we can handle, but it was really nice to know we had it available.
Battery Life: We didn’t have a problem with our battery life. It lasted long enough for us to zone out and play some games. If you planned on playing for a very long-haul flight, without stopping, you might run into some issues. But those kind of flights typically have charging ports on your seat, so that would solve the problem. One of my only gripes with the Switch, though, is that the charging port is on the bottom of the screen, so you can’t prop it up on the tray table to play while charging.
Have we use it once we reached our destinations? Not at all. That’s mostly because we try and max out our days by enjoying whatever destination we are in and watching local TV in different languages until we fell asleep.
Favorite Nintendo Switch Games to Travel With
Mario Kart was the big winner. It’s really fun, and mindless enough that we didn’t get upset if a flight attendant interrupted us. The game is two player, easy to set the screen up on an airplane tray table, and we’re suckers for anything in the Mario world.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a lovely game, and a very immersive experience. It’s one-player only but will kill hours of time if you get into it. Anyone who has loved the previous Zelda games will love this one.
Overcooked is one of the biggest surprises we’ve played together. It’s an extremely challenging game that requires a lot of teamwork! It has been great to play until one of us gets a bit sleepy… plus, you find yourself starting to get worked up during the game, and yelling at each other on an airplane isn’t a great way to fly. Still, we give it a big thumbs-up for a great multi-player game!
In the end, was it worth it to take get the Nintendo Switch only for travel? Probably not, but with how portable the system is, it’s definitely been helpful in helping keep our sanity on long-haul flights. If you’ve got the room in your carry-on and if you’re a gamer then we’d recommend taking the Switch with you on your next trip.