At Bold Tourist, 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 our last long trip.
Is the Nintendo Switch worth taking along on your travels? Here’s what we decided.
Firstly, the Switch is really awesome for mobile gaming. All the games work seamlessly and look really, really good. Of course, at the moment of this writing, there aren’t a TON of games available.
The Switch is really portable. We picked up this case that has a hard case and pockets for game cartridges 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.
How much did we actually use it? Probably not as much as we expected. On the long plane rides we endured, we ended up sleeping or watching movies or reading books. But it was really nice to know we had it available, and we did use it some.
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 to play while charging.
Did we use it once we reached our destinations? Not at all. That’s mostly because we maxxed out the days checking out local sites, and watching local TV in different languages until we fell asleep.
The games that came in handy:
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. 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! This was fun for a bit until one of us got a little 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 the Nintendo Switch on a long vacation? Probably not, but with how portable the system is, it’s not a big problem to bring along if you’ve got the room in your carry-on. And, if you’re a bigger gamer than we are, then it’s absolutely worth taking the Switch with you on your next trip.