You'd think that by leaving behind the iconic clamshell design of the DS and 3DS systems the Nintendo Switch would be less suitable as a portable device - after all, a clamshell provides valuable protection when the machine's not in use.

However, GizmoSlip has performed a series of drop tests on the new console and has discovered that it's actually more robust than you might expect. The Switch survived several 5ft drops onto cold, unforgiving concrete and while the Joy-Cons didn't fare all that well - the design of the console means they take most of the punishment from a fall - the main unit itself proved to be quite a tough customer.

While no one plans to drop their brand new console in this way, these tests do at least show that the Switch has been designed to survive the odd tumble, which bodes well for the more accident-prone players out there.

[via youtube.com]