Just recently TIME named the Switch as one of the best inventions of 2017, albeit it was a rather peculiar list. Nintendo's hybrid device has now arguably earned a greater honour from the respected publication, however, being named the number one gadget of 2017.
As a list focused on cool technology, it's a sign of the positive impact Nintendo's system has had that it's taken top spot, seeing off fellow console Xbox One X and various other devices. Also of note is the SNES Classic / Mini in 6th place, praised for its faithfulness and ability to evoke nostalgia for the original system. The top 10 is below.
- Nintendo Switch
- Apple iPhone X
- Microsoft Surface Laptop
- DJI Spark
- Samsung Galaxy S8
- Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) Classic
- Amazon Echo (Second Generation)
- Xbox One X
- Apple Watch 3
- Sony Alpha A7R III
For about as long as game consoles have existed, players have had to choose between gaming in front of a TV or holding a tiny screen in their hands while out and about. Not so with the Nintendo Switch, the first console that’s truly designed for both at-home and on-the-go entertainment. The Switch consists of a tablet with a 6.2-inch screen with slots for attaching Nintendo’s Joy-Con controllers on either side, turning it into a handheld video game machine. But when you’re at home, you can slide the slate into a dock that hooks up to your TV and play it like a traditional console. That “play anywhere, anytime” approach, combined with a stellar games roster, from the recently launched Super Mario Odyssey to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, makes the Switch a true knockout.
So there you have it, another fantastic acknowledgement of what the Switch has to offer, and yet more handy publicity ahead of the peak festive shopping season.
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