I feel like the Switch has gone through a sudden, extremely radical renaissance in my household over the past year. For a full year or so after BotW, I think I maybe turned on my Switch once or twice (probably to show it to friends). In stark contrast, this year I have probably played my Switch more than either of my other two consoles.
Part of that is the growing games library, of course. But I think an even bigger part is that my two boys are approaching the ages where they can both watch and play more games. And in looking at games that are appropriate for their ages, in both content and mechanics, Nintendo just seems to have a massive advantage in its library.
Nintendo has, for a long long time, been the last-place console company in my house, behind the Playstations and Xboxes that brought the latest, cutting edge stuff. I’d always have a Wii or Wii U, but they mostly collected dust apart from the occasional exclusive I just had to play. But now that my focus is on family, the class of games Nintendo cultivates, once merely a nostalgic novelty, have finally started to find a seat at the head of the table.
I still love my next-gen options, obviously. But a lot of the games I play on those systems tend to be darker, and more violent, and thus only come out after the kids are in bed. Super Mario Bros U Deluxe? Marvel Ultimate Alliance? Pokemon Sword (my oldest is big into Pokemon) in the near future? Those are games I can fire up at any time of day, and they can watch or even join in.