5 best reasons you should buy the Nintendo Switch


The new hybrid video game console from Nintendo is out now, and it's off to a strong start: The Switch is already Nintendo's fastest-selling game console.


Nintendo Switch


Left: The Nintendo Switch at home Right: The Nintendo Switch in portable form

Like so many things lately, the Switch's success comes as a surprise to experts in the field - the $299 console isn't very competitive on paper, and it wasn't a guaranteed success in concept.

  • It's underpowered compared with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, both of which cost the same (or less, depending on the model).
  • It has a paltry game library compared with the competition.
  • Because of its lack of horsepower, major games released on multiple platforms (think: "Assassin's Creed," "Call of Duty," "Grand Theft Auto," etc.) won't ever come to the Switch.

But actually using the Switch is a surprising delight. I've had the Switch for three weeks, and it's quickly become a part of my daily life. This is why: