Something I’ve heard a few people online and in person say about the Nintendo Switch is that it is both a home console and a handheld console. It can rest in a dock for use on your TV or be picked up and taken anywhere provided the battery is charged. Although the Switch in my home never leaves the dock, I’ve seen many people using them at parks, in malls, on the train, and in restaurants. The system has been showing up the same way the 3DS was a couple of years ago, and the DS before it, and the GameBoy Advance before that, and so on and so forth. It got me wondering if the switch has marked the end of the GameBoy.
Game consoles have had accessories in the past to enhance the experience of playing. Racing games have had special controllers designed like a car’s dashboard, such as the Arcade Racer Joystick for the Sega Saturn and the Hurricane Steering Wheel for PlayStation 3, space shooters and aerial dogfight games had joysticks made to feel more authentic, like the NES Quick Shot and the Saturn Mission Stick. To me, probably the most effective accessory is the light gun. It’s one of the oldest little toys, going back to the first game systems and even earlier.