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BowserOne of the great things about the Nintendo Switch is the many ways it's possible to play it: on the television in its dock, as a Game Boy Advance-style handheld, propped up on its kickstand, etc.  Over at Kotaku, Patricia Hernandez is talking about how she's barely taken her Switch out of its dock and has been playing it exclusively as a traditional home console, and this kind of article pretty much invites the community to respond with all of the neat ways its played with the Switch.  Here's Patricia:

The big concept behind the Nintendo Switch is that it can be enjoyed both on the TV, and in handheld mode. Instead, the Switch largely operates like any other console system in my household, and I like it that way.

Oh, I’ve tried to take the Switch with me. I’ve braved the dangers of on-the-road scratches, I’ve propped the console up on its tiny stand, Joy-Con in each hand. The idea of taking Zelda anywhere with me is nice, but I don’t like the actual experience of playing the Switch on-the-go.

The general consensus is that players are either playing the Switch docked to the television or carrying it around as a traditional handheld out into the world, but there's a variation missing from her assumptions, and it's the one that I've favored in my two months with the Switch.  To my surprise, I've played a decent 80% of my Switch time as a handheld in my house.  I started out playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild purely on my television in full HD glory with a vow that I would only handle fetch quest busy work errands in handheld mode.  I wanted to experience the major moments of the game on the big screen.  The little stuff like gathering monster parts and scouting shrines could happen while I was laying in bed in the evenings, typically with a classic episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 playing in the background.

Then something unexpected happened.  I found that the Switch's screen was enough for me to enjoy the game, and I also really liked laying down to play.  By the time I was working on my third Divine Beast, I'd swapped my play style to exclusively handheld.  Last week I ventured into Hyrule Castle, recovered Link's last missing memory, and battled Ganon all on the Switch's built-in screen.  I have yet to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe using the dock.  It's just so much more comfortable to knock out a few Grand Prix cups at night before falling asleep.  It's a great way to decompress from the day.

I should have seen this coming.  I tried so hard to make my Wii U a bedcentric console so that I could lay down and play Super Mario 3D World following my 2014 surgeries, but my bedroom was just a bit too far away from the Wii U console, so whenever I would lie back and rest my head on the pillow, I would back slightly out of range and the GamePad would lose signal.  The Switch doesn't have that problem at all.  I'm sure I'll play Switch games docked on the television more often in the future, but at the end of a long day it's just so difficult to turn down the comfort and convenience that the combination of my bed and the Switch offer.

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