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Has the Nintendo Switch Taken Away from the Mobile Games Market

The Nintendo Switch is over 5 years old, and I’ve begun to wonder in the grand scheme of things how it has impacted the use of mobile devices.

While I have no concrete data to back up my claims, I can only speak from personal experience. While some people continue to play their online games via sites likeĀ , I’ve put down the mobile games in favour of other experiences.
Before the launch of the Nintendo Switch, I was a mobile gaming addict, putting dozens of hours into the premium game Rollercoaster Tycoon Classic and probably 100 times that into the freemium game, The Simpsons Tapped Out.
Both games provided hours upon hours of entertainment, but they both went out the window the second my Nintendo Switch dropped in 2017. Now I was taking that on the go, playing games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I had new, better opportunities, and decided that playing games on the Switch was much more enjoyable than playing on my phone.
Still, I do believe the market is there, because the Switch is only just over 100,000 units sold, while there are literally millions of mobile phones available. And people will always play on their mobile phones – even I’ve been going back to my phone placing sports bets and playing a few online casino games. Enjoying these experiences in moderation is great, especially when betting is involved.
It’s great to see how much gaming is taking off, however. Whether you are on your couch playing a home console like the Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S or the PlayStation 5, playing a home-mobile-hybrid console like the Nintendo Switch, or playing games on your phone, the group of “gamers” in the world is slowly growing, and ultimately that is a good thing. Bigger demands for quality games not only increases the quality of the games available, but also the quantity.
Not only are there options for everyone mobile, but soon there will be MULTIPLE options for everyone, no matter what your favourite genre. If you want to build your own city, there are literally dozens of great games that allow you to do just that. Want to play a few hands of Poker? There are dozens of apps for that. It’s all good news, no matter how you look at it.
So do I think the Nintendo Switch will overthrow mobile gaming? Although it has for me, it’s just not rational to believe that this will happen on a grander scale. There are just too many mobile phones available on the market, and too many companies making apps on a daily basis.
New experiences drop on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store every day, and there is quite literally an experience for everyone on mobile. So as much as I would love to see the Nintendo Switch take off more than it already has, it’s not going to happen, at least not on the scale of mobile devices.