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Last night was the last bowling night of my weekly Monday night bowling league, so my wife came along to watch me bowl.  I brought my Nintendo Switch along, so that she would have something else to occupy her time as well aside from watching/cheering me on.  So, for the first time, I decided to try out the local multiplayer mode capabilities of the Switch.  I booted up Puyo Puyo Tetris (which I purchased digitally at release, but have mostly been playing solo through the story mode so far), opened up the kickstand and set the Switch down on the counter top behind our lanes, popped off the joycons and synced them up for 2 player play, and boom... my wife and I were playing Tetris against each other at our local bowling alley.  My friend's son saw us playing and after watching us for a bit, we gave him one of the joycons and my wife and I took turns playing against him.  After he lost he few rounds, he proceeded to tell us that his mom would beat me in Tetris for sure.  Since she was also at the bowling alley (and I know her well since she is the wife of a friend I have known since gradeschool), I said "well, go get her".  Sure enough, he did just that.  And, he was right, as his mother did proceed to clobber me. 

Anyway, it was great fun and an experience that I would not be able to find on another single device.  There's just something personal/intimate about huddling around the same device with family and friends that is more fulfilling than anything else.  I'm not bashing online play, or denying how much it has opened up gaming.  I'm just grateful that there is a company that generation after generation has sought to preserve the concept of family and friends gaming together in person.  That's not a gimmick.  It's a feature that I hope never goes away.  The Switch now brings that out of the living room and opens it up to on the go possibilities, which I have now experience and enjoyed firsthand, and I think that's awesome.



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sounds really awesome mate, I've enjoyed many a race in Mario Kart and Fast RMX now using the single joycon mode with friends, really is a great little machine, even without the extra part to raise the L/R buttons it still works very well.



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That's amazing,its things like these which create memories we will never forgot :)



Nice



I've had similar experiences at work. Some of my co-workers also have Switches, so during our lunch break we all get together and play some Mario Kart. Other people will sometimes pop in and ask what was going on, and inevitably a a joycon would be passed over and they'd join in with the use of the split screen. On no other gaming device would that be possible.

I never expected to actually be playing like those dorks in the commercials, but I've ended up using the table top mode and shared joycons more than a few times. Nintendo is smart to focus on releasing so many multiplayer games early on in the systems life (Mario Kart, ARMS, and Splatoon).



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That was a nice story... I'm hoping at some point in time that I'll be able to meet and play along with other Switch owners while waiting for something, or at a sort of event. That'd be a cool way to bond with new people.



 

              

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Felt warm and fuzzy reading that. Thanks for sharing!



That Switch launch trailer was right! Did everybody there also look like a model?



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COKTOE said:
That Switch launch trailer was right! Did everybody there also look like a model?

Lol, no.  My local bowling alley looks more like this:

than like this:



Mandalore76 said:
COKTOE said:
That Switch launch trailer was right! Did everybody there also look like a model?

Lol, no.  My local bowling alley looks more like this:

than like this:

Hey, would be sweet to get to kick it with Al Bundy!