Nintendo Switch OLED Model was announced, and I won’t play it outside

Nintendo’s making a brand-new Nintendo Change, one with a larger OLED screen. They provided it a trailer on Tuesday, revealing the upper class taking the console outdoors and playing it on the go.

Who does this?

The ad appears like every other promotion we’ve seen for the Change considering that it released in 2017. It’s filled with a varied cast of smiling faces all delighting in the console while positive music plays. As an excellent trailer should, it highlights the functions that are distinct to the Nintendo Change and make it worth investing $349.99 MSRP. Generally, it’s portable. In the brand-new trailer, individuals take it outdoors and bring the console along with them any place they enter their fascinating lives.

At one point, we see a young red-headed specific playing the brand-new Nintendo Change while relaxing on a swimming pool chair exterior. They look focused and enthralled by the contents of the video game. Later, we see a household playing chess on a table outside utilizing the Change. While enjoying, I was surprised that when again, Nintendo was pressing this concept that the Nintendo Change is satisfying to play outdoors.

For a visual supplement, here’s a gallery of individuals “enjoying” the Nintendo Change outdoors.

Don’t get me incorrect, bringing the Change around is great and dandy — I, for one, love taking mine on journey and while flying. Nevertheless, I don’t believe the Nintendo Change will ever feel great to play outdoors in a park. Its screen is not bright enough to play outside, and even if you crank up the brightness, and can see the screen, it’ll burn through your battery life.

If you’re OK with, say, playing a bright game out under the sunshine, well then there’s still the anxiety of bringing an expensive, somewhat fickle $299.99 console outside. Let’s face it, the Nintendo Change can’t be battered around like a Game Boy Advance could. The console gets hot if it’s directly in the sun! Also, I’m just generally worried about it getting stolen if I take it around town.

Look, it’s not that I expect advertising to be accurate or realistic. I get that much of the role of marketing is to generate hype, regardless of the feasibility of scenarios. Still, after seeing this video, and after four years since the console launched, I just couldn’t help but feel that Nintendo should stop pushing the idea.

Nintendo has been advertising the Switch as an “outdoors console” since its first hype trailer in 2017. In that, we see a person take it out to play it at a park at sunrise. We see their friends play it on a basketball court (at night, interestingly). In 2019, the trailer for the Nintendo Switch Lite pushed the play-it-outdoors idea even further with an entire group of cool kids playing their Switches at a intense and sunny skate park.

And in theory, that’s great! Maybe there are outdoorsy, well adjusted people that take their Nintendo Change out to completion of the Santa Monica Pier or the bottom of the Grand Canyon. That’s not me. I’m more than material with playing it portable while cuddled up in my bed.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.