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The Super Mario Bros. READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESS BY CLICKING HERE just in Walmart raises hourly wages for 565K workers video Will the Fed be the catalyst to turn markets around. FAQ - New Privacy Policy. And Nintendo is better than most at turning users into paying customers. Out of 78 million total downloads, more than 5 percent forked over the money to unlock everything. Nintendo is still disappointed, though, as it had hoped to get a double-digit conversion rate.

While Super Mario Run is just one game, it has the advantage of an extremely recognizable brand name and a higher-than-usual in-app purchase price. You could see a change of fortunes soon. Super Mario Run will reach Android in March, and big-name franchises like Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem are also on the way. Smartphone gaming may well become a major source of income for Nintendo -- it may just take a while to get there.

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While you might think of the stereotypical gamer as a man in his 20s (possibly living at home), these days women account for about 50 per cent of all gamers and the average age of a gamer is about 35. Similarly, the games themselves run through almost every category and genre. Which brings us to the question: what format do you play on. The Nintendo Switch is far from the most powerful console out there.

While it does offer HD graphics, those pale in comparison to the high fidelity 4K output of the PS5 and Xbox Series X (or even the PS4 and Xbox One). Similarly, its internal power means that the console is simply unable to handle some of more technically demanding games. And yet, despite all that, the Nintendo Switch was the best selling console of 2020 in the UK, Europe, and the USA.

Arguably because the Switch is the most interesting of the three. But the real magic of the Switch (and the trick that gives its name) is that it can switch between a handheld tablet and a TV console seamlessly. Once you plug the dock into your TV, you can simply slide your Switch into its cradle and your game will immediately appear on the screen. Someone else wants to use the TV. No problem, slide the Switch out of the dock and simply keep playing in handheld mode.

As a proud owner of a Switch, I can tell you that my usage tends to vary between handheld and docked modes, though I know others who use it almost exclusively for one or the other. One thing that is worth noting is that the Nintendo Switch is a games console exclusively.

Unlike consoles from Microsoft, Sony, or Google, this thing can only play games. Another thing to note is that the Switch has a pretty poor amount of internal storage. Anyway, the big reason to buy a Switch is for the games. For context, around half of the best-selling video games ever made were developed by Nintendo and its subsidiaries. These games are usually characterised by being colourful, accessible, fun for all ages, wildly inventive and often (though not exclusively) with a cartoony design.

That being said, due to the limits of the system, you tend not to find the same vast worlds, photo-realistic visuals and adult themes which are commonplace on other consoles. You might remember the Gameboy which was around at the same time as the SNES, or the DS which ran parallel with the Wii.

All that changed when the Switch blended both camps together. However, it soon became clear that there was still an appetite for a handheld and so Nintendo created the Switch Lite. The screen is a bit smaller (5. It can play all the same games, the graphics and processing power are the same, the battery is roughly the same. To my mind that makes the Lite version ideal for families with younger children who may not be able to be trusted with expensive tech, or alternatively as a second console for families who already have a standard Switch but multiple gamers who want to play different things at once.

The only thing to plug into your TV here is a little Chromecast dongle (the black circular thing in the picture above).