The previous blog post was about video game consoles and their various personal attachments and histories to me. This one will be about handhelds, specifically the Gameboy, GBA, DS, and 3DS. Being able to carry games around with me makes the experience of playing games that much better. I remember playing so many games on my handhelds back in the day, primarily Pokemon games. I bought the most recent Pokemon game, Pokemon Shield, on release day, and it’s been amazing so far. Can’t stress enough how good it feels to invest myself in a Pokemon game again, while other people are sharing their feelings about it all over Twitter and beyond. Pokemon is a tradition among gamers, and casual players always seem to flock to the newest Pokemon game even if they’re not huge gaming fans. It’s just a part of all this.
But back to handhelds. I’ll talk about Pokemon in another blog post, when the time comes. Handhelds are great primarily because of their portability, but the Switch, the newest console from Nintendo, sports the option to use it in handheld and TV modes. I’ve been using it primarily in the TV mode to play Pokemon, but having the option to use it differently is great regardless. I love being able to sit on the couch and play Smash Bros from time to time, you know?
I carried my Switch with me to Anime NYC 2019, but I didn’t end up using it for much. That’s because there wasn’t space on the train for us to sit down when we first took it to Grand Central. There was space on the way back, but I didn’t feel like playing at the time as I had other things on my mind that needed to be settled first. It’s crazy how our minds occupy ourselves even when we’re busy with other things.