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I didn’t hate the Switch when I reviewed it last year, but after spending an entire day hunting it down in stores I could easily say it wasn’t exceptional enough to warrant camping out or paying Craigslist scalpers. A year later I stand by that sentiment, but I don’t have to stand in line any more. I can stop into any store and pick one up, hassle-free, for $399. Anyone can. Which is wonderful, because despite the system’s vocal gamer fans, the Nintendo Switch is the console that’s actually best for every else.

If you’ve picked up a Switch you’ve no doubt been impressed by the games and the overall design, but decidedly underwhelmed by the display—which is uglier than the ones found on cheaper products like the Amazon Fire. Wall Street Journal is now reporting that Nintendo is considering another model of the Switch—this time with a display that actually shows off all those pretty games.

Even if it’s technically new, Nintendo Switch Online shouldn’t seem especially new to anyone.

Like Xbox Live Gold for the Xbox One and PlayStation Plus on the PlayStation 4, the new $29.95 subscription for everyone’s favourite “hybrid” console confers a couple of services gamers on other platforms would consider standard — the ability to play games online and access to cloud storage for game saves — as well as a couple of bizarre features, such as online chat through a phone app (don’t ask), and offers to buy exclusive products such as NES-controller shaped Joy-Cons.

Earlier this week, Nintendo delighted Fortnite fans by announcing that the game, which might just be the most popular game being played right now, was coming to the Switch immediately. Even better, Switch players would be able to compete with PC and Xbox players, too - instant digital distribution and multiplayer open to all!

Nintendo's announcement felt like a dream come true after years of console makers refusing to play nice. But it isn't a dream, because Sony continues to flip the bird to its competitors and Fortnite players on the PS4 are being left out in the cold, unable to play with Xbox or Switch gamers.

E3 2018 is here, and companies have already announced more games than you can shake a Joy-Con at. But what about consoles? The last few years have seen E3 inundated with either rumours or news about new consoles from the big three. This year's gaming expo has been a touch on the lighter side when it comes to hardware announcements, but still had an interesting reveal or two from the show's biggest players. Depending on your console of choice, that might be a good thing.

Video: Before the Nintendo Switch, iPhone and even the Game Boy, the 1986 Sony Watchman was my first gadget obsession. When the digital TV switchover happened a few years ago, my handheld TV was relegated to a drawer as there's now nothing to watch on it. But that's why I'm super excited to see that someone has figured out how to get their Switch running on its tiny, black-and-white screen.

If you're living your life away from power outlets than at some point you'll need to invest in an external battery pack. Only not all batteries are the same. Aside from the various ports you might see on one, such as USB Type-A, micro USB or USB Type-C, it's also critical to consider the kind of power output your device requires if you want to actually juice up your laptop and phone.

First answer: it's easier to buy one. And that's cool. But there are people who, given a Raspberry Pi, a 3D printer and a stick of chewing gum, are going to build their own facsimile running emulation software so they can play whatever they like. Christopher Foote is one such person. The fruits of his labour: the "PiSwitch".

Oh Miitomo, it seems like it was just yesterday when you arrived on phones as Nintendo's first mobile app, bringing a tiny bit of that Mario joy and magic to the small screen. But after less than three years on the market, Nintendo is killing off the Miitomo app in just a few months on May 9.