The Nintendo Switch made me swear off physical games

I got my Switch exactly a year ago today, and I’ve spent hundreds of hours (and dollars) on games for Nintendo’s newest console. But unlike every other console I’ve owned, I’ve bought exactly one physical game for the Switch — The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild which I preordered alongside my Switch so I’d have something to play when it first came out. I know I’m probably late to this party, but the Switch feels like the first console to truly make the case to, uh, switch away from physical games for good.

A lot of that has to do with how I use the Switch and its portable nature. I take my Switch with me basically everywhere — on the train to work in the morning, plane rides, weekends at my parents’ house — and having all my…

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Author: Chaim Gartenberg

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