Only One Gaming Console

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!
We’re nearing the end of April, which means the end to a lot of different things. We’ve been continuing #GamingTogether on our social media and there’s one question that’s really got me thinking.
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If you could only have one console, what would it be?

I’m pretty sure I’m the one who came up with this question and it’s totally an unfair one. I’m torn between the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Gamecube, and the Nintendo Switch.
I think, between home consoles and handhelds, I prefer handhelds. Of course, I love playing games on the big screen, but I love being able to put the handheld in my bag and bring it places with me. That said, I would choose the 3DS over the other two.
Except, the Switch has that portability. Can I fit it in my pocket? No. Can I fit it in my bag? Yes, though I do need a traveling case. I have one that fits in my bag, but we recently got the deluxe travel case for the Switch, which is like its own bag. It even carries the dock.
Needless to say, I can bring the Switch but also with a lot of other stuff meaning I have to carry more. I don’t have to do that with the 3DS. Although, with the carrying case for the Switch, I have more game options to bring with me.
Then again, there are so many digital downloaded games we have. My 3DS is loaded as is my Switch.
I’m not even mentioning the Gamecube all that much right now. I can’t download any games onto it. The games are much bigger to carry around with me. The console itself is big to carry around, though doable. The Gamecube is a decent size, has a handle, and is a cube so it’s pretty compact and fairly easy to fit in your suitcase. We used to bring our Gamecube with us on vacation all the time. My cousins brought their Gamecube when we drove down to Disney and we played it in the car – which you can easily play the 3DS and Switch in the car too, I guess.
Plus, it can have wireless controllers. Granted, the Switch has wireless to begin with. The 3DS has no controllers.
The Gamecube has cables to hook it up to the TV. The Switch does too and also has a dock. Although, you don’t have to hook it up to the TV if you don’t want. The 3DS doesn’t need any controllers or wires – unless you count the charger.
That’s another thing, too. You can only play your 3DS for so long before it runs out of battery. The Gamecube doesn’t have that problem. The Switch does, but you can also just hook it up to the TV and keep playing. You can keep playing your 3DS as well, but sometimes you have to move because the wire can only reach so far.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I have no idea which one I’d choose if I could only have one. I thought I’d be able to pick one or the other, but I don’t think I can.
I believe I’ve put an equal amount of time into all the consoles. The majority of my games are on those three consoles. The only other thing I could argue is maybe I’ve put more time into playing games on the 3DS and Gamecube.
As of writing this post, I’ve racked up 285 hours on YouTube on the Switch… Yep.
So, there you have it. I have no clue which one I would pick. To the point, that if I had to choose, I’d probably ask someone to make the decision for me. I wouldn’t be able to.

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Readers Comments (7)

  1. Interesting take on the debate! You spend a lot of time talking about the form factors of each console, but not as much about the games on each. Do you consider to be the game lineups between the three consoles as equal? Or not as much of a priority? Something else? Or, as I tend to do, over-reading your take?
    At this point in time, I think if I had to go with one console today, it would probably be the Xbox 360. Huge lineup of games I love, while also being the first to truly leverage the benefits of online functionality.
    That said, going Microsoft would mean I would miss out on all the Nintendo games I love. Arg!
    I then might change my answer to the Super Nintendo. Lots of great games that laid the groundwork for what we play now. Many of its games still hold up now. Also have a ton of nostalgia for it, as “back in my day” (sigh), it was the console I was playing when gaming became a serious part of my life.
    Give it a few more years, based on the momentum of the Switch, and I can see how the Switch becomes the right answer. Already a huge lineup of great games, and you get the benefits of docked and undocked play. Give it a few more years after that, and I think Google Stadia or some other streaming service flips this question and the entire industry of game distribution on its head.

    • The games are a hard one because I think I’ve equally played games for all three. Out of our collection of games, the majority of them are 3DS, Gamecube, and Switch. Though Gamecube probably has the least because no digital downloads. There are certain games from each that I would really miss. Then again, some of those games have been ported, so… it’s a tough call.
      I loved our Xbox 360. There were some great games for that that I can no longer play… I mean, I could. But I’d have to buy them again.

    • I think this is a good article too. This is a hard question that may change over time for multiple people. Currently one of the only gaming consoles I would probably need would be the PlayStation 3. I am referring to the backwards compatible version because it has such a huge library of video games. And to @Rachel congrats on clocking in the big 285 hrs on Switch!

  2. I love your take on this debate. Personally I could choose between my consoles but I understand its different for other people. If I could only own one console it would be my 3DS because it’s the easiest to operate in my opinion plus theres a whole bunch of different games for it! Great post and debate-

    • The 3DS is a great one! I love that little thing. And honestly, I’m sure you’re right. It probably is the easiest to operate. Thanks for reading. 🙂

  3. I would probably choose the Nintendo Switch. It’s getting so many amazing titles from years past, as well as racking up its own impressive library! I’d love to see an “advanced” version that could play games like Dark Souls 3 and The Witcher 3, but I’m curious if they would make games that are limited to that version. Probably not. Anyway, enough of my rambling! Switch it is 😛

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