The $300 Nintendo Switch has been great for my relationship

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I’ve owned the Nintendo Switch for only two weeks, but I’m already smitten. This is easily my favorite piece of new tech in 2017 and my favorite Nintendo console ever.

It’s not perfect by any means, but this unusual piece of hardware has already changed the way I live, and it has brought me closer to my fiancée, who before the Switch’s arrival was never into modern video-game consoles. What’s more, this little system has tremendous potential to do even more in the future.

Here’s what I mean:

On Friday, March 3, I picked up my Nintendo Switch from Best Buy — with a copy of “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” of course — before heading home from work.

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I preordered the Switch the night it was announced — I’m a longtime Nintendo fan, and having followed rumors for years about Nintendo’s mysterious “NX” console, I believed Nintendo would correct many of the mistakes it made with the underwhelming Wii U, a game console I bought and, sadly, returned a year later.

When I got home with the Switch on that first night, I couldn’t wait to set up the console. My fiancée was less excited at first — she doesn’t play video games nearly as much as I do, and she hadn’t heard much about the Switch — but that changed as soon as we turned on the console.

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The ability to create a customizable avatar changed my fiancée’s mind on the Switch almost immediately.

Everything about the Switch experience is user-friendly. My fiancée loved being able to create two separate accounts — she customized hers to her liking, with an avatar and background color — so we could each play certain games at our own pace.

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In all honesty, she wanted the two of us to create a single profile on the Switch, but since I wanted to have my own “Zelda” adventure, she was nice enough to accommodate my selfish desires.

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