Portable? Docked? Nintendo reveals how people are playing Switch

by Daniel VuckovicOctober 31, 2017

Everyone plays their Nintendo Switch console differently, that’s the great thing about it. Today Nintendo has released official stats on just how people are playing. While most people play in both portable and handheld, the handheld/tabletop gamers have the edge over the solely docked players.

This indicates the Nintendo Switch gameplay trends. This chart is based on the figures for Nintendo Switch gameplay for registered Nintendo Account users, gathered via the Internet. There are three different Nintendo Switch play modes: TV Mode, where Nintendo Switch is docked and play occurs on a TV screen, and Tabletop Mode and Handheld Mode, where Nintendo Switch is removed from the dock. As the graph breaks it down, we can see how the different play modes for hardware use are classified, from the docked to the undocked experience. We can clearly see that consumers are playing to suit their own play styles.

Nintendo also released figures for who is actually buying the Switch, at the moment the males win out but the age ranges may surprise you.

Here is some information on who is purchasing Nintendo Switch. These are the results of an Internet survey that was given to consumers in the US market in October who had linked a Nintendo Account to their Nintendo Switch system. Please keep in mind that these figures are only for the US market. As you can see, purchases are primarily made by male consumers in their 20s and early 30s. The results also show good interest among consumers in the 10 to 19 age range. This lets us look forward to future growth in our consumer base.

Source: Nintendo IR (PDF)

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