VideoGameCritic wrote: Fortunately the Switch is their least gimmicky console in a long time. Being able to play it as a portable or full screen doesn't really compromise the gameplay (does it?)
I am going to say being portable is not a gimmick. Its not something new or novel, but a compromise Swiss Army knife idea with the idea (I think) to abandon having separate home consoles and portables with differing operating systems. They can let the market decide if portability is still desired with mobile devices or not. Notice how Nintendo played up '3D' initially for the 3DS, but really has not played up 'And its portable!' for the Switch. This way, if the portability thing doesn't catch on, they can easily spin it as "We always said it was a home console that could be portable, not the other way around."
The problem with the Swiss Army knife idea are things are not ever optimal. The Switch is too expensive for a portable, too large for a portable, and too short a battery life for a portable. Just like people have said the Switch is what the WiiU should have been, I can see a future piece of hardware being called what the Switch should have been - a true portable that is smaller, cheaper and has a longer battery life - with a docking station to cool off the board, boost the GPU and play on your television set.