As it currently stands, I have a collection of about 20 or so odd games that I have yet to play or finish. Some aren’t even opened yet. For younger gamers, this tends to be a non-issue. Either they have the time to get to the games they have, or they don’t have enough games to create a backlog in the first place. As the gaming landscape changes generationally, those of us who started gaming in the 70s/80s have found our lives evolving into new routines. This can cause a buildup of the very media we use to thrive off of. Along with the expansive length of games today, this causes a monumental backlog of “to-do” games that can, if left uncurated or ignored, lead to piles upon piles of unplayed games that can drive our spouses and significant others up the wall.
The release of a new Nintendo console has always been a very special time for me. I got my first NES for Christmas in 1986, and it truly changed my life. Nintendo has had its ups and downs, and its most recent down was the release of the Wii U. Although I am firmly in the minority, I actually really loved the Wii U. It has some of my favorite games of this current generation. So, when it failed to find a sustainable market, I was devastated, but not surprised. Now, with the release of the Switch, their newest console, Nintendo is attempting to right the ship, with what is essentially a DS/Wii U hybrid with better technology. It released yesterday, and I got mine right after a very, very long day at work.