TIME: Nintendo Switch is one of the 10 Best Gadgets of the 2010s

TIME Magazine Nintendo Switch Top 10 Best Gadgets of the 2010s

Over the past decade, we’ve seen technology evolve in numerous incredible ways. Products that we could hardly dream of a few decades ago are now a reality, and the world will never be the same. TIME Magazine recently highlighted some of these incredible advancements in a round-up article of the 10 Best Gadgets of the 2010s. The article attempts to focus on “important” and “life-changing” devices, including Nintendo Switch.

When it comes to gaming on the go, no one can top Nintendo’s track record, beginning with the humble Game Boy in 1989. But the introduction of its hybrid Nintendo Switch in 2017 — which you can play either portably or connected to your TV — might be the company’s most important contribution to gaming yet. Compared to the competition, it handily takes the crown as the most important video game console of the decade, with fans begging developers to bring their next title to the Switch. Its smartphone-inspired portability, paired with Nintendo’s ever-growing library of blockbuster, independent and vintage titles, makes the Switch feel like the culmination of Nintendo’s idea of what gaming should be.

Nintendo has been one of the biggest names in gaming for many decades, but TIME feels that Switch is possibly their best effort yet. Its hybrid nature as both a home console and a portable, handheld device helped set it apart from other consoles.

Microsoft also made the cut thanks to its Xbox Adaptive Controller. TIME’s full list of the 10 Best Gadgets of the 2010s, in order of release, is as follows:

  • Apple iPad (2010)
  • Tesla Model S (2012)
  • Raspberry Pi (2012)
  • Google Chromecast (2013)
  • DJI Phantom (2013)
  • Amazon Echo (2014)
  • Apple Watch (2015)
  • Apple AirPods (2016)
  • Nintendo Switch (2017)
  • Xbox Adaptive Controller (2018)


Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.