The new hybrid video-game console from Nintendo has been out for several months now, and it’s off to a strong start: The Switch is already Nintendo’s fastest-selling game console.

Nintendo SwitchAt left, the Nintendo Switch at home. At right, the Switch in portable form.Nintendo

Like so many things, its success comes as a surprise to experts in the field — the $299 console isn’t very competitive on paper, and it wasn’t a guaranteed success in concept:

  • It’s underpowered compared with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, both of which cost less.
  • It has a paltry game library compared with the competition.
  • Because of its lack of horsepower, major games released on multiple platforms — think “Assassin’s Creed,” “Call of Duty,” “Grand Theft Auto,” etc. — won’t ever come to the Switch.

But using the Switch is a surprising delight. I’ve had the Switch for four months, and it has quickly become a part of my daily life for several reasons.

1. The Nintendo Switch is remarkably fast, which is more important than you’d think.