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Mario Kart is Nintendo’s Next Mobile Move

I think mobile gaming continues to have a strong future as a defined space which is why I’m always interested in seeing who is going to make the next coolest advancement in the mobile gaming space.

If anyone has the ability to come out of left field, it’s Nintendo.

This next idea isn’t really weird, but perhaps it’s a neat and logical step for the company’s mobile offering. Mark Kart is coming to smartphones. What a perfect idea.

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My Favorites from the Latest Nintendo Direct

Waiting for Nintendo’s next Nintendo Direct was starting to become a meme, and at times it felt like the company was even trolling us on Twitter with their nonsensical imagery. Yesterday, with practically no announcement at all, they dropped a ‘mini’ Direct on us with lots of great games and details.

I’m just going to touch on a few of my favorites and stand-outs, but you can find all of the games and info on Nintendo’s official site for the Jan 11th Direct.

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Nintendo Switch Extended Battery Pack

Hey fellow Switch owners, after hours of playing the Mario Odyseey or the newly released DOOM, are you finding yourself wishing your Switch had a better battery life on the go?

Graev showed me this awesome extended battery pack/case by Antank for the Nintendo Switch he bought that allows you to not only extend your battery life significantly (doubles the battery life), but also provide additional functionality that the switch desperately needs.

Double the Battery Life

The Antank battery case provides 6500mAh of power which, in practice, doubles the battery life you can expect to get out of your Switch.

Switch Side Charging Port

Side Charging Port Instead of Bottom

One of the biggest complaints Switch owners have is that the charging port is natively on the bottom of the Switch. This means you can't use the kickstand and play mobile while charging at the same time. The Antank battery case relocates that port to the side of the console.

Switch two kickstands

Dual Kickstands Instead of One

By default the Switch only has one kickstand which can leave the console feeling somewhat flimsy and unsteady when just standing up on a table, seat-back tray on a flight, or precariously perched on a book in the car. This case has two kickstands, and they have 3 different levels/degrees they lock into.

Extra Game Storage, LED Light Indicators, & USB-C Charging

Additional features include being able to store two games within the case itself (nice for travel if you don't have a good case -- which you should), an LED charge indicator, and the USB-C charging capability. The charging also provides over-current and over-voltage protection.

Fairly standard stuff, but I definitely like the LED charge indicator which acts as a much easier way of figuring out how long you have left to play before you need to charge.

Antank Battery Pack

For those wondering, I looked into the following:

  • Yes you can charge while you play
  • Yes you can take this on a plane
  • It doesn't make the Switch much any warmer from our experience
  • Plugging it in charges the console and the pack (we double checked)
  • You can't put the Switch into the dock with the case on

Hopefully this helps our fellow Switch owners out there!

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We highly recommend the Antank Extended Battery Pack/Case for the Nintendo Switch. At the time of this post, the case is 53% off on Amazon.

Pros

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    Significantly extends the battery life of the Switch.
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    Two kickstands with multiple degrees of kickstandyness.
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    The charging port gets relocated to the side of the console.

Cons

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    Can't put the Switch into the dock while the case is on. Obviously a minor annoyance only because the point of the case is for on-the-go play.
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