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Nintendo Switch Survives 1,000 Foot Drop

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Nintendo products are primarily known for two things: functioning as portals to wonderlands of whimsy, and being so durable that they can survive being hit by trucks, or more dangerously, children. The Switch is a worthy heir to that legacy.

Thin, glossy, and fragile as it looks, Nintendo’s console/portable hybrid is a damn brick. UnlockRiver used a drone to fly it a thousand feet into the air and then drop it, and well, just watch:

It came away a little worse for the wear, sure, but only one Joy Con ended up truly busted, and the rest remained fully functional. That’s, uh, insane.


Now, I’m not recommending that you start treating your Switch like it’s impervious to all known forces except unkind words—you never know how technology will react when it, say, lands at a weird angle—but props to Nintendo here. They made something that looks sleek and wouldn’t do too horribly in a rhinoceros stampede, if it ever came to that.

Now if only the screen didn’t scratch so easily.