I recently sat down to talk with Aaron McDowell, Head of Games at Redbox, about plans to roll out Nintendo Switch rentals in more cities this month.

As a child of the ‘80s, I grew up with Nintendo, but since my kids are still a little too young for video games, I haven’t had a chance to get my hands on a Switch. Aaron was kind enough to answer all of my questions!


So…is Nintendo still the Nintendo I grew up with and loved?

Absolutely. Mario, Zelda — they’re all still there. The Nintendo you remember is a big part of Nintendo Switch.

OK so then what IS Nintendo Switch?

Nintendo launched the Switch console about a year ago, and now it’s the fastest-selling console of all time. People love it. And they love it because you can use it whenever you want and however you want. 

What does that mean, exactly?

So the Switch has a screen and two removable controllers called Joy-Cons™. You can put in a game cartridge and just play it alone wherever you want with the controllers attached. Or if you want to play with a friend, the controllers come off and you can challenge each other.

You can also plug, or “dock,” the Switch into your TV or any screen that has a USB port if you want the big-screen experience.

So if you just want to play it without plugging it into a bigger screen, you can really take it anywhere?

Yes. The Switch’s portable experience is amazing. I was in disbelief that I could play it on a plane during a recent trip. It’s the first game console that you can use in your living room and take anywhere. Some people I know actually never dock it!

Is there an online aspect to Nintendo Switch?

Yes, but it’s optional. The device is wifi and online-enabled. Like any other console, you’re going to need to do updates online — you’d get game patches that way, too. If you’re connected to a network, there are certain games where you can have online chats with your team or play someone who’s across the world.

Without further ado, what’s the big news?

In October of last year, we started testing consumer demand for Switch rentals in about 600 Boxes across three cities: 1) Portland, Oregon, 2) Seattle, Washington, and 3) San Antonio, Texas.  

The big news today is that Switch rentals are rolling out in three more markets: 1) Denver, Colorado, 2) Salt Lake City, Utah, and 3) Nashville, Tennessee. That means we’re more than doubling the number of Boxes with Switch rentals – about 2,000 Boxes!

Which Switch games will be available at Redbox?

We’ll have a great lineup of Switch games to try by the end of March:

  • Dragonball Xenoverse 2
  • Just Dance 2018
  • LA Noir
  • LEGO Ninjago
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
  • Monster Energy Super Cross
  • NBA 2K18
  • Pokken Tournament DX
  • Sonic Forces
  • Splatoon 2

Anything else you want to add before we wrap up?

Before you commit to a new game or genre, give it a test drive at Redbox.

And to our customers outside of the six rollout cities, fear not! We have plans to bring Switch games to even more cities soon. Stay tuned!

You’ve convinced me. I think it’s time I tried out a Switch and reunited with Zelda, Mario and Luigi!

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