We’ve chastised people before for not taking proper care of their Nintendo Switch consoles, but this durability test has left us speechless. The team behind the UnlockRiver.com YouTube channel dropped a Switch toward the ground from 1,000 feet in the air, a mortifying stunt that had surprising results.
This drop test has kind of a long lede, so we’ll cut to the chase: Starting around the two-minute mark, the UnlockRiver.com boys used a drone, a lot of tape and a strong cord to carry a Switch 1,000 feet above ground. Once the console got there, the drone dispatched the Switch back toward the concrete.
The poor thing landed right on its left Joy-Con, which was the only part of the console not left in tact by the test’s end. (That controller can never catch a break.) Seriously — the rest of the Switch survived. Its screen was undamaged, its right Joy-Con fully functional and its ability to play games unscathed.
That’s ... good to know ... we guess? But please, please, please: Don’t try this yourself. The Switch is a $300 machine, E3 is coming up soon, and no console — or anything, or anyone — should be sent hurtling out of space toward the cold, hard ground for any reason.
Correction: A Nintendo Switch costs $300, not $250. We’ve edited the post above.