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18 февраля 2018, 20:23

Nintendo Switch’s Latest Feature? Detecting Tumors

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It’s no secret we (and at least 15 million other gamers) are pretty big fans of the Nintendo Switch. The handheld/console hybrid hardware is cool and convenient. The game library so far is a promising mix of indie releases, third-party ports, and stone-cold modern Nintendo classics. And soon the Switch will let us dress up our kids (or ourselves) as cardboard robots. But recently one Redditor found a reason to love his Switch none of us could have saw coming. It alerted him about a tumor.

In an interview with Kotaku, 28-year-old Australian programmer Chris elaborates on his Reddit post describing just how Nintendo’s machine potentially saved his life. While playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Chris would feel frequent pains in his hand while boosting, collecting coins, or doing anything else that rumbled the controllers in Switch’s handheld mode. He didn’t experience this issue with other game controllers, but then again other controllers don’t feature the more powerful (if dubious) “HD Rumble” functionality.

The pain became so bad Chris saw a doctor, and while he didn’t get any answers at the time (the doctors chalked it up to a potential side effect from coding work) he at least made sure to pay attention to the situation. Sure enough, months later a lump emerged from Chris palm where the pain was concentrated. Doctors identified it as a tumor and promptly scheduled surgery. Kotaku has pictures of the growth but you may not want to look if you’re squeamish.

The tumor, maybe giant cell or vascular malformation, is 95 percent likely to be benign. But that’s still a scary 5 percent chance of cancer. Fortunately, the pain brought on by the Switch helped everyone figure out and solve the problem early. And Chris says he’s grateful to the newest Nintendo machine. So the next time you feel random finger pain while scavenging Hyrule or jumping through New Donk City on your Nintendo Switch don’t ignore it. That could be Doctor Mario trying to save your life.

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Source: https://www.geek.com/games/nintendo-switchs-latest-feature-detecting-tumors-1731283/?source=news