Roger “Kojak” Lee is the New Nintendo Switch Player in Los Angeles

Roger “Kojak” Lee is the New Nintendo Switch Player in Los Angeles

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In 1996, L.A.’s own Roger “Kojak” Lee was one of the few people who could play Street Fighter II and Dreamcast games.

He was too broke to buy game software or even pay for software, but he always had a Nintendo Entertainment System controller in his pocket for when he needed a break.

“I’ll just sit at the bar with one of those and see if they work,” Lee says. “The joypad was always an attractive and comfortable device.”

Now at age 86, Lee says he’s never forgotten his first love.

A quick Google search shows that two-legged Nintendo Switch players have become a new craze in Los Angeles — literally.

Lee owns a pair of Nintendo Switchs under his bed and a third and fourth under his TV on a shelf. He’s played all of the Switch’s games, including “Astrolyze,” “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” “Tetris 99,” “The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker,” “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” and “Animal Crossing: New Leaf.”

“I can do a lot of cool things on my Switch. I feel like I’ve made a lot of friends,” he says. “I get to travel all over the world.”

For the record, the Guinness Book of World Records has no category for “Most Nintendo Switches in a single room” or “Most people who own at least one Nintendo Switch,” and Lee says he’s not going to try to enter the list.

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