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The Incredibly Useful Nintendo Switch Accessories Anyone Can 3D Print

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The Incredibly Useful Nintendo Switch Accessories Anyone Can 3D Print

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By Matt Salter/March 18, 2023 11:00 am EST

Whether it's delivering chaotic cartoon violence, family friendly co-op experiences, or both ("Super Smash Bros." anyone?), the Nintendo Switch has carved out an undeniable place in the current console marketplace. A major part of the Switch's appeal is its form factor: Like the Wii before it, the Switch delivers gaming experiences available nowhere but Nintendo, reflecting the company's origin as a toy store rather than an electronics behemoth like Sony or Microsoft. For the Switch, it all comes down to portability, ease of use, and the simple joy of playing.

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Of course, having a unique form factor comes with unique challenges. Anyone who's ever tackled a minigame in "Mario Party" holding just one Joy-Con knows that the Switch's small, simple profile can be a frustrating limitation. Thankfully, independent designers have come up with several beautifully simple upgrades to the console. Better yet, these accessories are available to anyone with access to a 3D printer.

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Apple news specialists iMore has listed several exciting 3D-printed peripherals for the Switch, complete with downloadable blueprints. The designs on display fall broadly into two categories: practical, and decorative.

The practical designs from iMore are all about restoring some lost and unexpected functionality to the Switch gameplay experience. One provides a three-sided plastic shield, for example, offering some welcome shade on the screen for players inclined to game in the sun. Another synergizes two already available pieces of Switch augmentation: it's a Joy-Con holder with integral space for up to eight game cards. There's even a drink holder allowing users to keep hydrated while hanging onto the Joy-Cons.

The more ambitious designs at iMore aim to add fun, as well as function. Designers have built a fully-functional charging dock in the shape of Mario's hat, and a convenient easel-style platform with secure hooks to make the Switch even more playable on the move. Finally, the most ambitious design on offer is Adafruit Industries' Switch stand, which incorporates a PICO projector to beam gameplay onto any flat surface.

In short, the Switch may be simple, but it's also gloriously hackable. Any one of these peripherals could offer a major upgrade in convenience without breaking the bank.


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