After the initial massive launch of the Wii, and then the inevitable downfall and decline of sales created from a party device left many consumers wondering; would Nintendo make another family-friendly console, or would it attempt to build a more powerful gaming machine à la Sony and Microsoft? By October of last year, we had our answer: Nintendo’s new machine would be a “hybrid” console called the “Swtich”. It’s a mix between a full-fledged TV console, a Gameboy, and a tablet that players would be able to reassemble the modular system in different ways depending on how and where they wanted to play, “switching” things up, as it were.
3D printing can’t solve the Switch’s connection problems, but it can certainly help with kickstand issues—and a few extra things too. The last few days have therefore seen a number of makers popping up on 3D printing model platforms, sharing helpful 3D printable accessories for the Nintendo Switch. More are sure to appear in the near future, but we’ve listed a few of the more popular ones below.
3D printed Nintendo Switch accessory #1: Charging docks / stands
Gamers have a gripe with Nintendo’s official kickstand. It’s flimsy, it doesn’t sit at the right angle, and—inexplicably—you can’t charge while the console is docked, because the port sits on the underside. Here are some better, 3D printed ones.
Nintendo Switch Charging Dock by ObiOneKenoobie
Nintendo Switch Portable Charging Stand by Ospi
Nintendo Switch Gaming Stand by fluffygryphon
3D printed Nintendo Switch accessory #2: D-pad and joystick mods
Another problem with the “Joy-Con” of the Nintendo Switch is its shallow joystick and lack of D-pad. Fix those problems with these 3D printed accessories.
D-Pad Mod by EmperorFaiz
Joystick Extender by EmperorFaiz
3D printed Nintendo Switch accessory #3: Ergonomic Joy-Con grips
The Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons slot nicely into the rails of the console, allowing for easy connecting and disconnecting. Unfortunately, holding that bare connecting edge is hardly the height of comfort. Accordingly, makers have made some 3D printed Nintendo Switch grips.
Nintendo Switch Ergo Pro Handle by Helder L. Santos
Switch Controller Accessory by Martin Moore
3D printed Nintendo Switch accessory #4: Mounts
The Nintendo Switch is being marketed as a versatile gaming platform you can use anywhere. How about the car? These 3D printed Nintendo Switch mounts let you safely attach the console where you need it.
Nintendo Switch Car Mount by realswaggy
Nintendo Switch Wall Shelf by boydievonboyd
3D printed Nintendo Switch accessory #5: Protective case
A flimsy kickstand is annoying, but the Nintendo Switch’s plastic screen is seen by some as totally unacceptable. To prevent it from getting scratched up in no time, makers have made some 3D printed protective cases for the new Nintendo console. Here’s one of the better ones:
Nintendo Switch Case (Zelda Edition) by GamerGirlNikki