This portable Nintendo Switch arcade cabinet is awesome

Nintendo needs to sell these ASAP.

Published Mon, Jul 3 2017 2:47 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:54 AM CST

Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid transforms into a portable arcade machine with this nifty little custom build.

I've long thought of the Nintendo Switch's Tabletop Mode as "Arcade Mode" simply because it allows owners to simulate an arcade-like experience while on-the-go. But the Switch's kickstand is wonky, and it could use a case--or even a whole miniature cabinet. Maker and tecchie Shea Silverman has created one such miniature arcade cabinet for the Switch...and it's all kinds of awesome.

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The Switch's tablet-like display slots into the cabinet, and users can then slide in their own custom-built arcade-style joysticks for authentic Street Fighter arcade action. Silverman's case is, of course, highly customized, but his Thingiverse page shows you how to make your own.

It'd be amazing if Nintendo or peripheral-maker HORI rolled out an official Switch cabinet like this, complete with slot-in arcade joysticks to boot. The Switch really has a ton of potential in terms of transformation and utility, and I can't wait to see what else Nintendo and the active Thingiverse community thinks up.

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Plans / Files available here:

Case laser cut at:

FamiLAB - Orlando's MakerSpace

Controller board made by:

8Bitdo - SNES30 Controller Board

Joystick from Twisted Quarter - The MINI Joystick

Buttons are 24mm Sanwa style


Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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