Nintendo Switch is a home console that can be played on a TV, and also taken instantly on the go – it lets people play their favorite games anytime, anywhere and with anyone. And since every Nintendo Switch system comes bundled with two Joy-Con controllers, players can easily share the fun of compatible multiplayer games with friends and family right out of the box.
The Nintendo Switch is home to most acclaimed video games of all time, the Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild there are fun multiplayer games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2 and ARMS that can be played online or with friends and family in the same room, as well as an ever-growing list of great third-party games like Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, FIFA 18, Rocket League, L.A. Noire, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Golf Story and Stardew Valley, Nintendo Switch is truly for any player.
“As you can see in people’s living rooms, on a plane or riding the subway, fans all over the world can enjoy playing Nintendo Switch wherever they go,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. “The response from fans has been great, and we’re doing our very best to satisfy demand during the holiday shopping season.”
Customizing The Switch
In March 2017, Nintendo released their latest and greatest games console, the Nintendo Switch. It’s a popular piece of kit, but the hardware design has room for improvement. With this in mind, the 3D printing community has created a huge range of custom mods to enhance the functionality of the Switch. We’ve scoured through content repositories like Thingiverse, Cults3D and MyMiniFactory to find the most useful Nintendo Switch mods to hit the 3D printing landscape.
This 3D printable Joy-Con controller holder was designed in the fashion of Super Mario’s tube. It even comes with an 8-bit Mario on top. One of the most creative Nintendo Switc mods on our list, this DIY Joy-Con controller holder is Super Mario-themed, and is also extremely functional. The inside of the tube is open for storage which makes it great for storing headphones, game cartridges, and more. It's an easy, support-free print, but takes around six hours to 3D print and can be found here on MyMiniFactory.
1-2 Switch Wizard has an Harry Potter-esque mini-game that allows you to cast spells on your friends in a fantastical way. This Joy-Con accessory easily attaches and transforms your controller into a magic wand, making the Switch Wizard mini-game even more enjoyable. Easy and support-free print that takes only 120 to 180 minutes. If your 3D printer is capable of supporting 20cm height, this design can be printed in one piece. The wand is also available in two pieces for those with a smaller printer. The file can be found here on MyMiniFactory.
The 3D printable Joycon & Knuckles is a grip add-on for the Joy-Con controllers. Not only will this Nintendo Switch accessory give you an advantage for the fighting game ARMS, it also provides a comfortable grip. Get ready to out brawl your opponents with these DIY brass knuckle attachments for the Joy-Con controller. An easy print that can be created without the supports if desired. There’s also a design with supports to ensure a better fit for your knuckles. The print takes less than 3 hrs to 3D print and MyMiniFactory has the files free to download here.
Play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with this 3D printable Joy-Con Wheel from MyMiniFactory here. It’s just a prop to amplify the giddy excitement of racing against mushrooms, dragons, plumbers and princesses on a psychedelic rainbow road. Easy, support-free, but a bit time-consuming to print with the recommended 20% infill and a 0.1 mm layer height.
Finally you can enjoy your favorite beverage without putting down your video game controller! Whether you're need some refreshment for those long gaming sessions or wanting to use it as part of a drinking game with your friends this file is easy to print from Thingiverse here and doesn't take that long on the printer. Stash a can of soda or beer in between your Joy-Cons to slake your thirst and play as long as your heart is content.
These 3D printable Joy-Con grips from Cults 3D are great if you’re looking for a comfortable grip for playing at your table or desk, these DIY Joy-Con grips are great for your gaming needs. They provide an ergonomic grip right into your hands and can be stored in a travel case. This print is support-free and can be completed in 2-3 hours and are perfect for those long hauls playing on the Nintendo Switch without getting hand cramps.
This DIY Nintendo Switch holder was created for Zelda lovers who want to display their console and fandom at the same time. The design is inspired by the Guardian character featured in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Prop up your Nintendo Switch, or even your smartphone and tablet, with the flare of a diehard Zelda fan. This 3D printable Nintendo Switch stand isn’t made for portability, rather it’s a decorative home or office accessory. The print time for this part is quite lengthy at 20 to 25 hours. It’s advised to use some infill for this print, mainly to provide additional robustness and strength. The available files include the parts already assembled or individual, so any size print bed can be used and can be found on MyMiniFactory here.
This 3D printable stand was designed to prevent damage to the Switch screen. It also is made with OEM hardware in mind, allowing for modding within the stand. Strong and durable, this accessory can be easily transported and will protect your precious console. An easy project that should be printed on its side with support material to promote maximum strength. You can find and download the files here on MyMiniFactory.
This stand might not be based off of any famous Nintendo titles, but it offers functionality like no other DIY entry on the list. This is a 3D printable Switch holder that is completely adjustable to meet the height that suits you. The stand elevates high enough to allow charging during playing, and is also portable in size. Intermediate. This accessory requires support on the holder.stl component, and it’s recommended to print the pin component on its side. The example above is printed at 0.2 mm layer height with an infill of 15% with estimated print time is just under 3 hours according to the files uploaded up on MyMiniFactory here.
This simple 3D printable stand comes in the form of Mario’s famous red hat, allowing you to set your Nintendo Switch right on top of a famous artifact. This DIY hat stand is designed to hold the Nintendo Switch in place. Those who prefer his brother Luigi or even Wario can redesign the logo and print in green or purple. Easy to print, no supports necessary, and takes around 8 hours to complete. For the logo, the creator suggests laying it back on the print bed and adding supports for good measure. You can check out more of Mario's famous hat found on MyMiniFactory here.
More To Come In 2018
After a record-breaking 2017, Nintendo Switch will continue its momentum in 2018. The system will see the launch of Nintendo-published games like Kirby Star Allies, Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 along with Bayonetta 3 coming to Nintendo Switch later in 2018 and did we forget to mention the new game in the beloved Yoshi franchise, in addition to big third-party games like Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus from Bethesda, Mega Man 11 from Capcom, Project Octopath Traveler? Meanwhile, Capcom has announced plans to release Mega Man 11 on Nintendo Switch next year. Likewise, Mega Man Legacy Collection and Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 are being released on Nintendo Switch in Spring 2018.
Within the first 9 months on release the Nintendo Switch has sold more copies of their system than the Nintendo Wii U in it's 6 years running with that in mind Nintendo isn't going to stop or slow down with new games for 2018. With all this exciting new information on the Nintendo Switch it just gives us more time to 3D print more mod parts for the Nintendo Switch and to have an even more impressive collection come next year! It's only just begun and 2018 is going to be an amazing year for the Nintendo Switch. We can't wait to see what other kind of games, props and mods come out in 2018!