The world of modders and gamers have gone hand in hand for some time. From custom paint jobs on older systems like the Game Boy, to unique skins on modern consoles such as the PlayStation 4. Even to completely decked out PC’s equipped with custom water loops and RGB lighting. If there is one thing we know about gamers and techies alike, it’s that they enjoy personalizing their gadgets. Nintendo’s new breakout console The Nintendo Switch is no exception to this trend.
The Switch itself is very unique in its own right, however some owners have taken it upon themselves to spice the system up a bit more. As many of you may remember the Switch released on March 3rd to a healthy reception of fans who couldn’t wait to lay claim to their shiny new system, but not without a few hiccups. Some owners of the system started to report that their Switch screens were being scratched as a result of removing and reseating the system into it’s provided dock. One such Switch owner was a popular Youtuber named Blunty. He claimed that his Switch’s screen was scratched as a direct result of placing the system into it’s dock. Of course many viewers commented that it wasn’t a problem with the dock but rather an issue with the way he handled the system while seating it. Well regardless of whether the scratches were caused by a manufacturing error or simple human error many users decided to come up with their own solution to this potential problem. Enter Switch mods.
A few Switch owners with 3D Printers at their disposal took it upon themselves to design brand new docks for their Nintendo Switch. Almost all of these dock replacements simplified the original design by Nintendo, opting instead for an open space that cradled and charged the system while completely showing off it’s beautiful screen. Some modders, such as Reddit user Jolimon, have completely redesigned the dock opting for a pocket friendly version that doesn’t actually cradle the system at all and requires a USB-C extension to work. But man does that thing looks sleek! You can pick one up once they restock at his webpage www.JOlimonKB.com.
Not to be outdone though, plenty of other modders have taken to sites like Etsy to sell their versions of the dock mod. There are even third party docks available on Amazon for purchase. Now of course none of these awesome dock alternatives are plug and play ready. In order to use these mods you will need to open your current dock, remove the circuit board and ribbon cable and then place these components into their new shell. A task that may seem a bit daunting to anyone who has never opened hardware before or even seen a circuit board in real life. Especially considering the cost of a replacement dock from Nintendo is $80. However, for those who are willing to mod their docks the amount of customization and creativity is endless. Take for example Youtuber Kevin Kenson. He even went as far as to use an original Legend of Zelda NES cartridge as the housing for his dock and the results are breathtaking.
The docks aren’t the only thing Switch modders have been busy customizing either. In an effort to completely switch things up some Switch modders have been custom painting their systems and Joycons. DBrand, a company well known for providing skins for different devices, revealed that the coating used on the Switch is incompatible with the adhesive used in their skins. As a result many owners have resorted to painting their systems themselves or using third party companies such as ColorWare to get the job done for them. Again Youtuber Kevin Kenson recently uploaded a video showing off his gorgeous Zelda BOTW themed Switch crafted by ColorWare. Talk about customization. That Switch is sick! Check out his full video below
As for now it doesn’t seem like the line between gamer and modder is getting any less blurred. I for one plan on experimenting with a dock mod for my Switch. Not because I fear for my screen but simply because I feel inspired and can’t think of a better console to mod than this one. How about you? Are you planning on modding your Switch? Let us know in the comments below.