It is rumored that Nintendo is working on a larger switch for a while now, which may appear later in 2021. But YouTuber Michael Pick is not waiting for a new model from Nintendo – he is gone and built his own larger switch.
Much larger, as it turns out: almost six meters wide, compared to the standard Switch’s 9.4-inch size.
“I like the Nintendo Switch. It’s small, it’s portable – but it’s very easy to lose. And for me it was a problem. So I decided to fix it by making something a little bigger, ”Pick said. It reads like a bit of an understatement when comparing Pick̵
The giant version of the Switch is less of a portable console and more of a fancy wooden frame for a 4K TV screen, with 3D-printed buttons and an actual (regular size) switch hidden inside. To make the buttons work, a smaller Joy-Con controller is housed inside with several servomotors that translate the presses of the large buttons into the actual hardware inside. The joysticks are even simpler: just solid, 3D-printed joysticks centered with rubber bands on top of the smaller Joy-Con joysticks.
Of course, the massive custom switch loses some of the portability of the regular switch: at 65 pounds, it’s not something you want to be able to carry easily. And if you wanted to tweak, Pick’s Switch is not technical full functional, lacks both a touch screen and removable Joy-Con controllers (which makes it more of a giant Switch Lite in practice than a giant standard switch.)
However, the lack of portability should not be too much of a problem, given that Pick donates the custom console to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.