The Nintendo Switch is small, and the entire package is somewhat modular as it includes a dock that the unit slides into, and controllers which slide onto the unit. That means that Nintendo Switch owners are going to come up with some pretty crafty mods for the controllers, dock, and very likely the console itself. We've already shown off some sick skins that you can apply to your dock and system to give them a custom feel (see those here), and now we're seeing one gamer who took his dock to the next level with this retro project.
Reddit user "tettzan777" has completely re-purposed an old Nintendo 64 to act as his Nintendo Switch dock, and we have to say, this is one of the coolest ideas we've seen since the console launched earlier this month. Heck, it's one of the coolest ideas we've seen since the N64 launched back in 1996. Check it out in the video above.
So the obvious appeal here is that you'll be able to drop your Switch into the old cartridge slot of the N64 like you used to with your games. Imagine the gratification that will come once the Virtual Console launches on the Switch and you're able to drop it down into your N64 to play Ocarina of Time. We imagine it's probably pretty sweet dropping that sucker in there to play Breath of the Wild.
If you'll notice, Tettzan has also placed the two front USB ports in what used to be the controller ports on the front of the N64. This will be pretty sweet once you get a couple of Pro Controllers that you can plug into the front for some Smash Bros. Sure, the Pro controllers are wireless, but who can resist the old-school appeal of long cords running from the front of an old N64?
The only downside to this setup is the fact that you won't be able to dock you Nintendo Switch with the Joy-Con controllers attached. You'll notice at the end of the video that in order to place the Joy-Con on either side of the Switch, it needs to be pulled out of the dock. This isn't a huge deal, but it does mean that you won't be able to charge the Joy-Con while your console is docked. Those guys have an impressive battery life though, lasting about 20 hours, so we're not too bummed.
Wondering how you can put this together yourself? Stay tuned! Tettzan has promised a more in-depth construction video tomorrow, so we'll check back with that so you can plan your next DIY project.