Crowdfunded Switch Accessory Lets You Play Handheld Arcade Games The Right Way

Crowdfunded Switch Accessory Lets You Play Handheld Arcade Games The Right Way

The Nintendo Switch is slowly becoming an arcade game player’s best friend. Nintendo’s Arcade Archive collection, alongside a healthy smattering of bullet hell shooters and pinball games, bring classic experiences to the console. That also means playing vertically, which can be a pain in handheld mode. A Kickstarted add-on aims to fix that.

The Flip Grip is an accessory that allows players to enjoy vertical screen gaming while playing the Switch in handheld mode. Games such as Ikaruga or the Arcade Archive release of Donkey Kong allow players to rotate their screen and play down its length.

The Flip Grip slides into your Switch as a sort of dock, flipping the screen sideways. I play a lot of bullet hell games on my Switch, including the absolutely awesome Danmaku Unlimited 3. Getting a chance to lounge in bed and play it vertically – as God intended – seems cool.

The accessory is being Kickstarted by Fangamer in a project that includes Retronauts co-host and former journalist Jeremy Parish. It had a goal of $US42,500 ($57,239) dollars and met that milestone easily. The campaign now sits at $US84,616 ($113,922) with 14 days to go. Pledges of $US12 ($16) or higher will receive the Flip Grip, which is tentatively set to ship in November this year.


  • Makes me wish I had more reasons to use the Switch out of its dock, but I’ve only ever done that 2 or 3 times.

  • I made a mock up for a similar idea just before the launch of the Switch, mine was for the possibility for DS and 3DS ports though. would work having it in portrait with the touch screen.

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