A casual engineer named Michael Pick created a giant Nintendo Switch and donated it to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. This enormous console is 650% larger than a normal Switch and weighs about 65lbs or 29.48Kg. It measures 30″ x 70″ in size. The man behind it has uploaded a video to YouTube showing how he constructed it, and his motives behind the build.
“I really like the Nintendo Switch. It’s small, it’s portable… but it’s really easy to lose, and for me that was a problem. So I decided to fix that by making something that was a little bit larger, and just a little bit harder to lose.” – Michael Pick
The wooden case of this giant Nintendo Switch houses a 4K TV, a docked switch, and a pair of Joy-Cons. The giant buttons have mechanical parts (such as levers and servos) that press the corresponding buttons on the Joy-Cons inside. If you think there are some practicality issues here, you’re not entirely wrong.
Fortunately, you can pair additional controllers with the Nintendo Switch console easily. The front panels on the sides screw off to provide access to the internal Joy-Cons and docked Switch. So changing games is a bit inconvenient. Of course, you could get around that by downloading some games from the eShop instead. “What about charging the internal Joy-Cons?” I hear you ask. Well, he thought of this, too. So he included built in Joy-Con chargers in their mounts!
The jumbo-sized buttons are 3D printed and painted. The internal Joy-Cons can be easily removed from their mounts should they ever need to be replaced. This is good news in case they happened to suffer the misfortune of coming down with a nasty case of Joy-Con drift! This giant Nintendo Switch is a pretty cool build, but the fact that he donated it to St. Jude Children’s Hospital is even better.
(Video by Michael Pick.)