That's One Way To Make A Custom Switch Pinball Controller

By Mike Fahey on at

Joy-Con shoulder buttons don’t make very comfortable pinball flipper controls. That’s why Nerds&Makers’ Tommy Williamson harnessed the power of creativity and 3D printing to create the SwitchPin, a TV-spanning Joy-Con dock the sole purpose of which is to turn two buttons into two other buttons.

I am not disparaging Williamson’s pinball pursuits. Sometimes two buttons really need to be two other buttons, and in those times we should not let anything get in the way of a creative solution. The design is pretty simple. Williamson made two plastic blocks and fitted them with arcade buttons similar to those found on the side of real pinball machines. Joy-Cons fit into slots on those blocks, with the shoulder buttons lining up with the actuators on the arcade buttons.

Elementary. Screenshot: Nerds&Makers

The rest of the unit is simply enough plastic to run the span of his television on portrait mode. Set the TV on a table, put the SwitchPin at the bottom, set PinballFX or your preferred game to the correct view and presto, you’re playing pinball the way it was intended.

Want to make a SwitchPin of your very own? Hit up Thingiverse for the free 3D printing files. It helps if you have a 3D printer. And check out Nerds&Makers for more mods, cosplay bits, and other pop culture-related projects. They do good things.

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