A modder has created a one-handed Nintendo Switch controller that should make his games accessible to a wider range of gamers.
Hardware modder Akaki Kuumeri’s custom Nintendo Switch controller seems unorthodox at first glance. But in practice, it will allow gamers with physical disabilities the chance to play console games in a much more accessible way.
The modified pad works in conjunction with the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers, which snap to either side, not unlike the plastic charging handle that comes with every console. The difference here is that you only use one Joy-Con, and a variety of switches in the center of the pad are used to access the d-pad or face buttons, depending on which suits your dominant hand, as demonstrated in the video below. .
One-handed Joy-Con controller is available for purchase at Akaki Kuumeri’s Etsy store (opens in new tab) for $200 (about £175 / AU$288). The modder also has a solid track record, with an almost perfect rating after 200 reviews of other modded adapters for the DualSense and Xbox Wireless Controller.
Accessibility is the name of the game
Kuumeri’s modified pad, on closer inspection, appears to help disabled players who may have limited use of one hand. By doing so, this device could help them play the best Nintendo Switch games that they wouldn’t have easy access to.
And while the price seems a little high, keep in mind that Kuumeri’s operation is relatively small when it’s up against the likes of Nintendo or Microsoft. Similar pads like the Xbox Adaptive Controller have been criticized for being more expensive than traditional devices. But we’re dealing with larger companies here that could develop cheaper controllers geared towards accessibility.
It’s impossible to say for sure, but Kuumeri’s device could be similar to something Nintendo had already considered for its flagship console. According to former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé, the company was developing its own controller focused on accessibility. Since Fils-Aimé’s departure, however, progress on the device’s development remains unknown.