When it comes to custom Switch docks, the fan community has shown incredible ingenuity over the past three years and come up with plenty of nice alternatives to Nintendo’s official offering. The fan-made Link’s Awakening and Animal Crossing docks (not the official, though that’s pretty, too) are special highlights.
Several older generations of Nintendo hardware also found themselves reused as fully functional docking stations for the hybrid console. We had had the recycled NES Switch dock, of course, followed naturally by the SNES variety, and we even saw third-party manufacturers funneling retro console designs, with the PowrBay looking like a mini (and squashed) GameCube, and Hyperkin’s mini. dock taking the curves of the Nintendo 64.
Well the fan community has struck again, this time with a dock made from a broken Nintendo 64. As posted on reddit by slum_boy, the console shell has been recycled and combines the guts of a Switch dock and a GameCube controller adapter to form the beast you see in the full original image below:
Here is some creator’s comments about the construction process:
I found the N64 at a garage sale and took out the parts to make room for the switching hardware. With that done, I opened the cartridge slot a bit for the switch to fit in once I got the dock hardware. After putting in the new hardware, I put in an HDMI extender and a USB-C extender that lead to the original ports on the back of the console. I wasn’t happy with the gaping controller holes so I took a gamecube controller adapter and extension cords and put them there to fill the gap. The main issue with the build was finding space for all the wiring, so I learned how to solder in order to shorten the extension cords and USB cables on the adapter. Once I had adjusted the adapter, I just soldered the extension cords to the old controllers sockets by JB and they hold up pretty well (so far)! After that, all that was left was to plug in and play!
In fact, this isn’t the first time the N64 has benefited from Switch Dock treatment, although we do think this version’s GameCube ports give it a little more retro juice.
All of our old consoles are still in good working order, but when they do end up going to that big console warehouse in the sky, it’s good to know that we can reuse their empty shells into something useful. Consoles never die!
What do you think? Got some hardware that isn’t working that you want to turn into a dock for your Switch? Share your ideas below.