The Nintendo Switch is a versatile machine but it can be susceptible to dust accumulation and damage from being dropped. The guard rails that the Joy-Cons slide into may look tough but an unfortunate ding can mangle them up a bit and make sliding a Joy-Con through them much less fluid. The exposed terminals that register Joy-Con controls can also take on wear and tear when exposed to the elements. Fortunately, the team over at Gravilogic have an answer that can protect the guard rails and the terminals when Joy-Cons are not attached to the console, provides a more “user friendly” kickstand with two adjustable positions for more comfortable viewing and add a touch of colour and class to the sytem to boot. The answer is… Switchblades.
The Switchblade slides over the Joy-Con rails and can “click” into place so that they don’t fall off. They can be easily removed by pressing the lever hidden on top of the rail and both sides of the Switchblades has it’s own built-in kickstand to provide a better and more secure viewing angle when playing the Switch in tabletop mode. They can also make the Switch easier to remove from the dock without Joy-cons attached to pull the console out. The come in an array of collours and styles from Hardwood, Acrylic and Aluminum.
The Switchblades are currently on Kickstarter at the moment, and as of writing this article, has well and truly beaten its pledge goal of $5,000. It has currently raised $23,460 and the project is still open for anyone else who would like to pledge and secure their own Switchblade. The standard pledge of $15 US will net you the standard Hardwood Switchblades. If you go up to $21, you can pick up the snazzy Acrylic Switchblades. Each pair of Switchblades comes with their own carry bag as well to keep them safe when not in use.