how to build a Nintendo Switch out of spare parts from eBay, per Imgur user sarbaaz37

It’s pretty rough out there right now. Thanks to the health crisis, the Nintendo Switch has become very difficult to find at a reasonable price. In fact, at the time of writing this piece, the lowest I could find a Switch for on Amazon is $474.79, and a Switch Lite could run you around $299.99. This is about 50% more than the MSRP for each in the United States. Even though Nintendo is trying to relieve the situation, scalpers exist and are thriving. It’s a shame you can’t build a Switch out of spare parts. Or can you? Imgur user and technomancer Sarbaaz37 put together a long post detailing the journey from scrap to Switch.

how to build a Nintendo Switch out of spare parts from eBay, per Imgur user sarbaaz37

Each individual component is labeled with description and cost of acqusition in the Imgur post.

Essentially, the project was born out of anger at price gougers. According to the Imgur user, prices reached “upwards of $450 to $600 in the Seattle area for a used Switch.” That’s kind of crazy if you just want to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Sarbaaz37 claimed that they “could build one cheaper out of spare parts,” and so their friends hired them to do just that.

The post contains a detailed account of what spare parts this entails, along with a guide how to build a Switch. The 22-item list is frankly daunting and took about a month to assemble, between bidding on pieces and waiting on parts to arrive from China. Additionally, Sarbaaz37 advises not to skimp out on the battery because bootlegs can pose a fire hazard; at the very best, you’ll be looking at a diminished battery life. However, you’ll get to customize the color and style of your Switch’s backplate and Joy-Con, further upping the coolness factor of this project.

how to build a Nintendo Switch out of spare parts from eBay, per Imgur user sarbaaz37

While it looks like you don’t need to be Tony Stark, building a Switch in a cave from a box of scraps, if you’re not comfortable with an electronics project of this caliber, then don’t do it. You don’t want $200 worth of spare parts to blow up because something wasn’t installed correctly. If you are planning on tackling Sarbaaz37’s homemade Switch, let us know!

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Dominick Ashtear

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