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.
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.
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!