Monday, April 5, 2021

Engineer Builds the World's Largest Playable Switch and Then Donates It

Space software engineer Michael Pick has not only created the world's largest playable Nintendo Switch, he also donated it to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt for the kids to enjoy. Pick shared a video creating this Switch on his YouTube page, and explained how he built a fully functional Switch that has a 650% larger screen than the standard Switch and features a 4K display. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=engineer-builds-the-worlds-largest-playable-nintendo-switch&captions=true"] Every button on this 65-pound, 70"x30" Switch works just like the real one, but Joy-Con and Switch Pro Controllers can also be used. Pick built this Switch with a combination of wood and 3D printing material, and it uses a real Switch alongside servos and a micro controller that allows the buttons to register when pushed. The joysticks were also 3D printed, and rubber bands were used to center the giant joysticks over the factory joysticks. Pick shows the massive Switch playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Fortnite, and you can see how it takes his entire wingspan to use all the buttons. IGN spoke to Pick about his latest project, and he explained the inspiration behind taking on the challenge of building the world's largest Switch. [ignvideo url=""] "I kept losing my switch...haha," Pick joked. "No, seriously I thought it would be a really cool project. And I knew that the kids at the children's hospital would love it. So it was a win-win in my book. "The hospital told me they intend to install the Giant Switch in one of the play rooms for the kids to play games on. They'll most likely be using Joy-Cons/pro controllers, so using the switch to play games on won't be a full-body workout (like what you see in my video! haha)." Before the Switch, Pick's focus was on smaller creations, such as building the world's smallest MacBook Pro, iMac, and Gaming PC, and he teased that his next project was going to be a Guinness World Record attempt based on a "very iconic children's toy." [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=the-top-25-switch-games-fall-2020-update&captions=true"] While the rumored Switch Pro may not have a screen quite as big as this one, it's always great to see what a larger, 4K display would look like on Nintendo's ever-popular console. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.


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