I still can’t get over how much I like my Nintendo Switch. It’s so good, my partner and I both got one (but naturally always got them mixed up). My solution to that problem? A sweet makeover with this ice blue and transparent case mod.
The Basstop case mod is a plastic shell you can buy for either the Switch console itself ($19), a pair of Joy-Con controllers ($23), or both ($37). They also come in a variety of translucent colors including Atomic Purple, Fire Orange, Jungle Green, Watermelon Red, plus a few matte colors, including a pink, green, and blue set that looks suspiciously like the Splattoon 2 pink and green controllers.
The case mod kits don’t come with anything except some very colorful plastic bits. You’ll need to dismantle your Joy-Cons and remove the back from your Switch and reassemble them with the Basstop replacement parts. To take your Switch apart, you’ll also need a screwdriver kit with tri-wing bits. Fortunately, I had the iFixit Pro Tech tool kit laying around, but if you don’t have the right tools you can get a kit with the right screwdrivers for fairly cheap. Taking apart the console itself is pretty simple, but the Joy-Cons can be a bit more difficult, even for people who are used to taking their gadgets apart.
Taking apart your Switch isn’t for everyone. Obviously, it will void your warranty and if you’re not careful, you could end up breaking your equipment. However, if you have the skills to take apart electronics or if you’re up to the task of learning, then you can get a unique Switch that will make all the people at your rooftop party jealous.
Modding My Switch Was a Tough But Fun Project
I’m pretty comfortable with electronics. I build my own PCs, I’ve built 3D-printed Arduino-powered props, and I’ve done some light soldering. So, even though I love my Switch and don’t want to ruin it, I was okay with trying to mod it. I say this because if you don’t have experience modifying electronics, you might not want to try this project, or get someone else to do it for you.
That being said, if you decide to go for it, it’s a satisfying experience. The console itself (the part with the screen) is easy mode. I followed this video guide from IGN (also embedded above) and, as you can see in the first couple minutes of that video, it’s very simple. Ten screws hold the back plastic panel to the console, and once you have that off,…
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