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Switch Fighter transforms the Nintendo Switch into a dedicated arcade stick cabinet with dock support

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Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • June 9, 2020 at 6:26 a.m. PDT • Comments: 24

The Nintendo Switch has emerged as a great system for fighting games from new releases like Mortal Kombat 11, Samurai Shodown and Dragon Ball FighterZ gracing the console along with tons of classics though playing them on an arcade stick can prove difficult at times.

There's currently a new product campaign on Indiegogo looking to solve that issue called the Switch Fighter which turns the console into a dedicated arcade stick dock with a screen.

Molded in the style of a traditional arcade cabinet flattened out, the Switch Fighter acts as a mini stick featuring six buttons on top of the system with an extra two below along with the system-specific inputs.

A standard Switch can slide down into the controller / dock's screen slot where it'll then plug into a USB Type C adapter which will physically pair the units together.

On top of being a normal charging dock, Switch Fighter is also planned to work like an official one with HDMI output for regular play without removing the console from the arcade. They don't make any mention as to how they're getting around the problems that plagued older third-party docks, however, as non-Nintendo accessories could crash or brick the Switch itself.

It can also be used as a vertical dock for authentic play of old-school shoot 'em ups.

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As for pricing, the full retail price of Switch Fighter is placed at around $150 USD though the crowdfunder creators are offering discount perks with the next 100 backers receiving a controller for $100 before increasing to $110 for the next 1,000.

Switch Fighter's campaign is aiming to raise $120,255 USD in total though under its flexible goal, the arcade unit will still likely release for those who backed it.

Strangely, considering its target audience of hardcore fighting game and arcade players, the campaign page makes no mention of what buttons or sticks are going to be used in its manufacture though the creator's say the systems will be moddable and are also open to suggestions.

Switch Fighter's schedule release date is planned for November 2020, and you can see it in action with the Indiegogo campaign trailer below.

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