We have already seen our fair share of Nintendo Switch accessories from screen protectors, chargers and portable docks to the Splatoon-themed Pro Controller and the special edition Monster Hunter Switch console. While the list of first and third party add-ons is sure to grow, like the recently announced NES style Coloware Joy-Con makeover, we have just caught a glimpse of the most amazing custom Switch overhaul yet….
The creative and very talented folks over at Mako Mod have just recently unveiled an extremely impressive customized Switch console design. It is entirely based-on the stellar Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and, in fact, is designed to look and feel a lot like the in-game Sheikah Slate.
For those not familiar, the Sheikah Slate is a small ancient tablet-like tool Link uses in the game to view maps, take photos and other administrative tasks a hero trying to save the world does. In many ways, the shape of the in-game Slate looks a little bit like the actual Switch console, so Mako Mod decided to take it the distance. And they certainly did.
While not identical to the in-game Sheikah Slate, the design masterfully incapsulates the art and feel of Breath of the Wild. The whole thing is completely hand-made with no CAD or laser cutting and is crafted from a series of different materials. It is made from a brand new Switch and remains fully playable.
The dock is covered in a stone like finish made of “first quality” epoxi putty. Along with the large Sheikah moniker along the front-side, all of the detailed touches were done with acrylic paints and synthetic varnish.
The same goes for the beautifully designed Switch console and Joy-Con which feature a plethora of gold Sheikah inscriptions with a weathered finish. Real-aged Pine wood was used to create the front and back of the Joy-Con along with hand-cut Chillesed brass for the contours of the mini controllers.
It almost looks like something Link might find in a secret shrine or cave somewhere in his travels and I want one.
But, as you may have expected, this thing is a fully customized one-of-a-kind design and you’re going to have get busy on eBay if you want it. Mako Mod has created an auction for it that is currently sitting at just under $700 US with around 40 bids or so. That’s a $400+ up-charge on a standard Switch, but by the looks of it, it’s worth every penny. Happy bidding!
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