Fangamer’s Flip Grip transforms your Nintendo Switch into a handheld arcade machine that lets you play select games in vertical “TATE [Japanese word for vertical] mode” orientation. The vertical aspect ratio uses the entire screen for games designed to be played in portrait orientation, such as Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Pinball FX 3, Stern Pinball Classics, Ikaruga, Gunbird, and more. Currently, it supports 21 Switch games in vertical orientation, with at least 7 more announced and coming soon. It consists of a single piece of durable injection-molded [ABS] plastic and locks the Switch screen in place, with standard rails on the sides to slide in Joy-Cons. For those worried about the Switch’s air vents, the makers claim that air still flows freely due to extra space being added in the back, while still keeping easy access to the headphone jack, game card, and SD card slots. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
“The Switch’s system interface (and most game UIs) also won’t rotate before you start playing, which could make navigation awkward without removing the system. There have been previous 3D-printed homebrew holsters that provide a similar vertical orientation grip for the Switch, and some tabletop stands also allow for easy vertical Switch play. That said, the Flip Grip looks like a more convenient, portable, and professional way to play dozens of Switch games the way they were originally intended, without huge black bars reducing the usable screen size and pixel information,” reports Ars Technica.