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This Nintendo Switch accessory will let you play classic games in ‘vertical mode’

Nintendo Switch Flip Grip

A new crowdfunded peripheral for the Nintendo Switch is set to expand the ways players can use the best-selling handheld console.

Flip Grip is a handheld accessory for ‘vertical-mode gaming’. The shape of the Grip allows you to angle the Switch screen vertically in handheld mode, meaning you can play classic video games such as Galaga or Punch-Out!! in their original, vertically-oriented glory.

While some re-releases of classic games on the Switch do allow for vertical display, there’s currently no intuitive way to play – other than awkwardly leaning the Switch screen against another surface.

A Kickstarter campaign is currently running to support manufacture of the accessory, which at the time of writing had just reached its US$42,000 (about £32,000, AU$57,000) goal.

Nintendo will be watching

Nintendo is famously protective of the integrity of its products, and doesn’t always take kindly to third-party ‘solutions’ to its console design choices.

But if Switch users are able to access suitable peripherals for facilitating vertical play, we could see the feature appear in more games in the future.

Nintendo may even decide to bring out an official, first-party version – as we saw with the adjustable charging stand announced in May, which offered an official alternative to third-party docks prone to ‘bricking’ Switch consoles.

Henry St Leger

Henry is TechRadar's News & Features Editor, covering the stories of the day with verve, moxie, and aplomb. He's spent the past three years reporting on TVs, projectors and smart speakers as well as gaming and VR – including a stint as the website's Home Cinema Editor – and has been interviewed live on both BBC World News and Channel News Asia, discussing the future of transport and 4K resolution televisions respectively. As a graduate of English Literature and persistent theatre enthusiast, he'll usually be found forcing Shakespeare puns into his technology articles, which he thinks is what the Bard would have wanted. Bylines include Edge, T3, and Little White Lies.