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This Nintendo Switch dock is tailor-made for Gamecube pads and Smash players

(Image credit: Brook)

The Nintendo Switch, with its transforming play-styles, going from handheld to TV play in an instant, is one of Nintendo's best innovations. But that doesn't mean intrepid third-party accessory makers haven't been trying to improve upon near-perfection.

This June, Taiwanese manufacturer Brook will be launching its own take on the Nintendo Switch's dock in the shape of its SW Dock Power-Bay – and it's got a few tricks up its sleeve.

Not only does it look like a squashed Gamecube, the underrated Nintendo console from the early 2000s, but it's also got built-in support for two Gamecube controllers – often considered the optimal way to play brawler Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

(Image credit: Brook)

Feature-rich

That's not all it's offering. As well as HDMI-output, the dock also has two USB ports for hooking up another pair of wired controllers, like the Switch Pro pads.

It also offers a sorely-missed feature from the Switch – Bluetooth headset support, letting two sets of Bluetooth headsets connect over Bluetooth 5.0, 4.0, 3.0 and 2.1, with support for low-latency aptX codec to keep the sounds in sync with onscreen action.

Definitely worth a punt if you're on the hunt for an additional dock, the SW Dock Power-Bay will retail at $54.99 (about £45 / AU$90) later this summer.

Third-party Switch accessories do have the habit, on occasion, of bricking Switch consoles – due to Nintendo's willing incompatibility with unofficial hardware. 

However, the website for this product says that, "Made of high-quality materials, Power Bay can prevent over-voltage, over-current, over-temperature, short circuit and also provides fast and secure charging at the same time" – if that's enough to put you at ease.

Gerald Lynch

Gerald is the Executive Editor for TechRadar, taking care of the site's home cinema, gaming, smart home, entertainment and audio output. He loves his gaming, but don't expect him to play with you unless your console is hooked up to a 4K HDR screen and a 7.1 surround system. Based out of TechRadar Towers, London, Gerald was previously Editor of Gizmodo UK. He dreams of the day when he can pop on a VR headset and meet Lawnmower Man-era Pierce Brosnan. Sadly, Pierce doesn't share the dream.