Posted on August 29 2017 by Kristen G. Rosario
The Nintendo Switch Joy-Con’s are one of the more smaller, yet all-around adaptable kind of controllers. Their portability is what easily makes them one of the system’s better strengths. The thing is that there is always something more you can do with technology and there are perfect examples of that. Take one such person who took said Joy-Cons and turned them into something even more useful for a Zelda game.
An engineer by the name of Julio “Vexelius” Vasquez has a friend (and fellow Zelda fan) named Rami Wehbe who suffered a cerebrovascular accident. Because of this, Wehbe is not able to control his right hand and is unable to play Breath of the Wild. In one of the most amazing things somebody can do for a friend, Vasquez created a 3D-printed Joy-Con adapter that allows disabled gamers to play with one hand.
As you can see in the video above, while it does take a bit of practice, the adapter works swimmingly. This slotted adapter takes advantage of the controllers design and puts the two pieces at right angles of each other. This of course allows the player to use only one hand in order to press all the buttons on both Joy-Con’s. You can check out Rami Wehbe using this adapter on his channel.
Vasquez even has a second design for the controller that is a variation of the Joy-Con grip. This one has both halves right next to the each other, eliminating the need for the middle part. To compensate for this design, there are two extended bumpers for the shoulder buttons. Both of these Joy-Con adapters are available to download (or 3D-print request) on Thingiverse.
What do you think of this news? Will you be checking out any more of Julio Vasquez’s work? Let us know in the comments below!