This Kid Couldn’t Get a Nintendo Switch, So He Made One Out of Cardboard

Like many, I’ve been waiting to get my hands on a Nintendo Switch. The wait is partially due to  reasons I dig into here, and partially because trying to buy one now seems like a lot of stress. My roommate, on the other hand, has been trying to find a console since it was released nearly a month ago, and despite checking every store and generally putting in a very strong effort, he’s yet to come back home Switch in hand. All this and more is why I empathize with one Japanese kid, who was so tired of not having a Switch that he decided to make his own out of cardboard ( via Kotaku). But here’s the thing: It really works.

I can’t attest to how available or unavailable the Switch is in Japan, but the kid in the video above was forced to make his own out of a box of soda cans (look at the rings on the “dock”) because his mother wouldn’t get him one, his sister told Kotaku. She also said that the boy is in the fifth grade and wants to make video games someday. At the moment, it looks like he’s at least getting a head start by working on hardware design.Aside from actually playing games and being an electronic device, his creation appears to function just like a real Switch. The JoyCons slide in and out of their grip and the Switch console easily, and the console fits in the dock just fine. The kid even made little game cartridges that slide into the console.

I know at least one person who might be desperate enough to do this themselves. How about you? Have you been able to get a Switch, or is cardboard starting to look like an appealing option?

Featured image: @fraise_ama/Twitter

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