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“Flip Grip” brings classic arcade screen orientation to portable Switch

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Video game collectible maker Fangamer is now seeking Kickstarter funding for the Flip Grip, a new Nintendo Switch holster that lets you more easily and portably play select games in their vertical "TATE mode" orientation.

The Flip Grip was first publicly mulled last April by Retronauts podcast co-host and classic gaming expert Jeremy Parish, who's working with engineer Mike Choi on the device.

Parish then teased the grip in March as a way to hold the Switch and two Joy-Con controllers comfortably in your hands with the screen oriented vertically.

That vertical aspect ratio lets you use the entire screen real estate on a number of Switch games designed to be played in a "portrait," orientation, including classic arcade re-releases (Donkey Kong, Pac-Man), pinball emulators (Pinball FX 3, Stern Pinball Classics), shoot-em-ups (Ikaruga, Gunbird), and more.

In total, 21 Switch games currently support vertical orientation, with at least seven more announced and coming soon.

The Flip Grip's "single piece of durable injection-molded [ABS] plastic" locks the Switch screen in place in a holster about half the width of the Switch itself, with standard rails on the sides to slide in Joy-Cons (and slots on the back for propping up a vertical system on a table using standard credit cards).

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