Make Your Nintendo Switch Accessible With the Xbox Adaptive Controller

first_imgStay on target We like the Nintendo Switch a lot, from its games to its console/handheld hybrid nature to its success pissing off Nintendo doomsayers. But an area Nintendo has historically fallen behind in is making its games accessible. That may sound strange since Nintendo games are typically meant to be enjoyed by players of all ages. But the company’s desire to finely sculpt the play experience, while great for some, can leave those with different accessibility needs wanting. It’s tough to throw a Poke Ball in Pokemon Let’s Go if you have a physical disability.However, rival gaming company Microsoft has made great recent strides in accessibility. And its recent crowning achievement is the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a device that’s easy to mod with whatever custom interfaces players needs to enjoy the games. Fortunately, Microsoft sees gaming accessibility as a public good, not an exclusive feature for its own hardware. So it’s pretty easy to get the Xbox Adaptive Controller working with other consoles, including now the Nintendo Switch.This is an unofficial mod, detailed by YouTube user My Mate Vince. But with some know-how and just a couple of off-the shelf components like a Mayflash Magic-NS wireless controller adapter and Xbox Accessories PC app, you can get the Xbox One Adaptive Controller working with Switch. It’s the best Nintendo/Microsoft team-up since Mario in Minecraft. You’ll have to remap some buttons, since Xbox and Nintendo feature different default button layouts. But the whole point of the Adaptive Controller is easily remapping inputs.With this mod, you should be able to use the Xbox Adaptive Controller with any Switch games that use buttons. That includes a lot of great games including the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Motion controls however, from tossing Cappy in Super Mario Odyssey to steering your independent arms in ARMS, might cause some problems. That’s been a tricky issue for Nintendo and accessibility in general. Hopefully you’ll at least be able to remap gyro aiming in Zelda or Splatoon to analog stick.Using an Xbox Adaptive Controller on Switch is a great temporary user-made solution. But Nintendo shouldn’t let this stop them its teams from improving its own accessibility features, even if it means taking up Microsoft’s offer to share the tech. Nintendo games should truly be for everyone. For more on accessibility in games check out the shameful lack of subtitles in the Spyro remake, our interview with AbleGamers’ Steve Spohn, and why VR presents difficulties if you’re in a wheelchair. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img

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