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FAMICOM Themed Nintendo Switch - Cheap but NOT EASY

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Replacing the housing shell case on your Switch sounds like an easy way to create a custom theme for your console, but don't be so sure about that. I took one for the team and tried it out. 🔔GET NOTIFIED: SUB! http://www.youtube.com/user/WulffDen?sub_confirmation=1 ▶️New Videos Every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday! 🔴Wulff Den Live Every Wednesday at 9PM EST 🛍Support the channel! Use these links to buy stuff: BASSTOP Replacement Housing: http://amzn.to/2yaKp6c iFixit 64 Bit Driver Kit: http://amzn.to/2wtEUDb 🏥Drawing Charity Auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/172864078207 🎨@BobWulff on Twitch: http://twitch.tv/bobwulff ➤➤➤Support the channel! Become a sponsor: https://gaming.youtube.com/user/wulffden#action=sponsor 👕 Merch: http://shrsl.com/?~8fv7 🐦Twitter [Bob]: http://twitter.com/bobwulff 🐦Twitter [Will]: http://twitter.com/WillWulffDamnIt 🐦Twitter [WulffDen]: http://twitter.com/thewulffden 📸Instagram: http://instagram.com/thewulffden 🔷Facebook: http://facebook.com/wulffden 🎧Rate us on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wulff-den-live/id1072626893?mt=2 🎧Or listen to this on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/wulffden butt touch (づ ̄ ³ ̄)づ (___)___)
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WULFF DEN (10 months ago)
So yeah probably don't do this.
Adriel Stout (4 months ago)
Crusty Icabod Crane great video I loved it when you fucked up the joycon just comedic gold. Hahaha!
Mellon (6 months ago)
The Wulff Den Love your shirt!
Death Trooper (7 months ago)
The Wulff Den dAddy
Traciraptor Games (8 months ago)
You were just a little heavy handed im guessing you havent done this before
Pim Nelissen (9 months ago)
TheCludo I used that software to change mine to blue, and I think the latest version allowed for full RGB customization.
Aksam Rafiz (2 hours ago)
Bring gta v to the shitwich, I mean switch.
ThatDogAnimator (1 day ago)
WAH no.
apokaliptoh (3 days ago)
I did mine. It was a nightmare but well worth it.
Oscar Nava (4 days ago)
I wouldn't try this, I replaced the housing of my 2007 PSP and that left it a buggy somewhat unplayable mess. I'm still trying to work out the kinks so yeah I'd rather not chance it on my switch 😂
justin rivera (13 days ago)
some times i see the insides of a product and im like "wtf how the f did they fn put this fn thing together in the fn factory?" (the swearing is cuz i would be supper pissed when im thinking this)
EY _B0SS (13 days ago)
I opened up the joy con to fix the buttons and joy stick it took me less than 30 mins 💀 and it was the right one but I didn't dissemble the whole thing so I'll eat my words
Kiddo Ordinary (13 days ago)
What about the sides and front of the switch? I really need a tutorial on thoes (if there is)
Sean Cooper (16 days ago)
You should have just gotten a skin...
Daniel Martinez (18 days ago)
It's not available anymore?
Dylan Antonio (20 days ago)
Three days?!? First time disassembly took me maybe two hours, for both joycons...and that right joycon is a b***h.
Paul Hoeksema (21 days ago)
My Bro Broke The Case For My Right Joy Con So I Might Be Able To Fix It With One
Dis Hayn (23 days ago)
Jesus Christ!!!!...F DAT !!!!!!!! Mahalo 😎🤙
Adam mulligan (25 days ago)
>using metal tweezers/hot glue Dumbass
Ray Kehr (25 days ago)
The lesson of this is do not take your things apart lol
Chad DeVerger (25 days ago)
Lol this stuff is child play. Just flip those little doors and the ribbon will come right out. The triwing screws are stupid though, i stripped 2 of them ended up drilling them out. I swapped them out with the Philipp head the kit came with. If any of you are going to do this, just be gentle but firm with the small pieces. And go slow. The more you take your time and look at how everything is set up the better. It's honestly not that bad.
Lancer Shade (26 days ago)
Thank you. I 'don't want to do this
Logan Barnes (26 days ago)
It’s a lot easier if you don’t undo the ribbon cables
Ethan Westergard (26 days ago)
Its really not that hard to do housing swaps on the joycons, theres very many videos on youtube and ive done it multiple times and i havent broken a joycon yet, you may screw in the motherboard too tight in the joycons and that will keep the face buttons pushed down and the joycon lights wont do anything when you press any button and seem like you broke it, but all you need to do is not over tighten the screws and test the buttons before you completely assemble the whole thing, if you already have the tools to do the housing swap and you buy the housing id recommend to go for it, just handle it with care like you would any other electronic and it will come out fine, he made it seem much MUCH harder than it really is
Clav3l (26 days ago)
The switch broke on mine too all I did was get the little plastic piece and melted it on the trigger
Dreadpirate Blackfoot (27 days ago)
its not that hard. ive replaced 4 joycons total and one set i re swapped shells zero isues for me.
Mike Hanger (27 days ago)
Should have watched Jerryrigeverything's channel he does a good job of showing you how to do this easily
Jason Juarez (1 month ago)
OMG what a nightmare I'll just buy a skins and famicon colors are ugly lol
Juan Galvan (1 month ago)
How did you break all that? Probably impatient and unexperienced. I did the clear mod with my Switch and yes it took me an hour and a half, but I got it first try. And I have NO experience working on electronics. But it is just unplugging and then plugging ribbons. Thats it. Everyone thinking about doing this, it is worth it. It is NOT as hard as this guy makes it seem. If you have experience with a screwdriver and patience, it is easy. This guy probably has never had to do something for his self in his whole life. Lol
The dominator (1 month ago)
You seemed really harsh on the parts
Doofus Doodles (2 months ago)
this link won't work for the skin
Leonidas McMillan (2 months ago)
Does this still exist? I cant find it anywhere
XZM (3 months ago)
If you want to remove the bad logo this might help but don't take my word for it. https://youtu.be/in7SmGWtbTc
Bacender (3 months ago)
2:05 this effect is normally referred to as a "satin" colour.
Stuart Pot (3 months ago)
...I'll just paint my joycons.
Alejandro Thomas (3 months ago)
wow too much work
dormdude (3 months ago)
idk if it's your camera but that is orange not red.
Sauce Please (3 months ago)
dormdude its his camera i have it
Greg Dundee (3 months ago)
The logo on the switch casing looks like ass and needs to be destroyed
Wonderfull Gaming (3 months ago)
You didn’t need to replace your left joy-con mine stoped working once, and i didn’t even take it apart, but after one day it worked again
Lizzy Williams (3 months ago)
The only way this would be worth it is if you took off the Switch logo and got a cool sticker that says Family Computer instead. That would be wild.
x9x9x9x9x9 (4 months ago)
Oh this hurts to watch. As an electronic repair technician (fixing game systems, cellphones, computers, tablets, and other various electronics) watching you use a screw driver to lift that trigger ribbon cable hold down (6:02), the conductive "book binding"glue, and so many other little things just hurts. Next time use a plastic spudger, or guitar pick, or anything not metal... to lift those ribbon cable hold downs (also called a FPC back flip connector or Flexible Printed Circuit connector which is similar to a FFC connector (flexible flat cable) but those are more like what you see connecting laptop keyboards to the motherboard they are usually white with blue reinforced tips). I'm not saying I can do better but next time take your time and take lots of photos. Also I know ifixit had a guide on how to do this lang before you made this video so why not follow that? As a side note the ifixit kit you bought is great but the bits can and will strip if used everyday. If you want a very good set that will last generations then PB Swiss makes some great stuff but its insanely expensive like $200 for a set that only has a dozen or so useful bits and they are just phillips, slotted, and torx. Something a little cheaper is the WITTE Wittron set but its still $50 for 7 drivers. So the best priced for quality I'd say is the Nanch set. Its basically what you got but $20 and more durable. This wont last generations like the PB Swiss stuff will but it will last quite a few years with everyday use.
Mili N. (4 months ago)
I live in Argentina and my mom had the family computer (that was the name here)😂😂 I never saw a nes here when I was a child😅 so I always got confused what console is the nes 😂
Alex Johnson (4 months ago)
I hope the line about the NES colors not being as iconic is sarcasm, because NES grey and black are pretty damn iconic. But yeah, the Joycons look like waaaaaay too much trouble to mod.
Hijynx87 (4 months ago)
I'm too damn clumsy for something this small.
cougargriff (4 months ago)
For anyone watching JerryRigEverything has an excellent tutorial on exactly this. Props on trying but @JerryRigEverything has this process down. With extremely detailed instructions
Derek Nelson (4 months ago)
i would love to do this at some point, but god with how expensive the joycons are I'm not sure if i can really justify potentially breaking anything just for looks
Spintechfilms (4 months ago)
Guess you didnt do extensive "tear down" research...
LiK (4 months ago)
Whoa. Rubber band trick blew my mind.
Ahcruna (5 months ago)
Cool, Shaggy has his own Youtube channel. Also the moral of the story is to not do this kind of stuff if you have all thumbs.
littlelamp100 (5 months ago)
did this to mine with the transparent blue & the dpad mod, luckily nothing like that happened i did end up only using one spring on the ZL/ZR buttons, they still work perfectly fine though also i realized i put the minus button in backwards and i really don’t feel like going back in and fixing it 😞
Shado Q Gaming (5 months ago)
Why is there in 7:18 a picture of mat pat’s game lab
Gimpler Da Happenin (5 months ago)
Left Joycon was hard, but the Right...OMG!!!
Justin Bouchard (5 months ago)
Wtf, how the heck, you're literally just unscrewing the case a moving the internals over. I think you're over exagerating a bit or are just really bad with tech and repair. Shouldn't take longer than 45mins
Erwin Ogoy Jr (5 months ago)
Where do you guys earn your money?
McKnighty (5 months ago)
Where’d you get that shirt?
George Palomo (5 months ago)
Lol, if you treat it like an ape it's obviously going to brake...
Darkmastergrey (6 months ago)
Use 90% isopropyl alcohol to remove the logo.
Darkmastergrey (6 months ago)
If that doesnt work, then get a magic eraser sponge and use it with the alcohol.
FelixTheWolf (6 months ago)
put paint on it
FullBitGamer (6 months ago)
Easy as shit, git gud. I have the all white set and the white small dock.
Testify087 (6 months ago)
Not worth it
00WolfSpirit (6 months ago)
Lol at this rate I think I'll just buy it off eBay already completed and with the software changing the color it's registered as. I might do the back shell though.
Jacob Fisher (6 months ago)
I did this with the atomic purple/clear kit with minimal problems. I had to partially disassemble one of the joy cons again because it kept shutting off, but one of the ribbon cables wasn't fully connected. My only real issue is that the triggers feel a little loose, but they're responsive, so no big deal. The whole thing felt like taking apart a smartphone, which I really enjoy. And the clear purple takes me back to great memories of my childhood Gameboy Color.
Calvin Wynn (6 months ago)
For that price I would have just went to Etsy and got custom joy cons and for just around how much you paid I could have got a d pad on the left one and it’s all done by people that do this all the time and they know what there doing... matter a fact ima buy the clear transparent joy cons soon
Omayra Ortiz (6 months ago)
Macintosh Apples (6 months ago)
I did this and I have have a good work station and all the tools I need but yeah I had a nightmare doing this don't do this it is not worth it.
Jens Christianson (6 months ago)
I some how managed to do this in one try, was really surprised when the joycons worked right away
Lhûgion (6 months ago)
Took me 3 hours to just swap the JoyCon colors. But I used the gray middle piece, so it was basically cheat mode. I menaged to break the contacts of the joystick of the right JoyCon. "Luckily" I broke a left JoyCon a few days before and could just use it's joystick (even if it's labeled different than the right one). After all that trouble, I didn't dare to change the back of the switch. Just in case I might mess something up :D
Joeybsmooth (6 months ago)
Don't they have like decals you can put on your Switch, that do the same thing ?
connorbnelson (6 months ago)
I feel like the right Joy-Con just has some issues in general. Got a Switch for Christmas, and had to return it because the right Joy-Con wasn't clicking in properly. The replacement is having issues with wireless connectivity. Might need to do another return which is annoying. Lost a few matches of Mario Kart because I kept drifting after releasing the trigger, and have had a few instances of doing charged attacks instead of regular in Breath of the Wild.
•sazeru• (6 months ago)
samuel moreno (6 months ago)
Did my whole switch clear worked out pretty good
Cian Matthews (6 months ago)
If you want a really good guide on this Zack from JerryRigEverything made an excellent video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3TeP1G5lO0
Justin Torres (6 months ago)
Well.... after watching your video I think you problems came with not having the right tools. The tweezers you used were just asking to break something.
Max Bernhardt (6 months ago)
I recommend waiting until your warranty is up. Then watch a FULL TEARDOWN of the console. Take a look at the sort of tools they use. Honestly most of Wulff's problems stemmed from two things: 1: He doesn't seem to have any experience doing mobile device repair 2: He was using REALLY bad tools. Having experience in mobile device repair isn't necessary. It'll make you a lot less likely to fall into the problems Wulff did, but it's possible to avoid those by doing ample research and TAKING the advice that tutorials give you to heart. Every tutorial i've watch is constantly mentioning the fragility of ribbon cables, and ways that you should and shouldn't apply pressure, or how or how not to open a casing up. This way by watching several tutorials ahead of time, you learn about a ton of things to watch out for. Every device has these (usually) unintended failure points where just pulling another few mm can damage a component. Watching lots of tutorials ahead of time makes you really aware of these things. One of the best things to do when following a tutorial is to watch it through several times. Sometimes knowing what's ABOUT to happen in a tutorial is as important as paying attention what is currently happening. And about the tools, his tweezers were awful, and he was using a very small flat-head to pry. First of all, if you use a like #000 flathead to pry things, that's probably okay. The tip of it is almost paper-thin, and will fit under plugs and connectors without hurting anything. His was not. So if you want to do this repair, make damn sure you order a set of "Spudgers" or plastic prying tools. Like these: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/557b6db2e4b0ff7f4a623e48/t/55971c99e4b0f75fd2993031/1435966627258/ Or these: http://esdproductsupply.com/products/15-8-1b.jpg They are dirt cheap and they will wear out quickly, but they will make opening clamps and popping plugs off WAAAAY safer. Secondly, he was using a terrible tweezers. It looks like a cosmetic tweezers or something. A broad, flat tip. No no. You want a set of small, precision tweezers, like these: https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1jw0wJVXXXXbzXVXXq6xXFXXXw/7pcs-BGA-ESD-Precision-Tweezer-Set-Antistatic-Tweezers-7-sizes-Stainless-Steel-Tweezers-tools.jpg Again, dirt cheap, they'll wear out after a while, but they make pulling ribbon cables out of their sockets, and pulling up those round coax plugs way safer and easier. I recommend the curved ones. Honestly if you have these and a set of precision screwdrivers, you have 90% of what you need for any compact electronic device repair. As always, knowledge and experience are what make the difference here. Research and patience are perfectly suitable substitutes for experience when you have as many great tutorials as Switch Modding has, done by people who really know their stuff. That brings me to my final point. When you look for tutorials, look for ones from mobile device repair, or electronics repair channels. The Switch is unlike most other gaming consoles, in that it's built a hell of a lot more like a cellphone than anything else. JerryRigEverything is a pretty good youtube channel, and they have some switch guides as well. Here's their one for a clear switch mod: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3TeP1G5lO0 High res, very close up, well paced and informative narration. Also, you can see how important having proper tools, like the curved precision tweezers, is.
jryde99 (6 months ago)
Less Iconic? Everyone knows those NES colors.
Evil Queen (6 months ago)
east is up (6 months ago)
i prefer the nes color pallet but hey you do you
Davin Marte (6 months ago)
So is this the communist Nintendo switch back cover
PikaLink91 (6 months ago)
Looks cool..... buuuuuuut, I think I'll just wait for Nintendo to release transparent joy-cons. I have the deepest respect for those who can modify their consoles successfully and make it look cool, but personally, I don't have enough faith in my handy skills, and I am perfectly content with my Switch working with me not touching anything I ain't supposed to xD
Fabian Lopez (4 months ago)
PikaLink91 that is why you ask your modder to do it for you.
Throw Away (6 months ago)
Why are you screaming
Colin Nolan (6 months ago)
Is anyone gonna tell him the back isn’t red? No? Ok.
Dyl l (6 months ago)
Hey, The Wulff Den , where did you get your t-shirt? Looks cool!
Skiji (6 months ago)
Ice poseidon??
Aimed2Kill (6 months ago)
I still want the clear lime green ones lol.
Altairr (6 months ago)
Aimed2Kill they were like 100 dollars
Altairr (6 months ago)
Aimed2Kill i have those joy-cons
Aimed2Kill (6 months ago)
I think its called Basstop... like Base... sounds alot cooler.
mcgman 80 (6 months ago)
no way. i hate anything not oem like this plastic junk. especially when it comes to the most important interface..the controller. imo ur switch looks tacky
Fabian Lopez (4 months ago)
mcgman 80 oh so youre a perfectionist.
Christof Ancheta (6 months ago)
Luis Talamantes (6 months ago)
seriously dude.... i watch all ur vids... u have great content.. once all this switch craze is over i seriously encourage u to expand ur vids to other games.... your way of gaming is different from all the other youtubers .... keep it up
tom kinyon (6 months ago)
I did a joycon shell replacement in about an hour and a half without breaking a single joycon. It's really easy if you take your time.
Tomi Har (6 months ago)
Did before I watched the video screwed up the left joycon but not the back and didn’t do the right joycon all for a see through switch
Bob Ross (7 months ago)
That sounds like a lot of work.
Marcquise White (7 months ago)
Ever hear of a air brush and stencils?
Marcquise White (7 months ago)
I can't believe people actually do stuff like this. Lol
Kilo-Lima (7 months ago)
I did my joy cons without having to remove any cables or anything, just moved the internals over to the new shell.
heavens360 (7 months ago)
Its not that hard ur just an id10t.
Diluted Mind (7 months ago)
Clear only for me. The nostalgia is too much
Elitarform (7 months ago)
jesus christ this is so painful to watch
shiningwizard327 (7 months ago)
Reminds me of when I changed the shell of my GBA SP. YouTube videos make it look so easy completing the process in 15 minutes. It took me a week!!
BabyBuu (7 months ago)
It looks orange to me, not classic famicom red, but as long as you like it who am I to judge
Shanold (7 months ago)
jerryrigeverything did the clear mod and he does a pretty good job showing how to do everything if you want a good teardown with warnings on how to do this.
Bradley Chan (8 months ago)
I actually needed $500 to buy the Switch.
eel boy (8 months ago)
Butt touched (づ ̄ ³ ̄)づ (___)___) *click sound*
Grey Goose (8 months ago)
I guess I'll just buy a backplate for my switch and get the colorware joycons for $150
Zuryan (8 months ago)
I bought the blue backplate for my switch. it didn´t look too bad at first but the Super Switch logo is just horrible. also if you have the neon Joycon, the blue isn`t the same. also the Switches srews are super tight and I stripped one of them. there were screwdrivers included in the kit I bought but they were either the wrong size or cheap garbage. anyway, dont buy these, the look better on video than in real life
Cmacc'sNintendo (8 months ago)
I would never do this to my switch I just Like my splatoon joycons

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