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New hardware brand CRKD introduces the Nitro Deck - a professional handheld deck for Nintendo Switch

by: Eric -
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Just the other day, I was writing about my distaste for Nintendo's Joy-Cons, which are clearly made for Oompa-Loompas and not for normal-sized humans. I've been casting about for better ways to play Nintendo Switch in handheld mode, trying a variety of products to meet my need (which is essentially "I have adult hands").  

This morning in my email, a solution arrived. A new gaming hardware brand, CRKD, announced the awesome-looking Nitro Deck as it's first product. Check this thing out:

I'm looking for a better way to play too, CRKD, and I think you might be providing it here. The Nitro Deck is compatible with both the standard Nintendo Switch and the the OLED version. Both Switches slide right into the Nitro Deck the same way you slip them into a dock. The team at CRKD placed a special emphasis on getting rid of stick drift, and the thumbsticks can be swapped out with different custom colors and designs.

The controller features several programmable back buttons, and it connects to your Switch via a hardwired USB-C connections, which eliminates the risk of lag. At launch, seven colors will be available, including two limited edition colors created in partnership with Limited Run games, which is accepting pre-orders starting today. (Find those here.)

The standard edition Nitro Deck will retail for $59.99, while the special edition Limited Run Nitro Decks will retail for $89.99 and will come with a carrying case and an extra set of thumbsticks. There is also an app available that allows collectors to register their CRKD hardware and see it's rarity, if you're into that sort of thing.

Really, sixty bucks is a pretty good deal for this thing, considering the cost of a new set of almost-immediately-drifting Joy-Cons. I'm really excited to try out the Nitro Deck, and it's existence automatically makes CRKD a hardware company to keep an eye on.