Despite being cheaper than the Xbox One or PlayStation 4, the place where the Nintendo Switch really gets your money is in the peripherals. Extra controllers, charging docks, and yes, even cartridge containers are sold separately from the base console and total just as much (if not more) than the Switch itself.
We’ve covered our fair share of money-saving Switch cartridge holders in the past, including a couple of LEGO containers – one which looks like a Nintendo GameCube and another resembling the Switch. What we haven’t seen, however, is a container based on the games we play. And folks, this one in AWESOME.
The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo’s most famous franchises, so it only makes sense that someone would take the game’s iconic Master Sword design and use it to 3D print a Switch cartridge holder:
“It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this!”
Made by YouTube channel Kickass 3D Prints and designed by Kris and Tasia of kDaesign on Etsy, this Master Sword is made from PLA and PETG. They recommend using an Ender 3 3D printer and gray Comgrow 1.75mm PLA Filament. The design is only seven parts and includes a sheath to protect the sword and the six Nintendo Switch cartridges which can be stored within.
If you include the sheath, the total length of the case comes in at 18.75 inches. The width of the handle measures 5.35 inches while the sheath’s width comes to a thinner 1.75 inches. The overall depth of the sword cartridge case is .75 inches. I’d prefer to make it bigger and, since
The parts are 3D printed first before being hand-assembled. Afterward, it’s simply a matter of painting the sword to match Zelda’s.
One particular detail that requires some additional work is the grip. While its design has changed over the course of many games, the Master Sword has always had a grip wrapped with leather straps. As a budget build, however, a few lengths of string are wrapped and glued around the handle. (I’d definitely go for the leather look though.)
After some hefty part gluing, the Master Sword is complete. You won’t slay any monsters with this sword anytime soon, but you’ll definitely havea kickass storage case for your games. You can check out more of Kickass 3D Prints’ geeky prints on the YouTube channel.
Head over to Thingiverse for the Master Sword cartridge holder files as well as the companion Hylian Shield 3D print files. If you don’t have a 3D printer and still want to get your hands on this, kDaesign has both available on their Etsy page. Oh, the shield design is up for a lil’ rework and will be out sometime before March 19, so keep an eye out for that.
Going to print it? Let us know in the comments!
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