YouTuber Mods Nintendo Power Glove to Make it Compatible with Switch


It’s been over thirty years since Nintendo released its Power Glove, but the infamous controller hasn’t quite faded into oblivion yet. A YouTuber recently crafted a nifty new use for the glove: compatibility with the Switch.

In a new video, tech YouTuber Will It Work? shows off his newly modded Power Glove, which has been revived and now works with the Nintendo Switch (save for a bit of latency and a few remapping issues).

As explained in the video, two essential pieces of hardware made this impressive mod possible: the USB NES RetroPort, which turns devices like the Power Glove into USB game controllers; and the ConsoleTuner Titan One, which allows the Switch to recognize external devices like the Power Glove as controllers.

Thanks to these two pieces of hardware and a bit of tinkering, Will It Work was able to configure the Power Glove as a simplified Switch controller — hand movements correspond to joystick motions, thumb movements correspond to the A button, and index finger movements correspond to the B button.

He briefly dives into Pokemon Legends: Arceus to demonstrate the controller’s movement capabilities. Of course, the highlight is his brief foray into Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, though to get this game to work properly, he had to write a script to get the A button to hold to allow auto-acceleration as well.

“I love the Power Glove,” he states. “It’s so bad.”

Will It Work’s inventive Power Glove mod isn’t the only time someone has reworked a controller. Recently, someone crafted a one-handed adapter for DualSense controllers to tackle the issue of inaccessibility in gaming. And earlier this year, someone modded a Fisher-Price controller to play Elden Ring.

Amelia Zollner is a Freelance Writer for IGN.

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