Nitro Deck+ review: do more with your Nintendo Switch

This deck is a worthwhile investment that will breathe new life into your gaming sessions.
Nitro Deck+ ©2024 CRKD
Nitro Deck+ ©2024 CRKD /

Are you tired of having to carry that brick-sized dock for your Nintendo Swtich any time you're on the go? Do you wish your Nintendo Switch felt studier and more comfortable to hold in your hands while gaming for a while? Well, you're in luck, because the CRKD Nitro Deck+ is here to revolutionize your Nintendo Switch experience.

If you thought the original Nitro Deck was cool, just wait till you get your hands on this bad boy. With its sleek design, improved functionality, and user-friendly features, the Nitro Deck+ is an absolute must-have for any Switch enthusiast in 2024.

Design, comfort, and features

First things first: let's talk design.

The Nitro Deck+ makes your Switch look and feel just like a mini Steam Deck, which is pretty awesome if you ask me. The symmetrical thumbsticks are a game-changer for comfort, especially if you've got larger hands. No more thumb cramps! Plus, the new rubberized dot textures on the thumbsticks mean you won't slip up during those intense gaming sessions. The new side bumpers are genius. They're perfect for pulling off those tricky moves in Super Mario 64 or navigating through the bustling menus of Animal Crossing. Plus, the refined release catch makes removing your Switch from the cradle a breeze - no more smudged screens!

Nitro Deck+ ©2024 CRKD
Nitro Deck+ ©2024 CRKD /

The Nitro Deck+ isn't just a pretty face; it's got brains too. It doubles as a fully-fledged Switch dock, meaning you can easily connect it to your TV and enjoy your games on the big screen with extremely low latency, keeping the quality of the graphics as well. The Nitro Deck+ comes with a USB-C to HDMI output adapter and is ready to connect with any TV that has an HDMI port. The Hall Effect thumbsticks are a blessing, eliminating that pesky stick drift issue that plagues many Switch controllers. Other nifty features include adjustable vibration, No Deadzone Mode, and a Turbo Function. There's even a Bluetooth companion app for firmware updates. And let's not forget the new carry pouch - perfect for protecting your Nitro Deck+ on the go!

And, of course, when it comes to performance, the Nitro Deck+ truly shines. The symmetrical thumbsticks and extra buttons make controlling your games a breeze, whether you're exploring Hyrule in Tears of the Kingdom or racing through tracks in Mario Kart. The back buttons are, for the most part, cleverly placed (unless you have tiny hands like myself and could use them being a little closer) and easy to use.

The Nitro Deck+ feels robust and well-balanced, making long gaming sessions more comfortable than ever. And the best part? It doesn't drain your Switch's battery life.

Verdict: is the CRKD Nitro Deck+ worth it?


For $69.99, the Nitro Deck+ offers incredible value. It's packed with features, comfortable to use, and gives your Nintendo Switch a much-needed quality-of-life boost. Even with a potential Switch 2 on the horizon, this deck is a worthwhile investment that will breathe new life into your gaming sessions.

Deck. A+. If you're looking to level up your Switch experience, the CRKD Nitro Deck+ is the way to go.. Camila Domingues | GeekSided. CRKD Nitro Deck+

There you have it! The CRKD Nitro Deck+ is your ticket to a superior Nintendo Switch experience. Don't just take my word for it - grab one and see for yourself. Happy gaming!

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