The comprehensive list of Flip Grip-friendly vertical games for Switch
We're turning the world sideways!
The Flip Grip accessory—conceived here, designed by Mike Choi, and midwifed by Fangamer—succeeded on Kickstarter far beyond anyone's expectations. We're only a couple of months away from it arriving in the eager hands of Nintendo Switch fans around the world (barring some sort of shipping mishap), allowing the world to play classic arcade games (and other games!) designed for vertical screens the way they were intended, on the go, with minimal fuss. The good news is that the flow of games that will take advantage of Flip Grip (or vice versa) hasn't slowed one bit since the Kickstarter ended a couple of months ago, and I have a feeling we'll continue seeing Flip Grip-friendly games throughout Switch's lifetime.
And that, friends, is why this list exists.
We'll be tracking all known Switch games that work with Flip Grip here. That includes available games and upcoming releases alike. Most of these are vintage arcade creations, but there are a few modern titles on here as well. (Lots of pinball, for example.) As new games arrive or are announced, they'll be added to this list.
We'll also make note of games that seem like they should work with Flip Grip but don't. Feel free to reach out to their publishers to ask, "What's up with that?"
If you missed out on the Flip Grip Kickstarter, don't worry: You can still order one via Fangamer!
All Arcade Archives games are weekly standalone releases that support screen rotation. The following selections from this series originally appeared on vertical monitors and take advantage of Flip Grip's design.
- Donkey Kong
- Heroic Episode
- Omega Fighter
- Star Force
- Terra Cresta
Namco Museum for Switch
All games in Namco Museum for Switch (a single anthology release) support vertical orientation. These are the only ones you'd really want to use it with, though.
- Dig Dug
- Galaga ’88
- Tower of Druaga
Sega Ages will cover a gamut of source platforms via standalone releases. As new releases are announced (more than 15 games are known to be in the works), we'll add any vertical arcade titles to this list.
- Gain Ground*
SNK 40th Anniversary*
SNK 40th Anniversary is a single release that contains games from multiple platforms, but a disproportionately large number of them originated on vertical arcade cabinets. More titles may be in the cards for the future beyond these.
- Alpha Mission
- Chopper I (post-launch DLC)
- Fantasy (post-launch DLC)
- Guerilla War
- Ikari Warriors
- Munch Mobile (post-launch DLC)
- Sasuke vs Commander (post-launch DLC)
- Time Soldiers (post-launch DLC)
- TNK III
- Victory Road
- A Normal Lost Phone
- Another Lost Phone
- Danmaku Unlimited 3
- Dragon Blaze
- Gunbird 2
- Lost Phone Stories
- Mutant Mudds (Mudd Blocks mode)
- Pinball FX3
- Psyvariar Delta*
- Samurai Aces
- Stern Pinball Arcade
- Strikers 1945 II
*Denotes a game that has been announced but not yet released.
These games are not compatible with Flip Grip yet, but will be following future content patches.
- Zaccaria Pinball*
- Currently the screen only rotates the opposite direction of that supported by Flip Grip. The developers have confirmed to us that they will be pushing an update that allows the supported orientation.
Vertical Mode NOT supported
These games seem like they should work with Flip Grip... but they don't. Look before you leap!
- Nitro Ball
- Only supports vertical play in the opposite direction. No indication of update plans.
- Oddly, this newly developed vertical shooter from South Korea doesn't have support for vertical orientation of any kind.
Hey, where are they?
The following publishers have a wealth of great vertical arcade classics in their archives. Feel perfectly free to reach out to them to politely request they get with the program...
Image source: VG Museum
Update: Sept. 14, 2018: Devolver Digital has confirmed Downwell will support the correct vertical orientation for use with Flip Grip.