Fake1 Review

Fake1 (DIY 3D Printed Frame1 Controller)


The Fake1 is a budget option made of PLA for those who would not like to shell out the bucks for a Frame1 rectangle controller to play Super Smash Bros.


The robustness of the Fake1 means that it should not bend when you apply pressure on it with your palms or wrists during play. Because the switches fit fairly well, they should not have any hiccups during play as well.


You can order the Fake1 in DIY or premade fashion, even in the classic Smash Box button layout if you like. If you opt for the DIY edition, you would need to:

  1. Acquire a Rasbperry Pi Pico PCB.
  2. Use solder, a soldering iron, and wiring to connect the switches to the PCB.
  3. Attach a cable like this one.
  4. Get approximately 23 keyboard switches.

You might also need a strong adhesive, but back to the switches, the switch type is up to you. For example, maybe you prefer tactile switches over linear ones. However, those who are in the habit of soldering may not have the easiest time with the Fake1 as its thin profile makes that difficult, but you cannot have your cake and eat it too since thin cases often sacrifice modding potential. Regarding wiring, it takes time but should not take longer than usual with DIY cases.

Now, if you order the premade version, it will be 3D printed, assembled, and programmed on your behalf. USB-C would be optional, well, if the parts are in stock.

Keep in mind that there is another available model with bolts instead of welds, but it is missing the extra up button. In any case, the Big Dog 3D Print Shop aims for smoothly textured finishes on its chassis.

Finally, you have the chassis-only version. It fits the Open Frame1 PCB, and it includes the plastic parts required to safely enclose that PCB.


Your Fake1 unit might look a little rough, but to some, this may seem like it adds charm as the Fake1 is supposed to be a budget solution. The most noticeable aspect of the Fake1 is probably the line in the middle. Otherwise, there may be some texture inconsistencies. Although the concept of the Fake1 is well understood, it seems that the Big Dog 3D Print Shop can do a better job with future units. On the bright side, the color options are diverse.


It is hard to imagine a Smash case with this premise as being that much better.

  • Robust material
  • Fits switches fairly well
  • Different colors
  • Appearance inconsistencies
  • Thin for soldering





See Also

FightBox R1

FightBox R1-B