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Docked Mode, Table Top Mode, Hand Held mode…Tate Mode? The Nintendo Switch is a versatile device. Here’s a list of every Switch game that supports vertical display.

The flexibility of the Nintendo Switch is one of the keys to its success. It’s a console equally happy hooked up to a TV at home, or in your hands for gaming on the go. This flexibility also allows for some games to be played using a vertical screen orientation, or Tate Mode.

Gaming on vertical screens was a common enough sight during the heyday of the arcade, and is the predominant orientation for modern-day mobile and tablet gaming. 

The Nintendo Switch – with a few caveats – is well-suited to offer another home to games that use a portrait display, and its ever-growing software library features a generous selection of classic arcade games, and ports of recent mobile hits.

Here’s our round-up of games that support Tate mode, and how to play them.

How do you play Switch games in Tate mode?

Setting a game to display in Tate Mode happens on a software level. You don’t need to change anything within the Switch’s system settings. Just fiddle around in the menus of each compatible game to find the right setting. 

Playing in TV Mode

Playing in Tate mode on a big screen is tricky, but not impossible. If your Nintendo Switch is hooked up to a computer monitor, rather than a TV set, you may well be able to rotate the screen 90 degrees to play compatible games in this format.

Naturally, it’s much easier to play games that support Tate mode with the Switch removed from its dock. However, this is not without a few of its own challenges

Playing in Tabletop Mode

In Tabletop Mode things are relatively simple. You’ll most likely need a stand – the Wii U GamePad stand is a good substitute – but all you need to do is remove the Joy Cons, turn the Switch on its side, and set the display on your compatible games to vertical or portrait mode.

Playing in Handheld Mode

In Handheld Mode, games that support touchscreen controls – such as Pinball FX 3 – can be played just fine. Games that require traditional control inputs might need a little assistance.

One solution is to pick up a Flip Grip from Jeremy Parish, Mike Choi, and Fangamer. This Kickstarter-funded peripheral clips to your Joy-Con controllers, and cradles the Nintendo Switch in a snug vertical orientation. By all accounts it’s a well-designed solution with excellent production values.  

Nintendo Switch Flip Grip

Nintendo Switch – List of Tate Mode games

All that leaves is the list of games. Let us know if you think we’ve missed anything.
(Last updated: Jan 31, 2019)

  • 12 Orbits
  • A Normal Lost Phone
  • Another Lost Phone: Laura’s Story
  • Arcade Archives Alpha Mission
  • Arcade Archives Argus
  • Arcade Archives Donkey Kong
  • Arcade Archives Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Arcade Archives Heroic Episode
  • Arcade Archives Omega Fighter
  • Arcade Archives Punch Out!!
  • Arcade Archives Route-16
  • Arcade Archives Star Force
  • Arcade Archives Terra Cresta
  • Atari Flashback Classics – Centipede
  • Atari Flashback Classics – Fire Truck
  • Atari Flashback Classics – Maze Invaders
  • Atari Flashback Classics – Millipede
  • Atari Flashback Classics – Monte Carlo
  • Atari Flashback Classics – Soccer
  • Atari Flashback Classics – Super Breakout
  • Atari Flashback Classics – Super Bug
  • Bingo For Nintendo Switch
  • Chess Ultra
  • Danmaku Unlimited 3
  • Downwell
  • Dragon Blaze
  • Gain Ground
  • Gunbarich
  • Gunbird
  • Gunbird2
  • Ikaruga
  • Japanese Mah-jongg
  • Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Nitro Ball
  • Lost Phone Stories
  • Mantis Burn Racing
  • Mutant Mudds Collection
  • Namco Museum
  • Namco Museum – Dig Dug
  • Namco Museum – Galaga
  • Namco Museum – Galaga ’88
  • Namco Museum – Pac-Man
  • Namco Museum – Tower of Druaga
  • Penguin Wars
  • Physical Contact Speed
  • Pinball Fx3
  • Psyvariar Delta
  • Samurai Aces
  • Sega Ages: Gain Ground
  • SNK 40th Collection – Alpha Mission
  • SNK 40th Collection – Chopper I
  • SNK 40th Collection – Fantasy
  • SNK 40th Collection – Guerilla War
  • SNK 40th Collection – Ikari Warriors
  • SNK 40th Collection – Munch Mobile
  • SNK 40th Collection – Sasuke vs Commander
  • SNK 40th Collection – Search and Rescue
  • SNK 40th Collection – Time Soldiers
  • SNK 40th Collection – TNK III
  • SNK 40th Collection – Vanguard
  • SNK 40th Collection – Victory Road
  • Spiritsphere DX
  • Stern Pinball Arcade
  • Strikers 1945
  • Strikers 1945 Ii
  • The Pinball Arcade
  • Zaccaria Pinball

Bear in mind that not all games support the Flip Grip peripheral. Jeremy Parish at Retronauts is keeping an up-to-date list of those that do.

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