If you are reading this, then it is safe to assume that you are one of the many gamers enjoying the Nintendo Switch. Whether you use the hybrid console for its portable gaming or prefer to keep it docked and connected to your TV , Nintendo's Switch is a genuinely unique console and its increasingly expanding library of excellent games are perfect for when you are on the go, and you’ll probably want to get some accessories to go along with it. With genuinely useful additions in mind, there’s a gadget out there for every type of Switch owner, whether it’s a case, controller, or stand, you’ll find that just the right addition can make your Switch setup more complete. I have hunted down the essential Nintendo Switch accessories for you in our guide below.
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The Switch Pro Controller is an incredible traditional controller, any gamer that plays a lot of docked Switch games on their TV should greatly consider picking one up. Similar to the Joy-Con controller, the pro controller includes an NFC chip that you can use with Nintendo’s Amiibo as well as a share button, that way you are not losing out on any functionality. It's an exceptional pick for any Switch gamer looking for a reliable second controller.
One of the main benefits of the Nintendo Switch is that it’s a portable console. That means you’ll be battling against a most dangerous enemy – battery life. This is where the Liboer Portable Switch Battery case steps in as it offers 6500mAh of additional charging power, which will more than double your on-the-go game time without adding an overly notable amount of bulk or weight to your set up. It hits the right balance between battery capacity and portability. It's worth noting that this case has sufficient durability that it will add in some extra protection for your Nintendo Switch.
If you’re planning to take your Switch on the go, which is one of the main selling points of the console, then you will want a great case to keep it protected at all times. The Mumba Nintendo Switch case is a firm, rubber case that has an exceptional grip to minimize the chance of dropping it. Should the unthinkable happen and you happen to drop your Switch, your still in luck as the bumper is made of shock-proof thermoplastic polyurethane.
I'm sure you have probably heard that some third-party docks are bricking Nintendo Switch, which is extremely bad. On the flip side, this official Nintendo Switch dock works flawlessly and includes everything you need to get started like a USB-C wall adapter, HDMI cable, the dock itself.
As much as I like using Nintendo's official Switch dock, it's not the most portable dock, and it does have fewer ports than I need. Thanks, Hori and their Hori Nintendo Switch Multiport USB Playstand, which is a much better on-the-go solution. When used, this Nintendo Switch dock gives you access to four USB ports for connecting multiple controllers, fight sticks, or even a keyboard. As mentioned earlier about third-party docks bricking consoles, you won't worry about this third-party dock potentially bricking your Switch as it is officially licensed by Nintendo.
If your the type of person that protects your smartphone screen, you should seriously consider doing the same for your Nintendo Switch. The amFilm tempered glass screen protector offers close too 100% percent screen transparency, so there is no interference to your view while you dive into your latest gaming adventure. The best thing about it is It's cheap and effective.
The Joy-Con Wheel grants you a hands-on approach to Mario Kart and other racing games, which is great if your Switch is often being played by younger gamers. This set comes with two wheels so you can get right to the track with friends.
A simple but basic accessory that very effectively solves a particular problem. It is not the smartest idea to prop up your Nintendo Switch against a vase or another unsuitable movable piece of furniture. The Hori Compact Playstand will put your Switch at just the right angle for long hours of undocked gameplay. It has lots of rubber pads, and plenty of other anti-slip features to ensure your Switch is held in place well.
Nintendo's official licensed charging stand is a little slice of adjustable bliss. It's stronger than the built-in kickstand by a tremendous margin, it's small enough to fit into about any Nintendo Switch carrying case, and it's the official charging stand of the Nintendo Switch. This is an excellent little accessory if you're on the go and want to keep the juice flowing.
The way Nintendo has designed the Joy-Cons to charge when connected to the Switch was clever, but if you're hosting a Mario Party or Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament, this can become quite a huge issue. This type of scenario is why you need a dedicated Joy-Con charger like the HyperX ChargePlay Quad. Rather than just being able to charge up only two Joy-Cons with your Nintendo Switch, you can charge up to four Joy-Con simultaneously.
Don’t be cheap and skimp out on a suitable MicroSD card. Buy one with at least 128 GB of storage, or more so it can last for a few years at least also make sure it’s marked as Class 10 and at least XC 1. you can still buy games on cartridges for the Nintendo Switch, but some games require extra storage, and indie games on Nintendo’s eShop are only accessible via download. All you need to do is pop it in, forget about it, and download as many games as you like.
The SteelSeries Arctis are some of the most popular gaming headsets, and the Arctis 3 Bluetooth is the ideal match for Switch. It will work while it's wired in, letting you connect directly to the Switch with a 3.5mm headphone jack. It also has a Bluetooth connection that works with your phone, which is needed to play games that use Nintendo's smartphone chat app.
This Switch Cover Stand isn't perfect by any means, but I've found an alternative and it's really convenient for traveling. It's like a fabric phone or tablet cover, with some rigidity to it. The cover shields and protects your Switch screen and the console itself if it's in a bag. This works much better than the built-in kickstand if you plan to play your switch on a hard surface.
If you normally use your Switch in handheld mode, the JETech hard case is an affordable and easy way to give it some extra durability and grip. It has a somewhat hard rubberized feel to it and fits snuggly over the Switch. It adds drop protection and has a subtle lip on the front that helps protect your screen during impact.
The RAVPower USB-C battery charges your Switch while you play it, which makes it a must-have accessory. It puts out a cool 30W, using the USB Power Delivery standard that the Switch needs. A bonus with using this is that the other USB ports on the RAVPower battery also let you top-off phones, tablets, and your other tech essentials.
With the Nintendo Nintendo Labo kits, you are basically building cardboard gadgets as you would with Legos and then play with them. The Labo Vehicle Kit is one of my favorites and comes with a steering wheel, pilot joystick, and an enjoyable game to play. The Labo Variety Kit comes with five cardboard accessories to build and is fun as beginner package. If you have kids or younger siblings, then this is a must have as a great game/accessory to play with them.
LAN parties are possible on the Nintendo Switch, but only if you pick up an Ethernet adapter as your next Switch accessory as the console, unfortunately, doesn't have a standard Ethernet port. With the Nintendo Switch LAN adapter, you can connect up to 10 docked Nintendo Switch consoles for intense gaming tournaments with friends, and not have to worry about dodgy wireless connections.
If you like the classic feel of the SNES pad, then 8Bitdo’s SN30 is for you. It’s lightweight and precise buttons, and analog sticks give you the feeling of incredible accuracy. It even has motion control. The only downside is that it lacks NFC so you cannot scan Amiibo figurines in supported games. On the flip side, it will pair up with any Bluetooth capable device, like your PC or smartphone.
The Switch's Joy-Cons can hold a long charge on their own, but if you tend to use them freely, without the cradle regularly, it will drain your battery life quite quickly, this official Nintendo made accessory lets you pop a couple of AA batteries into each controller to keep them charged. These come in especially useful if you spend a lot of time jumping around in Super Mario Odyssey.
The Nintendo Switch Pro controllers are excellent for playing along, but you should think about picking up an extra pair of Joy-Cons controllers to get gaming with friends. These are a must-have for multiplayer gaming sessions with friends. Joy-Con controllers can either be purchased separately or in a pair, depending on your needs and budget. It's worth noting that you can save a little cash on each individual controller by just paying for a pair outright.