While the Nintendo Wii U never quite resonated with the public to the same degree that its predecessor, the Wii, did — the good news for Nintendo is that the Switch has already proven itself to be a pretty hotly anticipated piece of tech, largely thanks to Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and slightly later releases like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
What makes the Nintendo Switch so appealing is its extraordinary versatility, with the system easily turning from a portable to a home console, and then back again. If you haven’t picked up a Nintendo Switch yet, you should strongly consider it. If you have, you might be looking to pimp it out with some cool accessories. To help with that endeavor, we’ve created a roundup of the best accessories you can buy for the Switch!
Our first pick is a pair of Joy-Con’s, the Nintendo Switch’s main controllers. Each pair allows for up to two more players to join the fun. They can alternatively be connected to a Joy-Con Grip to become a larger, more comfortable controller. Each Joy-Con comes with an adjustable strap to ensure that you do not accidentally throw it across the room. The Joy-Con Pair comes in five colors: Grey, Neon Yellow, Neon Red, Neon Blue, and Neon Red & Blue.
The Joy-Con Wheel provides the best experience for playing racing games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Just snap a Joy-Con controller into the wheel, and get ready to crush your competitors. Each box comes with two wheels which have markings on them to show how the Joy-Con controller is inserted. Nintendo only sells them in Grey, but other manufacturers have released other colours. Race on!
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
This one is for the people who want to level up their gaming experience. It comes with all the same buttons as the Joy-Con controllers, but is laid out in a way that makes the controller more manageable to hold comfortably. And yes, it’s pretty clear the design is inspired by Microsoft’s Xbox controller, but that’s not a bad thing!
In addition, the Pro Controller comes with built-in Amiibo support: just touch the base of your character to the the Nintendo Switch logo, and the controller will recognize it. The controller is charged via USB-C, and it comes with a USB-C to USB-A cable. The controller comes in a slightly transparent grey color that allows you to see part of the internals.
Joy-Con Charging Grip
Play for longer with the Joy-Con Charging Grip. Just slip a pair of Joy-Con’s and your gaming session will get extended so you can crush the next boss battle without worry. The charging grip also makes the Joy-Con’s more comfortable to hold by providing the same side grips that come on the regular Joy-Con Grip. Like the Pro Controller, this one comes with a USB-C to USB-A charging cable to keep your controllers and Charging Grip charged for your next outing.
Nintendo Switch LAN adapter
Perfect for unreliable Wi-Fi connections, or just for those who want to ensure that their Switch has a strong and stable connection, this adapter is a simple way to connect an ethernet cable to their Switch. Plug in the USB-A end of the adapter to your Switch Dock, and an ethernet cable into the other end, and enjoy a fast connection for online multiplayer.
Orzly Screen Protector
Rest assured that your Switch’s display is safe from accidental contact with sharp objects with this tempered glass screen protector. If you are concerned about decreased touch responsiveness, worry not, because at only 0.24mm thin, there will be no decrease in touch responsiveness! Orzly wanted to ensure maximum safety, so they rounded the corners of the screen protector to avoid any sort of injury from sharp corners. Each pack comes with two screen protectors: bonus!
USB Type-C battery packs
While the Nintendo Switch makes for a pretty compelling portable device for those long flights, bus rides, or wherever your modern life takes you — the battery life provided by the 4,310 mAh battery isn’t exactly wonderful. Depending on the game, you’ll typically get between 3 to 5 hours of battery life on a full charge. That’s pretty not-so-awesome but the good news is that a standard USB Type-C power bank will allow you to extend you game. Depending the size of the power bank you use, you could end up doubling or even tripling your total battery life with this simple accessory.
For a full list of recommended USB Type-C battery chargers, you’ll want to head on over to our sibling site, Android Authority.
Historically Nintendo hasn’t been very good when it comes to storage space, and unfortunately things continue the same with the Nintendo Switch. With only 32GB NAND memory, things might be speedy, but there’s only so much space. For those who like the idea of storing all their files locally, you’ll find that you’re completely out of space in no time. Good news though, there’s a microSD slot.
With that in mind, head on over to Android Authority for a list of the best microSD cards you can buy right now.
And there you have it, our roundup of the best accessories for you Nintendo Switch! We want to hear from you if we left out any great accessories that you have for you Switch, so make sure to drop us a comment below with your thoughts!