Anyone who has ever bought a video game console before knows that you can’t only buy the console. On top of that price tag, you’ll also need to factor in games to play and possible other accessories. The Nintendo Switch is not an exception to this rule.
Whether you want to upgrade or spice up your gameplay but don’t know which accessories are worth the investment, we’ve got you covered.
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
When you want a more conventional controller experience, the aptly titled Pro Controller is the way to go. Although you can separate the Switch’s Joy-Con controllers for a greater range of motion, they lack the ever-important D-Pad that’s essential for many games.
The Pro Controller is our favorite way to play the Switch. With increased analog stick size and big, responsive buttons, the Pro Controller rivals the quality of both the Xbox One and PS4 controllers. It’s a bit pricey at $70, but the Pro Controller should be at the top of your Switch accessory wishlist — ahead of an extra set of Joy-Cons!
PDP Wired Fight Pad Pro
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is one of the most popular games on Nintendo Switch, but playing it with the Joy-Con or even the Pro Controller feels downright wrong. You can use an adapter to plug in official GameCube controllers, but PDP offers an alternative with great performance in Smash and other games.
The Wired Fight Pad Pro has a shape and stick layout almost identical to the GameCube controller. It features a standard right analog stick you can swap out for a c-stick. Even more, it retains the Switch’s capture and home buttons along with shoulder buttons, making it compatible with most Switch games.
8BitDo Wireless Controller Adapter
We include 8BitDo’s controller Bluetooth adapter because you probably already own a few great controllers designed for other consoles. If you simply love their feel, save some money and purchase this adapter to keep the good times rolling on Switch.
Simply plug this adapter into a USB-A port on the Switch Dock. After that, you can pair the Xbox One S/X Bluetooth controller after a firmware update. For PlayStation owners, you can use the DualShock 3, DualShock 4, and DualShock 4 Pro controllers. It’s compatible with the Wiimote, Wii U Pro, Switch Joy-Cons, and Switch Pro too.
Yes, it’s weird to use a PS4 controller on Switch at first, but it’s also pretty darn awesome. You can also use this adapter with Windows, MacOS, Android, Raspberry Pi, and Retrofreak.
Nintendo Joy-Con Charging Grip
Joy-Cons charge while attached to the docked Switch. When you use them individually or together in the consoles bundled grip, they eventually need the Switch to recharge.
Nintendo’s Charging Grip looks and feels like the bundled model. However, it charges the attached Joy-Cons using a pass-through current via a USB-A to USB-C tethered connection to the dock. This device does not include a rechargeable battery.
Ultimately, the Charging Grip performs like a makeshift wired controller while it recharges the attached Joy-Cons. This could be a cheaper alternative to purchasing the Pro Controller.
PowerA Car Charger
The Nintendo Switch is great for long road trips but the battery doesn’t last forever. If your car provides USB ports for charging, you could use a USB-C to USB-A cable to charge the console. If not, your next option is to use the car’s cigarette lighter-style 12V auxiliary power outlet and a compatible charger.
Enter the PowerA Nintendo Switch Car Charger. Built for 12V auxiliary power outlets, it features a six-foot cable with a USB-C connector on one end and a DC adapter on the other. This length allows you to access the adapter from anywhere in your vehicle. It’s also compact so you can store it at all times.
PowerA’s adapter supports 5V/3A for high-speed charging,
PowerA Joy-Con Charging Dock
This charging dock comes in handy if you have additional Joy-Cons. It supports up to four inactive controllers simultaneously, allowing for a constant rotation of gaming goodness.
To charge, slide each controller down into a slot just as you would on the Switch. A dedicated LED on top shines red when charging and green when complete. This simple dock features a weighted base and an underside cable.
HORI Multiport USB Playstand
Want to take your Switch to a friend’s house and use it in tabletop mode? You can easily do so with the system’s internal stand or an inexpensive plastic accessory, but you won’t have the dock’s USB ports. There’s no way to tether multiple controllers simultaneously using these methods.
The HORI Multiport USB Playstand solves this problem by supplying four USB-A (2.0) ports. It cradles your Switch while providing an adjustable viewing angle and a small profile for the ultimate tabletop mode. It has a power pass-through component as well, so you can connect the official AC adapter and keep your Switch charged.
Playing your Switch in handheld or tabletop mode is a great option for gaming on the go, but your battery can die quickly. With the S-Charge (previously SwitchCharge), you not only get a far superior stand than the Switch’s built-in version but an included 10,000 mAh battery to keep your Switch fully charged for hours.
This device packs two slots to store extra game cartridges and a single USB-A port to charge your smartphone while you play. You’ll also find a USB-C port to connect the Switch power adapter to charge both the console and the stand’s built-in battery. You can plug it directly into the dock as well.
iBolt Headrest Mount
iBolt’s Switch Headrest Mount is a solid option if you want to play multiplayer games — or play with a Pro Controller — in a car. The mount attaches to the metal bar of your car’s headrest using an Allen key clamp. You can adjust it to position the console in the center of the back seat area.
During our time with the review unit, the mount didn’t budge, allowing us to play our games even as our car took sharp turns. The only downside is the bottom clamp for the Switch, which doesn’t provide access to the charging port. Due to this design, you may need to take charging breaks.
Nyko Power Pak
Nyko’s Charge Base is a great option for playing the Switch at home, but it’s a bit too bulky to carry on the go. Instead, you want to pick up the company’s Power Pak.
This device clips onto the back of your Switch and offers a bulkier kickstand, so you can still prop it up wherever you go. The best part, however, is the 5,000 mAh battery, which is more substantial than the Switch’s own battery. This means you can play games for about twice as long without ever having to find a power outlet.
The Switch comes with 32GB of internal storage. That’s not much given the console’s operating system consumes a chunk of that space. You’ll use the remainder in a hurry thanks to all the digital games, game saves, and DLC downloads. The good news is that you can expand its storage with both MicroSDXC and MicroSDHC memory cards.
But keep in mind that you want fast MicroSDXC and MicroSDHC cards. They should be Class 10, which ensures high read and write speeds when manipulating data on the card, including downloaded games. Otherwise, slow reads and writes translate to longer loads and longer saves. Yawn.
You’ll also want a high-capacity card, though the bigger the card, the bigger the price.
Finally, shop around. Cards are often marked down or on sale at one retailer or another, so you can avoid paying full price. If you want to learn more about how to pick the right memory card for your Switch, we have a full guide that explains every important feature.
If we had to pick just one card, though, here’s the card we recommend.
SanDisk Ulta 128GB MicroSDXC UHS-I Card
This SanDisk 128GB microSDXC card should be enough for most Switch owners. With class 10 speed from one of the respected manufacturers in storage, you can’t go wrong. It supports read speeds of up to 80MB per second.
If you think 128GB won’t cut it, opt for SanDisk’s 256GB card instead. It’s perfect for those who regularly prefer digital games over cartridges.
Transport and protection
At home, your Nintendo Switch stays snug and safe inside the dock. What if you want to travel? You’ll definitely need a decent case. Unfortunately, the sheer number of options makes deciding the best solution rather difficult. Luckily for you, we gathered four of our favorite carrying options to make your decision easier.
AmazonBasics Vault Case
You don’t always need to carry around your Nintendo Switch with all of its accessories. Occasionally, all you’ll need is the system itself and a few extra games. That’s where the AmazonBasics Vault Case comes in handy.
This case sports a rugged hard-shell design to protect your Switch against accidental bumps. Inside it provides enough room to cradle your Switch and a game storage flap holding up to eight cartridges. A foam insert provides additional padding, complete with cutouts for the Joy-Cons’ analog sticks and face buttons.
If you’re traveling on a bus or plane, however, there are a few more worthy options.
RDS Industries Game Traveler Deluxe System Case
When your Switch needs ultimate on-the-go protection, this is the case to grab. It’s a hard-shell briefcase featuring organized slips for everything Switch-related. It houses all the necessary Switch components and even includes dust-proof cases for both games and microSD cards.
This deluxe case works well for those wishing to take their Switch through airport security or simply to a friend’s house. We love this case, but consider it a secondary case alongside the PDP model listed above.
PDP Nintendo Switch Elite Player Backpack
Need something larger? Go one size up with PDP’s Switch backpack. If you’re constantly on the go with your Switch at your side, it’s a convenient and safe way to transport your beloved console.
This handsome bag handles all your Switch goods: the console, dock, cables, games, six extra Joy-Cons, a Pro Controller, headphones, and even a laptop. Internal pockets present screen printed labels so you know what goes where. This bag is not TSA-ready.
amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector
The Switch ships with a plastic screen that’s prone to scratches. That means you should purchase a screen protector as soon as possible. We highly recommend tempered glass, as plastic protectors accumulate scratches while tempered glass remains crisp and clear.
Cut perfectly to fit the Switch’s screen, the amFilm screen protector should be the first and only screen protector you buy. It measures just 0.3mm thick, has a surface hardness of 9H, and sports an oleophobic coating that reduces fingerprints. The 99.9% transparency ensures an optimal viewing experience while protecting your screen.