Best Nintendo Switch accessories: make the most of your hybrid console

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Hats off to Nintendo and the Nintendo Switch: it really has changed the face of gaming, and continues to be a hugely successful product… and it's also created a brand new market of Switch accessories.

Part of the appeal of the compact Nintendo Switch is you can get going to quickly – set it up, get a few of the best games for it, and you've technically got everything you need to start playing whenever (and wherever) you like.

That said, because it's a hybrid console, we'd say there are a couple of key Switch accessories you need to really make the most of your experience. Whether you're playing in tabletop mode, TV mode, or handheld mode, there's a Switch accessory out there that'll make your life and gameplay a lot easier, safer, and probably more fun too.

For instance, screen protectors and a carry case are almost essential, helping to keep your Nintendo Switch well-protected as you carry it around. Add in portable chargers, microSD cards and Joy-Con compatible steering wheels, and you can see there are a lot of exciting Switch accessories out there.

We've collected together all the best Switch accessories currently available, explained what they're used for, and whether or not they're actually going to be useful for you. Happy Switch accessory shopping!

If you're not particularly enamored with the Joy-Con controllers and want something that's a little more traditional you should consider picking up the Nintendo Switch Pro controller as your next Switch accessory.

Though the Joy-Con controllers do have a grip which unties them to form a single device, it doesn't have a traditional D-pad and nor does it look quite as ergonomically sound as the Pro controller for longer play sessions.

With its motion controls, HD rumble and Amiibo support, this is a solid alternative to the original Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers. You can buy it in a standard grey but for something a little more colorful there are also Xenoblade Chronicles and Splatoon 2-themed options with neon pink and green accents. These do, however, come at a slightly higher cost.

Despite the benefits of the Nintendo Switch Pro controller for the single player, it might also be worth picking up some extra Joy-Con controllers if you're fond of multiplayer gaming.

Hard though it may be to believe, it's possible that not everyone in your life will have picked up a Nintendo Switch. You could make the purchase of Joy-Con controllers a prerequisite for entry to your home, but it might be better for your personal relationships to have a few extra controllers on hand for those impromptu multiplayer sessions.

Switch Joy-Con color selections are growing all the time. Alongside the neon red and blue and grey versions which were available at launch, it's now possible to pick up a matching neon yellow pair and a Splatoon 2-inspired neon pink and green set.

Joy-Con controllers can be purchased separately or in a pair, as your needs and budget allow. It's worth noting that you save a little on each individual controller by paying for a pair outright, however.

Letting your fragile Nintendo Switch jostle around in a bag during your commute into work or school isn't ideal, and while the Switch is relatively sturdy, it could use a bit more protection while traveling from Point A to Point B.

Cue the Power Shell Case from Nyko for your Nintendo Switch.

Not only does the Power Shell protect your most coveted of handhelds, but it can charge it, too, using its built-in 5000 mAh battery pack – which basically doubles the battery life of the Switch console. If charging and protection aren't enough, there's even room to store up to 12 games and four SD cards. It's about as multi-purpose as they come.

It's available right now on Amazon for $30!

If you’d rather not buy a Pro controller for your Nintendo Switch but you would like your additional Joy-Con controllers to be slightly more comfortable when they’re being used separately, you could always buy a grip kit.

This kit containing two controller grips and two thumb grips will make your slim Joy-Con controllers slightly bulkier, and more akin to a traditional controller shape, which should reduce any discomfort that would arise in a longer play session.

You can find the pack for $14.99/£12.99.

If you’re a physical media fan rather than a download fan, you should probably consider purchasing a game card case for when you take your Nintendo Switch on the go. Even if you're just storing your games at home, it’s a better way of keeping your Switch cartridges in order than piling up each of the individual game boxes.

This compact one from HORI holds 24 game cards and 2 microSD cards, which should keep you going for a good long while. You can purchase it for $9.99/£8.99.

True LAN parties are possible on the Nintendo Switch, but only if you have an Ethernet adapter, as the console doesn’t actually have a standard Ethernet port itself.

If you’d like to connect up to 10 docked Switch consoles for an intense Splatoon 2 tournament with your friends with no dodgy wireless connection worries, you’ll need to pick up one of these. If you'd want to stick to the official Nintendo gear, you can pick up the branded Switch adapter for £22.86/$23.97.

No, the Joy-Con grip that comes boxed with your Nintendo Switch will not charge your Joy-Con controllers… but considering the Joy-Con controllers have around 20 hours of battery life in them, this shouldn’t prove to be too much of a problem.

However, we all have those times post-play where we just throw our Switch controller on the sofa and walk away. If you just know you're likely to play with the grip frequently and forget to reattach the controllers to your docked console, this could be a purchase worth considering.

It's not the cheapest luxury, though, at £24.99/$29.99 on the official Nintendo site.

You buy protective accessories for your phone, you buy them for your tablet, and we’d say it's also worth buying them for your Nintendo Switch to keep it secure and safe when it's undocked and on the move.

You can get this nifty Mario case officially licensed by Nintendo which includes a screen protector, earbuds, character-branded Joy-Con Armor Guards, thumb caps, cleaning cloth, and applicator for $19.99/£29.99.

If, however, you're less concerned about themed branding there's also this starter kit from Orzly which comes in at $14.68/£12.99.

We'd definitely recommend picking up this kit for the screen protector alone; there have been reports of players scratching the tablet screen when docking the console for home play so they're worth investing in.

If you're not really into the idea of buying and hoarding game cards and would rather digitally purchase your Switch games, then you'll definitely want to look into buying a microSD card.

The Nintendo Switch only has 32GB of internal memory, and considering games like The Legend of Zelda will take up to around 13GB of storage, the ability to expand the console's memory is essential.

The Switch supports microSD and SDHC cards as well as SDXC cards of up to 2TB, even though the latter aren’t actually available for purchase yet.

Think you'll probably play the Nintendo Switch in tabletop mode a lot? Then you'll want to look into purchasing the HORI playstand.

Although the Switch has a flip-out leg on its rear that will support it, it doesn't really leave any clearance for plugging a charging cable into the USB-C port on the console's base. The HORI playstand will allow for this, though, as it lifts the console off the surface you're playing on as well as offering adjustable angles for more comfortable gaming.

As far as Switch accessories go, it's not overly expensive either, at £9.99/$12.99.

Planning to use the Nintendo Switch on the go a lot? It could be worth investing in a sturdy external battery pack for your next Switch accessory, if you haven't got one already.

The Switch's portable battery life isn’t unreasonable but it isn't stellar either, and since you can’t guarantee you're always going to be near a plug socket to top up its charge, you can't go wrong with a back up power source. Just make sure you have a USB-C cable to connect it.

These are our picks of the best portable battery packs to help you choose.

Given that it is mostly screen, we'd recommend buying some kind of protector for your Nintendo Switch console at your earliest opportunity.

Users have reported scratching their console when lifting it from the dock, but as anyone with a phone or tablet will know, you don't need a dock for accidents to happen, so this is a worthy Switch accessory.

You can pick up third-party protectors created by Orzly for as little as $7.99/£8.24 on Amazon.

The Nintendo Switch itself may be a portable console, but its bulky dock isn't – and that's not ideal if you want to take the entire set up on the go to play on a TV that isn't your own.

Fortunately, there's a third-party solution to that problem. Accessory maker Nyko has created a much smaller dock for the Nintendo Switch, so small it can fit in the palm of your hand.

Being so tiny, it doesn't have the comforting stability of Nintendo's official dock or any USB ports, but it's a great on-the-go solution. With a recommended retail price of $49.99 (about £38) it's an affordable one, too.

The dock has been released and can be purchased on Nyko's official website.

Do be warned before buying and using third-party docks for the Nintendo Switch, though – there have been reports that they're bricking player consoles and Nintendo is not open to repairing devices that have been damaged by unlicensed peripherals.

While the Switch's Joy-Con controllers don't have dismal battery life, we do sometimes forget to charge them. If you're forever finding your battery is running low mid-game you might be interested in Nintendo's official Joy-Con battery packs during your Switch accessory shopping.

This battery pack will essentially slide onto the back of your Joy-Con controllers and power them using AA batteries. They do add slightly more bulk but this might suit those who feel the Joy-Cons are on the small side.

You can find these on Amazon UK for £14.99 and Amazon US for $16.97.

If you take your Nintendo Switch Mario Karting seriously, you might be interested in a Joy-Con steering wheel adaptor. This wireless wheel will use the motion sensors in the Joy-Con to allow you to feel like you're driving a real cart.

There's a learning curve to using these, and they're on the small side, but they do add a new dimension to racing games. It's especially convenient that they come in a pair so you don't have to send your friends off to buy their own.

You can find these on the official Nintendo store for £12.99/$14.99 per pair.

Part software, part hardware, Nintendo Labo is the latest and coolest accessory that you have to get for your Nintendo Switch console. If building cardboard peripherals which work with real games and can be reprogrammed in whatever way sounds like a neat idea, then you'll want to take a look at this. Nintendo Labo is great for any kids and adults that have an interest in building, creating and tinkering around with tech.

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