Nintendo Switch Gift Guide for 2020

Nintendo Switch Gift Guide for 2020

Buying a Nintendo Switch for yourself or someone else? Looking for a gift for someone who already has a Switch? This Nintendo Switch gift guide will help you out. It’ll go over common questions from both gamers and non-gamers. And distinguishing between essential and optional accessories. The items selected for this guide are among the favorites of the Switch community.

Nintendo Switch Gift Guide for 2020

 

Nintendo Switch Console | Games | Controllers | Essential Accessories | Additional Accessories


Nintendo Switch Consoles

Can’t start shopping for the Nintendo Switch gift guide if you don’t have the actual console.

The Nintendo Switch has been the best selling console for the last few years. Once COVID-19 hit sales jumped up and have stayed high. Meaning the Switch isn’t as available as it was last holiday season. The full-size Switch is harder to find (or priced above MSRP) while the Switch Lite is more available. But keep in mind the Switch Lite has a smaller screen and cannot connect to a TV.

Nintendo Switch

This is the original version of the console. It offers handheld, tabletop, and TV play modes. Boasts a larger screen and larger battery. But also uses more power and weighs more.

Original Nintendo Switch, new Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo Switch Lite

Original Nintendo Switch, new Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo Switch Lite

Pros:

  • Both handheld and TV modes available
  • Larger screen
  • Longer battery life (updated version vs Lite)
  • Removable Joy-Cons

Cons:

  • Heavier
  • More expensive

In 2019 Nintendo did minor hardware updates to the Nintendo Switch. Today any console you buy new should be the updated model with better battery life. If the box is red you’re getting the newer revision.

Nintendo Switch Models
Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy-Con

The iconic Nintendo Switch.

Includes:

  • Nintendo Switch console
  • Joy-Cons (blue and red)
  • Joy-Con grip (turns Joy-Cons into a more classic controller)
  • Dock (connect Switch to TV or display via HDMI)
  • HDMI cable
  • Power adapter

Nintendo Switch with Gray Joy-Con

A more subdued looking Nintendo Switch.

Includes:

  • Nintendo Switch console
  • Joy-Cons (gray)
  • Joy-Con grip (turns Joy-Cons into a more classic controller)
  • Dock (connect Switch to TV or display via HDMI)
  • HDMI cable
  • Power adapter

Nintendo Switch - Animal Crossing: New Horizons Edition

A special edition of the Nintendo Switch. The dock and Joy-Cons are decorated to match the popular Animal Crossing: New Horizons game. The Animal Crossing game is NOT included.

Includes:

  • Nintendo Switch console
  • Joy-Cons (green and blue)
  • Joy-Con grip (turns Joy-Cons into a more classic controller)
  • Dock (connect Switch to TV or display via HDMI, decorated with Animal Crossing characters)
  • HDMI cable
  • Power adapter

Nintendo Switch Lite

A handheld only version of the Switch. Works with the same games (motion control only games require separate Joy-Cons). Offers the same performance and video quality on its built-in screen, sharing much of the same hardware as the full-size model. And can work with many of the same controllers and accessories. But it cannot be connected to your TV.

Pros:

  • Smaller and lighter
  • Cheaper
  • Longer battery life than original Switch
  • Available in different colors

Cons:

  • Smaller screen
  • No TV mode
  • Controllers are built-in

The Nintendo Switch Lite is better for anyone wanting a smaller/lighter model for handheld gaming only. Cost savings are going with the Lite, but be sure the lack of TV support (which makes multiplayer games work for a household) is not something you want.

Nintendo Switch Lite Models
Nintendo Switch Lite - Gray

The more subtle Nintendo Switch Lite.

Includes:

  • Nintendo Switch Lite console
  • Power adapter

Nintendo Switch Lite - Turquoise

The best selling color of the Nintendo Switch Lite.

Includes:

  • Nintendo Switch Lite console
  • Power adapter

Nintendo Switch Lite - Yellow

Never lose this bright-colored Nintendo Switch Lite.

Includes:

  • Nintendo Switch Lite console
  • Power adapter

Nintendo Switch Lite - Coral

A new pink version of the Nintendo Switch Lite.

Includes:

  • Nintendo Switch Lite console
  • Power adapter


Games – Nintendo Switch Gift Guide for 2020 Best Sellers

The selection of games is a big part of what makes the Nintendo Switch so popular. No Nintendo Switch gift guide would be complete without going over the popular games of the season.

Popular Games

These are among the most popular Nintendo Switch games this holiday season. If you aren’t sure what to get it is hard to go wrong with Legend of Zelda, Mario Kart, Pokémon, Super Mario, and Smash Bros.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Build your community from scratch on a deserted island brimming with possibility; Create your personal getaway and customize your character, home, decorations, and even the landscape itself
  • Collect materials to construct everything from furniture to tools. Then, use what you create to give your island a personal touch
  • Watch as the time of day and seasons match real life—even your hemisphere. Each day holds potential for surprises and discoveries
  • Get to know the island residents, garden, fish, decorate, hunt for fossils, and more.
  • Show off your paradise – Play on the same system with a total of 4 people, or play together online or over local wireless for fun with up to 8 players
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
  • Experience the events of the Great Calamity 100 years before the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game
  • Dozens of gripping cutscenes shed new light on characters like Zelda, the 4 Champions, the King of Hyrule, and more
  • Play as characters like Link, Zelda and more and learn their distinct attacks and combat styles
  • The 4 Champions are playable for the first time
  • See a lively Hyrule before it was ravaged by Calamity Ganon
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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Hit the road with the definitive version of Mario Kart 8 and play anytime, anywhere! Race your friends or battle them in a revised battle mode on new and returning battle courses
  • Play locally in up to 4-player multiplayer in 1080p while playing in TV Mode. Every track from the Wii U version, including DLC, makes a glorious return
  • Plus, the Inklings appear as all-new guest characters, along with returning favorites, such as King Boo, Dry Bones, and Bowser Jr.
  • Players can choose a new Smart Steering feature which makes driving and staying on the track easy for novice players and kids even at 200cc
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Minecraft
  • Minecraft is a game about placing blocks and going on adventures
  • Explore randomly generated worlds and build amazing things from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles
  • Play in creative mode with unlimited resources or mine deep into the world in survival mode, crafting weapons and armor to fend off the dangerous mobs
  • Play on the go in handheld or tabletop modes
  • Includes Super Mario Mash-Up, Natural Texture Pack, Biome Settlers Skin Pack, Battle & Beasts Skin Pack, Campfire Tales Skin Pack; Compatible with Nintendo Switch only
Luigi's Mansion 3
  • Catch ghosts and solve puzzles to rescue Mario and friends in the Last Resort hotel; Each floor of this towering hotel is themed, from the décor to the puzzles to the boss
  • Utilize the functions of the all-new Poltergust G-00: Pummel ghosts with a Slam, break through defenses with the Suction Shot, and blow back groups with a Burst
  • Luigi can call upon and control Gooigi, his all-green doppelganger, who can do what Luigi can’t; Gooigi can slip through tight spaces, walk on spikes, and help Luigi overcomes obstacles
  • Change between Luigi and Gooigi in single player, or let a friend play as Google for 2-player co-op
  • Up to 8 players can work together to ascend the Scarescaper via local wireless or online; It’s Team Luigi vs. Team Gooigi in a mini-game battle to see which is the ultimate team of ghost hunters
Super Mario 3D All-Stars
  • Discover (or rediscover) three of Mario’s most memorable adventures all in one package—available on the Nintendo Switch system
  • Take these three adventures on the go with the Nintendo Switch system’s handheld or tabletop mode
  • Jump into paintings to collect Power Stars and save Princess Peach in the Super Mario 64 game
  • Spray away paint-like goop with the help of your water-spouting friend, FLUDD, in the Super Mario Sunshine game
  • Travel from planet to planet and power up Rosalina’s Comet Observatory in the Super Mario Galaxy game—motion controls and a two-player Co-Star mode included
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • New stages and fighters are joined by the combined rosters of every past Super Smash Bros. Game
  • Challenge others anytime, anywhere, whether you're on the couch or on the go
  • Play any way you want—locally, online, in TV mode, Tabletop mode, Handheld mode, or even with GameCube Controllers
  • Fight faster and smarter with new and returning techniques, like the perfect shield and directional air dodge
  • Face off in 2-4 player battles, or play against the computer
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Discover Hyrule as never before: by making your own path, choices, and consequences
  • Ingenuity is the key to survival: find multiple solutions to tons of dynamic puzzles
  • Surprises hide around every corner: scavenge weapons, armor, plants, animals, and more
  • Live off the land: find weapons and armor, cook food, and brew elixirs
  • Utilize special technology: the in-game Sheikah Slate controls objects and enemies in fun ways
Ring Fit Adventure
  • An adventure game that’s also a workout
  • Explore a huge fantasy world and defeat enemies using real-life exercise
  • Jog, sprint, and high knee through dozens of levels
  • Control in-game movements with the new Ring-Con and Leg Strap accessories
  • Learn about all the great new features, including a new voice option and a fun new Rhythm Game mode that are included in the latest free update
Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening
  • As Link, explore a reimagined Koholint Island and collect instruments to awaken the Wind Fish to find a way home
  • Explore numerous dungeons, riddled with tricks, traps, and enemies, including some from the Super Mario series
  • Meet and interact with unique locals to get help on your adventure
  • Listen to a reawakened soundtrack that helps bring life to Koholint Island
  • Earn Chambers (Dungeon Rooms) and arrange them to complete objectives in the all new Chamber Dungeon
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Just Dance 2021
  • Dance to over 600 songs with the Just Dance Unlimited subscription streaming service. One month FREE included with the game
  • Play with friends and share the fun with co-op mode
  • Dance the way you like by creating your own personalized custom playlists
  • Enjoy eight new kid-friendly songs and choreographies for a family-fun experience
  • Use your smartphone to track moves with the Just Dance Controller app – no additional accessories required! Up to six players can join
Pokémon Sword
  • Catch, battle, and trade Pokémon on an all-new adventure in the Galar region
  • Choose from three new partner Pokémon and encounter never-before-seen Pokémon
  • Unravel the mystery behind the Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta!
  • Team up with other Trainers to participate in Max Raid Battles***!
  • Battle wild Dynamax Pokémon in Max Raid Battles and try catching them***
Physical vs Digital Games

From a Nintendo Switch gift guide standpoint physical games are easier to give. You buy it, wrap it, and any model Switch can play it. Digital games have to be purchased by the Switch’s owner, otherwise you run into sharing restrictions Nintendo has in place.

Pokémon Sword for Nintendo Switch

Pokémon Sword for Nintendo Switch

Physical Games

  • Sold in any store that also sells the Switch.
  • Discounts from retailers.
  • Buy pre-owned copies for less.
  • Loan to friends and family. Or resell.
  • Easier to use between multiple Switches in the same home.
  • You control the copy.
  • Have to swap cartridges when changing games.
  • If lost it is gone.

Digital Games

  • Can launch immediately from the Switch.
  • Can loan to friends and family, but you can’t both play at the same time.
  • The purchasing Switch profile has to be set up on other Switches in the same home to play. And cannot be played if the original “master” Switch is in use with any digital game.
  • Even if you lose your Switch you can re-download the game.
  • Nintendo eShop doesn’t have discounts as often or deep as retailers.
  • Can’t resell or even give away.
  • Nintendo can take it away from you under extreme circumstances.
  • Need a larger microSD card to hold your game collection.

Most Switch owners use a mix of physical and digital games. All games are available as digital. But not all are available as physical.

For a single Switch household: Physical saves you money (if willing to wait for a deal) and you can resell games when you’re done. But you have to travel with and swap out cartridges. Digital is quick and easy, and you won’t ever lose the actual game. You’ll more often than not have to pay full MSRP, but if you usually buy on launch day then the cost is the same.

For a multi-Switch household: Physical is much easier to share, along with the other benefits listed above. Digital can be shared, but it takes a bit of setup. More importantly, the owning account’s master Switch has to be inactive or playing a physical game for another Switch to run a shared digital game. If the master Switch is playing digital Mario the other Switch cannot play digital Zelda.

If buying for someone else find out if they have a preference. For physical games, you can get them the one they want easily enough. If they prefer digital then buy them a Nintendo eShop gift card. They have to buy the game with their own Nintendo account, making a gift card is the best option.


Controllers

Controller preference is a personal thing for a gamer. Some prefer one style while others prefer another. It can depend on what we’re used to and what game we’re playing. This Nintendo Switch gift guide lists the more popular options out there. But if buying a controller for someone else it is best to get something they’ve told you they want.

Pro Controller

Considered the best for the Nintendo Switch, the Pro Controller is wireless with 40 hours of battery life.  The heftier controller is great for shooting games, like Fortnite and Splatoon 2.

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

For new Switch owners, I recommend trying the Joy-Cons out before you buy a Pro Controller. They have worked out well for most players with most games.

Joy-Con Grips
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Joy-Con Charging Grip

This is the same as the Joy-Con Comfort Grip included with the Nintendo Switch. But you can connect it to the dock to recharge a pair of Joy-Cons. Handy if you have an extra pair of Joy-Cons. One pair can charge on the Switch while the other charges on this. With 2 players both can use a grip.

Surge Nintendo Switch Grip Kit

Playing multiplayer games with single Joy-Cons is fine, but they are a bit small. Adults with larger hands may find them uncomfortable. Before gathering for the holidays consider getting a Surge Nintendo Switch, Grip Kit. They attach to the Joy-Cons and make them much more comfortable to hold. Get one kit for every pair of Joy-Cons you own. The included thumb caps may also help, but some find them a distraction.

Extra Joy-Cons

The Nintendo Switch includes two Joy-Cons. Turn them 90 degrees and you have two individual controllers. If you want to do 4 player games, such as Mario Kart and Super Mario Party, then an extra set of Joy-Cons may be a better option than buying 2-3 full-size controllers. This Nintendo Switch gift guide recommends starting with Joy-Cons before moving on to larger, single person controllers.

Joy-Cons come in many colors. They all work the same, the difference is only in their appearance. You can get a set that matches what you have. Or get something new and change things up. Any pair of Joy-Cons can connect to any Switch.

Joy-Cons - Pink/Green
  • 2 Joy Con can be used independently in each hand, or together as 1 game controller when attached to the Joy Con grip
  • Travel across vast fields, through forests, and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the kingdom of Hyrule In this stunning Open Air Adventure. Number of Players: 1 player
  • Each Joy Con has a full set of buttons and can act as a standalone controller, and each includes an accelerometer and gyro sensor, making independent left and right motion control possible
Joy-Cons - Red/Blue
  • Introducing Joy-Con, controllers that make new kinds of gaming possible, for use with Nintendo Switch.
  • The versatile Joy-Con offer multiple surprising new ways for players to have fun.
  • Two Joy-Con can be used independently in each hand, or together as one game controller when attached to the Joy-Con grip.
  • They can also attach to the main console for use in handheld mode, or be shared with friends to enjoy two-player action in supported games.
  • Each Joy-Con has a full set of buttons and can act as a standalone controller, and each includes an accelerometer and gyro-sensor, making independent left and right motion control possible.
Joy-Cons - Purple/Orange
  • Two Joy Con can be used independently in each hand, or together as 1 game controller when attached to the Joy Con grip
  • They can also attach to the main console for use in handheld mode, or be shared with friends to enjoy two player action in supported games
  • Each Joy Con has a full set of buttons and can act as a standalone controller, and each includes an accelerometer and gyro sensor, making independent left and right motion control possible
Joy-Cons - Blue/Yellow
  • Two Joy Con can be used independently in each hand, or together as 1 game controller when attached to the Joy Con grip
  • They can also attach to the main console for use in handheld mode, or be shared with friends to enjoy 2 player action in supported games
  • Each Joy Con has a full set of buttons and can act as a standalone controller, and each includes an accelerometer and gyro sensor, making independent left and right motion control possible
Joy-Cons - Gray
  • Introducing Joy Con, controllers that make new kinds of gaming possible, for use with Nintendo Switch
  • This model includes battery life of approximately 4.5 - 9 hours.
  • Two Joy Con can be used independently in each hand, or together as 1 game controller when attached to the Joy Con grip
  • They can also attach to the main console for use in handheld mode, or be shared with friends to enjoy 2 player action in supported games
  • Each Joy Con has a full set of buttons and can act as a standalone controller, and each includes an accelerometer and gyro sensor, making independent left and right motion control possible

Essential Accessories

There are a lot of accessories made for the Nintendo Switch and worth of being on the gift guide. Many are useful, but these are considered essential by the Switch community.

Screen Protector

A screen protector is a cheap way to protect the most vulnerable part of the Switch. You can still use the touch screen. When ready to install run a hot shower in the bathroom and do the install there. The steam will reduce the dust in the air, making it easier to keep the space between the screen and protector clean.

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amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Nintendo Switch

  • Most recommended brand.
  • Comes in a 2 pack, useful in case the first install isn't perfect.
  • Low cost. Anything cheaper will be less quality.

amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Nintendo Switch Lite

  • amFilm is the most recommended brand
  • Comes in a 3 pack, useful in case the first couple of tries isn’t perfect
  • Includes tools to assist in a clean install

Carrying Case

If your Switch ever leaves home you’ll want a carrying case. The most recommended models hold game cartridges and have an accessory pocket at the top, with the Switch with Joy-Cons in the bottom.

Be sure to get a case for your model Switch. A regular Switch case won’t carry a Switch Lite well.

Nintendo Switch Cases

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Hestia Goods Switch Carrying Case

  • My personal Switch case. The one pictured in many reviews
  • Holds Switch, 20 game cartridges, and an accessory pocket
  • Cloth zipper tab for upper accessory pocket, so no scratching

ButterFox Carrying Case

  • The most recommended model by Switch community
  • Holds Switch, 19 game cartridges, and an accessory pocket

ButterFox Carrying Case, Large

  • Holds Switch, 19 game cartridges, and an accessory pocket
  • Deeper upper accessory pocket that can hold the Switch's AC adapter

Nintendo Switch Deluxe System Case

  • Officially licensed by Nintendo for use with the Nintendo Switch
  • Carries the Switch and all its accessories, for setting up at a TV away from home
  • Included game cases can hold up to 8 games

Nintendo Switch Lite Cases

ButterFox Switch Lite Carrying Case

  • Holds Switch Lite, 19 game cartridges, 2 microSD cards, and an accessory pocket
  • ButterFox is the most recommended brand by the Switch community

Also available with red, blue, green, and pink highlights. Or a large model, with more space in the accessory pocket.

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Orzly Carry Case for Nintendo Switch Lite

  • Holds Switch Lite, 8 game cartridges, and accessory pockets
  • Accessories are divided into an open pocket for larger items, and a zipper pocket for small items
  • Available in black, blue, green, grey, pink, red, yellow, carbon fiber black, or red and white (Pokéball inspired)

Nintendo Switch Lite Slim Tough Pouch By HORI

  • Officially licensed by Nintendo for use with the Nintendo Switch Lite
  • Holds Switch Lite, 10 game cartridges, and an accessory pocket
  • One of the thinner Switch Lite carrying cases

microSD Card

The Switch and Switch Lite have 32GB of internal storage. That has to hold any digital games you buy, DLC, game updates, your game saves, and screenshots. That’s not enough for a lot of players. A microSD card allows you to move the larger digital game data to bigger storage. Game load times will increase by 2-3 seconds vs internal storage.

  • SanDisk’s Ultra series is usually the best value.
  • The Switch limits how fast it can read a microSD card. So getting a faster, more expensive card doesn’t provide any benefit.
  • When selecting a card compare the cost per GB. Take the price and divide it by how many GB you get. This will tell you which are a better value.
  • You can upgrade to a larger card later. But you’ll need to re-download your digital games and updates.
SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSD Card

  • Great for Switch owners doing a mix of physical and digital games
  • Inexpensive with plenty of storage

SanDisk Ultra 200GB microSD Card

  • Good start for Switch owners going all digital
  • Between 200GB and 256GB get whichever has the best cost per GB

SanDisk Ultra 256GB microSD Card

  • Good start for Switch owners going all digital
  • Between 200GB and 256GB get whichever has the best cost per GB

SanDisk Ultra 400GB microSD Card

  • Was the largest microSD card when the original Switch came out, but has since come down in price
  • Not necessary for the vast majority of Switch owners

SanDisk Ultra 512GB microSD Card

  • Among the largest microSD cards currently available
  • The largest models typically have the worst cost per GB
  • Not necessary for the vast majority of Switch owners


Additional Accessories – Nintendo Switch Gift Guide for 2020 Suggestions

As with any popular electronic device, there is no shortage of available accessories for the Nintendo Switch. As a general rule, this Nintendo Switch gift guide recommends focusing on accessories that solve a problem you have. But feel free to check out these extra options you may want or hadn’t thought about.

Stands

A downside to the Switch’s design is you can’t plug it into power while in tabletop mode. Using its built-in kickstand blocks the USB-C port at the bottom. And the Switch Lite doesn’t even come with a kickstand. Either way, plugging into the USB-C port is a problem when playing in tabletop mode. But this Nintendo Switch gift guide is a list of solutions below.

Nintendo Switch Adjustable Charging Stand

  • Official charging stand from Nintendo
  • Switch plugs into stand
  • USB-C port on the side for power
  • Small, doesn't fold up
  • Can fit Switch and Switch Lite

Genki Portable Stand

  • Minimalist stand
  • Simple design and light, great for travel
  • Effectively a small tripod
  • Can fit Switch and Switch Lite

HORI Compact Playstand for Nintendo Switch

  • Nintendo licensed
  • Folds down for easier packing
  • Designed for the Switch, but will also fit the Switch Lite

HORI Nintendo Switch Multiport USB Playstand

  • Nintendo licensed
  • USB-C port and four USB-A ports on the sides
  • Connect power and up to four wired controllers or other accessories
  • More USB ports than the Nintendo Switch dock
  • No TV output

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Nintendo Switch Lite Dual USB Playstand By HORI

  • Nintendo licensed for Switch Lite
  • USB-C port and two USB-A ports on the sides
  • Connect power and up to two wired controllers or other accessories

Power Banks

What kind of Nintendo Switch gift guide would this be if it digs into this website’s main purpose – USB-C charging!

To charge your Switch while on a plane or otherwise away from a power outlet you’ll need a portable charger (aka power bank). The right one can keep up with your gameplay. And it doesn’t take a big, expensive model to double your playtime.

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Redux

My top recommendation for a small, compact power bank. Has enough capacity for most domestic flights. Included the needed USB-C cable. Will fast charge any model Switch in handheld mode.

Anker PowerCore 10000 PD Redux Review

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Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition

A bit bigger and more capacity. But more importantly, it is licensed by Nintendo for use with the Nintendo Switch. If the licensing makes you feel more comfortable plugging it into your Switch then it is worth the extra price. Otherwise, you can get a better deal with many other options.

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition Review

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Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 PD

If you need more capacity for longer trips, or to keep two or more devices charged up at once. It offers enough power output for any handheld device, including the Switch. While keeping the cost lower than the model made for larger devices.

Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 PD Review

Check out my power bank buying guide for the Nintendo Switch for more options.

Travel Chargers

What kind of Nintendo Switch gift guide would this be if it digs into this website’s main purpose – USB-C charging!

The Switch includes a Nintendo Switch AC Adapter. It works great behind your TV, but isn’t a travel friend and doesn’t work well with a lot of other USB-C devices. Depending on your play and travel habits you may want another charger when away from home. And one that is more flexible with your other devices.

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AUKEY PA-Y18 Minima 18W PD

Small size but enough power to fast charge any model Switch in handheld mode. Also good for recharging any of the power banks listed above.

Requires a USB-C to USB-C cable, sold separately.

AUKEY PA-Y18 Minima 18W PD Review

ZMI PowerPlug Turbo

This larger charger will support the Nintendo Switch in both handhelds and docked mode. Includes a USB-C cable, so has everything you need to take your Switch and dock on the road.

ZMI PowerPlug Turbo Review

Check out my charger buying guide for the Nintendo Switch for more options.

Car Chargers

If you only need a car charger on occasion. And your road trips are 8 hours or less. Then consider getting a power bank instead. Those work in the car, plus on planes, camping, everywhere. But if you need to charge a Switch in the car often you can get a car charger, which you don’t have to worry about recharging.

PowerA Nintendo Switch Car Charger

  • 15W USB-C
  • Licensed by Nintendo for use with the Switch
  • Will charge Switch while you play
  • Built-in USB-C cable
  • Can also charge any USB-C phone, but only charges one device at a time

Nekteck USB Type-C Car Charger 27W PD

  • 18W USB-C PD
  • USB-C and USB-A ports
  • USB-IF Certified
  • Will charge Switch while you play (USB-C)
  • Includes USB-C to USB-C cable (3.3 feet)
  • Fast charges iPhone 8/X/XR/XS, Samsung Galaxy S8 and newer, Google Pixel; regular charges other phones

Audio Accessories

Your audio accessory needs depend on whether you want to use voice chat in multiplayer games or not. This Nintendo Switch gift guide recommends sticking mostly with what you already use and are comfortable with. But for in-game voice chat, you’ll need something a bit more special. And if what you like is Bluetooth then you’ll need an adapter for the Switch. If you use wired headphones then just plug them in and you’re good.

Voice Chat & Game Audio

Most voice chat is run through the Nintendo Switch Online app. Which runs on your phone, not the Switch. So you need to Bluetooth connect to your phone and wired connection to your Switch with the same headset to get audio from both.

SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth

If playing in public you'll want headphones. And if you want to chat in online multiplayer you'll want a headset. The SteelSeries Arctis 3 accommodates both. And is one of the more popular and well-reviewed gaming headsets on the market.

Use Your Bluetooth Headphones

With a Bluetooth adapter connected to the Switch, you can use whatever Bluetooth headphones or earbuds you already own. Most players won’t notice any audio delay.

HomeSpot Bluetooth 5.0 Audio Transmitter Adapter
  • [Perfect Match] A Bluetooth transmitter tailor-made exclusively for the Nintendo Switch Family of portable game consoles. Compatible with both regular Switch and Switch Lite, with two Buttons in color Neon Red & Neon Blue respectively. Note: This product cannot be used when protective casing is installed on the Switch or Switch Lite.
  • [Easy to use] Plug and Play, Connect and Enjoy. Simple dual headphones connection setup. LED indicators showing the active audio codec and which headphone is in use.
  • [Built-in Digital Mic] World's only Bluetooth adapter for the Nintendo Switch Family with built-in mic. Hassle free in-game voice chat for games like Fortnite, Smite, Paladins, Friday the 13th and more. The built-in mic can also be used in standalone mode without pairing with a Bluetooth headphones.
  • [Digital audio and ultra-low latency] Directly transmit digital audio from the USB-C port. The Qualcomm chipset provides ultra low latency transmission with aptX or aptX Low Latency codecs. When used with non-aptX headphones/speakers, the standard SBC will be used.
  • [Dual Streaming] The ONLY Bluetooth transmitter for the Nintendo Switch Family that can stream to 2 headphones simultaneously in aptX Low Latency.
GuliKit Route Air Bluetooth Adapter for Nintendo Switch
  • [ Perfect Match for These Devices ]: Nintendo Switch,Switch Lite, PS4 and PC with Win8 or above system. ROUTE AIR supports Bluetooth speaker and all wireless earphones with Bluetooth 5.0, 4.0, 3.0 or 2.1. It also supports dual connections. So when you play a two-player game, both people can hear the sound.
  • [ Easy to Use, Just One-Step ]: Set your Bluetooth earphones to pairing status. Then insert ROUTE AIR, hold the pairing button A or B 4 seconds into pairing mode with blinking white LED. Pairing is successful once LED turns to constant white. And do not need to pair again next time.
  • [ Real-Time Audio Sync with aptX Low Latency ]: GuliKit ROUTE AIR adopts the aptX low latency codec to eliminate that annoying lag you may get and ensure smooth transmission for excellent game feel. You can easily enjoy lossless CD sound quality.
  • [ 10 Meters Barrier-Free Transmission ]: Advanced ceramic antenna provides up to 10 meters barrier-free transmission without any loss. You can enjoy more space and choose the distance you want. Even if several players watch a video game together, it won't look crowded.
  • [ Small and Portable Do Not Take up Space ]: The beautiful low-key elegant black with thin shape is about 5 mm. Hiden buttons and small LEDs at the buttom side provides no any visual interference in gaming.
ZIOCOM Bluetooth Adapter Audio Transmitter for Nintendo Switch
  • USB Type C - This ZIOCOM Type C Bluetooth transmitter is tailor-made exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. Installed securely and perfectly for your Switch and Swithch Lite, which is a must-have Switch accessories and also a wonderfull gift idea
  • Easy to Pair - The nintendo switch bluetooth adapter with Bluetooth 5.0 technology.Upgrade your Switch with Bluetooth function,help to connect with Bluetooth speakers/ heaphones/ earphones, just plug this bluetooth transmitter to Switch type-c port .Enjoy your game audio wireless
  • Battery Free - Built-in smart USB PD passthrough charging technology. Continuously wireless audio streaming even with passthrough charging to Switch and no overheating. No worry about your Switch and can work while charging
  • Dual Link - Connect two Bluetooth headphones at once. Digital audio with low latency, ensure high quality audio with no external noise to you and without disturbing others in public or your family members at home. About 33 ft barrier-free transmission without any loss
  • Light & Small - Plug and play, perfectly match with Switch.No extra driver needed,it will power on automatically when connect with Switch. Also compatible to Switch with protective case
Other Accessories

These other items are useful enough for certain Switch owners to warrant a mention on the Nintendo Switch gift guide.

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PowerA Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Charging Dock

  • For Switch owners with two or more sets of Joy-Cons
  • Up to 4 Joy-Cons hang and charge from stand

Nintendo Switch Wired Internet LAN Adapter by HORI

  • Licensed by Nintendo
  • Connects Switch dock to Ethernet
  • For locations with weak or no Wi-Fi
  • Also used by seriously competitive online multiplayer


Prices listed on this Nintendo Switch gift guide are from Amazon Product Advertising API, last updated on 2021-01-20.