What Nintendo Switch Accessories Do You Need?

Hestia Goods Switch Carrying Case

You have a new Switch and a game or two. Now you’re looking to see what Nintendo Switch accessories you need. There are a lot of options out there. Many of them good at solving particular issues. But no one needs them all. In fact, every Switch owner only needs a few key accessories.

Hestia Goods Switch Carrying Case

Hestia Goods Switch Carrying Case

 

Nintendo Switch Accessories You Actually Need

For any model of the Nintendo Switch there are three accessories most everyone needs to get.

Screen Protector

The Switch’s screen is it most vulnerable part. You can keep it safe with a cheap screen protector. Once installed you won’t notice it. And you can keep using touch controls.

amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Nintendo Switch

  • amFilm is the most recommended brand
  • Comes in a 2 pack, useful in case the first try isn’t perfect
  • Already low cost, be wary of anything offered for less
  • For best results install in a bathroom with a hot showing running, that reduces the dust in the air

Carrying Case

The Switch is made to travel as well as stay at home. So you’ll want a protective case to carry it around in. Or to safely toss into your backpack.

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Hestia Goods Switch Carrying Case

  • Holds Switch, 2o game cartridges, and an accessory pocket
  • My personal case choice, the black case often pictured in my reviews

ButterFox Carrying Case

  • Holds Switch, 2o game cartridges, and an accessory pocket
  • ButterFox is the most recommended brand by the Switch community
  • ButterFox also has other cases in different sizes (holds more or less stuff)

microSD Card

The Switch has 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 a larger format. 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 fast, 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 always upgrade to a larger card later. But you’ll need to re-download your digital games and updates.
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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

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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

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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

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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

Nintendo Switch Accessories You May Also Want

As with any popular electronic device there is no shortage of available accessories for the Nintendo Switch. Check out these extra options you may want or hadn’t thought about.

Audio Accessories
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SteelSeries Arctis 3

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 the more popular, well reviewed, and affordable gaming headsets on the market.

For listening to game audio only the wired version, available in black or white, works great.

To voice chat in Fortnite, or another non-Nintendo game, the same wired version works.

For voice chat in a Nintendo game, such as Splatoon 2, you have to use the Nintendo Switch Online app. Which runs on your phone, not the Switch. Here you want to get the Bluetooth version. Connect via Bluetooth to your phone. And connect via 3.5mm (also supported on the Bluetooth headset) to your Switch. That will allow you to hear both chat and game audio.

The Switch has a 3.5mm headphone jack. So any headphones or earbuds with the same connection will work for audio.

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HomeSpot Bluetooth 5.0 Audio Transmitter Adapter

If you have a pair of Bluetooth earbuds/headphones you love you can use them with the Switch. But you'll need a Bluetooth audio transmitter such as this one. The Switch supports Bluetooth, but not Bluetooth audio.

Plug this adapter into the Switch's USB-C port. Then sync it with your Bluetooth audio gear.

Power Bank

To charge your Switch while on a plane or otherwise away from a power outlet you’ll need a power bank. The right one can keep up with your game play. And it doesn’t take a big, expensive model to double your play time.

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AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD

  • 10,000mAh, 18W USB-C PD & Quick Charge 3.0 power bank
  • Will charge Switch while you play
  • Provides 4.5+ hours of play time
  • Thin design to better fit in a Switch's carrying case
  • Fast charges iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel, LG, and Motorola phones when not being used with the Switch

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

Review of the AUKEY PB-Y13 10000 USB-C PD

Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition

  • 13,400mAh, 22.5W USB-C PD power bank
  • Licensed by Nintendo for use with the Switch
  • Will charge Switch while you play at max rate
  • Provides 5.5+ hours of play time
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Fast charges iPhone 8/X/XR/XS, Samsung Galaxy S8 and newer, Google Pixel; regular charges other phones

Review of the Anker PowerCore 13400 Nintendo Switch Edition

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

Extra Wall Charger

The Switch includes a Nintendo Switch AC Adapter. But it isn’t a travel friendly design. And it won’t work well with most of your other small devices. Depending on your play and travel habits you may want one or more more charges. And a third party option can give you more options for a lower price.

Anker PowerPort PD 1

  • 18W USB-C PD
  • USB-IF Certified
  • Will charge Switch while you play
  • Fast charges iPhone 8/X/XR/XS, Samsung Galaxy S8 and newer, Google Pixel; regular charges other phones
  • Will recharge power banks listed above

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

ZMI PowerPlug Turbo

  • 45W USB-C PD & Quick Charge 3.0
  • Will charge Switch while you play at max rate
  • Includes a USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Fast charges iPhone 8/X/XR/XS, Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel, and LG, phones
  • Will power most 12 to 13-inch laptops with USB-C
  • Will recharge power banks listed above

Review of the ZMI PowerPlug Turbo

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

Car Charger

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 you if you need charge a Switch in the car often you can get a car charger, which you don’t have to worry about recharging.

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PowerA Car Charger, Mario Question Block

  • 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

Controllers
Pro Controller

The Pro Controller is recommended for FPS games. It is one of the nicer controllers on the market, for any system. It can work with games on a PC. And has the same USB-C port as the Switch, so it can use the same chargers.

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Joy-Cons

Extra Joy-Cons allow you to go from 2 to 4 player gaming on a single Switch. Everyone can play Mario Kart with a single Joy-Con held sideways. Go ahead and get a pair that's a different color. You can mix and match Joy-Cons on the Switch console as you like.

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YCCSKY Joy-Con Charging Station

If you buy Joy-Cons but don't have a regular Nintendo Switch you'll need a way to recharge them. This charging stand works great for two pairs of Joy-Cons. Set it up somewhere convenient and drop the Joy-Cons in to charge. Then pull them out when ready to play.

Stands
HORI Compact Playstand

This Nintendo licensed stand for the Switch. It raises the Switch so you can plug into the USB-C port on the bottom. And you can adjust the viewing angle.

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Nintendo Switch Adjustable Charging Stand

If you want to charge and play in the same spot check out this charging stand from Nintendo. The Switch connects to it via the USB-C port. And the stand has its own USB-C port to plug a charger into. It provides a clean looking setup if you want to play in tabletop mode at your desk or table.