Hestia Goods Switch Carrying Case

What Nintendo Switch Accessories Do You Need?

Hestia Goods Switch Carrying Case
Hestia Goods Switch Carrying Case

You have a new Nintendo Switch and a game or two. Now you’re looking to see what accessories you should get. 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 three accessories.

3 Accessories Everyone Needs

amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Nintendo Switch

  • The most vulnerable part of the Switch is the screen.
  • Can still use touch controls.
  • amFilm is the 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.
  • Install in a bathroom with a hot shower running. The steam reduces dust in the air.

Hestia Goods Switch Carrying Case or ButterFox Carrying Case

  • Unless your Switch will stay at home forever you want a carrying case to protect it on the go.
  • Hestia Goods is my personal Switch case. The one pictured in my reviews.
  • ButterFox is the most recommended brand by the Switch community.
  • Both cases fit a Switch with Joy-Cons attached, game cartridges, and an upper accessory pocket.
  • There are various other models if you need something bigger or smaller, but these are considered the standard.

microSD Card

The Switch has 32GB internal storage. That’s not enough if buying digital games or for the updates and DLC of a large physical collection. What size microSD card you need depends on your planned game collection.

SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSD Card (~$0.19 per GB)

  • Cheap option if doing almost no digital games.
  • Not the best deal. I recommend 128GB minimum.
SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSD Card (~$0.16 per GB)

  • Best for Switch owners doing a mix of physical and digital games.
  • Inexpensive with plenty of storage.
SanDisk Ultra 200GB microSD Card (~$0.20 per GB)

  • Good for Switch owners going all digital.
SanDisk Ultra 256GB microSD Card (~$0.24 per GB)

  • Good for Switch owners going all digital.
SanDisk Ultra 400GB microSD Card (~$0.23 per GB)

  • Largest microSD cards currently available.
  • Prices have come down recently, but still the most expensive option.
  • Not necessary for the vast majority of Switch owners.

All Those Other Accessories

A screen protector, carrying case, and microSD card are the only essential accessories. Everything else depends on your personal needs.

If you’ll be traveling you may want to look at a power bank. The Switch’s battery is good for 3+ hours. A power bank can increase that cover any domestic or international flight.

If playing shooter games you may want to look at a Pro Controller. But give the Joy-Cons a try first.

If you want to play with 3-4 people your best bet is to get an extra pair of Joy-Cons. Each one can work as a controller. If you find they are too small to hold comfortable look at a grip kit.

If you don’t have any immediate needs then don’t rush to get more than the basic three accessories. Enjoy your Switch and save your money for new games.