Looking for the best Nintendo Switch accessories you can get your hands on? Then look no further.
The best Switch accessories can turn the console into a car racing wheel, make playing it feels more like the experience of an Xbox One or PS4, or even just keep your console and cartridges safe from harm.
There are stacks (and stacks) of accessories available for Switch. But what happens in a saturated market? You tend to get a mountain of mediocre stuff with some chunks of gold hidden in the hillside.
We’ve dug for the gold to find the best Nintendo Switch accessories of the lot. Here are some of our current favorites.
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Best Nintendo Switch accessories on Prime Day and Black Friday
Amazon Prime Day 2020 deals are set to begin in October, and Black Friday will follow shortly after at the end of November, meaning we’re likely to see some fantastic deals on Nintendo Switch accessories.
We see small discounts on Nintendo Switch accessories throughout the year, but Prime Day and Black Friday sales periods are when we’ll likely see the biggest price cuts on the best Nintendo Switch accessories including controllers, cases, power banks and much more. There’s truly no better time to get a fantastic deal on Switch accessories.
So if you’ve been playing around with the idea of picking up some Switch accessories in the near future, we would advise holding off until these sales periods – you’ll be grateful you did.
We’ll be showcasing the best Nintendo Switch accessory Amazon Prime Day deals and Black Friday deals on TechRadar. But be sure to check back here too where our price finding system will bring you the best prices on all the products we’ve selected below.
A game, and so much more
Turns exercise into an RPG
Two-part activity tracking
It’s a real game
A significant expense, if you might get tired of it
You can think of Ring Fit Adventure as a spiritual successor to the Wii’s Fit Board, the classic gamer’s fitness accessory. But this time you get a role-playing game with fitness moves seamlessly weaved in, rather than gamified exercise classes.
The extra hardware is why Ring Fit Adventure is relatively expensive. One half of the Joy-Con slots into a resistance ring you hold with both hands. The other half ties around your thigh in a holster.
This combo can tell how much you move, the particular moves you make and how high above your head you raise the ring. Your motions then tie into your character’s on-screen actions.
Ring Fit Adventure is a great way to get back into exercise indoors, if the idea of YouTube classes does not appeal.
It’s not a great fit for the Switch Lite, though, as you’ll want to play with the console docked to your TV.
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
For when a Joy-Con just won’t do
Amazing battery life
NFC and USB-C are forward-thinking
Triggers could be deeper
If you’re not particularly taken with the bundled Joy-Con controllers and want something a little more traditional, consider picking up the Nintendo Switch Pro controller as your next Nintendo Switch accessory.
Though the Joy-Con controllers do have a grip which unties them to form a single device, they don’t come with traditional D-pads, and they don’t look quite as ergonomically sound as these Pro controller upgrades do.
With their motion controls, HD rumble and Amiibo support, these are a solid alternative to the original Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers that come in the box with a Switch. Xenoblade Chronicles, Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Splatoon 2-themed options are also available if you’re willing to spend a little more to get one.
We’re also bringing you all the best Nintendo Switch Pro Controller sales right here on TechRadar, and offering up some cheap alternatives as well.
An extra pair of controllers
Can be attached to Switch or used as individual controllers
Great size for a child’s hands
Can be fiddly to use for larger hands
The Nintendo Switch Pro controllers are great for single players, but you might want to pick up some extra Joy-Cons controllers to get gaming with a few friends… which brings us to our next Nintendo Switch accessory.
Unless you want to make the purchase of Joy-Con controllers a prerequisite for entry to your home, you’re going to be found short if the opportunity arises for a multiplayer gaming sessions the next time a few friends pop round.
Switch Joy-Con color selections are growing all the time too. Alongside the neon red and blue, and gray versions, which were available at launch, it’s now possible to pick up a variety of colors including neon orange and purple, Splatoon-themed neon pink and green and neon yellow.
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. Plus, you’ll find plenty of Nintendo Switch Joy-Con sales if you’re shopping at the right time.
Spacious travel case that will keep your hardware protected
EVA hard shell
Plenty of room for most gamers
Limited style options
SHareconn’s take on a Switch carry case is the most likely to suit most people’s needs.
A mainly black case with red or blue detailing, this hard-shell case is a pretty popular online seller, due to its spacious Joy-Con and accesory storage, slips for ten game cartridges, and a snug inner lining to keep all your kit safe as it should be. It’s got all you need to keep your Switch and peripherals protected on your travels, or tidied away from you living room.
It comes with a tempered glass protector bundled in too: a step up from most plastic screen protectors out there, and it means you’re actually covering up the Switch’s screen with a tougher-grade material – it’s even fingerprint resistant.
If there simply isn’t enough space for you, the slightly larger SHareconn storage box has room for 18 cartridges, the charging dock, charging cable, and Pro controller – with a perfect indent for the Switch to sit in without any fiddly elastic straps.
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Surge Nintendo Switch Grip Kit
Making Joy-Cons more comfortable
Makes Joy-Cons more comfortable
Only available in gray
Not compatible with the wrist strap attachment
If you’d rather not buy a Pro controller for your Nintendo Switch but would like your additional Joy-Con controllers to be more comfortable to use when detached separately, then a grip kit Switch accessory is always an option.
This kit from Surge, 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.
HORI Game Card Case
Organize your cartridges
Compact and portable
Includes memory card holder
Holds 24 game cartridges
Probably won’t fit in a Switch carry case
If you’re a fan of physical media over downloads, this is the Nintendo Switch accessory for you: a game card case for taking your Switch on the go. Even if you’re just storing games at home, it’s a better way of keeping your cartridges in order than piling up each of the individual game boxes. Nintendo offers its own cases in black or clear.
This compact one from HORI holds 24 Switch game cards and two microSD cards, which should keep you going for a good long while.
HORI Switch LAN Adapter
Officially licensed by Nintendo
Fairly pricey for a cable
Performance relies on internet connection
True LAN parties are actually possible on the Nintendo Switch, but only if you pick up an Ethernet adapter as your next Switch accessory – the console doesn’t actually have a standard Ethernet port itself.
You can connect up to 10 docked Nintendo Switch consoles for an intense gaming tournament with your friends, and not have to worry about dodgy wireless connections.
Joy-Con Charging Grip
Charge it up
Charge Joy-Cons while you’re using them
Unnecessary unless you plan on playing for more than 20 hours at a time
As you might have noticed, the Joy-Con grip that comes boxed with your Nintendo Switch won’t charge your Joy-Con controllers. Considering the Joy-Con controllers have around 20 hours of battery life in them, though, it 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 your next Nintendo Switch accessory.
Nintendo Switch Starter Kit
To kick you off
Officially licensed by Nintendo
Comes with plenty of accessories
Comes in special designs
Quality isn’t premium
Considering you buy protective accessories for your phone, your tablet, and for your laptop, 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 Switch Starter Kit by PDP, officially licensed by Nintendo, which includes a screen protector, earbuds, Joy-Con Armor Guards, thumb caps, cleaning cloth, and applicator.
We’d definitely recommend picking up this kit as your next Nintendo Switch accessory for the screen protector alone – bearing in mind we’ve seen reports of players scratching the tablet screen when docking the console for home play, they’re worth investing in.
Sandisk microSDXC for Nintendo Switch
Nintendo-branded memory cards are a safe bet
Storage: 64GB, 128GB | Read Speed: up to 100mb/s | Warranty: Lifetime (or 30 years) | SD Reader: No | Ultra High Speed: UHS-3
Official memory card
Nothing like the Nintendo stamp of approval to put you at ease. Sandisk is a massive memory card manufacturer – though usually with regards to cameras – and these tie-in options have a read speed of up to 100mb for fast loading. A minimum 30-year warranty, too.
They even come with a friendly mushroom (for the 128GB model) or Triforce design (for the 64GB model). You won’t see the design much when it’s in the console, but you’ll know it’s there.
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HORI Switch Compact PlayStand
For tabletop play
Affordable and portable
Officially licenced by Nintendo
Play whilst charging in angled stand
No charger built in
Think you’ll play the Nintendo Switch in tabletop mode a lot? Then you’ll want to look into purchasing the HORI playstand as a Switch accessory.
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.
On the other hand, the HORI playstand is built to allow this, lifting the console off the surface you’re playing on, as well as offering adjustable angles for more comfortable gaming. Legend of Zelda and Mario editions are also available from Nintendo.
Anker PowerCore 20,100 power bank
A portable charger
Big battery size
High speed charging
Here’s a Nintendo Switch accessory for those planning to use their console on the go a lot: a nice sturdy sturdy external battery pack is just the job for getting more gaming time in while you’re away from home.
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, a back up power source is handy (just make sure you always have a USB-C cable about your person to connect it too).
You’ve likely heard of Anker, and this is one of the company’s best portable chargers. It comes with a huge 20,100mAh battery inside, meaning this will be able to charge up your Nintendo Switch multiple times before it needs a recharge.
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Joy-Con Wheel Pair
Includes two Joy-Con Wheels
Large, comfortable buttons
Easier to play Mario Kart
Wheels are quite small
If you take your Nintendo Switch Mario Karting seriously, you might be interested in a Joy-Con steering wheel adaptor. This wireless wheel Switch accessory uses 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 accessories, 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. Mario and Luigi editions are also available.
HyperX Cloud Alpha
An affordable headset
Interface: Wired (3.5mm analog) | Features: 7.1-channel surround sound, Discord-certified Clearcast bidirectional microphone, 50mm drivers, illuminated earcups
This isn’t the best gaming headset in the world, but it’s pretty appealing when it comes to cheap gaming headsets. The HyperX Cloud Alpha is great for those who aren’t hugely picky when it comes to their Nintendo Switch headsets and simply want something affordable that works.
Though it lacks both surround sound and style, the HyperX Cloud Alpha is the best headset in its price bracket. Its 2.1 stereo sound is top-notch, with its dual-chamber drivers producing less distortion and better low-end sounds.
Cardboard fun for the family
Toy-Con Garage has great potential and depth
Construction instructions are good humored
No spare parts
Not the easiest to store when you have limited space
Part software, part hardware, Nintendo Labo is one of the coolest accessories 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 you like sounds like a neat idea, then you definitely 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, and Nintendo has been regularly releasing fresh updates to it as well.
HORI Nintendo Switch Pikachu Alumi Case (Gold)
Shock to the system?
Style over function
This is easily the sharpest-looking Nintendo Switch carry case we’ve seen. Officially licensed by Nintendo, this Pikachu-themed accessory comes in the form of a gold, metal case featuring everyone’s favorite Pokémon.
The metal sheen and gold coloring is enough to sell this in our minds. You might not get the shock absorption of some of the other cases in this list, and you won’t fit much in aside from the console itself and five game cartridges, but on looks alone Hori’s case warrants a place. The lightning bolt design on the inner lining is pretty neat too.
Joy-Con Charging Dock
For those who forget to charge
Charges up to 4 Joy-Con Controllers at the same time
Individual LEDs indicate charge level for each Joy-Con
Unnecessary unless you have several Joy-Cons
If you’re in the habit of allowing your Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons run out of battery or you like to have a couple of sets charged at all times in case a friend drops by, then it’s worth thinking about investing in a charging stand. Not only is it somewhere to keep your spare controllers when they’re not in use, it pretty much guarantees you’ll always have a pair that are charged and ready.
These controller docks can be purchased for standard Joy-Cons or the Nintendo Switch Pro controller from Nintendo’s official store or trusted third-parties.
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