If you have a Nintendo Switch (or the portable-only Switch Lite), we can almost guarantee you love it. Nintendo makes some of the best games out there, and if you’re like us, you’re probably weeks into Animal Crossing.
But as great as the Switch is, it’s not perfect, which is why we’ve loaded ours up with some of these must-have accessories. Gaming headphones can liven up your gaming experience with expansive audio, while portable chargers provide extra battery life so you dictate when you’re finished playing instead of your battery. This selection of Switch accessories will enhance your gaming, protect your console, and make it easier to conquer your favorite games.
Here are the best Nintendo Switch accessories you can buy right now.
1. SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless Headset
The Steel Series Arctis 7 is a wireless headset that can still be used with a 3.5mm cable to connect to your Switch Lite. The headphones have nicely cushioned ear pads and a comfortable headband to keep you playing all day without fatigue. The headband uses a ski goggle-like material that you can adjust and even replace with different colors to customize the head set to your liking.
Continuing with the customizable theme, the Steel Series Artctis 7 headset does feature a microphone that tucks away into the ear cup when it’s not in use, so it can look more like a normal pair of over-the-ear headphones when you aren’t talking to the online competition. And when you aren’t using it with the Switch, and you are gaming a bit more intensely on your computer, the headset can really flex by submerging you in 7.1 surround sound audio. This is an impressive headset that is affordable to boot.
2. Orzly Carrying Case
BEST CARRYING CASE
You can pack your entire Nintendo Switch rig in this case. The Orzly Carrying Case makes very smart use of limited real estate. When you open it, there is mesh netting inside of the top part of the case. This is the perfect area to pack things like your charger, remote battery pack and earbuds. There is also a flap that lays out from the inside of the case that holds up to 10 Switch games.
The Switch will sit snuggly inside of the hard, and durable exterior, protecting it from drops and the wear and tear of pulling it in and out of bags. This pack also comes with a screen protector that you can install to add extra protection to your Switch Lite. This is a must have for Switch Lite users.
3. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
Holding the Switch all day long can be a real pain. A Switch Controller is not only more comfortable to grip and hold, but gives you an advantage during online gaming since it’s a more familiar shape for most. The buttons are larger and the joysticks are much easier to move around. The paddle also rumbles during gameplay to add a little extra oomph to your game. You should be able to squeeze about 30 hours of gameplay from the Switch Controller, which will far outlast the battery life of the Switch Lite, which is closer to three hours.
4.Anker PowerCore 10,000
BEST PORTABLE BATTERY PACK
We’ve all been there: you’re on a five- hour flight, but your device only has a couple hours of battery left. It doesn’t help that the plane you are on is from 1970 and doesn’t have outlets. Portable battery packs can be an absolute life saver in these situations. Especially considering the battery life on the Switch Lite isn’t great.
The Anker PowerCore 10,000 can charge a device roughly three times before the portable battery brick needs to be recharged. It has a micro USB port to recharge the brick, and one USB output to charge your device. It’s ultra portable — it could easily fit inside the mesh pocket of the Orzley Carrying Case. Given the poor battery life of the Switch gaming console, you’ll definitely want this in your arsenal.
5. MoKo Silicone Switch Lite Grip Case
BEST PROTECTIVE COVER
The Switch Lite is more streamlined and smaller than the regular Switch model, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t get uncomfortable to hold after a while. Beyond that, you want to make sure it has some protection too, right? The MoKo Silicone Switch Lite Grip Case adds reliable protection and grip to the system so you don’t drop it — but if you do, the thick silicone will simply absorb the shock, unlike cheap plastic cases that will undoubtedly shatter. Plus, you can choose the color that matches your system.
6. Samsung 256GB Memory Card
BEST MEMORY CARD
If you really want to maximize your gaming experience, you’ll want to expand the memory on your Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite. With the Samsung memory expansion pack, you can get up to 256 GB. Without it, your Switch Lite only has 32 GB worth of space, which is about enough to download five to six games (depending). You’ll definitely want to upgrade if you like downloading games to your console. The card boasts speedy 100 MBs read and 90 MBs write times, to reduce load times on your device. It’s not a sexy accessory, but it really does change the game (pun-intended).
7. AmazonBasics Charging Station Dock
BEST CHARGING DOCK
If you typically play Switch games with your Joy-Cons detached from your system, you’ll find that they run out of battery fairly quickly. This charging station will help to ensure you’ve always got a Joy-Con on reserve should you need to swap one in. This is a great option for families who always need an extra, juiced-up controller at hand. Plus, you can plug it right into the back of your Switch dock to free up space.
8. UGREEN Switch Screen Protector 2-Pack
BEST SCREEN PROTECTOR
A screen protector on your Nintendo Switch is a must. This set of two UGREEN screen protectors is exactly what you need to keep your screen clean and scratch free. Plus, it’s just .35mm thick, providing your device protection without the feel or look of a screen protector. It’s also smudge-resistant, so after a day of pulling your Nintendo Switch in and out of your bag, you won’t find yourself wiping off fingerprints from the screen. With any device as portable as the Nintendo Switch, it’s always a great idea to protect the screen, especially since it doesn’t have a cover to flip down to cover it.
9. Nintendo Switch Car Charger
BEST CAR CHARGER
Now, we don’t recommend that you play your Nintendo Switch while driving a car. That would be bad. Don’t do that. But we absolutely recommend that you get a car charger for your system. Whether you are rocking the Switch or the Switch Lite, these gaming consoles don’t have the greatest battery life. Depending on the game, you may only get three hours of gameplay. That’s barely enough time on any car ride dubbed a “road trip.” Throw one of these bad boys into your accessory bag just in case the trek to Grandma’s takes a little longer than expected.
10. 12-Month Nintendo Switch Online Membership
BEST MEMBERSHIP GIFT CARD
If you want to really unleash all the fun of owning a Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite, you’re going to want to get a membership to Nintendo Switch Online. For just $20 annually, or a little over a dollar and half a month, you can enjoy all of the online gaming perks that come with an Nintendo Switch Online membership.
With an online membership, you can play single player or co-op games with anyone else around the world. You can also save game data to the cloud, so you can return to your last checkpoint when you load it back up. There is a great library of games to choose from to play online. Remember, to play online, you’ll need a steady internet connection. If co-op is your gaming style, you’ll definitely want to invest in an online membership.