The Nintendo Switch is a versatile console, with the ability to play it docked, handheld, or in tabletop mode, and with that level of versatility comes an absolute barrage of Nintendo Switch accessories designed to make the experience even better. The Switch is great on its own, especially for the relatively low price tag compared to other consoles on the market, but it has a number of shortcomings that players often complain about, including the lack of a traditional D-pad, the inability to connect Bluetooth headsets to it directly, and the generally uncomfortable experience of playing it handheld. That's where Switch accessories can make a huge difference, with brands like Orzly, PowerA, Hori, 8BitDo, and more offering a slew of products to meet Switch users' needs. From Switch carrying cases and screen protectors to Bluetooth adapters, controllers, and grips, there are some fantastic and affordable Switch accessories out there for practically every situation.
There are now three main Switch models: the standard Nintendo Switch, the Switch Lite, and the Switch OLED (releasing October 8). Some accessories, like screen protectors and cases, have separate Switch and Switch Lite versions available. Aside from screen protectors, the same accessories that work for the standard Switch should work for the Switch OLED as well.
The best Nintendo Switch accessories
Whether you own the standard Switch, the handheld-only Switch Lite, or plan to upgrade to the vibrant Switch OLED, here are the best Switch accessories to pick up in 2021.
Note: The prices shown below indicate a product's standard list price and may not reflect any current discounts or other fluctuations.
Having a protective case to store your Nintendo Switch in when you travel is crucial; in fact, it's probably the first accessory purchase you want to make after you buy the console itself. Fortunately, there's no shortage of Nintendo Switch cases out there, and the best ones add room to transport a few games, cords, and more. This particular option from RDS Industries is an awesome choice for the standard Switch, and it'll work for the Switch OLED as well. I bought this carrying case soon after the Switch launched in 2017, and after countless cross-country and international trips, I still have no complaints about traveling with it in 2021. The hard-shell exterior is durable, and the interior screen protection pouch prevents any scratches. It also comes with cases for storing game cards and microSD cards, and the zippered pouch can carry earbuds and other small accessories. There's also some extra cable and battery space in there, too.
Switch Lite owners will likely want to pick up a case designed specifically for that handheld. Accessory maker Orzly offers Switch Lite carrying cases that come in 11 different colors, including matching shades for each of the Switch Lite's color options. The carrying case includes a microfiber cover to protect your Switch Lite screen from anything that might smash it, eight game card slots, and a zippered pocket for storing extra accessories.
The Nintendo Switch comes with a pair of Joy-Cons and a grip that each Joy-Con controller can slide into to mimic a more traditional controller--but if you're a new Switch owner, do yourself a favor and get yourself a better Switch controller. A huge improvement over the Wii U Pro controller, the Switch Pro Controller is one of the best Switch controllers on the market today. If you're new to the Nintendo Switch, the Switch Pro Controller is an obvious and worthwhile accessory upgrade from the Joy-Con controller grip that comes with the console, with better analog sticks and larger buttons. Though its list price is $70, the Pro Controller is frequently on sale for $59 these days. While there are plenty of alternative Switch controllers and adapters out there, the Pro Controller's great buttons and fantastic battery will likely suit your needs if you're simply looking for a more comfortable, traditional gaming experience. It comes with its own cable, too.
PowerA's enhanced wireless controllers are very similar to the Pro Controller in terms of form factor, though they're slightly lighter and do feel cheaper. We like them for their wide range of eye-catching designs, with versions inspired by Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, and other first-party and third-party franchises. The PowerA enhanced wireless controller has a few other handy features, including support for motion controls, custom button mapping, and a traditional D-pad, but they don't have rumble or an NFC reader for scanning Amiibo. They're also powered by two AA batteries, although the batteries provide up to 30 hours of gameplay and you could use rechargeable ones. With that in mind, we recommend this controller as a backup for multiplayer purposes or for when your main controller needs to charge. And considering how often you find discounts on them at Amazon, they're a great budget option if you find a design you love.
By using this Bluetooth adapter from 8BitDo, you can use PlayStation and Bluetooth-enabled Xbox controllers with your Nintendo Switch, along with any other Bluetooth-enabled controllers that don't already connect to the Switch directly. Though you'll lose some features like HD rumble, motion controls, and Amiibo support, the ability to use your favorite controller with the Switch may be worth it, especially considering how cheap this adapter is.
The Nintendo Switch only comes with two Joy-Cons, of course, but if you plan to enjoy multiplayer games like Super Mario Party or Rocket League, having another pair of Joy-Cons will come in handy. And if you're tired of the Neon Blue and Neon Red colors, a wide range of additional colors are now available, including Purple/Orange, Blue/Yellow, and a new Fortnite-themed pair.
The Switch's handheld mode remains a popular choice for many Switch owners thanks to its ease of use. But if your hands have ever longed for a proper controller grip after extended time in the handheld mode, you might want to try an ergonomic grip. This Satisfye grip case remains my personal favorite, as it fits the shape of my hands perfectly and doesn't make my Switch feel any heavier; in fact, the more ergonomic design makes the console easier to hold for long periods of time. The ZenGrip Pro is the upgraded version of Satisfye's original Switch grip, the main improvement being the silicone anti-scratch tabs on the inside of the grip and handles. My only complaint about the previous Satisfye model was that it left small scuff marks on the white backs of my Animal Crossing Joy-Cons, but the ZenGrip Pro doesn't leave any damage since there's now a buffer between your Switch and the plastic case. As a bonus, the grip comes with two thumb pads that give you a better grip on the analog sticks. We should also note that Satisfye makes a Switch Lite version of this grip as well.
The Hori Split Pad Pro completely replaces the standard Joy-Cons on your Switch with full-size controllers that slide onto each side the same way. The Split Pad Pro offers a larger grip and more ergonomic fit that makes long handheld sessions way more pleasant, and you get a much-improved D-pad and larger face buttons here as well. It also has two rear buttons that can be mapped to specific functions along with a turbo mode. Crucially, you can also slide your Switch back into its dock with the Split Pad Pro attached--no need to awkwardly remove them each time. Though you do sacrifice motion controls, rumble, NFC, and the IR camera, the Hori Split Pad Pro is an awesome pickup for dedicated handheld players with some great quality-of-life improvements.
The HyperX ChargePlay Clutch is another one of the best Nintendo Switch grip cases we've tested, working double duty as both an ergonomic grip and a portable charger for your Nintendo Switch. Its external battery offers about two hours of extra playtime, and it also includes an excellent, heavy-duty kickstand that's great for tabletop mode. It won't completely recharge your Switch while playing, but it'll give you more playtime while using the Switch in handheld mode. Because of this, the HyperX ChargePlay Clutch is a little pricier than other grips, but if you find yourself playing in handheld mode quite a bit, especially while traveling, it's an accessory worth buying. Please note this grip adds a fair bit of weight, so if you're looking for something simple that won't noticeably make the Switch feel heavier, the Satisfye grip may be a better option for you.
Orzly offers a Switch Lite-specific grip case that's fairly cheap and well-reviewed, and it comes in turquoise, black, pink, grey, and yellow colors. The grip case comes with a built-in adjustable stand, which is quite nice, and it's made with shock-absorbent material for an added layer of protection. This attachment even has a space in the back to store an extra game card while you're on the go.
The Flip Grip is another quality Switch grip, but it was designed with a very different purpose from the grips shown above. The Flip Grip was made for vertical-mode gaming on the Switch, and it's compatible with the Switch's numerous arcade ports, many of which were designed to be played with the screen at a 90-degree angle. Normally, that would require you to remove the Joy-Cons and prop your Switch up somehow, but the Flip Grip allows you to connect your Joy-Cons to either side of the rotated screen and keep playing. You can check out GameSpot's Flip Grip review and see the full list of compatible games at Retronauts. The Flip Grip is available for $12 exclusively at Fangamer.
The Nintendo Switch only has 32GB of internal storage, and you'll almost certainly exceed that limit eventually, even if you exclusively buy physical games over downloads. An easy solution is an SD card, which inserts into your Switch and provides additional storage space for games. You can get an officially licensed 64GB, 124GB, and 256GB card from SanDisk officially licensed by Nintendo, with transfer rates up to 100MB/s.
One of the Switch's perks is its nice, large screen, and there's no better way to prevent your $300 console from getting scratched than to pick up a screen protector. The best thing you can say about a screen protector is that you only notice it when you need it, and that's true of the kind of tempered glass screen protector Orzly makes, which will take the damage (instead of your Switch) in the case of an accident. Thankfully, Orzly's tempered glass screen protectors come in pairs. Make sure to use a cleaning cloth to wipe your screen before applying them! For Switch Lite owners, you can pick up a four-pack from Orzly for $7.
The Nintendo Switch doesn't allow for wireless headphones to connect to the system via Bluetooth, so you'll need a third-party wireless dongle. If you're looking for a solid, all-in-one wireless headset that's compatible with the Switch, go for the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless, which comes with a 2.4 GHz dongle that plugs directly into the Switch's USB-C port. In docked mode, the dongle can be plugged in using a USB adapter, which is also included.
If you've already got a pair of Bluetooth headphones you love, like Apple's AirPods or any of Bose's excellent pairs, this Bluetooth transmitter will let you connect them to your Switch for hands-free audio listening. HomeSpot's transmitter simply plugs into the bottom of your Switch via the USB-C port, and after pairing your headphones once, your Switch should automatically recognize them and connect via the dongle going forward. This transmitter supports aptX low latency technology in compatible headphones with the ability to stream to two sets of headphones simultaneously. There's also a built-in microphone that allows for voice chat in Switch games that support it.
See our guide to using Bluetooth headphones with the Nintendo Switch for more options on connecting wirelessly.
For extended tabletop play, you'll appreciate having a stand to prop up your Switch while simultaneously charging it. Coming from Hori, this adjustable stand can hold your Switch at three different angles: 30, 50, and 60 degrees. Its bottom hooks are also rubberized to help hold your console steady during active play. The best part is that it folds up flat, which makes it perfect for taking on the go.
If you have a Switch Lite instead of the standard model, a good playstand becomes even more important. Hori has also released a dual USB playstand that can connect two USB controllers for multiplayer while charging the console at the same time. While made specifically for the Switch Lite, this compact stand is also compatible with the standard Switch.
If you own multiple sets of Joy-Cons, this charging dock is a no-brainer purchase. For only $25, you can keep up to four Joy-Cons charged, so there's always one ready to go.
When your Switch dock is already plugged into your TV, it's a hassle to unplug the AC adapter and take it with you when you travel. Skip the usual USB-C to USB-A adapter and battery pack hassle--having an extra, smaller AC adapter and cable to take on the go is much more convenient than having to unplug it from your Switch dock all the time.
Playing your Switch for hours at a time will eventually drain your battery, and if you don't have access to a power outlet, this portable battery will come in clutch. The RAVPower 20000mAh portable charger will actually charge your console as you play in handheld mode. Affordable at just $27 (with code RP21), this powerful charger is also compatible with most laptops, phones, and tablets, so you're sure to get plenty of use out of it. It also has an LED indicator that shows its current power level so you know how much battery you have left while on the go. We also like the RAVPower 26800mAh portable charger--it's slightly more expensive but will charge your Switch for longer.
This headrest mount will make it easy for the kiddos to keep playing Nintendo Switch on long car rides (and hopefully prevent the dreaded "are we there yet?" every half hour). It has a silicone net that slides onto each side of the Switch without damaging it, adjustable straps, and strong Velcro that holds the Switch securely. It will even fit 7- to 10.5-inch tablets as well.
Nintendo isn't known for having as robust an online infrastructure as Microsoft or Sony, but the publisher is getting there. As more of Nintendo's titles have online components, the company has started charging to play multiplayer games like Super Smash. Bros. Ultimate, Splatoon 2, and more online with others. Yes, Nintendo Switch Online isn't as fully featured as Xbox Live or PlayStation Network, but it's only $20 a year for an individual membership--or $35 for a family membership, which can be split by up to eight Nintendo accounts. The family membership is by far the best deal if you can find a few others to split the annual cost with. Switch Online also gets you access to a great library of NES and SNES classic games for free, making this membership an enticing option for Switch owners who love retro games or playing online.
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