Essential Nintendo Switch Accessories Every Gamer Should Own

Make the most of your new Switch!

Nintendo Switch accessories

The Nintendo Switch offers a rich selection of original and third-party accessories. From a new case to a spare set of Joy-Con controllers, we've rounded up over 20 of our favorite picks. Game on!

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amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector

from $7.99


This screen protector is crystal clear, scratch-resistant, and affordable. During our tests, we found that the amFilm screen protector was easy to install, and we didn't have to deal with any air bubbles, either. Fingerprints wipe right off, and it doesn't cause a glare on your screen.

Best of all, you get two of them with your purchase! It even includes a handy guide and all the tools you need to apply it.

Related: The Must-Have Nintendo Switch Games to Add to Your Collection

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Power A Nintendo Switch Hybrid Cover

If you don't want to lug your Switch in a hard carrying case that takes up a ton of room in your backpack, consider this protective cover from Power A. It's thin and not as bulky as most other carrying cases, but it still gives your console some protection from getting scuffed up in your backpack. It has a magnetic design, and it even comes with a screen protector.

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HORI High Speed Car Charger

This officially licensed car charger is an absolute must if you plan to take your Nintendo Switch on a road trip. It has a lengthy 6-foot cable to plug in and play anywhere throughout your vehicle. The Switch only has a 3-hour battery life, and if you don't want to lug around a portable battery, this cable will ensure you never get greeted by a low-battery warning. 

If you want just a standard AC adapter, Nintendo sells one of those, too!

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FYOUNG Car Headrest Mount

Another convenient car accessory for the Switch is this headrest mount that clasps to the arms underneath your vehicle's adjustable headrest. It keeps your Switch secure and easily in view during those long road trips. It even comes in black, red, or white to perfectly match your car's interior. The stand will even work with your smartphone or small tablet. We were glad to see that it doesn't block the Switch's charging port, too.

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RLSOCO Deluxe Nintendo Switch System Carrying Case

Even though the Switch has a built-in battery that allows you to use it anywhere, sometimes you'll want to play on the big screen. We recommend this carrying case for traveling with your Switch system and its dock. It'll keep everything snug and protected because it has specific compartments for your console, dock, power adapter, Joy-Con, and Pro Controller, plus slots for 21 games.

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Tryone Gooseneck Stand

The possibilities are endless with this Switch stand. You can clip it to your bed frame, a desk, your child's carseat, a chair — you name it. Its clamp grips onto surfaces up to 3 inches thick, and the stand's aluminum arm is sturdy but flexible. 

The stand works with devices that have a 4- to 10-inch-sized screen, making it a great option for the Switch or a standard size iPad. If you want to play Zelda in bed while laying down flat, this stand has your back!

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8Bitdo Wireless Bluetooth Adapter

This nifty USB adapter lets you wirelessly connect a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One controller to use it with your Nintendo Switch, so instead of shelling out $70 for a Pro Controller from Nintendo, you can make use of your existing controller. PC gamers can also use the adapter to pair their controllers to their gaming PC. You can find a full list of supported controllers here.

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JETech Protective Case

One of the most annoying parts about the Switch is that it's uncomfortable to hold. This case gives you a much better ergonomic experience, all while adding an extra layer of protection on your console. It's made from a flexible plastic that's easy to grip and feels good in your hands. 

The case comes in black, blue, green, and pink colors. It even has a stand for those times when you'd rather play with a wireless controller instead.

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Anker PowerLine USB C to USB 3.0 Cable



You're going to need a spare USB-C cable if you want to charge your Switch when you're on the go. This one from Anker is 3 feet long, durable, and much cheaper than buying an official charger from Nintendo. Don't forget a USB charging brick, too!

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Anker PowerPort
Anker PowerPort with 1 PD and 4 PIQ



This powerful charger from Anker is capable of simultaneously charging your Nintendo Switch, a Pro Controller, and your smartphone at full speed — with two ports to spare! It has five ports in total (one USB-C PD port for fast charging and four PowerIQ ports that boast charging speeds up to 2.4A per port), plus a power cord that's 5 feet long.

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FastSnail Joy-Con Grips



As much as we love Nintendo's cute little Joy-Con controllers, they unfortunately aren't a joy to use horizontally, especially when playing multiplayer games with friends. These grips are cheap (you get two for under 15 bucks), comfortable to hold, and easy to put on and remove.

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Nintendo Joy-Con Wheels (Set of 2)


Nintendo's Joy-Con Wheels make for a much more comfortable and fun gaming experience with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch, especially when you're using motion controls. You can spin and tilt them just like your car's steering wheel to make your character's vehicle turn. 

Your JoyCon easily slides into the wheel, and the accessory features large buttons on its backside that make it easier to press the SL and SR buttons on your controller.

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HORI Compact Playstand



The Switch has a kickstand on its backside, but let's be real ... it sucks. You can't even charge the dang thing while using the kickstand. This affordable stand from Hori fixes that problem and then some. It's adjustable with three different viewing angles, it keeps your Switch stable, and it folds up for easy portability.

Nintendo recently announced an adjustable charging stand of its own that isn't out yet, but until then this one from Hori is the next best thing.

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HORI Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Charge Stand



This practical accessory charges four Joy-Con simultaneously. It's a much more convenient method of recharging the Switch Controllers than clipping them back onto the system. The dock has LED indicators that turn off when charging is complete.

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PowerA Joy-Con & Pro Controller Charging Dock

Compared to the HORI Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Charge Stand we previously mentioned, this charging dock charges two Joy-Con and your Pro Controller (the other only charges four Joy-Cons). You may want to pick up both, depending on how many controllers you have! This one is equipped with two LEDs that illuminate red when your controllers are juicing up. They'll turn green when everything is fully charged.

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Joy-Con Charging Grip



Nintendo says the Switch's Joy-Con controllers should last about 20 hours on a charge. If you want to keep playing while you're charging your Joy-Con, you'll need this grip. To be honest, we're baffled as to why this accessory wasn't included with the Nintendo Switch in the first place. Nintendo did throw in a grip with the Switch, but it doesn't offer the same charging capabilities as this one, because it lacks a USB-C port.

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from $69.00


Nintendo includes just one set of controllers with its Switch console. If you want to play with friends and loved ones, you'll probably want an extra pair. For now, your color choices are neon red, neon blue, neon yellow, neon pink, neon green, and gray. A darker red color is available overseas, but they haven't made it stateside just yet.

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Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

from $59.00


The Pro controller from Nintendo offers the best, most comfortable gaming experience possible on the Switch. It sports a much more traditional form factor than the included Joy-Con. If you play games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Super Mario Odyssey for hours on end, you'll definitely want to pick this accessory up. If gray isn't your thing, there are eye-grabbing neon green and pink limited-edition Splatoon 2 or Xenoblade Chronicles Pro Controllers available.

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8Bitdo SF30 Pro Controller

If you don't want to shell out between $70 and $80 for official Nintendo controllers, consider getting this much more affordable SNES-style one from 8BitDo instead. 

It's comfortable, and it doesn't feel cramped. Plus, it connects easily to your Switch wirelessly. Compared to Nintendo's own Pro Controller, this one doesn't offer motion controls. The controller is compatible with the Switch, Android, Windows, and Mac.

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Ortz Nintendo Switch Protective Case



The best part about the Nintendo Switch is its portability, so you'll probably want a case to carry everything in that protects your $300 console. During our testing, we found that this case from Ortz holds 29 games and two MicroSD cards, and it has a mesh pocket for stashing charging cables, ear buds, a portable battery or two extra Joy-Con. It'll keep your Switch snug, secure, and safe against scuffs, scratches, and spills.

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Anker PowerCore
Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD



This external battery from Anker is able to charge two devices simultaneously, and it's one of the fastest chargers you can buy. It has a large 20,000 mAh capacity, and it delivers enough power to charge your console while you're playing it. The battery weighs just 9 ounces, and it's small enough to toss into your Switch carrying case. It holds a charge for an entire week, making it a great battery for camping or backpacking.

It's even powerful enough to charge a laptop! Best of all, it comes with a USB Type-C to Type-C cable and a wall charger — a rarity among battery packs.

Related: Other Top External Battery Packs to Consider

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Samsung 128GB MicroSD EVO Select

from $12.99


The Nintendo Switch only offers 32 GB of storage, so you'll definitely need extra space for all the best Switch games. We recommend getting a 128 GB MicroSD card from Samsung. The accessory is capable of reaching data read speeds of up to 95 MB/s and data write speeds of up to 20 MB/s. The card is water-, magnet-, and X-ray-proof. It also comes with a full SD card adapter.

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StarTech USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter



If you plan to play online games like Splatoon 2 and Ultra Street Fighter II, you'll probably want to pick up a wired Ethernet adapter like this one from StarTech. Wired connections are much more reliable than spotty Wi-Fi ones, which can lead to disconnections, then defeat.

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Steelseries Arctis Series Gaming Headset

from $70.19


The Arctis series of gaming headphones by SteelSeries deliver excellent sound quality, supreme comfort, and an ultra sensitive microphone that's great for in-game trash talk. SteelSeries offers several different variations of its headsets, which we break down further in the guide below, but we recommend the Arctis 3 for the Switch because of its comfortable design, portability, and affordability.

More: The Best Gaming Headsets for Every Platform