The Nintendo Switch already comes with several different parts: the tablet unit, dock, removable left Joy-Con, removable right Joy-Con, Joy-Con grip, controller lanyards and various cables. With that said, the Switch is missing some essential items, especially if you want to take full advantage of handheld and console hybrid system. Below, you can check out our list of the best official and officially licensed Nintendo Switch accessories to buy along with the system.
Officially Licensed Hori Protective Filter for Nintendo Switch
As with any portable device, it is a essential to protect the screen of the Nintendo Switch’s tablet unit if you want to keep it as pristine as possible. Thus, we highly recommend investing in a screen filter.
Hori has built up a great reputation over the years with its screen protectors for the PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii U. Fortunately, the company is also releasing a protective filter for the Switch in time for the system’s launch.
The product, which is officially licensed by Nintendo, will protect the screen of the portable unit from scratches, smudges, dirt particles and more. It should also be easy to apply as there should be no dust particles and air bubbles. Last but not least, the filter should end up crystal clear and be barely noticeable (if at all) when applied.
If you are interested, you can purchase the Officially Licensed Hori Protective Filter for Nintendo Switch with this link on Amazon.
There is also a premium version of the screen protector available, which uses an even thicker PET protective film, for even better protection. You can buy the Officially Licensed Hori Premium Protective Filter for Nintendo Switch with this page.
RDS Industries Nintendo Switch Game Traveler Deluxe Travel Case
If you are going to protect the screen of the Nintendo Switch, then you might as well protect the rest of the handheld unit too.
We recommend checking out the officially licensed RDS Industries Nintendo Switch Game Traveler Deluxe Travel Case as it features a durable hard shell that will shield the portable from any bumps during transportation. Not to mention that there are zippered mesh pockets that will hold small accessories as well. If that wasn’t enough, you will also get two game card cases (which holds up to four Switch game cartridges each) and two Micro SD card cases (holding one memory card apiece).
There are five versions of the RDS Industries Nintendo Switch Game Traveler Deluxe Travel Case available. You can them all out with the links below:
- Standard Edition
- Link Blue Edition
- Link Grey Edition
- Sheikah Eye Blue Edition
- Sheikah Eye Grey Edition
Micro SD Cards
The Nintendo Switch only comes with 32 GB of internal storage. Not to mention that the system files alone take up a big part of the free space. With the additions of DLC and patch updates for games, you will quickly run out of space (this is especially true if you download digital games from the Nintendo eShop).
Although the system is compatible with the microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC cards, the latter provides the best option in terms of speed and storage size. If you are looking for faster loading times, we recommend getting a microSDXC that features UHS-II, UHS Class 3 and Speed Class 10. In this case, the best brand to check out is Lexar Professional. You can check out the various size options with the pages below:
If you care more about storage spaces, especially when it comes to getting a better value in terms of costs per gigabyte, then you should check out UHS-I microSDXC cards instead. For this situation, we suggest getting SanDisk Ultra and Extreme Pro brands. You can take a look at the various size options with the links below:
Hori Nintendo Switch Wired Internet LAN Adapter
If you haven’t heard already, the Nintendo Switch only uses Wi-Fi for Internet connection. This can be troublesome if you don’t have a good wireless connection to download and/or play games on the system. Fortunately, you can add a wired Ethernet connection to the device by using the officially licensed Hori Nintendo Switch Wired Internet LAN Adapter. This accessory will connect to the dock and should provide for a faster and more stable online connection.
The Hori Nintendo Switch Wired Internet LAN Adapter is available for purchase here.
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
Although the included left and right Joy-Cons are comfortable to hold, a normal shaped pad is still much better ergonomically. This is especially true if you decide to primarily use the Nintendo Switch as a home console.
The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller has many of the same features as the Joy-Cons, including motion controls and HD rumble. Not to mention that there is also built-in support for Amiibo figures and cards. The buttons, analog sticks and directional pad also feel much better when compared to the Joy-Cons.
So, if you want the best Switch gamepad, then you should definitely check out the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.
Nintendo eShop Gift Cards
If you are going to purchase a lot from the eShop digital store on the Nintendo Switch, then you might want to pick up a few gift cards as well. These are a nice convenience for those who don’t want to share their credit card info with the eShop and/or having other potential issues with the system’s digital store.
There are various pricing options available. You can check out the Nintendo eShop Gift Cards with this link.
Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Charging Grip
The Switch comes with a Joy-Con Grip, which lets you combine the left and right Joy-Cons into a traditional console controller pad. With that said, the default grip does not recharge the Joy-Cons while in use, which can end up being inconvenient if you are playing the system when docked.Fortunately, Nintendo does have a rechargeable version of the accessory. If you are interested, you can find the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Charging Grip via this page.
PDP Nintendo Switch Official Play and Charge Car Adapter
If you haven’t heard already, the Nintendo Switch battery life can deplete pretty quickly, especially if you are playing a game like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that takes up a lot of resources on the hardware of the system. If you are planning to play the handheld unit in a car, it may be best to invest is a car charger adapter.
If you are interested, you can check out the PDP Nintendo Switch Official Play and Charge Car Adapter here.
Hori Compact Playstand for Nintendo Switch
While the Nintendo Switch comes with a kickstand, it is not very good as the tablet unit can be easily knocked over.
Thankfully, there is an accessory available that will solve this issue. The Hori Compact Playstand, which has been officially licensed by Nintendo, will keep the system sturdy thanks to better support and rubberized footing. It is also foldable so that you can adjust the viewing angle and easily take the accessory with you on the go. Last but not least, the play stand will recharge the system as well.
You can purchase the Hori Compact Playstand for Nintendo Switch with this link.
So, if you are planning to buy the Nintendo Switch, make sure you check out the abovementioned must have accessories.