The best Nintendo Switch accessories

The Nintendo Switch is a versatile console, but to make the most of it you need some extra kit - check out our favourite cases, controllers, and Switch accessories.

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Nintendo Switch accessories

The best thing about the Nintendo Switch is its versatility: you can play it at home or on the go, on a TV or on its own screen, on your own or with friends. Even when it comes to the controllers, you can play with them attached to the screen, attached to a grip, or totally separate. Rumour has it that Nintendo will make a Switch Mini.

All those options come with the potential for (and arguably need for) a wealth of accessories though. Want to play a lengthy action game on the TV at home? You might want the Pro Controller. Want to play a motion-controlled racing game? Joy-Con wheels could help. Taking the Switch on a trip? Well, you’ll need a carry case then.

Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up the best Switch accessories around to help you find the ones worth buying and make the most of Nintendo’s portable powerhouse.

Find out when the next Nintendo Direct presentation is.

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The best thing about the Nintendo Switch is its versatility: you can play it at home or on the go, on a TV or on its own screen, on your own or with friends. Even when it comes to the controllers, you can play with them attached to the screen, attached to a grip, or totally separate. Rumour has it that Nintendo will make a Switch Mini.

All those options come with the potential for (and arguably need for) a wealth of accessories though. Want to play a lengthy action game on the TV at home? You might want the Pro Controller. Want to play a motion-controlled racing game? Joy-Con wheels could help. Taking the Switch on a trip? Well, you’ll need a carry case then.

Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up the best Switch accessories around to help you find the ones worth buying and make the most of Nintendo’s portable powerhouse.

Find out when the next Nintendo Direct presentation is.

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

Nintendo’s official Pro Controller is one of the most straightforward Switch accessories around. Its appeal is pretty obvious: it’s a traditional gamepad to use with the otherwise untraditional console.

The Pro Controller is ideal for anyone who finds the Joy-Cons uncomfortable, even in the included grip, and wants to use a pad that’s more similar to the Xbox One and PS4 controllers - especially for extended sessions.

The price point may seem high just for a gamepad, but bear in mind that not only does it include motion controls, HD rumble, and Amiibo support, it also has a best-in-class 40-hour battery life, and can connect up to a PC or Mac to control games on there.

Snakebyte Nintendo Switch Carry: Bag

Here’s another accessory that should be a pretty easy sell: a carry case for when you’re using the Switch as a portable.

While the console is designed to be used on the go, Nintendo doesn’t include any sort of protective case as standard. That means that if you want to travel with it, you risk scratching up the screen or damaging it with knocks and falls.

We’re fans of Snakebyte’s soft neoprene Carry: Bag. It’s just the right size to fit the Switch with Joy-Con controllers attached, and has a front zip section to store a few game cartridges too.

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Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Pair

One big advantage that the Switch has over other consoles is that it’s multiplayer-friendly out of the box, as in many games each player can use a single Joy-Con, allowing two people to play without buy extra gamepads.

Still, some times you might want to have a few more people round for Mario Kart chaos, or might want to enjoy multiplayer for games like Arms that require a pair of Joy-Cons for each player.

In that case, you’ll want to grab extra controllers. You get plenty of options here - you can buy pairs of controllers in either red-and-blue or grey, or you can buy left and right controllers individually. Just remember that they are different - two left controllers won’t make a pair.

From June they’ll be available in a new colour, too: a rather lurid neon yellow.

Hori Switch Game Card Case

Nintendo has already come under some (light) criticism for its game cases for the Switch, which seem distinctly over-sized for the minuscule cartridges. You don’t want to be lugging them around with you, so some more compact cartridge storage might not be a bad idea.

We haven’t had the chance to test it ourselves, but Hori’s Nintendo-approved cartridge case looks like a solid bet. It holds up to 24 Switch carts (which is, realistically, more than you’re ever likely to buy) along with two MicroSD cards for downloaded games.

You can get it in clear or black (though, confusingly, even the black version is transparent - it’s just a little darker). And at £8.99/$9.99, you can’t complain too much about the price.

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Wheels

Decidedly more of a luxury than a necessity, you might still want to consider picking up a pair of Nintendo’s official Joy-Con Wheels.

Released to coincide with Mario Kart 8: Deluxe Edition, these are essentially just plastic wheels, and anyone who was burned by the similar steering wheel accessory for the Wii might be tempted to steer clear.

We’d recommend giving them a second look though. They’re small enough to be portable, but big enough to be much more comfortable to hold than a Joy-Con on its own, especially thanks to the larger shoulder buttons - essential for any serious Karter.

Even better, you get two of them in a pack, and they don’t cost much, so it’s a small investment for a big upgrade if you expect to play a lot of Mario Kart or other racing games.

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Snakebyte Nintendo Switch Starter: Kit

Why buy a carry case when you can buy a carry case and a screen protector and a game card case and a microfibre cloth and… you get the point.

There are plenty of accessory kits around for the Switch, but we’ve tested out Snakebyte’s and been impressed. It includes a hard-shell carry case (different to the neoprene Snakebyte case mentioned elsewhere in this list), and a selection of other useful add-ons.

The ones most likely to prove useful are the screen protector, cleaning cloth, and cartridge case, which we’ve already gotten plenty of use out of. There are also detachable thumbstick caps if that’s your thing, and a pair of in-ear headphones - they’re probably not as good as whatever other headphones you might own, but might be handy if you don’t have a wired pair.

The case is big enough to contain the Switch and Joy-Cons, along with all of the included accessories - perfect for taking your Switch on the go.

Lumsing Glory P2

One of the Switch’s undeniably weak points is battery life. We’ve never managed more than three hours of Zelda time while using the system as a portable, which isn’t much good if you’re on a long flight.

Luckily, Nintendo planned around this by letting the Switch charge by USB-C, which means it’s compatible with a whole range of third-party power banks, some of which hold enough charge to power the Switch’s battery several times over.

Our top recommendation is the Lumsing Glory P2, but your preference will depend on capacity, ports, size, and more, so check out our full guide to power banks for the Switch to find the right one for you.

Gioteck Duo Grips

Gioteck's Duo Grips do essentially the same thing as Nintendo's Joy-Con Wheels, but offer a traditional controller shape instead of a steering wheel. 

You slot a Joy-Con into the middle of the plastic casing, which then locks into place, giving you larger hand grips and shoulder buttons for games that use a single Joy-Con per player. 

While the Duo Grip is more comfortable than using a Joy-Con on its own, it's worth clarifying that this is still not quite the same experience as a typical controller - the pad is still relatively thin and narrow, and in a way the design exacerbates the Joy-Con's awkward button placement. 

Still, at just £14.99 for a pair, it's an inexpensive way to get at least a minor improvement on the single Joy-Con setup.

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Speedlink 7-in-1 Starter Kit for Nintendo Switch

It might be more expensive than the Snakebyte accessory kit, but Speedlink has an alternative depending on what you need.

The kit contains seven different items for your Nintendo Switch console including a handy 3m USB-C cable, screen protect with squeegee for application and a high-quality cleaning cloth.

There's no case for the tablet part of the console but you do get a carry case which fits four games and in-ear headphones with an in-line microphone. 

Last but not least are non-slip analog-stick caps which come in two pairs - red and black - so you can either choose which you prefer or put them on a second set of Joy-Cons.

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