The Nintendo Switch is a very popular console this year, and it makes for a great gift this holiday season. Obviously the best Nintendo Switch games will be on everyone's wishlist, but there are also some awesome extras that pair wonderfully with the Switch. Here are the best Nintendo Switch accessories to purchase even as the clock is ticking down to the holidays.
Your favorite villagers
Scanning these collectible cards while playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons allows players to invite specific villagers to live on their island. You never know who will be in each package, but that's part of the fun. Some of these cards are super rare and worth a lot to collectors.
Carrying case and better grips
This is seriously one of the best accessory bundles you can purchase for the Switch. It provides a removable case that brings colorful ergonomic grips to the Nintendo Switch. Plus, the included carrying case has an accessory storage compartment and 10 game cartridge slots.
Link is one of the most iconic Nintendo characters, and this awesome figurine is a perfect companion for anyone who is playing The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening since it provides in-game perks. And of course, it's also just a great gift for any Zelda fans.
Kick things up a notch with the best controller ever made for Nintendo Switch. It has a much better ergonomic grip than the Joy-Cons, features a D-pad for more precise control. Plus it still features the standard rumble, motion controls, and amiibo functionality you'd expect.
You raise me up
There are times when I'd really rather play my Nintendo Switch in tabletop mode, but I don't trust that wobbly kickstand very much. Having a playstand like this one makes it easier to play multiplayer games on the go and also raises the screen up so players don't have to hunch over it as much.
Protection while playing
This JETech protective case is made of flexible TPU so it easily goes all around your Nintendo Switch while leaving easy access to all buttons and even the kickstand. It protects it from everyday wear and tear while you play, and it provides an ergonomic grip so you get fewer cramps in your hand. Choose from green, black, pink, and blue.
Hori offers these fun Mario or Luigi-themed Joy-Con holders to make playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe feel more immersive. As you rotate the wheel, your onj-screen characters will move accordingly.
Running out of battery power while on a road trip or on the go is one of the worst things to experience. This awesome case allows Switch owners to play for longer stretches and also doubles as a protective case. Plus, the Joy-Con grips make it a whole lot easier to clutch your Switch.
Best wireless headphones
Since the Nintendo Switch doesn't offer Bluetooth, you typically need to purchase an external dongle to use wireless headphones with it. However, the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless was specifically created with the Nintendo Switch in mind and comes with its own adapter so you can plug and play right away.
Protect that screen
The Nintendo Switch is mostly just a big screen, and you need to protect it! The amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector is only 0.3mm thick and it is ultra-transparent with no interference with the Switch's touchscreen controls. It's easy to install and is extremely durable, so your Switch will remain safe and protected from scratches and nicks.
Even though you get a pair of Joy-Con controllers with every Switch, it doesn't hurt to have an extra set laying around. More Joy-Cons means more people who can play on a single Switch, and that's what the holidays are all about, right? Plus, it comes in a variety of colors!
Protect and carry
The Switch is a home console and portable, so you're bound to do some traveling with it. The Mumba case is a heavy-duty protective case that holds your Switch and most of your accessories, such as charging cables, AC adapters, two pairs of Joy-Cons, up to 10 game cards, headphones, and other small accessories. It even holds Switches that are in protective cases, so your system will always be super safe and secure. Choose from three colors: Blue, Black, or Camouflage.
The Nintendo Switch may come with 32GB of built-in system memory, but if you go for a lot of digital downloads, that just won't be enough. You can grab a microSD card from SanDisk and insert it into your Switch for a lot of extra storage space. There are several sizes available too, so you can pick out the one that best suits your needs.
Add flair to your joysticks
These analog caps feature iconic symbols from Super Mario and go on top of your analog joysticks of your Joy-Cons or Pro Controller. The ridges on these caps help give you more precise control when playing games and also protect the original grips on the joysticks.
Best last-minute Nintendo Switch accessories for the holidays
We're getting closer and closer to the holidays, so you really don't have a lot of time left to purchase gifts. With how popular Animal Crossing has been this year, you really can't go wrong getting someone Animal Crossing amiibo cards. When scanned in-game they allow players to invite specific villagers to their island. Otherwise, players have to rely on chance and hope their favorite villagers show up. Each card pack is a surprise, so it's fun to see which characters you get when opened.
If the person you're trying to get a gift for is really into open-world games, or competitive titles, then you really ought to get them the Pro Controller. It definitely feels way better than using the Joy-Cons for an extended period of time, and it's our preferred controller to use with games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Lastly, we can't recommend the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headset enough for Nintendo Switch. You see the Nintendo Switch doesn't have built-in Bluetooth, so you need a special dongle to make wireless headphones usable. The SteelSeries Arctis is the only wireless headset that comes with its own Bluetooth adapter so players can actually use them cable-free right out of the box.
Nintendo Switch and related accessories always go on sale during Black Friday. This year, we expect to see some really great sales. Check out our Black Friday Nintendo Switch Deals for more information.
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Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.