Best Nintendo Switch accessories 2023
The Nintendo Switch serves as both a traditional console and a handheld system, giving it fantastic versatility and unique needs. A few accessories can really improve your experience both at home and on the go, allowing you to keep your system in great shape while making sure you get the most out of all the exciting games found on the Switch.
Skip the dock
This alternative adapter for your Nintendo Switch allows you to play your Switch on a TV without having the original dock around. It outputs video through HDMI, has a USB-C port for power, and is designed for quick heat dissipation. It's great for travel and vacations.
The Pro Controller, as you'll see in our review, offers a more comfortable grip for when you're playing the best games on Switch, a bigger battery than the Joy-Cons, and has built-in NFC support for amiibo. Don't forget that HD rumble!
Double the joy
There are plenty of multiplayer games on the Switch, so you should invest in some extra Joy-Cons for guests at gatherings. In our review of these controllers, we enjoyed how one set of Joy-Cons could be used multiple ways, which means two more controllers for less! And they come in so many different colors!
Protect the screen
A screen protector is a smart move to keep your Switch screen scratch-free and smudge-resistant. This one is reasonably priced too!
Don't miss a moment
Capturing and streaming game footage is all the rage right now, but the Nintendo Switch doesn't handle any of that natively. However, there's a great alternative available. In our experience with the Elgato Game Capture HD60 S+, we found it to be compact and easy to set up. It's the perfect card for streaming your Nintendo Switch. It's able to capture footage at 1080 and 60 FPS; it also has HDR10 capture. With this capture card, you can instantly stream your video to YouTube or Twitch with Instant Gameview.
This minimal case is enough for just the basics. Store your Switch with attached Joy-Cons, and carry along a few games in the protective and padded card sleeve, just to name a few of our favorite features from our review. It comes in a few color options to fit whatever mood you're in. It's one of our favorite protective cases for the Nintendo Switch.
Card carrying member
This game card case stores up to 24 physical games, keeping them safe from dirt and debris. There are even slots for a few memory cards.
Raise it up
The raised position allows you to charge your device while you're playing, and the sturdy rubber bottom will keep it steady. The dock also folds up so it won't take up much space in your bag. It's simple but very effective.
This adapter provides you with an Ethernet port for a wired connection. Keep your internet fast and stable to avoid missing a second of your next intense Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online matches.
The Anker PowerCore 26800 Portable Charger can take your Switch from totally drained to fully charged about five times over. It can also charge up your Switch while you play and will power other devices like your MacBook or iPhone.
Expand that storage
While the Switch always comes with built-in storage, it's such a small amount that it will fill up quickly. Pick up a microSD card with a lot of storage for all of those digital downloads and get your game on!
Bring the arcade home
There are so many great arcade games available for the Nintendo Switch, but as any fan of old-school games will tell you, nothing is as satisfying as playing an arcade game in an arcade cabinet. As you'll see in our review, the PowerA Wireless Arcade Stick is the closest thing we have to replicate that feeling. Featuring 30 hours of wireless play, a sleek, compact design; and the ability to customize your own faceplate, this is the perfect arcade stick for fans looking for a more authentic way to play.
We have regarded the Steelseries Arctis 1 Wireless Headset as one of the best headsets you can buy for any system, but they work especially well when paired with the Nintendo Switch. Comfortable design, excellent audio, 20-hour battery life, and a solid price tag make the Steelseries Arctis 1 an easy headset to recommend. It's a truly wireless headset that is great for any system — but perfect for the Switch.
An affordable controller
The Pro Controller might be the way to go if you're looking for a great controller for your Switch, but it is expensive. A cheaper alternative to the Pro Controller is the Horipad Wired Controller. It's wired and lacks amiibo support and HD rumble, but it makes up for it in comfort and a very affordable price tag.
An extremely cool look
Remember the cool see-through cases from the 90s? Tap into some of that radical energy with the EXtremeRate Nintendo Switch Back Plate and Joy-Con Shells, an excellent shell for both your Switch and Joy-Cons. In our review, we discovered that it's a high-quality option at a great price.
Bring Bluetooth to your Switch
Here's another essential piece of gear for the Switch. If you plan on using wireless headphones while playing in handheld mode or docked, you'll want the Homespot Bluetooth Transmitter to capture all of your game's audio.
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There is a whole wide world of accessories out there for your Nintendo Switch. Getting the stuff you need to make your Switch experience more comfortable will make your gaming life just a little bit better!
Our top pick is the YCCTEAM Type-C to HDMI Adapter Hub Dock because it allows for seamless transition from handheld to TV when the dock isn't around. Plus, it's great for vacations as it's super portable and easy to use.
We can't live without the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller because it feels more like a traditional console controller than the Joy-Cons. It's incredibly comfy to use, even for several hours at a time, and the battery lasts forever.
For traveling, we like to be minimal. The tomtoc Ultra Slim Case is our favorite for its slender profile, yet it's also very protective. The card sleeve in the middle means you can carry plenty of games to keep you entertained while on the go. And of course, we can't go without the amFilm tempered glass screen protector because it's barely noticeable, easy to install, and keeps your Switch in perfect condition.
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Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.
When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.