Oh hello, new Nintendo Switch. If you've just got your new toy specifically for Mario Kart 8 then you're going to want a few necessities just to keep your fancy new console safe from harm while you head out and recreate all those lifestyle shots from the marketing materials. The good news is that there is slews of Switch peripherals out there to make your life that little bit easier and whether you're just looking for a new case, a set of fancy new headphones to take in the lovely sounds of Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild , or a charging cable to use on the go, we've got you covered. Here are the best Nintendo Switch accessories available to buy right now.
Joy-Con Wheel Pair
You want these for one reason and one reason only. Mario Kart 8. You've got the need for speed and while it would be fine just to have a Joy-Con, why miss out on having an actual wheel to play with? There's no controllers in this box. Instead you just get two adorable plastic wheels, complete with easily accessible SL and SR buttons ideal for drifting around corners. The triggers feel pleasantly bouncy and there's a Nintendo Switch logo on the rear. Start your engines.
There are already two of these in the box to clip to your Switch, but lets face it, you're going to want more and they come in different colours! While you can hand one Joy-Con to a friend for multiplayer action, having two will make a massive difference to your experience, and this means you can even enlist two more friends for some four-player action. Overcooked for four anyone? Just promise there will be no physical violence over chopping onions.
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
The Joy-Cons are great on the side of your screen when you're playing on the sofa, but pop your games on the big screen and chances are you're going to want a more solid gamepad to while away the hours. Step in the Pro Controller. Pleasingly solid and with an inset right thumb stick for comfort, this hefty peripheral is an excellent addition to your accessory line up for when the Joy-Con grip just won't cut the Nintendo-flavoured mustard.
Joy-Con Charging Grip
The Joy-Con Grip in the box might be great at making your Joy-Cons look like an adorable dog when you slide them in, but what it doesn't do is charge your precious controllers. For that you'll need the aptly named Charging Grip so you can send precious electricity into your pads while you play. It's definitely worth the price of admission to make sure the Joy-Cons are ready to slide onto the Switch screen and head out the door with you.
SteelSeries Arctis 3
Thanks to the addition of a 3.5mm jack on top of the Switch console you can plug in whichever headphones you so desire but, wherever you're playing, don't even think about a tiny pair of tinny in-ear headphones. Link deserves more, people. Helpfully, these SteelSeries Arctis 3 cans find that sweet spot between brilliant sound and not emptying your entire bank balance. Ultra-comfortable and with impressive audio range, the Arctis 3 have the added benefit of not looking like a gaming headset but also including an excellent noise cancelling mic if you fancy switching to your mobile or *whisper it* your other consoles.
Cable Matters USB Type C cable
Instead of using its own proprietary tech, Ninty has thankfully opted to use USB C for charging, making it far easier to find wires you can actually use. This USB Type C cable is cheap, cheerful and means if you're on the go with a standard USB charging plug, you can just wire in wherever you want and not have to worry about anything battery-related coming between you and the other side of Hyrule.
Nintendo Switch AC Adaptor
So the Nintendo Switch only comes with one of these bad boys in the box but you'll probably want to leave that AC adapter plugged into your dock at home (yes, we know exactly what that mess of wires looks like down the back of your TV). When you're out and about though, that battery is going to start to plummet, so if you don't normally carry a USB plug around for your phone and just want the USB C cable on its own, this is probably a good shout to get your electric juice on when you're on the train.
Nintendo Switch LAN Adaptor
We may not need wires for speedy online play in the future, but we're not there yet. If you want a faster internet connection, or your wireless just isn't doing the business, this USB to ethernet port adaptor lets you plug straight in for faster downloads and multiplayer. It's worth noting that this is only for use when the Switch is in its dock, which has a USB port alongside the power and HDMI out ports,so no wiring in when you're on the go.
Orzly Screen Protector
The Nintendo Switch's built-in screen allows for some truly breathtaking visuals - but none of that matters if it gets all scuffed and scratched after normal, everyday use. If you're looking for some added insurance to help keep your screen as pristine as the day you got it, pick up a screen protector. They're cheap, easy to apply, and will keep your Switch looking nice no matter how often you slide your fingers across it. Just take your time applying it and you'll be bubble and scratch free.
HORI Compact Playstand
The Nintendo Switch's kickstand is handy in a pinch, but it's not perfect; it's only got the one viewing angle, and when in use, the Switch's charging port is completely blocked. Enter the Playstand: this inexpensive bit of plastic holds your Switch in place, allows for multiple viewing angles, and gives you plenty of clearance so you can plug in your charger. It even folds up nice and flat so you can chuck it into a bag and bring it with you.
Anker PowerCore 26800 Portable Charger
The Nintendo Switch gets anywhere from 2.5 to six hours of battery life. It's not too shabby for a portable capable of playing a game like Breath of the Wild, but there's a good chance that it'll run out of charge mid-flight unless you're packing some kind of portable battery pack. You have to make sure you get the right one though - if you pick up anything with an output lower than 5V 3A, your Switch will continue to lose charge even if it's plugged in. Charging from a battery pack will definitely be slower than simply plugging your handheld into a wall or dock, but if you've got no other alternatives, this portable charger from Anker should do nicely in a pinch. Handy for your iPhone too.
Snakebyte Switch Starter Kit
A case should be the first thing on your Nintendo Switch shopping list if you don't want to carry your brand new console around in a sock (like I was). This little set from Snakebyte is a brilliant budget starter kit and comes with a slick hard zip case (complete with elastic straps to keep it extra safe), a screen protector and even a nice big cleaning cloth. There's a set of in ear headphones too but think airplane level and you won't be disappointed. Also in the box are two controller grips and a bonus hard case for games. Budget wise it's hard to beat this all in one starter kit.
Game card case
If you're not going fully digital, you're going to have to buy physical cartridges, and they're tiny. To prevent loss - or carrying around those frankly ridiculously huge game boxes - you should probably consider picking up this game card case. It stores up to 24 individual games into its thin, plastic shell, and even gives you space to store a few MicroSD memory cards, in case your digital library overflows as much as your physical one.
Nintendo Switch car charger
The Nintendo Switch's battery will last you anywhere from two-and-a-half to six hours, depending on whether you're playing a game like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or simply staring at the Home screen with the brightness turned all the way down. Either way, you'll likely need a charge if you're trucking this thing with you on a long road trip, and this car charger will do the job nicely. The two meter cable should be long enough to reach you all the way in the back seat, too.
Orzly Hard Carry case
The Switch is billed as a portable device, but it's also much more delicate compared to the likes of the 3DS, so there's a good chance you're going to want to buy a case to protect everything. This one from Orzly is a good choice, giving you plenty of space to store your system along with a pouch to stash an AC adapter, additional controllers, or a game case or two. Throw your system in here, zip it up, stash it in a bag or carry it with you, and you're set.