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The best Nintendo Switch accessories 2022: all the top gadgets for your console

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Finding the best Nintendo Switch accessories for your new setup is one of the most enjoyable parts of picking up a new console - and nobody does it quite like Ninty. There are plenty of must-have Switch accessories to get you started - memory cards, screen protectors, and cases, for example. However, the fun really starts when you get into the weird and wonderful peripherals hitting the market. From home-gyms to full race tracks, the Nintendo Switch has it all. 

Many Nintendo Switch bundles already offer plenty of extra gear to get you set up from day one, but filling those gaps can enrich your handheld and docked play no end.  From keeping your console protected to upgrading your storage, we're rounding up all the best models and brands to add to your collection right here. You can head straight to the gear of your choice using the menu on the left, or settle in for the ride and peruse some of our must-have recommendations. 

We've had our hands wrapped around a Nintendo Switch since launch, so we've been through all the latest and greatest peripherals to show you exactly which the best Nintendo Switch accessories really are. 

So, whether you're looking to polish up your console with some new toys, or you've scored a Nintendo Switch Lite deal, there's plenty more kit out there for you.

Best Nintendo Switch accessories - cases

Orzly Nintendo Switch case

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1. Orzly Nintendo Switch carry case

The best case for Nintendo Switch and Switch OLED

Specifications

Design: Clamshell
Protection: Hard EVA shell, screen cover
Storage: Mesh pouch and 8 games

Reasons to buy

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Room for accessories
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Affordable
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Hard EVA shell

Reasons to avoid

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Needs more padding

A strong case is one of the best Nintendo Switch accessories you'll buy. Orzly takes the kitchen-sink approach to storage; this case will fit the console, multiple Joy-Cons, games, cables, and SD cards inside without any fuss. It’s not too hefty or expensive either. And most importantly? It'll keep the console safe as houses while you're out and about. 

This model is also compatible with the OLED model, thanks to the extra wiggle room the brand built into the shell itself. Your Joy-Con will all still neatly fall into the indented hard shell, with plenty of room leftover up top for accessories, cleaning cloths, and headphones. You're also getting space for eight games in the screen cover as well. 

In short, the Orzly is easily one of the best Nintendo Switch cases on the market right now. There's even a Switch Lite version (see below), so users of the handheld-only console don't have to miss out.

Orzly Nintendo Switch Lite case

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2. Orzly Nintendo Switch Lite carry case

The best Nintendo Switch Lite case

Specifications

Design: Clamshell
Protection: Hard EVA shell, screen cover
Storage: Mesh pouch and 8 games

Reasons to buy

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Space for small accessories
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Cheap
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Tough EVA shell

Reasons to avoid

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Not as much padding as more expensive options

The Switch Lite blurs the line between handheld and home consoles, and its portability means you'll need the best case for Nintendo Switch Lite to keep it undamaged. Luckily, Orzly have a model specifically designed to fit your Lite. 

Although you won't manage to get bonus Joy-Cons in there, this case will keep your new console and a few accessories safe on the go. That includes games, earbuds, chargers, and more. 

Because it's so affordable, grabbing one for your console is a no-brainer.

Mumba Hard Nintendo Switch case

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3. Mumba

Best Nintendo Switch protective shell

Specifications

Design: Hardshell
Protection: Bumper
Storage: None

Reasons to buy

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Can be used while playing
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Damage-resistant
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Cool design

Reasons to avoid

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Won't protect the screen

The Mumba case is a little different to the models listed above; rather than keeping your Switch safe in transit, it's designed to protect it from damage in use. Put this on your console and you won't need to worry about it being knocked about.

Grippy and sturdy in equal measure, the Mumba will make you feel more secure when taking your Switch out with you. Happily, it also fits into the Orzly carry case we mentioned above. Using both results in the perfect double-threat to keep your console safe in use and during travel.

Best Nintendo Switch accessories - controllers

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1. Nintendo Switch Joy-Con

The best controller for multiplayer

Specifications

Connection: Wireless / direct to console
Buttons: 1x thumbstick per controller, 4x buttons per controller, 2x triggers per controller
Battery life: Approx 20 hours
Amiibo support: Yes
Haptics: HD rumble
Motion control: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Can be used as a pair or solo
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Multiple colors available
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Packed with features

Reasons to avoid

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Occasional Joy-Con drift

Joy-Cons are the best Nintendo Switch controllers on the market. Included with the standard console, they can be used alone, in pairs, and on the detachable screen in handheld mode. This versatility makes them perfect for multiplayer sessions - get two pairs and you can share them between four people. While the priciest of Nintendo's controller options, they really are one of the best Nintendo Switch accessories on the market, and you're essentially grabbing two controllers here too. 

Although there have been issues here and there with the dreaded 'Joy-Con drift' where the left thumbstick goes faulty, they're generally reliable and easy to use. In fact, they give the old Nintendo Wii Remotes a run for their money.

A lot of that is due to their motion control, but it's mostly due to the fact that they're smaller, more comfortable, and provide greater flexibility by having an analogue stick on each side.

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Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

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Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

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Nintendo Switch Pro Controller side

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The best controller for singleplayer games

Specifications

Connection: Wireless / wired to dock
Buttons: 2x thumbstick , 4x buttons, d-pad, 2x bumpers, 2x triggers
Battery life: up to 40 hours
Amiibo support: Yes
Haptics: HD rumble
Motion control: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Traditional controller setup
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Comfortable balance
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Better thumbsticks than Joy-Con
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Amiibo functionality

Reasons to avoid

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Other color options are difficult to find

Sometimes Joy-Cons aren’t enough; sometimes you want something a bit more precise. That's where the official Nintendo Pro Controller comes in. This classically-styled handset has a layout that draws on everything from the Gamecube to Xbox One, and it’s a must-have for games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or Splatoon 2. It's accurate, comfortable, and reliable.

After picking up a Nintendo Switch Pro controller, the Joy-Cons have barely left the dock on my Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller review

Don't think it's a cheeky money spinner for Nintendo that you won't get any benefit from, either. Pick one up and you can immediately tell that it's a premium controller. Textured handles provided plenty of much-needed precision in our testing, and we found that the thumbsticks provide far greater control than those of the Joy-Con as well, particularly in fiddly titles like Fuser. 

We did find, however, that the face buttons are a strangely high profile compared to the rest of the body, and could be more comfortable with slightly rounded edges. We were also impressed by the overall balance and feel as well, noting the solid design with no hollow plastic noises.

Sure, you can pick up similar 'pro controllers' for a lot less from other manufacturers (like the generally excellent PowerA). However, you’re better off with the official Nintendo model in our experience. Not only is the build-quality excellent, it boasts Amiibo functionality that third-party alternatives lack.

Read more: Nintendo Switch Pro Controller review

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PowerA Nintendo Switch controller Super Mario design

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3. PowerA Enhanced Wireless controllers

The best cheap controller for Nintendo Switch

Specifications

Connection: Wireless
Buttons: 2x thumbstick, 4x buttons, d-pad, 2x bumpers, 2x triggers
Battery: AA
Amiibo support: Yes
Haptics: None
Motion control: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Cheap
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Fun designs
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Motion control and wireless functions

Reasons to avoid

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No Amiibo features

Want a more traditional controller for Switch, but don't want to pay loads for it? No problem - third-party manufacturers like PowerA are here to help. Their wired and wireless pro controllers are of an excellent quality and feature motion control to go with their slick design.

Happily, they also come in many different designs. That includes everything from Animal Crossing to Pokemon, so you're bound to find something that suits you in their range. 

The only thing to bear in mind is the fact that they don't have Amiibo functionality. You'll need an official Pro Controller or Joy-Con for that.

Hori Split Pad Pro

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4. Hori Split Pad Pro

The best Joy-Con alternative for Nintendo Switch

Specifications

Connection: Wireless / direct to console
Buttons: 2x thumbstick, 4x buttons, d-pad, 2x bumpers, 2x triggers, assignable rear paddles
Battery: NA - uses console battery
Amiibo support: None
Haptics: None
Motion control: None

Reasons to buy

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Far more comfortable than Joy-Con
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Still slots onto Joy-Con rails 
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D-Pad 

Reasons to avoid

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No Amiibo functionality

The Hori Split Pad Pro is perfect for anyone looking for a cheaper set of replacement Joy-Con or those who find the original controllers a little too small to comfortable settle in with. The larger ergonomic design provides a far better grip than the official gamepad (though the Hori model is still officially licensed), and you're even getting some additional functionality in those rear bumpers as well. Add a lower price point and a real D-Pad and you've got yourself a compelling Nintendo Switch accessory.

8BitDo SN30 Pro Plus controllers

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5. 8BitDo SN30 Pro+ Pro Controller

The best retro controller for Nintendo Switch

Specifications

Connection: Wireless / wired
Buttons: 2x thumbstick, 4x buttons, d-pad, 2x bumpers, 2x triggers
Battery: Up to 20 hours rechargeable (also uses optional AA)
Amiibo support: None
Haptics: Rumble
Motion control: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Nostalgic design
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Wireless or wired
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Bumpers

Reasons to avoid

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No Amiibo functionality

If you’re feeling the itch for a hit of nostalgia in your Nintendo Switch accessories, we’d recommend looking at the 8bitdo controllers. Their range is both well-built and memorable, recreating handsets of yesteryear for the Nintendo Switch console.

The 8BitDo SN30 Pro+ builds on the original SNES type designs to allow for a more comfortable grip style. These are far more ergonomic and comfortable than the original gamepads, but still retain that classic style.

Not that it's just for old games. Because it comes with added analogue sticks and a share button, it's fully compatible with the modern Switch titles.

Best Nintendo Switch accessories - memory cards

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1. SanDisk Ultra 128GB MicroSD

The best memory card to start off

Specifications

Storage: 128GB
Format: MicroSDHC, microSDXC
Transfer speed: up to 100MB/s

Reasons to buy

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Relatively cheap
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Plenty of storage space
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Will last you a while

Reasons to avoid

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Less value than larger cards

Regardless of the version you have (be it a classic Switch or the new Switch Lite), a drawback to the latest Nintendo console is its limited storage space. You’ll only get 32GB of internal memory out of the box, and this won’t carry you far. It'll do just fine to begin with, sure, but games, updates, and DLC take up a lot of memory these days. That’s why SD cards are one of the best Nintendo Switch accessories to pick up on day one. They'll boost your system’s storage by a long way, and they aren’t too pricey either. 

To get specific, we’d recommend the SanDisk Ultra 128GB card. This is enough for five to ten big games or a load of smaller titles, so it’ll definitely keep you going for a while. We'd say it's one of the best Nintendo Switch SD cards overall.

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SanDisk Micro SD card

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SanDisk Micro SD card

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2. SanDisk Ultra 256GB MicroSD

The best memory card for future proofing

Specifications

Storage: 256GB
Format: MicroSDHC, microSDXC
Transfer speed: up to 100MB/s

Reasons to buy

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More storage space
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Better value for money

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive

If you don't think 128GB will cut it, SanDisk also produces cards all the way up to 1TB for the Nintendo Switch (and the system will take up to 2TB). Those cards will cost you significantly more, but at between $30-$40 (£30-£40), 256GB is a nice compromise. 

We'd recommend this size storage card if you prefer to download your games but don't plan on picking up every major release. Some of the latest games can take up some serious space, so if you are planning on stacking your library with every title we'd recommend moving up to 512GB. That said, 256GB will be more than enough for the vast majority of players.

Best Nintendo Switch accessories - headsets

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Razer Barracuda X

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Razer Barracuda X

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Razer Barracuda X

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The best Nintendo Switch gaming headset overall

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed back
Connection: Wireless (USB-C receiver)
Drivers: 40mm Razer Triforce
Weight: 250g
Battery: up to 20 hours

Reasons to buy

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Excellent audio quality
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Wireless
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USB-C connection

Reasons to avoid

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No additional software settings

The Razer Barracuda X is the best Nintendo Switch headset on the market right now, thanks to its simple plug and play design and excellent audio quality. We still use the Razer Barracuda X across a wide range of platforms, it's become a daily driver. 

It was refreshing to find a stripped back approach to features when we got our hands on this headset. There's no expensive extra features in here to inflate that price tag and compete with esports-grade cups; just a solid set of headphones with a clear focus on sound quality and everyday quality of life. 

There's an ease of use that seems to have been forgotten in recent years, as brands chase the needs of eSports professionals without considering the budgets of their everyday fans.

Razer Barracuda X review

Don't be fooled by that easy USB-C wireless connection, super comfortable earcups, and impressive directional audio - this is still a particularly affordable piece of kit. In fact, one of the most compelling aspects of the Razer Barracuda X's prowess in the Nintendo Switch accessories arena is its value for money. You're getting some pretty powerful audio here - all for under $100 / £100. 

We tested the Barracuda X across consoles, and were pleased to find a nicely balanced sound profile, with some excellent detailing in the mid-ranges and the power to blast when the time was right. That's because the bass is slightly emphasized here, but in an appreciate-your-shotgun-boom way, rather than the growling fuzz we usually hear in headsets in this price range. It's also one of the most comfortable headsets we've had the pleasure of sinking some longer sessions into; never pinching the ear thanks to that thicker padding, and keeping temperatures low all at the same time.

Because of that no-nonsense design, the Razer Barracuda X is perfectly tuned to use with the Nintendo Switch. There's a solid battery life here (we generally only need to charge once a week), you're not spending too much to worry about taking these cups out and about with you, and that USB-C wireless connection slots straight into the console's form factor as well.

Read more: Razer Barracuda X review

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HyperX Cloud Alpha

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HyperX Cloud Alpha review

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HyperX Cloud Alpha review

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The best wired Nintendo Switch headset

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed back
Connection: Wired
Drivers: 50mm
Weight: 336g
Battery: NA

Reasons to buy

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Durable build quality
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Excellent sound
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Solid value for money

Reasons to avoid

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Non-foldable design
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No additional customization

If you want the right balance between price and performance for your Nintendo Switch, look no further than the HyperX Cloud Alpha. We fell in love with the minimalist aesthetic when we first got our hands on this classic headset, and the design improvements since those days have only improved things. 

You’re getting a headset that simply works and offers one thing you often don’t see on cheaper headsets - quality

HyperX Cloud Alpha review

There's an air of class surrounding the red accents, embroidered logo, and heavy stitching around the plush leatherette that stood out here. There's no need for glaring RGB here, these cups are naturally beautiful.

Sliding them on, though, and the real value for money becomes evident. We noted a particularly strong frequency response range in our testing, making for particularly rich sound quality. With a solid bass and crystal clear mids, the Cloud Alpha performs well whether you're diving into a Doom session or leaping across some Super Mario stages.

HyperX does tout 'Dual Chamber Drivers' in its marketing, which supposedly work to keep your audio distortion-free and clear up your soundstage. In truth, we didn't notice too much going on behind the scenes here, though did appreciate the naturally clear balancing.

You won't be paying over the odds here, either. You can pick up a HyperX Cloud Alpha for less than $80 / £70, and it's a great pair of cans - easily one of the best Nintendo Switch accessories out there.

Read more: HyperX Cloud Alpha review

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Roccat Syn Buds Core on Nintendo Switch

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Roccat Syn Buds core earbuds

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Roccat Syn Buds Core inline controls

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The best budget earbuds for the Nintendo Switch

Specifications

Connectivity: Wired
Drivers: 10mm
Weight: 82g
Battery: NA

Reasons to buy

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Impressive performance in lighter soundscapes
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Excellent price
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Comfortable

Reasons to avoid

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Struggles with heavier soundscapes
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Choppy directional audio

The Roccat Syn Buds Core are the perfect travel companion for your Nintendo Switch. Cheap enough not to worry about too much, and without the curses of batteries and Bluetooth connections to hold you back, the Syn Buds Core excel in their simplicity. 

The Roccat Syn Buds Core are a solid everyday driver to keep in your carry case

Roccat Syn Buds Core review

Sure, they're going to struggle to hold their own against more premium models, and certainly can't offer the all encompassing soundstage of an over-ear set of headphones, but keeping these ready to go is going to be much handier than you might think. Of course, during our initial testing period we were using these buds as a daily driver, but since then they have held pride of place in our carry case and are regularly brought into action.

We were particularly impressed by the comfortable design. After being raised on hard plastic earbuds (and the friction injuries they cause after longer sessions), it was surprising not to feel any fatigue even after hours of use. It was also easy to acclimatise to the feel and balance here as well.

Super Mario Sunshine's harmonic melodies rang out particularly well through these 10mm drivers, with smaller soundscapes offering the Roccat Syn Buds Core a real chance to show their detailing and mid-ranges. However, more complex stages like that of Doom did cause some distortion.

Still, that $24.99 / £24.99 price point means they're easy enough to grab and keep as a backup, even if they don't become your go-to.

Read more: Roccat Syn Buds Core review

Best Nintendo Switch accessories - official peripherals

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Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit box

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Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit kart

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Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit track markers

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The best Nintendo Switch accessory for Mario fans

Specifications

What's in the box: 1x Mario RC car with AR camera, 1x Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit download, track markers

Reasons to buy

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Bags of content
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Great price point
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Endless replayability

Reasons to avoid

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AI sometimes doesn't play by the rules
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Multiplayer will cost you

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit launched just in time for the holidays of 2020, but stocking issues meant that it didn't really get its engines going until mid-2021. That said, there's plenty to dig into here, and this is a particularly strong Nintendo Switch accessory for anyone who's already got their money's worth out of Mario Kart 8: Deluxe. 

Place the included Mario or Luigi RC car down in your home, and install the Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit software to watch your home turn into its own racetrack.  You'll be controlling your real-life cart around a course you create with the cardboard track markers and playing against AI competitors using the same space as well - all on the screen of your Nintendo Switch. 

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is everything we hoped it could be, with a few caveats, and it's easy to wonder why it hadn't been done sooner.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

We took Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit out for a spin when it first launched, and it's remain a firm party piece ever since. In our testing, we were a little frustrated to find instances where AI would sometimes fly through the physical obstacles you'd set out to create a track, sometimes ignoring the layout completely. We only encountered this issue with any regularity in race mode, though, and firmly believe that pass and play time trials are the best way to play.

All the cardboard race parts feel well produced, and continue to survive plenty of crashes to this day. However, we would recommend playing on a hard floor in plenty of light; carpets cause considerable judder under these smaller wheels, and dim lights will cut your video quality considerably.

Read more: Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit review

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Ring Fit Adventure

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Ring Fit Adventure ring-con

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Ring Fit Adventure leg strap

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2. Ring Fit Adventure

The best Nintendo Switch accessory for fitness fans

Specifications

What's in the box: 1x Ring-Con, 1x leg strap, 1x physical copy of Ring Fit Adventure

Reasons to buy

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Engaging and fun
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Actually packs a good workout 
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Measurable results

Reasons to avoid

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Pulse reader isn't too accurate

If Wii Fit taught us anything, it's that Nintendo likes to get us moving. Ring Fit Adventure feels like what those early fitness games should have been all along - fun and engaging, while making working out a celebrated core mechanic that actually feels like it's worth doing. You'll be travelling through a gorgeous world, sprinting, crunching, and squatting your way through platforming levels and boss battles throughout your quest. Not only is it incredibly enjoyable, but it also provides a solid workout to boot. Plus, the Ring Fit Adventure price has been steadily falling over the last few months as well.

Best Nintendo Switch accessories - chargers

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1. Nintendo Switch AC Adapter

The best Nintendo Switch charger

Specifications

Cable length: 6ft
Weight: 173g
Dimensions: 66 x 51 x 36 mm
Output: 39W USB-C

Reasons to buy

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Exactly the same as the original plug
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Official Nintendo product
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Reliable

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey

In a twist that'll surprise no-one, the best Nintendo Switch charger is the official AC Adapter. Having been built specifically for the console, it's easily the most reliable version. And if you've lost or broken the original and want a replacement, why not just get the same thing? 

That's why it's so appealing. You know what you're getting, and you know what to expect. Yes, it might be a bit more expensive than cheaper, third-party alternatives. But the official AC Adapter is a ticket to peace of mind.

For more recommendations, be sure to visit our guide to the best Nintendo Switch chargers.

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Genki Covert Dock

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Genki Covert Dock plugged into Nintendo Switch console

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Genki Covert Dock top down

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The best third party charger and dock

Specifications

Cable length: 1.8m
Weight: 100g
Dimensions: 60 x 33 x 44 mm
Output: 30W USB-C

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly convenient
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International adapters included
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No safety concerns

Reasons to avoid

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30W charging doesn't compete with other adapters

The Genki Covert Dock is a revelation. Not only are you getting a wall adapter to plug your Switch in (as well as the USB-C cable), but this device is primarily designed to offer a portable third party dock for on the go play. At the time of writing, we've been using the Covert Dock for months and have no concerns over the safety to our console. In fact, this is the best Nintendo Switch accessory in our arsenal right now. 

While that $74.99 / £84.99 price is a little lofty, it's fully justified if you're after a travelling companion or a slightly cheaper dock alternative.

Genki Covert Dock review

The Covert Dock never presented us with any visual stuttering or power drops during testing, though we did note the 30W charging capacity was considerably lower than other, sometimes cheaper, competitors. That means it's not quite an all-in-one solution for keeping your phone and laptop topped up on the go at the same time, but it's certainly better than slinging a whole official dock into your backpack.

Simply hook an HDMI cable up to your TV (we tested and were satisfied with cables of up to 8m), connect your Switch via the included USB-C cable and you're good to go. Setup was a straight plug and play affair across all our travels.

The adapter design of the Covert Dock itself means you won't be slotting this neatly into a standard clamshell case, but it will still tuck itself into any corner of a backpack particularly well. Plus, it's good to know that you're also getting three international outlet adapters in the box as well - for UK, US, EU and Australian outlet types. Just remember, the Genki Covert Dock won't work for the Nintendo Switch Lite.

Read more: Genki Covert Dock review

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3. Anker PowerCore 26800mAh

The best portable Nintendo Switch charger

Specifications

Weight: 495g
Dimensions: 177 x 78 x 22 mm
Output: Max output 6A, single-port max output 3A
Ports: 3x USB

Reasons to buy

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Charges phones, tablets, and more
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Multiple ports
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Faster charging

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

If you're rocking an older Nintendo Switch, a portable charger is one of the most essential Nintendo Switch accessories out there. We’d say the best portable charger you can get for Switch would be the Anker PowerCore 26800mAH. Besides being able to quickly charge your console, it's also small enough to be very portable.

As an official Anker product, you know you’re getting good-quality tech right away. It’ll give you extra hours of play when you're on the move, and it can charge other devices (like your phone) as well. That's makes it even better value for money, and a must-have for all Switch owners.

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4. GuliKit 10,000 mAh Nintendo Switch charger

The best attachable Nintendo Switch charger

Specifications

Weight: 249g
Dimensions: 133 x 70 x 18mm
Output: 5V/3A

Reasons to buy

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Attaches to the console
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Less obtrusive
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Up to 10 hours of extra play

Reasons to avoid

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Chunky

If you'd rather a more seamless charging solution, the Travel Backup Battery Pack for Nintendo Switch is a good call. It attaches to the back of your console so you can keep playing without needing to be tethered to a loose, annoying plastic brick. It features built-in over-voltage protection as well, meaning it's designed to avoid overheating. 

Coming compete with a USB-C cable to hook up to the console, a padding plate, and a mount as well if you'd rather set your Switch screen on a table, this is one of the best Switch chargers available right now.

Best Nintendo Switch accessories - screen protectors

Spigen tempered glass screen protector for Nintendo Switch

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1. Spigen Tempered Glass Nintendo Switch screen protector

The best screen protector for Nintendo Switch

Specifications

Thickness: 0.33mm
Rating: 9H
Number in pack: 2

Reasons to buy

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Oleophobic coating to prevent fingerprints
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Easy to apply
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Rounded edges 

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than budget products

If you're after long-lasting protection (and a couple of attempts to achieve it) the Spigen tempered glass Nintendo Switch screen protector is one of the best options on the market. You're getting two panels here, so you've always got another spare and a second chance to apply it correctly. 

At 9H hardness, you'll be protecting your screen from scratches, bumps, and scrapes while also still being able to see your screen in full brightness and clarity. That's something you don't tend to get from cheaper screen protectors, so it's worth shelling out just a little extra for this Spigen model. 

It's worth noting, though, that this is only compatible with the full Nintendo Switch.

Amfilm nintendo switch lite screen protector

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2. AmFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Nintendo Switch Lite

The best screen protector for Nintendo Switch Lite

Specifications

Thickness: 0.33mm
Rating: 9H
Number in pack: 3

Reasons to buy

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99.9% transparency 
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Oloeophobic coating

Reasons to avoid

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No anti-glare

If you're after a screen protector for your Nintendo Switch Lite, amFilm might be the brand for you. You're getting three tempered glass sheets in here, with each one promising to be 99.9% transparent. That means you'll still be able to see all your games clear and bright but be safe in the knowledge that that 9H hardness rating is keeping your display safe and secure. 

At 0.3mm thin this is one of the skinnier models on the shelves, which means you're still getting full touchscreen sensitivity too. 

Which Nintendo Switch accessories should you buy first?

The first Nintendo Switch accessories you should be investigating are a case, a screen protector, and a memory card. The Switch is designed to go out and about with you, which means you'll need a strong carry case to see you and your trusty console through all kinds of bumps and knocks. However, your second point of call should absolutely be a screen protector. Both the Switch and Switch Lite have particularly soft screens which means they're vulnerable to scratches and scuffs (especially if you're docking the standard edition). Plus, that OLED screen is just too pretty to risk. 

Once you've got safety sorted, it's time to look at that internal storage. The standard and Lite Nintendo Switch models come with just 32GB of space built in (the OLED ups this to 64GB but it's still a limiting figure). If you plan on using the eShop at all, we'd recommend securing a memory card as soon as possible - aiming for around 128GB to get you started, or 256GB if you want to future proof for a little longer. 

Should you buy third party docks?

In the console's early life, the extra docks ruled the Nintendo Switch accessories world. However, many were soon spooked by stories of third party docks bricking consoles. It's true, many of these products don't play nicely with Nintendo's charging system. We've been using the Genki Covert Dock for a significant period of time now, and haven't encountered any issues, but we would be wary of buying a cheap substitute for the official Nintendo product. 

Are Nintendo Switch accessory kits worth it?

If you've just picked up your console, you might have your eyes set on a cheap Nintendo Switch accessory kit. These packs usually offer a couple of screen protectors, a sleeve case and a game card holder. These are solid buys for the early days of your console's life, especially if you need to protect your device before investing in some higher quality gear. However, we'd recommend upgrading the case to a hard shell model as soon as you can. 

How we test Nintendo Switch accessories

We're avid Nintendo Switch geeks, which means we can't wait to get our hands on all the latest Nintendo Switch accessories as soon as they hit the market. Every piece of kit we review slots straight into our daily Switch useage so that we can tell just how well it not only performs its job, but can also fit a lifestyle. 

Quality of life is so important to Nintendo Switch accessories; these need to be easy to use, and hold up over time. That's why we also keep using all the gear we recommend even after we've posted our first review. That means we can keep tabs on durability and long-term reliability, updating our findings if we notice anything further down the line. 

You'll find more information on how make our recommendations in our full GamesRadar+ Hardware Policy.


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Tabitha Baker
Tabitha Baker

Currently Managing Editor of hardware at GamesRadar+, I originally landed in hardware at our sister site TechRadar before moving over to GamesRadar. In between, I've written for Tom’s Guide, Wireframe, The Indie Game Website and That Video Game Blog, covering everything from the PS5 launch to the Apple Pencil. Now, i'm focused on Nintendo Switch, gaming laptops (and the keyboards and mice that come with them), and tracking everything that suggests VR is about to take over our lives.