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Best Nintendo Switch accessories

Nintendo Switch accessories
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If you were lucky enough to get a Switch recently (and good on you, because they're not easy to find right now), it's worth picking up some choice Nintendo Switch accessories to go along with it. 

Yes, I know, it's frustrating to shell out yet more cash when the console itself is pretty expensive. But like so many Nintendo machines in the past, the Switch is a rare example of a system that actually benefits from peripherals - be it a case for when you're out and about, a portable charger, or a bonus controller to use in multiplayer Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tournaments on the big screen. Nintendo Switch accessories are borderline essential, in other words.

Nintendo Switch SD cards (also known as 'memory cards') are the perfect example. Regardless of whether you get the standard console or the handheld Switch Lite, you'll only receive a meagre 32GB of internal storage to play with. That may sound like a fair amount at first, but it's actually very little when you consider how much room certain game downloads and updates can take - particularly if you're grabbing online-only games such as Fortnite. Thanks to their low cost, they're some of the most essential and justifiable Nintendo Switch accessories out there.

Not that you'll need to fumble your way through online retailers in search of a deal. Our team of experts are here to point you in the right direction, and we've worked hard to bring you the lowest prices as well. Because this page is regularly updated with the biggest bargains and cheapest offers, so be sure to come back every now and then if you want the maximum discount!

Best Nintendo Switch cases

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1. Orzly Nintendo Switch carry case

The best case for Nintendo Switch

Features: Hard EVA shell, space for cables, games, and Joy-Cons

Room for accessories
Affordable
Hard EVA shell
Needs more padding

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. Speaking of which, it can also accommodate a Switch with a Mumba shell attached for protecting the console while in use. That way, you don't have to worry about damaging the machine when you take it out during your commute or on vacation.

In short, it's easily the best case for Nintendo Switch on the market right now. There's a Switch Lite version as well (see below), so users of the handheld-only console don't have to miss out.

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2. Orzly Nintendo Switch Lite carry case

The best Nintendo Switch Lite case

Features: Hard EVA shell, space for cables, games, and smaller accessories

Space for small accessories
Cheap
Tough EVA shell
Could do with more padding

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 fit bonus Joy-Cons in there, this smart case will keep your new console and a few accessories safe on the go. Because it's so affordable, grabbing one for your console is a no-brainer.

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3. Mumba

Best Nintendo Switch protective shell

Features: Hard shell, can be used while playing

Can be used while playing
Damage-resistant
Cool design
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 controllers

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1. Nintendo Switch Joy-Con

The best controller for multiplayer

Features: Usable as a pair or standalone, includes an accelerometer, IR Motion Camera, and gyroscope motion sensor

Can be used as a pair or solo
Multiple colors available
Packed with features
Occasional Joy-Con drift

Humble Joy-Cons are the Switch's workhorse controller. 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.

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.

For more offers, be sure to check out our page on cheap Nintendo Switch controller deals.

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2. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

The best controller for singleplayer games

Features: HD Rumble, wireless or wired, up to 40-hour battery life, Amiibo scanner

Traditional controller setup
Comfortable to use
Amiibo functionality
Expensive

Sometimes Joy-Cons aren’t enough; sometimes you want something a bit more traditional. 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 precise, comfortable, and reliable.

While you can get 'pro controllers' cheaper from other manufacturers (like the generally excellent PowerA), 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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3. PowerA controllers

The best third-party controllers

Features: Wireless or wired, motion control, uses AA batteries

Cheap
Fun designs
Motion control and wireless functions
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.

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4. 8BitDo SN30/SF30 Pro Controller

The best retro controller for Nintendo Switch

Features: Rumble, wireless or wired, motion control, compatible with PC and Mac

Nostalgic design
Wireless or wired
Bumpers
No Amiibo functionality

If you’re feeling the itch for a hit of nostalgia, 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.

Our favorite would have to be the one shaped like the SNES controller, arguably one of the most iconic handsets of all time. It comes with added analogue sticks and a share button to make it fully compatible with the modern Switch.

Best memory cards

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1. SanDisk 128GB MicroSD

The best Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite SD card

Storage: 128GB | Format: MicroSDHC, microSDXC | Features: Transfer speeds up to 100MB/s, A1 performance class, class 10 speed rating for HD video

Relatively cheap
Plenty of storage space
Will last you a while
Easily lost

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 a must. 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.

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2. Official Nintendo 64GB MicroSD

The best official Nintendo Switch memory card

Storage: 64GB | Format: MicroSDHC, microSDXC | Features: Transfer speeds up to 100MB/s, A1 performance class, class 10 speed rating for HD video

Lovely design
Good amount of storage space
Won't be filled up too soon
More expensive than normal SD cards.

The Switch's low memory problem can be overcome with this handy little card; it offers double the console's storage space, quickly and easily boosting its capacity. That's essential if you plan on playing a lot of games.

Crucially, this SD card is also an officially licensed product from Nintendo. That means it's got their seal of approval, not to mention custom branding you won't find anywhere else. Because it's made by SanDisk, you know it's of a high quality as well.

Best Nintendo Switch headset

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1. SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless

The best wireless Nintendo Switch headset

Drivers: 40mm | Weight: 254g | Features: Wireless connectivity, wired connection | Works with: Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, all phone and tablets

Fully wireless for Switch
Lovely, sturdy design
Great sound quality
The cushioning is a little thin on the headband

Want the very best Switch headset? The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless should be your first port of call. It's an exceptionally well-built piece of kit with style for days, not to mention superb audio quality to match. Normally sitting pretty at $100 / £100 or below, this is a great set of cans that show off Switch games at their best.

As well as being comfortable for your gaming sessions, it comes with a detachable mic for team chat and the option of a wired connection. That means you can keep playing even if the 20-hour battery runs out.

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2. HyperX Cloud Alpha

The best wired Nintendo Switch headset

Drivers: 50mm | Weight: 336g | Features: braided cable, inline controls | Works with: Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, all phone and tablets with 3.5mm jacks

Excellent sound quality
Great noise cancelling
Superb value
Design isn't for everyone

If you want the right balance between price and performance for your Nintendo Switch, look no further than the HyperX Cloud Alpha. It's comfy, durable, and has a superb frequency response range, meaning the sound is richer than most other headsets. It's less bassy and noisy, too, which is always a bonus. 

You won't be paying over the odds, 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 headset options out there, if you ask us.

Best Nintendo Switch charger

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1. Anker PowerCore 26800mAh

The best Nintendo Switch charger

Charges phones, tablets, and more
Multiple ports
Faster charging
Expensive

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.

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

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2. Portable Power Bank for Nintendo Switch

The best attachable Nintendo Switch charger

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

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As a staff writer for our Hardware team, Benjamin looks after many of the buying guides, board game features, deals, and tech reviews you’ll see on GamesRadar+.