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The 10 Best Nintendo Switch Accessories

The Nintendo Switch is an extremely popular console. With plenty of hit games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Smash Bros Ultimate already on it and with more great games on the way, there’s a lot of reason to add Nintendo’s hybrid console to your own setup.

However, there are many things you can add to make your Nintendo Switch even better. Plenty of third-party companies have made accessories for convenience, versatility, or just plain entertainment. If you have a Switch and want to give it a few upgrades, here are the 10 best accessories for the console.

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10 PRO CONTROLLER

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The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is hands-down one of the best controllers on the market. With softer triggers, gyro functionality, and a comfortable grip, it makes playing games on the Nintendo Switch much more enjoyable.

It functions with all the same features that a Joy-Con does, and the battery lasts just as long if not longer. Perhaps the best part about the Pro Controller is that it comes in different models based on different games. Now, there is one for Splatoon 2, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and Super Smash Bros Ultimate. The Pro Controller was also recently added to have official support by Steam, meaning that it works on PC too.

9 HORI COMPACT PLAYSTAND

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The big draw of the Switch is that it can be played in multiple different configurations. TV and handheld mode are huge selling points, but it can also function in tabletop mode if you want to have a slightly more traditional experience while you're out and about.

The only downside to using tabletop mode is that it's impossible to charge the console at the same time. That's where the HORI Compact Playstand comes into play. Not only does it have the Switch sit higher, making it easier on the eyes, but it opens up the bottom port, allowing for easy charging in tabletop mode.

8 SANDISK 128GB SD CARD

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The Switch has onboard internal storage of only 32GB. That's not a lot if you want to start building a library of digital games. Some games are too big to fit in the physical cartridges, meaning you'll be forced to a download regardless.

At some point, then, it's a worthy investment to get an SD card. To avoid getting a fake or one that functions poorly, Nintendo has some officially licensed ones in association with SanDisk. This model increases Switch storage by 128GB. You'll be able to fit tons of games in it before you have to upgrade once more.

7 JOY-CON CHARGING DOCK

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It's likely that you'll purchase an extra pair of Joy-Cons after getting a Nintendo Switch. The Joy-Cons make it easy to a few more people to each game like Super Mario Party or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. However, only two Joy-Cons can be charged at a time, as they must be plugged into the Switch and docked.

That's where a specific charging dock comes in. It has four slots, meaning that you can slide four Joy-Con onto it, plug into the dock via USB, and sit back as all of them charge at the same time. Small LEDs indicate the level of charge for each one, meaning its easy to tell when they're topped off.

6 JETECH PROTECTIVE CASE/GRIP

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The Nintendo Switch is a $300 console, meaning it can be risky taking it out and about. If you're a bit of a butterfingers, you may want to consider getting a case for it to protect it from damage.

This protective case is a great purchase because it has multiple functions. It slips on over the back of the console to protect it from falls and is scratch resistant. However, the case also has grips on the back. The Switch console itself can feel a bit slippery at times, but these grips are sure to make it feel a lot better in handheld mode.

5 FUNLAB TRAVEL CARRYING CASE

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Most video game consoles can be a pain to transport from one place to another. However, the Switch is easy to pick up and get going. It takes very little time to get it all set up with a new TV, and this is helped by how light all the equipment is.

If you're one who takes your entire Switch setup with you, then this travel carrying case is the way to go. It has room for just about everything: the console, the dock, the cables, the games, and even an extra pair of Joy-Cons. The case is also designed like Mario's overalls, making it feel more authentic.

4 AMFILM TEMPERED GLASS SCREEN PROTECTOR

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There have been some negative reports when it comes to the Switch screen. Being made of plastic, it can be easy to scratch it, which is sure to bother some people. A few people have reported sliding the console in and out of the dock rough enough to scratch the screen as well. This is why getting a screen protector is a worthy investment.

If you want maximum protection for the console, a tempered glass screen protector is the way to do it. Tempered glass is also much easier to apply than plastic screen protectors, as they keep bubbles to a minimum.

3 BLUETOOTH AUDIO TRANSMITTER

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The Switch is a bit weird when it comes to headphones and voice chat. You can plug in headphones regularly when the console is in handheld mode through its audio jack, and you can use USB headphones in docked mode. However, there is no native support for a Bluetooth headset.

With a Bluetooth audio transmitter, that problem becomes a thing of the past. It plugs straight into the USB-C port or the USB dock port with an adaptor. It lets you pair up to two headphones simultaneously to get great sound quality. It also makes voice chat in Fortnite and Paladins much easier.

2 PORTABLE BATTERY PACK

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People who play their Switch in handheld mode often are quick to find that the battery doesn't last a long time. Playing games like Breath of the Wild can allow for around three hours before needing a charge. Some games are more, some games are less. This is why a portable battery pack is a good investment for those who take their Switches around.

This portable battery pack also functions as a case. You just slide your Switch in with the USB port and the battery will do the rest. There is a cover if you just want to charge your Switch rather than play it. It also has a stand so you can prop the console up.

1 JOY-CON GRIPS

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While it's great that the Joy-Cons are as versatile as they are, it doesn't always feel good to use them separately. Especially true when trying to hit those shoulder buttons. Thankfully, there are grips to help get rid of this issue.

These Joy-Cons grips slide over the controllers, giving players two handles just like any other controller as well as raised shoulder buttons, making them easier to press when drifting in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or shielding in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. If you're constantly passing Joy-Cons around, these grips are a great investment. Your guests will thank you for it.

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