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The best Nintendo Switch accessories (2023)

There’s a lot here, we know, but these accessories will certainly add another level of entertainment to the Nintendo Switch.

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You’ve got your hands on a Nintendo Switch – congrats. Whether it’s the new OLED model, the Switch Lite, or the OG, you’re in for a treat.

But why stop there? Take it to the next level by accessorizing with the best Switch accessories.

Don’t just jump into games like Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey with your friends without getting the right accessories to enhance your gaming experience.

But as good as these consoles are, there’s still room for improvement.

For example, upgrading the original dock to something more portable. Other things like bedazzling it with a glittery case or a carrying bag for your portable but oh-so-fragile console.

And lastly, and probably most importantly: don’t forget to add a screen protector because replacing a shattered screen is expensive.

From controllers to protection and everything in between, we’ve found the best Nintendo Switch accessories you can buy. So, how did we get here?

How we make our picks

We looked at a lot of different things that you can use with your Switch, like special cases and extra controllers. Basically, we tried a bunch of them, so you didn’t have to.

A lot of them were good. On the other hand, a lot of them were bad. But overall, it helped us craft the very best of the best things to include here.

On top of all that testing, we spent hours scouring the internet for user reviews, Reddit posts, and YouTube videos, dedicating countless hours to making the best list possible.

But mainly, our first-hand experience is ultimately how we made our picks.

The best Nintendo Switch accessories (2023)

There are tons of different Switch accessories to choose from. Here are some of our favorites. And if you’re short on time, feel free to skip ahead using any of the jump links below.

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PowerA Enhanced Controller time ($60)

We were going to look for third-party controllers to put here, but none compared to the real thing.

The only notable exception is the $50 PowerA enhanced wireless range because of their sweet licensed artwork.

If you need more controllers, buy Nintendo-branded ones like the growing range of colored Joy-Cons, or the Pro Controller.

But if you play lots of Super Smash Bros., get the PowerA GameCube style one cause that’ll feel like you’re playing the original game.


Nintendo Switch Pro controller ($70)

nintendo switch pro controller

If you’re looking for a better controller option from Nintendo, you can’t go wrong with the Nintendo Switch Pro controller.

A more traditional design, the Pro controller comes with motion controls, rumble, and more. Plus, it’s a much better size for adult hands.

If you spend a lot of time playing the Switch solo, we definitely recommend checking out a Nintendo Switch Pro controller.


Hori Split Pad Pro ($50)

hori split pad pro for nintendo switch

You can get the full-sized controller experience in handheld mode with this sweet split controller from Hori.

The big bonus here? Two customizable back buttons, so you can easily trigger your most used in-game controls.

Hori also adds turbo functionality, so you don’t have to wear your thumbs out mashing fire buttons.


Genki Covert Dock for Nintendo Switch ($75)

The dock that comes in your Nintendo Switch box is great if you only want to put your console behind your TV.

But what if you want to use it while traveling? It’s bulky to stick into your bag and kinda looks fragile.

Enter Human Things yet again with the new Genki Covert Dock.

It uses GaN tech to stuff a USB PD charger, an HDMI output, and a USB port, so your bulky dock’s functionality is shrunk into something the size of the Nintendo Switch power adapter. All you need to do is plug in some cables. Awesome.

We’ve been using one for some time now, and it really is a marvelous device. Ditch your dock; Genki is the future.


Nintendo Switch light-up dock shield by PDP ($16)

PDP has your back if you still want to use the stock dock but feel it could do with some jazzing up.

Each kit has two light-up dock covers like this one with the sheikah slate motif from Breath of the Wild to make the dull dock look awesome.

READ MORE: How to turn on dark mode on Nintendo Switch

They’re so cheap that you can get a few and change it up if you get bored of the pattern.

Add 17 different color/pattern effects to the mix, and your boring gray dock will never be the same again.


Up-Switch Orion ($285)

Ever wished your Nintendo Switch screen was larger? Up-Switch has you covered with the Orion. Dock your console into the back, and you’ll get an 11.6-inch screen to play on.

The trade-off? You’re in docked mode, so there is no touchscreen.

You’ll also need an external power source, like a power bank. Oh, and the screen adds 1.5 pounds to the weight you’ll be carrying around.


KontrolFreeks thumbsticks ($15)

While we love both the Joy-Cons and the Pro Controller here at KnowTechie, we’re less enthused about the thumbsticks used by Nintendo.

Besides the drift issues, those stubby little Joy-Con thumbsticks aren’t really usable by anyone out of grade school.

That’s where KontrolFreek comes in.

With a full range of height-enhancing, grip-fixing extenders for those thumbsticks so you can finally play Mario Odyssey without wanting to throw your controllers more than Nintendo suggests.

SanDisk MicroSDXC memory card (varies)

SanDisk 256GB microSDXC

Once you’ve put a few games onto your Nintendo Switch, you’ll find that the internal storage fills up pretty quickly.

Even playing games from a cartridge adds files to the internal storage, so you’ll need a microSD card to add more space.

This is one of the best accessories you can buy for your Nintendo Switch, and it really should be the first thing you order.

Sure, you could buy any old microSD card, but where’s the fun in that?

SanDisk has officially-licensed microSD cards for the Nintendo Switch, with Zelda logos for the 64GB size, a Mario Mushroom on the 128GB size, and an all-yellow Invincibility Star on the 256GB, so you can pack in more games in style.


Orzly Grip Case for Nintendo Switch Lite ($15)

If you’ve opted for the Nintendo Switch Lite, you might want a protective case so you don’t smash it while playing Super Smash Bros. outside the house.

Orzly has a great grip case that covers everything except the buttons in protective TPU material.

It’s got cut-outs for all the vents and ports, a kickstand, and even two hidden compartments in the grips, so you can carry two additional game cartridges. That’s pretty darn cool.


PowerA Everywhere Messenger Bag ($40)

powera messenger bag nintendo switch

When you spend a lot of time on the go, you’ll want a convenient way to transport your Nintendo Switch. The Everywhere messenger bag from PowerA is the perfect option.

It’s made of a stylish polyester outer shell and a neoprene inner case to keep your console protected.

You can fit any Nintendo Switch model in the bag, along with up to six game cards.

There are also added compartments for cables, AC adapters, and more. The PowerA Everywhere is an all-in-one case for convenient gaming on the go.


Ring Fit Adventure ($80)

Every Nintendo console in recent years has come with motion controls, and the Nintendo Switch and its Joy-Cons is no exception.

That means it’s perfect for motion-activated games or, in this case, RingFit Adventures, which Nintendo-fies your daily workouts.

Using the Ring accessory and leg strap, your two Joy-Cons turn your body into the controller, letting you jog, sprint, and throw knees through dozens of adventure-packed levels.

Attack by throwing shoulders, refill your life counter by throwing shapes (yoga shapes, to be exact), and become a “master squatter.”

Oh, and don’t forget to play the minigames, which Nintendo is always fantastic at creating.


Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit ($120)

mario kart live home circuit kit

Ever wanted to turn your home into a Mario Kart circuit? Now you can, because this game kit gives you everything you need.

Place the cardboard gates around your home to make the racetrack, then turn your Nintendo Switch into an augmented reality controller to race the included RC car through the course you created.

Add more kits to race multiplayer cars around your living room, but look out for those virtual shells!


Nintendo LABO (varies)

Remember all the fun you had with cardboard boxes as a kid? Bring that fun back to the digital age with the LABO kits.

Pop out the cardboard sheets, put them together in the order the game cart tells you to, and enjoy some insanely fun augmented reality experiences.

Depending on which kit you get, you can turn your Switch into a race sim rig, a VR blaster, or even a piano.


Anker PowerCore 20,100mAh power bank

anker 20,100 mAh power bank

One of the worst things that can happen when gaming on the go is running out of battery. You can address that problem with the PowerCore 20,100 mAh power bank from Anker.

This portable charger offers 4.8A of output and massive charging capacity, so you’ll have enough power to keep your Switch charged up for even the longest gaming sessions.


UGREEN USB Ethernet adapter ($15)

ugreen usb 3.0 ethernet adapter

The wireless connection on the Nintendo Switch is good enough for most cases, but sometimes you want the stability of a wired network connection.

You could buy the official Nintendo Ethernet adapter, but this one is half the price and just as good. Plug it into the dock, and you’ll be brawling in Super Smash Bros. with low latency in no time.


HORI Compact Playstand ($22)

Nintendo put a handy kickstand on the back of the Switch for if you want to use the Joy-Cons without a TV.

That’s cool, but they also put the charging port on the bottom, so you can’t keep your Switch powered up while using the kickstand.

HORI fixes that issue with its foldable, compact Playstand, which raises the screen to a better height for your neck while allowing access to the USB-C charging port.


These are our picks for the best Nintendo Switch accessories

There’s a lot here, we know. But no matter if you are playing from the comfort of your home or on the go, these are some of the best Nintendo Switch accessories money can buy right now.

And without a doubt, these accessories will certainly add another level of entertainment to the Nintendo Switch.

Did we miss anything? Have any thoughts on this? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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