7 Top Accessories For Nintendo Switch Lovers

7 Top Accessories For Nintendo Switch Lovers

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Attendants play various video games at the inaugural WAGE 14 (West Africa Gaming Expo), Dec. 20, 2014. | Andrew Esiebo/Al Jazeera America

It’s here, it’s here, it’s here! The Nintendo Switch, that is, and now that you’ve got your new handheld console and games you could do with a few accessories as well. Sure, your kit comes with everything you need to get started, but a little extra never hurt anybody. It is a well-known fact that video game accessories marriage well with a gaming system. Thus, here we take a look over some of the best accessories to pair with the Nintendo Switch.

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Kingtop Nintendo Switch Case/Official Nintendo Switch Case + Screen Protector Bundle

Now, first things first. You might be careful with your new favorite toy, but other people might not be so respectful (hopefully unintentionally). There’s the Official Nintendo case and screen protector duo; a standard soft-shell zip up travel case with an easy to install screen protector. If you want a little extra, the Kingtop case is a bestseller on Amazon. You’ll have to buy a screen protector separately if you want one, but the total price will come out about the same.

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amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector

If you haven’t gotten that Nintendo case and screen protector bundle, then you’re going to want to buy that screen protector separately. Stuff happens sometimes, even if you’re the most careful person on the planet. A protector can go a long way to keeping those dirty fingerprints and damaging scratches off that pretty screen. The best seller on Amazon is the amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector 2-Pack described as “Highly durable and scratch resistant/chip resistant, this strong 9H (hardness level) protector will guarantee your Switch the best protection against drops, bumps, scratches and normal wear and tear.”

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Nulaxy Tabletop Stand/Hori Compact Playstand

want to do some tabletop gaming? Don’t quite trust the stand on your console? Consider investing in something a bit more sturdy. The Nulaxy Foldable Aluminium Stand fits the Switch and also iPhones, iPads and pretty much every other tablet, too. There’s also the Hori Compact Playstand, which isn’t a Nintendo product specifically, but is licensed by the company. They don’t differ much in price so really, it’s up to individual preference.

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Surge Nintendo Switch Grip Kit

Let’s be honest, those Joy-Con controllers are just a little bit awkward if you’re doing any hardcore long gaming sessions. The Wii had the jelly grips, the Switch has the Grip Kit. They’re available in multiple colours with thumb grips and easy access to all buttons, even the ones that might be a bit awkward to reach. For a pretty decent price you get two controller grips and two thumb stick grips, enough for you to keep playing burning that midnight oil in comfort. (You might want to make sure you pick up a strap or two as well just in case of any controller-meet-TV incidents.)

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Power Bank

Unless you’re going to spend all of your time playing your Switch with it in its docking station you might want to pick up a power bank to get that little bit of extra oomph out of your battery life. After all what’s the point of having a handheld if you can’t take it out of the house with you? There’s a lot of choices. A lot of them are expensive, and you have to make sure you have the right capacity so you don’t blow everything up. Imuto has a pretty decent selection of banks at various different price points. A good middle ground would be the X6, which according to an Amazon review can give an added 8 hours of playtime on Zelda.

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Charging Dock

If you’ve got a Playstation or an Xbox or a WiiU or any other console gaming station you likely have a dock to charge your controllers, too, rather than use up the batteries. Nintendo provides a licensed Joy-Con controller dock that can charge up to four at one time with individual LED indicator lights, a weighted base and power via a USB cord. Not a bad deal for the price and definitely worth it in the long run.

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Adapters

I probably have more mini USB cables in my house than I can count but the problem is that mini USBs can’t always fix every problem, which is why buying an extra adapter for when you’re on the go with your Switch is a smart move. You can keep one with all your other gaming gear and take the other with you in the car, or the plane, or to grandma’s house or whenever it is you need your portable entertainment (and for a reasonable price, too, depending on what you want.)

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Ethernet Adapter

As mentioned by GamerBolt, the Nintendo Wii U didn’t have a LAN adapter, and the Nintendo Switch also falls victim to this too. Thus, If you play a lot of online games then you know that WiFi isn’t the best way to do it. If you plan on playing a lot of online games on your Switch, then you’re going to want a direct connection to your internet. You can buy the official Nintendo adapter by Hori, or you can buy a generic one. The UGREEN RJ45 is a good option for a lower price.

Although Sony’s PlayStation 4 is the best-selling console to have launched in recent times, the Nintendo Switch is proving extremely popular amongst gamers. This selection of accessories is sure to take your experience to the next level. Which accessories would you recommend? Be sure to leave them within the comments below.

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