Best Nintendo Switch gaming accessories
Whether you're playing with friends, gaming solo, or on the move, we've rounded up some of the best accessories to boost your Switch experience.
The Nintendo Switch has been out for a few years now, but that hasn't stopped companies releasing new and exciting accessories for the device all the time.
The Nintendo Switch remains one of the most versatile consoles on the market, functioning as both a stationary device and a portable gaming machine, with controllers that can be detached and used in a variety of ways. This gives plenty of scope for accessories that can make the gaming experience even more varied.
With the relatively recent release of the Nintendo Switch OLED, plenty of new Nintendo Switch games and a resurgence of interest for these two handheld consoles, we've rounded up the best Nintendo Switch accessories.
Best Nintendo Switch accessories for 2022
Ring Fit Adventure
While playing games can get your blood pumping, it’s not the most physical of activities, but thanks to the Ring Fit Adventure you can turn your game time into a full-on workout. Simply attach one Joy-Con to your leg with the included strap, and fit the other inside the handheld Ring-Con, and you’ll be able to physically produce in-game movements such as jogging, sprinting and jumping.
Not just a healthy gimmick, it can create a more immersive gaming experience as you move through the single-player campaign, or even compete with friends across 12 mini-games.
PowerA Wireless controller (Animal Crossing)
Calling all Animal Crossing fans, this is the perfect accessory for you. PowerA makes affordable controllers that will work with both your Switch and Switch OLED. This one comes decked out with an Animal Crossing skin so you can rep your favourite game.
On top of the normal buttons you would get, this controller also throws in two advanced buttons on the back that you can map to whatever button you like.
As a portable console, the Switch can be prone to scratches as it’s stuffed into luggage or goes through general wear and tear as you game on the go. It’s well worth investing in a screen protector to keep the image sharp and the device clean.
Designed with visibility in mind, this screen protector keeps damage away without compromising on the HD quality thanks to its high transparency, which also keeps the touchscreen sensitivity intact. Made with ultra-thin tempered glass, it’s easy to install without creating extra issues like bubbles or fingerprints. Just follow the instructions carefully, and make use of the cleaning cloth and dust-remover included.
Joy-Con Wheel Accessory
Mario Kart has long been a staple of Nintendo, and with the Joy-Con wheel accessory you can really feel like you’re Princess Peach in the driver’s seat. Designed for a smoother driving experience and more immersive gameplay, the two wheels provided would be an ideal addition to a Nintendo party.
In the spirit of Nintendo Switch, they are portable enough to carry easily if the party is elsewhere, but also work just as well alone if you’re playing online or in single-player mode.
Hori Split Pad Pro
While there are plenty of replacement accessories for Nintendo's Joy-Cons, this officially licensed option from Hori is one of the best. Unlike the controller that comes with the Nintendo Switch, this feels more like what you'll be used to with other gaming controllers.
Like the Animal Crossing controller above, there are two buttons on the back of this controller that you can map to whatever actions you like.
Orzly Carry Case Compatible With Nintendo Switch
As you invest in more accessories for the portable console it’s important to ensure you don’t lose track of the smaller pieces while on the move. This is where the Orzly Carry Case comes in. Perfect for keeping everything in one place, it holds the Switch and the Joy-Cons, has ample cable space and plenty of slots for games.
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The compact case is made from durable EVA material, while the inside is lined with soft material to keep your Switch and accessories free from scratches.
SanDisk 512GB Ultra MicroSDXC UHS-I Memory Card
If you’re a frequent user of the Nintendo Switch you’ll know how easy it is to burn through the 32GB of internal storage, and are likely on the lookout to expand your memory space.
While the 256GB may be ideal for many gamers, if you’re looking for the maximum amount of memory currently available in one card for the Switch, you may want to consider investing in 512GB, which should see you through all the games in your current collection, and well beyond.
8Bitdo Arcade Stick for Nintendo Switch
For a modern gamer with an appreciation for the retro aesthetic, the 8Bitdo Arcade Stick is a nice throwback to simpler times, but can now be used to navigate through the latest games on the Nintendo Switch.
With options to connect to the device through Bluetooth or wire (included) the arcade stick is ultra-moddable, allowing you to swap out the joystick and arcade buttons to create a bespoke design that takes you right back to the classics.
The Pro Controller is designed for those moments when you want to take your gaming a bit more seriously. With all the functionality and buttons from a Joy-Con, it has a traditional, ergonomic control pad shape, ideal for quick and competitive play.
You’ll have access to the amiibo functionality and HD rumble as usual, with the added perk of premium grips and high-quality controls.
PDP LVL40 Wired Stereo Headset
Built for long gaming sessions, this headset is lightweight and breathable and will see you through some serious gameplay. The attached mic is bi-directional and noise-cancelling for clear communication, with the option of a quick, flick-to-mute feature, so you can only be heard when you want to be.
Officially licenced by Nintendo, you’ll be able to stay on top of the action and fully aware of your surroundings (in the game at least) thanks to the 40mm audio drivers, and the volume and mute buttons easily accessible on the ear, which means you’ll never have to avert your eyes mid-game.
Andrew Lloyd is a digital writer covering the latest gadgets, appliances and devices across Immediate Media's special interest brands. Whether you’re relaxing at home, exploring a mountainside, or staring into space, he likely has a recommendation for you.