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6 Must-Have Nintendo Switch Accessories

/ Mar 13th, 2017 No Comments

Nintendo Switch

March 3 was a monumental day for Nintendo. The Nintendo Switch, the company’s new console, released and a new The Legend of Zelda game launched alongside it. Regardless if you pre-ordered the console online or waited hours to buy one at a retail store, if you were lucky enough to get your hands on a Switch, there are some accessories that you absolutely need to experience its full potential.

Screen Protector

No portable console is truly ready to be taken out into the world without a screen protector, and Nintendo’s hybrid console is no exception. The 6.2-inch screen is a magnet for dust and smudges. A screen protector will prevent it from getting dirty and scratched up.

So, which screen protector should you buy? The console’s design makes it hard to find generic screen protectors for it. However, official screen protectors from Hori and PDP are not much better — just check out the customer reviews.

Nintendo Switch

Techmatte’s amFilm tempered glass screen protector is the best value for the Switch.

If you’re looking for a quality screen protector that’ll keep your system golden, the amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector from TechMatte is your best bet. The two-pack of protectors comes highly rated and is cheaper than the competition.

These screen protectors were on backorder immediately following the system’s launch, so don’t hesitate to order one when you have a chance.

Extra AC USB Type-C Charger

The Nintendo Switch uses a handy USB Type-C port to charge the main system unit, which eliminates the annoying need to insert the charger a certain way. The packaging comes with one AC charger, but you’ll likely constantly keep it attached to the dock — it would be a hassle to remove and plug it in all the time.

Therefore, a lack of portable power hinders the system’s portability. That’s why you should invest in a spare USB Type-C charger.

Nintendo Switch

There are plenty of USB Type-C chargers on the market that will meet the Switch’s specifications.

When buying an extra charger, keep in mind to get the right power modulation. You must use a 30W charger with the Switch, or you could risk frying the system. Luckily, there is a wide range of compatible chargers on the market. Amazon carries a selection of chargers with the right specifications at relatively cheap prices, including this one.

However, the issue with third-party chargers is that you’ll likely spend more buying it and a spare USB Type-C cord if you don’t own one already. You might be better off purchasing the official Nintendo AC Adapter.

Carrying Case

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Master Edition and Special Edition each came with one of the most important accessories for Nintendo Switch: a carrying case. If you weren’t fortunate enough to get one, I’m sorry, but you should definitely purchase a case for your Switch if you plan to use it on the go.

The case included with the Breath of the Wild special editions is modeled after Link’s stylish Sheikah Slate with a Velcro strap to keep your Switch in place, a folio for extra cartridges (who are you kidding, you’re only playing Breath of the Wild), and a pouch for headphones and other accessories.

For most, this case is but a dream. However, PDP makes Link- and Mario-themed versions of it in its branded Switch Starter Kits line. The Mario “M” edition is in stock at Gamestop now.

Nintendo Switch

If you didn’t score the Sheikah Slate case, PDP makes a similar one.

The kit comes with the primo case, screen protector, Joy-Con armor guards and thumb caps, earbuds and a cleaning cloth.

If you’re looking to spend a little less, the RDS Industries Nintendo Switch cases should do you just fine. Boasting fewer frills, the case will keep your system in place and comes with cartridge and Micro SD card holders.

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

There isn’t much to say about this one. Just buy it with your system. Like me, you’ll regret it if you don’t.

The Joy-Cons aren’t bad by any means, but I found the left Joy-Con desync struggle to be too real. For me, only a table blocking the system was enough to cause this issue. Plus, the triggers don’t feel right for a home console. The Joy-Con works fine on the go, but you want a more substantial controller and triggers if you’re playing at home.

Nintendo Switch

The Pro Controller is an absolute must buy.

Nintendo’s Pro Controller for the Switch exceeds all expectations. It has great weight and feel, and solid button snap, although the D-pad is too shallow. The biggest benefit is it never desyncs when playing more than two feet away from the system. It also comes with a nifty extra USB Type-C cord for charging.

System Skins/Decorations

For portable consoles especially, many owners wish to customize their systems. If you want to add custom skins to your Switch, you should first know that vinyl decals seem to ruin the console’s finish due to its materials. While it may prevent you from using full skins on your Switch, there are still ways to make your Switch your own.

Nintendo Switch Dog Sticker

Who’s a good Nintendog? Yes, you are!

If you’re going to go with full-system skins, stick with the official PDP skins for now or you risk damaging the console. But if you really want to make your Switch your best friend, you need this simple dog tongue from Etsy. Your Joy-Con grip turns into a delightful, derpy Nintendog Switch.

Heinz Ketchup

People seem committed to licking or eating their f***ing Switch cartridges after discovering a coating Nintendo put on them to prevent children from doing so. You might as well buy a bottle of Heinz Ketchup on your way home to make your miserable life a little less so.

Pass the Heinz

Pass the Heinz, Don.

Remember also to season your cartridges with salt and pepper before serving because no sauce can cover up poorly seasoned food — or video games.


Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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