The Nintendo Switch has been out for some time now and manufacturers have released a ton of accessories. The hybrid console comes with everything you need to get started in the box but, to get full enjoyment you will need to pick up some of the following accessories!
1. Screen Protector
Now, this seems like a no brainer, right? Well, you would think so however, I am the type of person who usually doesn’t like anything to tarnish my consoles purity. I mean after all Nintendo has created a beautiful console with the switch and why would you want to slap some cheap plastic in front of the screen?
Well, it turns out that Nintendo didn’t factor in the hard plastic inside the dock which over time rubs on the screen leaving unsightly marks on your otherwise pristine console – It drives me mad!
The Anti-Glare protection kit from Power A is really nice, it also has the added benefit of giving the screen a matt appearance which means no more bedside lamp reflections for me! (Comes with a nice Switch Branded cloth also!)
2. Pro Controller
After using the Nintendo Switch’s controller it is very hard to go back to the joy-con grip. Some games feel like they are made for Pro controller, Zelda & Dark Souls especially. It is a little pricey but, thankfully has come down in price considerably. Inside is all the gubbins of the joy-cons including HD rumble and NFC for all you Amiibo hoarders out there. Having a more robust controller will defiantly be a must for anyone who is considering getting Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
I recently purchased an additional Nintendo Switch for my partner and was considering a slightly cheaper branded controller by Power A which looked almost the same (Except for some really nice Zelda art on it). Upon further research, I found out that these controllers are missing HD rumble, NFC and more importantly motion controls! Making games like Super Mario Odyssey practically unplayable without switching back to the Joy-cons. In the box, you also get an additional USB-C charging cable which is very handy indeed! You really do pay for what you get.
The Pro controller comes in a few different variations with plain black being the cheapest at the time of writing.
3. Carry Case / Travel Bag
Perfect not just for travel but also for storage. I personally keep my Switch inside my travel bag when not docked. There’s room in there for 5 or so game cases, the pro controller and AC adaptor. There is space for the dock if you are travelling to a family or friends (Or even for business!). Inside you get a rather nice hard protective case for the Switch console itself. I do like the fact that the bag is a little understated also and isn’t completely plastered with logos on the outside.
On the flip side though, we got my partner the Zelda themed messenger bag and she loves it!
4. Storage - Micro SD Card
Now, this might be the most boring item on this list but, Nintendo included only 32gb of internal memory on the Switch. This is OK if you are mainly going to be buying physical games but, most people will buy at least a few digital exclusive games.
I recently purchased both Resident Evil Revelations 1 & 2 when they were on sale last. The Resident Evil Revelations 2 download comes in at 23.6GB and the first game was a still rather large 12.0GB! Even my Minecraft saves are taking up nearly 1GB of space!!
Luckily Nintendo opted for storage expansion via Micro SD. These have become cheaper and cheaper over the last few years and they can be picked up affordably. I would say at a minimum you would want to go for 128GB.
5. Additional AC Adapter
This may not be as big a problem for others as it is for me! In our house, my dock sits lovingly next to my PS4 downstairs. This location was ideal if I was playing downstairs but, I do well over 50% of my gaming on the Switch in handheld mode in bed! There was an awful amount of hassle caused by having to unplug the AC adapter and remember to either bring it all the way upstairs or drag it all the one back down. There is nothing more soul destroying than seeing the battery low message flash up and remembering that your charger is plugged in all the way downstairs!
The ideal solution is to keep an additional AC adapter in your travel bag with you while leaving the original in the dock.
6. Nintendo Switch Charge & Play Stand
The more I think about the Nintendo Switch the more I think that Nintendo didn’t put enough thought into the dock & charging side of things as they should have! The Nintendo Switch does a great job in tabletop mode, It really is quite a lot of fun to play Mario Odyssey or a mini-split screen Mario Kart with a friend.
A small design floor, however, is the location of the charging port. There is no way to get the USB-C cable into the console while in tabletop mode. This can be frustrating if you are playing for any longer period of time, effectively forcing you to stop playing or to switch to handheld mode.
Fortunately, Nintendo eventually came up with a solution. This charging cable is adjustable and allows for the input of power while playing in tabletop mode. No more player 2 having to go elsewhere while you have to charge!