This is the first thing you should buy for your Nintendo Switch

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The Nintendo Switch is a highly versatile hybrid console, as useful in your living room as it is on the bus. With all sorts of excellent games to choose from, the Nintendo Switch remains an excellent purchase, even years after its initial launch. 

The Nintendo Switch is one of the best gaming consoles out there. However, as with any new investment, you might be wondering what to buy so as to get the most out of the console. 

Though our guide to the  best Nintendo Switch accessories will see you right, there's one thing that you should definitely buy before you even think about investing in any other goodies for your machine. In fact, failing to make this particular investment is one of the most common mistakes people make with the console. 

So sit back, relax, and read on to find out the most important accessory you can buy for your shiny new Nintendo Switch. 

Safety first

The Orzly Switch Carry Case

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The hybrid nature of the Nintendo Switch means that, most likely, you'll be taking it with you so you can play games on the go. With all the great Nintendo Switch games available, who could blame you? However, though relatively tough, a Nintendo Switch is far from indestructible. 

All it takes is one bad knock or nasty scratch, and your lovely touch screen won't be so lovely anymore. Many a time have we heard of a poor Nintendo Switch owner who accidentally put their Switch into the same bag pocket as their keys, only to later find that their screen had been horribly scratched up in transit. 

Fortunately, there is a better way. Investing in even the cheapest and most cheerful carry case will do wonders for your console's lifespan. Though any of these Nintendo Switch carry cases would do a great job, I recommend the Orzly carry case in terms of sheer value for money. 

Orzly Carry Case for Nintendo Switch: $14.89 at Amazon

Orzly Carry Case for Nintendo Switch: $14.89 at Amazon

This carry case offers a sturdy and practical EVA shell for your Nintendo Switch, along with a handy pocket to help carry extra Joy-Cons, games and other accessories. If you don't mind the plain design, this is an excellent and cost-effective way to keep your console safe.

Investing in a carry case is one of the smartest moves you can make as a Nintendo Switch owner. I know my carry case has kept my Switch safe through many a long journey. It may seem like a small purchase, but, your console (and your wallet) will thank you in the long run. 

Cat Bussell
Staff Writer

Cat Bussell is a Staff Writer at TechRadar Gaming. Hailing from the crooked spires of London, Cat is an experienced writer and journalist. As seen on,, and, Cat is here to bring you coverage from all corners of the video game world. An inveterate RPG maven and strategy game enjoyer, Cat is known for her love of rich narratives; both story-driven and emergent. 

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