Having the best Nintendo Switch accessories will help enhance your hybrid setup and create an even better gaming experience, and since there's a huge variety of products available for the console, you're guaranteed to find something to suit any preference or budget you might have in mind.
One of the most exciting elements of the best Nintendo Switch accessories is how many manufacturers have cornered the market. That's owing to the Nintendo Switch is now over five years old, with the Nintendo Switch Lite and Nintendo Switch OLED also being available for a fair amount of time as well.
If you're on the hunt for something more specific, then don't worry. We're also rounding up the best headphones for Nintendo Switch as well as the best SD cards for Nintendo Switch, too. If you're still torn on which model is right for you, we've also compared Nintendo Switch vs Nintendo Switch OLED, too, in the battle for the top performer.
Best Nintendo Switch accessories in 2023
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The Brook Power Bay can easily be considered one of the best Nintendo Switch accessories, especially if you find yourself playing a lot of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Outside of its GameCube aesthetics, the biggest strength of this third-party dock is the support for up to two Bluetooth audio devices, meaning you can hook up a headset as well as a soundbar and keep things ticking over smoothly.
Arguably it's the two built-in GameCube controller ports that are going to be attractive to those who still have their old-school remotes handy. Regardless, for the price you're paying here, around $55 / £52 depending on colorway, there's more than enough value here to satisfy, especially when considering that an official Nintendo Switch dock replacement runs just shy of three times as much.
Admittedly, you aren't getting the same premium feel or size for the unit with the Brook Power Pay, but the plastic construction didn't bother us in our testing. We found the console sat flush with no issues to speak of. If you're someone who is after another place to dock your Switch without having to disconnect any existing wires, this is a top-performing option.
- Read more: Brook Power Bay review
You can think of Ring Fit Adventure as a spiritual successor to the Wii's Fit Board, the classic gamer's fitness accessory. But this time, you get a role-playing game with fitness moves seamlessly weaved in rather than gamified exercise classes.
The extra hardware is why Ring Fit Adventure is relatively expensive. One half of the Joy-Con slots into a resistance ring you hold with both hands. The other half ties around your thigh in a holster. This combo can tell how much you move, your particular moves, and how high above your head you raise the ring. Your motions then tie into your character's on-screen actions.
We found in our experience that the game offered more of a workout and substantial challenge than the likes of the tried-and-true Wii Fit from yesteryear. Taken individually, the peripheral and the gameplay itself may not be exceptional, but it's when both elements come together that the title comes into its own. Ultimately, though, you're only going to get what you put into a game like this meaning its overall appeal could waiver as the weeks and months go on.
Regardless, Ring Fit Adventure is a great way to get back into exercise indoors if the idea of YouTube classes does not appeal. Just keep in mind that it's not a great fit for the Switch Lite, though, as you'll ideally want to play with the console docked to your TV.
- Read more: Nintendo Ring Fit Adventure review
We think it's fair to say that the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is going to be a substantial upgrade over the stock Joy-Cons and grip that the console comes with. That's because it not only features a far more conventional ergonomic design but also comes with a mighty 40-hour battery, too. That means you won't have to stress too badly about juicing up before jumping into some of the premiere games available on the console.
It's the button placement, triggers, and bumpers that we particularly like about the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller as it shares more DNA with the likes of the Xbox Wireless Controller than prior Nintendo efforts. That means if you're coming other from one of the two other major platforms you'll be right at home.
There's little that's potentially exciting about this model but it positions itself as a quality gamepad above all else. If you have been in the market for a controller that's suited to bigger hands then you'll be in good hands here (pun intended).
- Read more: Nintendo Switch Pro Controller review
For as much as we love Nintendo's official offering, the recent 8BitDo Ultimate for Nintendo Switch may just pull ahead in terms of performance and features. That's because this gamepad features its own dedicated charging dock and juices up through USB-C, meaning you're ready to go much faster than with some alternatives.
Everything from the sticks to the face buttons and the D-pad are a noticeable upgrade over the official alternative in our experience. The price of the 8BitDo Ultimate for Nintendo Switch is another strong point. All told, it retails at $69.99 / £59.99, so you're not breaking the bank here either.
The battery life is also excellent. You can expect around 35 hours on a single charge which is more-than-respectable for several sit down play sessions throughout the week. In our testing, we were particularly impressed by the build quality and the high level of comfort afforded by the ergonomics. It feels good in the hands at first impression, and just as second-nature after many dozens of hours afterwards, too.
- Read more: 8BitDo Ultimate controller for Nintendo Switch review (opens in new tab)
We’ve not been as keen on an augmented reality game as Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit since Pokémon Go launched. This is a Mario Kart game you play in your home with a remote control car. The kart has a little camera, which live streams its view to your Nintendo Switch console.
Place the checkpoint arches around the room, then drive the car to create your track. The more space you have, the more elaborate a track you can make. You’ll see other rivals on the Switch screen when you race, much like in a regular Mario Kart game. It’s a lot of fun, and the little kart connects to the console over Wi-Fi for a fast and reliable connection.
Mario Kart Live’s bad bits are all about practicalities. It works best on hard flooring or lino, as the car does not get on well with rugs or thick-pile carpet. The little thing doesn’t have the traction or ground clearance to cope. Still, if it suits your home Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is a great addition to your Switch arsenal and would brighten up any Christmas or birthday.
Have you ever been playing an online game only to experience stuttering and lag? Maybe you've been called a Wi-Fi warrior once or twice in your life, too. Well, you can achieve true uninterrupted internet speeds with the Hori Switch LAN adapter which would mean no more relying on a potentially spotty wireless connection.
Keep in mind that you will need to purchase a router-compatible cable separately, but this expense shouldn't run too deep. Speaking of, the Hori Switch LAN adapter doesn't break the bank to make the jump to rock-solid competitive gameplay either. It currently retails at $29.99 / £26.99, which could make all the difference at a rate that's hard to argue against.
SanDisk has made what we consider to be the best MicroSD cards for Nintendo Switch currently available. You can pick up some of the most affordable and officially licensed microSDXC cards ranging from 64GB all the way up to 512GB, so you're able to greatly expand the amount of Nintendo Switch games you can download from the eShop.
The biggest advantage of the SanDisk microSDXC cards for Nintendo Switch is they are affordable. The 64GB model, the cheapest available, starts at only $20 / £20 but is frequently discounted down closer to the $10 / £10 mark. Savings are common, so you're able to more than double your available space for an incredibly aggressive rate. These aren't quite the fastest on the market, up to 100 MB/s, but that's plenty fast enough for solid performance.
Best Nintendo Switch Accessories - Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an SD Card for my Nintendo Switch?
Although having an SD Card for your Nintendo Switch isn't essential, it's beneficial to any gamer who may have an excessive game library. The standard Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite only offer 32GB of free storage out of the box, and while the Nintendo Switch OLED doubles this to 64GB, once you start downloading games, this rapidly fills up. An SD Card will help bulk out your storage to something more reasonable.
Does the Nintendo Switch come with any accessories?
When you purchase a Nintendo Switch, the only accessories you'll receive within the box are a standard Joy-Con Grip and accompanying rails. Any other accessories will need to be purchased separately, but given the scale of products available currently, you can find something to suit your needs perfectly, such as a carry case or any controllers to suit your gameplay better than the standard Joy-Con.
Do I need a case for my Nintendo Switch?
If you’re taking your Nintendo Switch, Switch Lite, or Switch OLED out a lot, then it’s better to be safe than sorry with a case. Since one of the main appeals of the console is the ability to take it from place to place and game on the go, it’s expected to kick around in a bag at one point or another. A case will add extra protection to your console to prevent potential damage or scratching.