The best accessories for your new Nintendo Switch OLED edition


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The new Switch OLED is out, and it’s a real beauty. It has a larger 7-inch screen, longer battery life, and a few other welcome design improvements in the handheld game mode. I was impressed when I reviewed it in October, and it’s been flying off the shelves since its release. It’s so hard to get one now, you might have to go to eBay before the holidays to get one. But if you have one – congratulations! Now you probably want to get the most out of your new system, and there are a few accessories that will go a long way in making the Switch OLED a really great console.

SanDisk microSD card

SanDisk

With only 64GB of onboard storage, you’ll want to have a microSD for your Switch OLED to store downloaded games, save files and screenshots. And with the redesigned slot, it’s easier than ever to get it in or out of the system. You can use just about any microSD card with your Nintendo Switch, but SanDisk’s Nintendo-branded cards are solid and you can get a 256GB model right now at a fairly affordable price. They have been specifically tested with the system so you know they will work seamlessly.

Buy SanDisk microSD card (256GB) from Amazon – $53 8Bitdo Pro 2

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With the improved kickstand on the back of the OLED Switch, it’s now a lot easier to play in tabletop mode. But you’re still dealing with the same old Joy-Cons, which may be a little too small for players with bigger hands. In that case, you’ll want to upgrade to a more pro-level gamepad. And yes, there’s Nintendo’s Pro Controller, which is still the best choice for your Switch in general if you can get one, but 8Bitdo’s Pro 2 is great too, not to mention incredibly flexible; you can use it with your android device as well as pc or mac desktop. And it’s $20 cheaper than the Nintendo-made option.

Buy 8Bitdo Pro 2 Controller at Amazon – $50 8Bitdo Lite

8Bitdo

While the official Pro Controller and the Pro 2 are pretty full-featured gamepads, one thing they aren’t small is. That makes a big difference on the go if you don’t have a lot of room in your bag but need something bigger than the Joy-Cons to play with. In that case, I recommend the 8Bitdo Lite, which offers two d-pads and an extra set of directional buttons, perfect for 2D gaming. It’s color-coded to match the Switch Lite, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a solid companion for your Switch OLED, too.

Buy 8Bitdo Lite at Amazon – $26 PowerA Enhanced Nano Controller

PowerA

If you need a Pro-style controller but don’t have room for a Pro-style controller, PowerA has you covered with its Enhanced Nano gamepad. It looks a lot like the official Switch Pro controller thanks to its grips, shoulder buttons and matte black colors, but it’s two-thirds the size and includes a series of back buttons that you can program to suit your needs. It’s easy enough to pack in your bag for a gaming emergency, and it’s affordable too.

Buy PowerA Enhanced Nano Controller at Amazon – $55 SteelSeries Arctis 1

SteelSeries

Nintendo recently released a firmware update that allows you to use any Bluetooth headset natively with your Switch, which is great if you already have a wireless gaming headset. But if you don’t have one, or think it’s a bit too bulky, I’m still going to recommend SteelSeries’ Arctis 1 as a good option for the Switch. It sounds great, is super comfortable and stylish, and the included USB-C dongle is still easier than connecting to the console via Bluetooth. At $100, it’s also reasonably priced for a gaming headset.

Buy Arctis 1 at Amazon – $100 Razer Barracuda X

Razer

Like the Arctis 1, the Barracuda X uses a USB-C dongle to connect to your console. Unlike the Arctis, however, it comes in a variety of colors such as quartz pink and white, the latter of which matches the Switch OLED’s panda-colored Joy-Cons. Other than that, it’s just as solid as the Arctis 1, with 40mm drivers and a super light yet sturdy design that feels great and looks great on your head.

Buy Barracuda X at Amazon – $100 iVoler Tempered Glass Screen Protector

iVoler

The Switch OLED’s screen is so beautiful that you’ll definitely want to give it an extra layer of protection. Since it’s slightly larger than the screen on the standard Switch, make sure you get a screen protector made specifically for the OLED model, and I also recommend a tempered glass kit as it’s more durable than plastic. The iVolver screen protector costs $10 for a pack of four, so it’s super affordable, and your system will still fit nicely in the dock if you slide it in for a fee.

Buy iVoler Screen Protector at Amazon – $10 Anker PowerCore + 26,800 Charger

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If your Switch is in your bag or backpack, it’s helpful to have a battery pack with you in case you run out of juice. Most of Anker’s high-capacity power packs will charge the Switch, but we like this PowerCore+ bundle that includes a 26,800mAh power bank, a USB-C to C port, and a 60W adapter, the latter of which allows fast charging. makes. Although it’s on the expensive side, you get all the parts you need for fast charging on the go and the system also works with smartphones, tablets and laptops, so it’s a true multi-purpose accessory.

Buy PowerCore+ 26,800 Bundle at Amazon – $160 Amazon Basics Switch case

Amazon

The Switch Pro may be a top-notch system, but you don’t need to spend a lot of money to protect it. The Amazon Basics carrying case is my favorite method of lugging my Switch around, and it fits the Switch OLED just fine. There’s also a nice big pocket for carrying cords and other accessories, and a panel with slots for 10 Switch game cards that’s padded on the other side to protect your screen. And, personally, the outside is super fun to cover with stickers.

Buy Switch Case at Amazon – $15 Amazon Basics Large Case

Amazon

If you’re the type who likes to take your entire system to places like a friend’s house or a gaming convention like PAX, the Amazon Basics large case is an easy and affordable way to carry the entire kit and caboodle. It fits in the new dock, system, controller and all the cabling you need, sleek and tidy. It even comes in some hip colors like neon yellow or red, to match your Joy-Cons or a favorite outfit.

Buy a large hard case from Amazon – $32
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