.From cases to skins, memory cards, controllers, headsets, and batteries, we’ve picked out all the best Switch Lite accessories, so you’ll be fully kitted when it releases on September 20th.
TL;DR – These are the best Nintendo Switch Lite Accessories:
1. Nintendo Switch Lite Carry Case + Screen Protector
Best Nintendo Switch Lite Case
Nintendo Switch Lite Carry Case + Screen Protector
A portable system needs a case and there’s nothing better than Nintendo’s official carry case. This case is made to be as small as possible just like the Switch Lite itself measuring only 9.1 x 4.6 x 1.4 inches.
This case also still manages to integrate a small divider with slots for your game cards and a netted pouch for a pair of earbuds or microfiber cloth. Another bonus of this case is it also comes with a screen protector, so you’re knocking out two accessories with one purchase.
2. ButterFox Switch Lite Carrying Case
Best Nintendo Switch Lite Rugged Case
ButterFox Switch Lite Carrying Case
The ButterFox Switch Lite Carrying Case for users who want a little more drop and scratch resistance from a bigger case. Unlike Nintendo’s official Switch Lite case, this one acts less like a skin-tight suit and more like armor with a hard outer shell.
It’s definitely bulkier, measuring 10.6 x 5.5 x 2.4 inches in dimension, but it’s larger size also allows it to hold more. Along with room for the console, users can also store 19 game cards and two Micro SD cards.
3. SLEO Cover
Best Nintendo Switch Lite Skin
If you’re worried about dinging up the Switch Lite while you’re playing it, buying a skin is your best solution. The SLEO is a great option that is made of durable polycarbonate, but it’s clear so you can still show off the rad color Switch Lite you chose.
This skin gives the back of your Nintendo handheld almost full coverage on the back of the system. Thanks to a couple of carefully placed cutouts, you can still access the charging port, Micro SD card slot, game card slot, and headphone jack.
4. TopAce Nintendo Switch Lite Screen Protector
Best Nintendo Switch Lite Screen Protector
TopAce Nintendo Switch Lite Screen Protector
The Nintendo Switch Lite features a plastic screen just like its console brethren, which means it’ll be very prone to scratching and you’ll want a screen protector to prevent any damage. There are a ton of Switch Lite screen protectors popping up on the market but TopACE is the only reputable company so far.
The TopAce Switch Lite screen protector is made of tempered glass, which won’t scratch nearly as easily as plastic and it’ll give your handheld the glossy, premium glass screen it should have had from the get-go. This also happens to be a three-pack so you’ll have enough screen protectors to use as replacements for years to come.
5. Samsung Evo Select 256GB
Best Nintendo Switch Lite Memory Card
Samsung Evo Select 256GB
The Switch Lite only comes with a maximum of 32GB, which is hardly enough space to even let you download five Nintendo games. Good news is you can bump up the Nintendo handheld’s storage by eight times for just $40 with the Samsung Evo Select 256GB.
On top of giving you a ton more storage for downloadable games, it’s very quick with 100MB/s read and 90MB/s write speeds that’ll help reduce load times.
6. Anker PowerCore 10000
Best Nintendo Switch Lite Portable Battery
Anker PowerCore 10000
If you can’t seem ever find a place to plug in your Nintendo Switch Lite, a portable battery can be a real lifesaver. The Anker PowerCore 10000 will extend the battery of the Nintendo Switch Lite from 3-7 hours to basically a whole day—plus, it comes in a variety of colors and costs only $25. We’ve gone through the pain of having to turn off our Switch mid-boss battle, so save yourself some grief and get this battery pack.
7. SteelSeries Arctis 3
Best Nintendo Switch Lite Gaming Headset
SteelSeries Arctis 3
Unless you want everyone around you to hear the Let’s Go Pikachu battle theme playing over and over again, you should buy a good gaming headset. Not only will you save everyone on the train or plane from the constant trickle of chimes, zaps, and other in-game noises coming from the Switch Lite’s speakers, you can also better savor the game’s music the way it was meant to be heard.
The SteelSeries Arctis 3 (read our review) in particular is one of the most affordable gaming headsets on the market. They’re incredibly comfortable thanks to its breathable, fabric ear cups and its ski goggle-inspired headband. In case you’re looking for a headset that will also allow you to chat with your teammates through the Nintendo app on an iOS and Android phone, there’s also a Bluetooth version of the SteelSeries Arctis 3 as well.
8. HomeSpot Bluetooth 5.0 Audio Transmitter Adapter
Best Nintendo Switch Lite Bluetooth Adapter
HomeSpot Bluetooth 5.0 Audio Transmitter Adapter
In case you already own a pair of Bluetooth earbuds or wireless headphones, getting a Bluetooth adapter for the Nintendo Switch Lite is a sound investment. The HomeSpot Bluetooth 5.0 Audio Transmitter Adapter will let you pair any set of wireless headphones or earbuds to the handheld just like you can with a smartphone, laptop, or PC.
Pairing with this transmitter is super easy and you only need to press a single button. Additionally, the HomeSpot Bluetooth 5.0 Audio Transmitter Adapter will also allow you to connect up to two different pairs of wireless earbuds or Bluetooth headphones at the same time.
9. Nintendo Joy-Cons
Best Nintendo Switch Lite Controllers
The Nintendo Switch Lite might have a pair of integrated controllers, but they lack a lot of most of the functionality of the Nintendo Joy-Cons. By pairing these wireless controllers to your handheld, you’ll get back HD rumble as well as the infrared and motion-sensing sensors that some games like 1-2-Switch and Arms need to be played properly.
10. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
As portable as the Nintendo Switch Lite is, we can’t imagine it’s too comfortable to hold for hours on end and the same goes for even a pair of Joy-Cons slotted into a Charging Grip. That’s why users should pick up a Switch Pro Controller for extended play at home or on the go. Not only is this more traditional controller easier to hold, but it also sports better triggers and bumpers while giving you back HD rumble and motion controls.
11. Genki Portable Stand
Best Nintendo Switch Lite Stand
Genki Portable Stand
While you’re controlling the Nintendo Switch Lite with a separate controller, you’re going to want a stand to prop it up while playing on a tabletop, park bench, or any surface. A stand for the Switch Lite is especially important since the handheld doesn’t have a kickstand like the regular Switch.
Out of all the Switch stands on the market, we like the Genki portable stand the most due to its ability to fold up into a small stick. When unfolded, you couldn’t ask for a more stable stand for the Switch Lite.
12. Nintendo Switch Adjustable Charging Stand
Best Nintendo Switch Lite Charging Stand
Nintendo Switch Adjustable Charging Stand
Not only this Adjustable Charging Stand incredibly sturdy to hold up your Nintendo Switch Lite, but it can also charge the system at the same time when you have it jacked into a wall socket. It also folds up into a little package small enough to carry around in any Switch Lite case, bag, or even in your pocket.
What to look for in a Nintendo Switch Lite Accessory
The most important thing you should keep in mind while shopping for Switch Lite accessories is that all accessories designed for the original Switch won’t necessarily work with Nintendo’s new handheld system. The Switch Lite is simply a different system that has smaller dimensions, integrated controllers, a lack of motion and IR sensors.
Cases and battery cases for instances are just going to be too large and while the Switch Lite will fit, it’ll probably jumble around with all the extra space inside. The same thing goes for screen protectors unless you’re ready to cut them down with a box cutter or some kind of knife they’re going to be too big for the Switch Lite’s smaller display.
Unfortunately, most if not all of the Labo Nintendo has released isn’t going to work with the Nintendo. This is especially true of any pieces of Labo designed to hold the screen by itself like the Labo VR Kit or Labo Piano, due to the system’s slightly different proportions and its inability to detach the controllers.
While you may be able to use other Labo kits like the Vehicle Kit, it wouldn’t quite be the same because you can’t connect the Switch Lite to a TV.
It’s only been two weeks since the Nintendo Switch Live was announced, so we’re sure to see more accessories for the handheld trickle out in the coming weeks and as we get closer to the system’s September 20th launch date. Be sure to stay tuned as we’ll be updating this list periodically.
Kevin Lee is IGN’s Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam