A rich ecosystem of Switch add-ons makes Nintendo’s compact console even more fun.
1. Nintendo Joy-Con
Nobody prefers watching everyone else have all the fun. Get an extra set of Joy-Con controllers and invite more friends to join you in games like Overcooked, or line up for a four-way race in Mario Kart 8. These have all the same motion sensors and rumble effects as the Joy-Con that came with your Switch.
2. RavPower Xtreme 26800 PD
Any battery pack can juice up your system in sleep mode, but most aren’t powerful enough to charge the Switch while you game. Thanks to this pack’s USB-C Power Delivery standard, you can keep Splatoon-ing as your console rejuvenates. The massive 26,800-mAh battery quadruples your Zelda time.
3. Nintendo Labo
These flat-pack DIY kits let you build playful supplemental Switch controllers out of precut cardboard . There are six available Labo rigs, including this adorable toy piano, a fishing pole for virtual catch-and-release, and a mecha set that lets you pilot an onscreen robot.
$70 and up
4. Nintendo Pro Controller
If you’re exploring Hyrule for hours on end, the official Pro Controller is a worthy upgrade for fending off cramps, especially if your adult hands struggle with the kid-friendly Joy-Con. You get big buttons, haptic feedback, motion control, and 80 hours of playtime between charges.
5. Turtle Beach Earforce Recon 50 Headset
Whether you’re playing in bed, on the bus, or crammed into seat 31B, a headset is a must. These affordable cans plug into just about any gaming system with a headphone jack, which Switch thankfully has. At a light 7 ounces, they’re great for kids too.
Nintendo Switch $300
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