The Nintendo Switch launched today, and you probably grabbed Zelda: Breath of the Wild. For a lot of you, that may be all you need and you may proceed to lock yourselves indoors. But what should you do if you want to get more out of the system, now that you have your Nintendo Switch? Hopefully, this article will help you out.
Let’s start with accessories.
Micro SD Cards
You’ll notice quickly that there isn’t a lot of space on the Nintendo Switch. It has only 32 GB of internal storage, and over 3 of those are taken by system files. If you’re planning on getting more than a few of the eShop exclusives that will be released, you’ll need to expand the memory.
The Nintendo Switch can support Micro SD cards with capacity up to 2 TB. Now, you probably won’t find a 2 TB SD card, but you can certainly use others!
Use What You Already Have
However, first, I’d recommend just using what you have. Any micro SD card that you have at home is the best option for you. The Switch is compatible with SDXC, which means it is backward compatible with SD and SDHC cards, which you may have already used with old phones. Make sure you back up any old content and then reformat the card. You’re good to go.
Now, if you don’t have any old SD cards, you’ll want to grab a new one eventually. Again, if you’re just playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild, don’t worry too much about buying new now.
If you head over to Amazon (none of these recommendations are affiliated or sponsored, we don’t have that yet), you’ll find tons of choices. If you just want to double the capacity, there are lots of cheap 32GB, but you’ll start digging in.
My Recommendations: There’s a 64 GB one made by Lexar. It’s only $20 and will give you 3x the original capacity of the Switch. But if you do some digging, you can find other models for slightly more with higher write speeds. If you want to go higher capacity and are willing to spend the money, grab one of the Samsung Evo+ cards. They have a 128 GB model and a 256 GB model for decent prices.
Again, and I really want to stress this, don’t bother getting a card unless you know you’re going to be downloading enough games to warrant it. But Breath of the Wild is 13.7 GB, so that’s half of the system right there.
The Switch charges through a standard USB-C port. Yes, they’re finally adhering to a market standard instead of making their own weird cable. If you’re planning on taking your Switch anywhere, you’ll want to get a USB-C cable. If you want, you can get a micro USB adapter and use an old cable instead.
There are lots of available options, and you don’t really need to worry about which you get. Be sure you have a wall charger that can output a decent current. I’ve seen people say that 1A and 2A aren’t quite enough if you’re going to be playing while charging.
The Switch only has a battery life of about 3 hours. If you’re going to be playing more of that on the go, you’ll need to grab an external battery. Like I said above, you’ll need to find a good one that has a decent current output if you’re going to play while charging, if you want it to keep up. Or, do what I do and just have it plugged in all the time until the console drains the battery then rely on the device itself.
Case and Screen Protecting
I don’t have a Switch yet, but I’ve seen plenty of people mention that the screen scratches easily. You’ll want to grab a case. There are TONS of them on Amazon, so make sure you take a look there.
I generally get a screen protector for all of my handheld devices (yeah, iPhone, iPad, 3DS, and now Switch). Nothing sucks more than dropping the device and shattering or damaging the screen. Again, there are lots of options online, but I recommend Zagg’s protectors just because that’s what I have on my iPad (again, not affiliated with them, I just appreciate the product).
If the Joy-cons don’t cut it, you can always grab another set for $80. You can grab the charging hand grip (still unsure why this isn’t part of the console package itself) for $30, to charge the Joy-cons while playing. You can also grab a Pro Controller for $70. They’re all pretty expensive, but they’re apparently well made!
This is the most bit of the Switch. There’s no point in having a game console (with no Netflix and other streaming services yet) without games. There are lots of games to grab on the eShop, so if Breath of the Wild isn’t enough, you can consider these options!
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Snipperclips – Cut it out, together!
- Just Dance 2017
- Skylanders Imaginators
- Super Bomberman R
- I Am Setsuna
- Fast RMX
- Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
- New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers
- Vroom in the Night Sky
- Neo Geo Shock Trooper
- Neo Geo World Heroes Perfect
- Neo Geo King of Fighters ’98
- Neo Geo Waku Waku 7
- Neo Geo Metal Slug 3
- World of Goo
All of these games look fantastic, so be sure to grab the games that you want the most.
There’s lots of stuff that you can grab to keep your investment safe. There are lots of good games available now, with plenty more on the way.
What accessories are you grabbing? Did I miss something in this guide? Let us know in the comments!