Caring for your Nintendo Switch out in the wild


Just ordered a tempered glass screen protector today. Probably not necessary, but where I have the dock situated it is a bit awkward to get in and out, so not a bad idea.

I looked at reviews for the pro controller and while it seems to be good, it doesn’t seem remotely necessary, except maybe for fighting games. I suspect it’s the sort of thing you don’t need, unless the joycons just aren’t doing it for you.

I always use joycons detached from the system, either separated or with the grip, and I have found both to be comfortable.


I can vouch for this screen protector being really nice. Wasn’t hard to install (I was able to pull up a corner to get rid of a bubble) and is crystal clear:


I was going to badmouth the ZAGG invisible shield I bought and failed to get installed after 2 attempts, but I don’t even see it listed for sale on Amazon anymore. As far as I could tell, it was impossible to install without un-removable bubbles. But then, at $20 followed by another $5.99 per try, I gave up pretty quickly. It looks like they are going with rigid screens now.

Thinking about getting one of these if I leave the house with it . . .


That also drives me bonkers.


If it makes you feel any better, it works the other way too - I’ve got a Logitech controller for the PC that uses the Xbox letter order, and I use it far less than I should, simply because it drives me insane after growing up with the SNES controller.

As for the topic at hand, I can also vouch that (1) a good (tempered glass) screen protector and toss-it-in-the-bag has worked for me without any consequence thus far, and (2) the pro controller is best-in-class, however much I hate the price point.


It’s explicitly not a regular controller. It’s a Pro controller. Duh. You can use it to play Tony Hawk’s Regular Skater.

The battery on that thing is no joke, though. I haven’t kept detailed records but I wouldn’t be surprised if the average battery life of a Switch Pro controller was 10 times the DS4’s.

But do you need it? I actually find it very comfortable to play with the Joy Cons in detached mode. I like not having to force my wrists into one position for too long.

Aside from a Pro and a basic case I have purchased two Switch accessories that I’m happy with. This thing is great if you’re going to fly with the Switch because the built in kickstand puts the screen at a terrible angle when you’re so close to your tray:

And these things make multiplayer with a split Joy Con way more comfortable:


Oh, nice! I preordered Fire Emblem Warriors to play with my kids when they are home at Thanksgiving. I should grab a pair of these.


Exact same one I got, and it worked great. Also got a 20 dollar case as well. Pro controller is great too, one of my favorites so far. Pricy though.


The 15 dollar soft case I picked up at Target on the cheap is doing well so far. My Switch is pristine and I’ve gotten to enjoy Iron…something…the game with the steam mechs and the match 3s… on the go, as God intended.


Just put one of these on. Easiest screen protector install I’ve ever done, by far.

Amazon has a sale on San Disk micro sd cards today.


Accessories that I considered mandatory:

  1. amFlm Tempered a Glass Screen Protector
  2. RDS industries case (black with red, semi hard shell, indents for joy con triggers)
  3. MicroSD chip (digital for portable game console)

Accessories I consider QoL nice:

  1. Pro controller (as a bonus comes with a good USB-C charging cable for controller or Switch)
  2. Hori Compact Playstand (it’s inexpensive, but good quaility-- “better” can be had, but they cover back vents so…I didn’t). Stand is nice for even at home play as it allows better propping up on tables for “desktop” play.


Thoughts on Sd card size? 37 bucks for 128 seems pretty good.

Also, on the glass screen. I noticed that the fit in the dock is fairly snug with the screen on (can definitely feel some resistance taking the switch in and out of the dock). Does that match your experience?


You must be historically clumsy… or have kids. I’ve never needed screen protectors on anything. :)

128 is the current bang-for-buck sweet spot.

But Amazon have a deal that expires in 11 hours for a SanDisk 256GB for $99 which is decent for that size. It’s 2-4 weeks shipping time and an older model (new ones that go up to 400GB were recently introduced!).

edit: QT3 breaks the link and shows a different seller. You’ll likely need to copy/paste the link manually to get to the deal:


Get as large of an SD card as your wallet is comfortable with (with good write speed for downloading speed too). Yes you can switch around SD cards, but that defeats the point of having your library on hand wherever the Switch goes. That said, independent games seem to be the shining greatness of Switch and they tend to be smaller (data and dollar) eShop purchases. The AAA releases can eat up space fast, so if you plan to load up on mainstream $60 titles, I’d shift the math even further in the “buy big” category.

I think my Switch is a bit tighter in the dock with the screen protector, but to be honest I never docked it before it had one due to the screen scratching scares. The glass is stronger than the plastic of the dock so you should be fine. I have docked and undocked mine tons of times (I tend to throw the Switch in my bag when I go to work or away on a trip while docking it at night) and my release day Switch looks as new as it did the day I bought it. The glass does add a tiny, tiny bit of width, but the curving in of the dock from the manufacturing process is the source of the problem. Depending on your dock, it could be as bad or worse without glass. Me? I went with the hard glass cover and don’t sweat it anymore.

PS: I love my mother loving Switch! Best console purchase in a long time. And I say that as a guy that bought it on a whim on release expecting to not be wowed by it, but more worried about FOMO. The hybrid elements plus a very strong cross platform independent library makes it such an awesome system. I’ve had multiple handhelds over the years, and my time using the Switch dwarfs all of them combined. Each Thursday (eShop refresh) is like Christmas. I’ve had many home consoles over the years. Outside of glorified Bluray or Netflix boxes, I am getting a hell of a lot of use of the Switch over those as the seemless presence of a given game in my life is great for keeping interest going. Such a cool system. And I don’t even really dig Nintendo license stuff.


I don’t tend to use screen protectors either. The Switch is a special case as it has a soft screen and the manufacture process of the dock has varying degrees of bend on the thinner side depending on how the plastic set/ cooled on each unit. Mine, as many do, has a bit of bend. A protector was cheap peace of mind.


The current 200 GB sale for 63 dollars today is a better price per gigabyte. I went ahead and ordered the 128. That’s what I have on my iPad and it is more than enough. I don’t expect to store bunches of 60 dollar releases on sd cards, as I’m happy to buy those physically here and there.


I totally agree with Chaplin, as per usual. We should turn this into a stealth reasons to buy a Switch thread.

P.S. Speaking of which, haven’t seen you in the Mario + Rabbids thread. If you don’t own it, do consider it!


My girlfriend and I put our Switch on layaway last night (along with Puyo Puyo Tetris and Cave Story+), so this thread is very useful for the personal recs on screen protectors, cases, and memory cards. I was fully prepared to go for a 32GB card because it’s cheap and we plan on primarily getting physical copies of stuff when possible, but $37 for 128GB sounds pretty good for future-proofing, especially if good sales or Switch Humble Bundles like the 3DS/Wii U bundles of the past come our way.


Hello my twin interest friend! (Fist bump) :)

Yes, Mario + Rabbids is the one Nintendo $60 property that I have really enjoyed. For me, eShop is where it’s at. Has Been Heroes, Ironcast, NeroVoider, Steam World Dig, etc are all so good and so good on a hybrid device like the Switch. Battle Chasers, Hollow Knight, and Darkest Dungeon (as a double dip) can’t come soon enough!


I debated buying one for a long time because I was afraid it would be like the Vita was for me, something I liked well enough but didn’t go out of my way to play. I can safely say that’s not the case after using it for a week.

What a great piece of hardware. Feels solid. Great screen. I really like the joycon flexibility (I’ve mostly been playing with them split). The ability to go from handheld mode to docked and pick up right where I left off on the tv feels great. Perhaps best of all, the ease and speed of getting in and out of sleep mode is fantastic.

Minor quibbles:

I did have some trouble with joycon desync last night while playing Zelda, but I hadn’t had that before and have played a lot over the last week, so hope it isn’t an ongoing concern.

Thumbstick on left joycon is being a bit squeaky when pushing upward.

I wish the system were a couple of millimeters thinner so I could use it with my tablift stand.

The e-shop functionality is incredibly barebones. Not sure why Nintendo can’t figure that out. They did add a tab for sale items, which is a nice addition. How about one for game demos? How about being able to choose the genre I want to see without having to go into the search menu?

Dock should have an Ethernet port (I would happily pay 100 bucks more for a pro version with this, a thinner design, and gorilla glass)