Although the Switch is the latest console from Nintendo, the Nintendo 3DS still gets a lot of well-earned attention. The 3DS is a great handheld console that has some great, classic games to fall in love with. Whether you just bought yourself a new Nintendo 3DS or you’ve had one for years, here are the best accessories you can buy for it.
Best accessories for your Nintendo 3DS
A protective case to prevent scratches
If you invest a couple hundred bucks in a Nintendo 3DS, you’ll want a protective case on it to prevent scratches and keep it looking as new as possible. While a lot of protective cases may not do much in the way of protection from shock, it will prevent cosmetic defects and it’s one of the best accessories to get for your 3DS.
There are a ton of options out there for protective cases. You can often find decorative cover plates that snap on to both sides of your 3DS, or you can find clear cases that show off your console. Whichever option you choose, make sure it fits your specific console version.
Super Mario Maker cover plate for New Nintendo 3DS
Even though this is more decorative than it is protective, it will protect your 3DS from scratches. This cover plate is specifically made for the New Nintendo 3DS console.
If Super Mario Maker isn’t the theme you want, you can find a lot of other cover plate designs with other favorite characters, like Tom Nook, Hello Kitty, or Toad.
Snap-on case for New Nintendo 3DS XL
This clear snap-on case is designed for the New Nintendo 3DS XL. It’ll keep your console safe from scratches and you’ll barely feel it on your console.
A carrying case for traveling
The Nintendo 3DS is a highly portable that people often take with them while traveling. A carrying case is a necessity if you take your 3DS on-the-go, and one of the best accessories to invest in. It’ll allow you to keep all your games, charging cables, and other accessories in one easy to find place.
Again, make sure the carrying case you buy is compatible with the version of the console you own.
Smatree carrying case for New Nintendo 3DS XL/New 2DS XL
This carrying case from Smatree is perfect for pretty much all versions of Nintendo 3DS/2DS handheld consoles. It has a soft microfiber interior to prevent scratching your console while traveling, and the exterior is protective and water resistant.
There’s a game card flap in the middle for you to store 8 games. There’s also a mesh pocket inside for you to put your extra accessories.
Fintie carry case for Nintendo 2DS XL/New 3DS XL
For a more decorative carrying case, this one from Fintie has a bunch of cool designs. The one pictured above is the galaxy design, but you can also get a marbled design, rose gold design, and more. This carrying case is designed for the Nintendo 2DS XL or the New Nintendo 3DS XL/LL.
The storage inside is similar to what the Smatree carrying case offers. You can store 8 games in the middle flap and anything else that’ll fit in the internal mesh pocket. Everything is protected by a hard shell exterior, shielding your handheld console from bumps, drops, and scratches.
PowerA The Legend of Zelda Adventurer’s Pouch for Nintendo 3DS
If you really want to look cool while porting around your Nintendo 3DS, this carrying case looks like an adventurer’s pouch from The Legend of Zelda games.The carrying pouch even comes with 2 custom Legend of Zelda styli and a Hyrule map cleaning cloth.
You can only fit 2 game cards in this pouch, so if you’re traveling a long distance you’ll want to invest in a bigger game card case for your extra games.
A game card case for all your extra games
Although a carrying case can often hold some of your games, you’ll need extra storage for your other cards. Because all of the game cards are a similar size, most game card cases are universal for 3DS/2DS consoles.
JSVER game card case
This game card case from JSVER can hold a whopping 96 games. There are 4 double-sided pages in the case that can hold 24 games each and make it easy to see your collection. Everything is also encapsulated in a hard outer shell that keeps your game collection protected.
Insten 28 game card case
If you don’t need as much game storage, this game card case can hold up to 22 game cards plus 2 SD cards and 2 styli. It’s a lot more compact and easier to stick in the mesh pocket of a carrying case.
Some screen protectors
The screen protectors above are only compatible with the Nintendo 3DS. So if you have a different console, you’ll need to look for other screen protectors.
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Although a protective case will prevent scratches on the outside of your console, you’ll need screen protectors to prevent scratches on your screens inside. These screen protectors won’t interfere with your touchscreen accuracy, and you can still see clearly through them.
A pack of microfiber cloths for easy cleaning
Microfiber cloths are essential when it comes to taking care of any electronic device, and one of the best accessories you can buy for your 3DS. It’ll help you remove dust, dirt, and oil without scratching your screen. Even if you have screen protectors, using a microfiber cloth to clean them will prevent minor scratches so you won’t have to replace them as often.
An expansion card for more internal storage
You’ll inevitably run out of storage space for your games. So, an expansion card is one of the best accessories to get for your 3DS. Depending on which version of Nintendo DS console you have, you may need an SD card or a microSD card. For newer Nintendo DS consoles, you’ll need a microSD.
This microSD from Sandisk is 32GB, but there are cards with varying storage sizes if you don’t think 32GB is the right size for you.
A controller for easier handling
Although the consoles are handheld, a controller is one of the best 3DS accessories because it can make playing on it an even better experience. A controller gives you better control and lets you play a little easier for longer periods of time.
TNP New Nintendo 3DS XL hand grip
This controller grip is designed specifically for the New Nintendo 3DS XL model. The grip works well for games that don’t require the stylus a lot. The ergonomic design makes it easy to hold the console for hours without your hands getting tired or cramped.
Plus, if you want to leave the grip on at all times, it’ll give your console some extra cushion if you drop it. It also comes with a kickstand you can use to prop it up while you play or when charging.
MXRC silicone rubber cover for New 3DS XL
This silicone rubber grip is also specifically designed for the Nintendo New 3DS XL. It comes in a variety of different colors, so if you’d rather go with a bold red or pink, you have that option.
The soft silicone is soft in your hands, making it super comfortable to play for long hours. The grip also wraps around both sides of your console — offering extra protection for any drops.
Some extra charging cables
It’s never a bad thing to have extra charging cables for your Nintendo DS console. Everyone knows charging cables are easy to lose. Plus, it’s nice to have an extra cable for each place you need to charge your console.
You could also invest in a few wall adapters too in addition to more charging cables.
An extra battery pack
This rechargeable battery pack is compatible with New 3DS XL versions or 3DS XL versions. Having an extra fully charged battery is super convenient, especially when traveling. You can pop in the new battery while you charge up the old one.
Or you can invest in a portable charger or a power bank so you can always charge up your Nintendo DS.
An NFC reader/writer for your Amiibos
If you play a lot of games that are compatible with Amiibo accessories, and you love to use Amiibos, you need one of these NFC readers. If you have a new Nintendo 3DS XL, it comes with built-in Amiibo support. All you have to do is just tap an Amiibo on the lower screen and you’re good to go.
For older DS consoles, you’ll need to use an external NFC reader/writer accessory like this one.
Some great earbuds or headphones
If you’re playing games by yourself at home, you might prefer to not wear earbuds or headphones while you’re playing. But if you have a noisy household or you’re traveling, you really need a good pair of earbuds or headphones to help you tune everything else out and stay focused on your game.
If you don’t already have a good pair of earbuds or headphones, check out one of our great collective lists to find a pair that works for you:
Styli are like pens. Even if you buy 10 of them, you’ll eventually lose them all. They’re just so small, it’s hard to keep track of them. This is a pack of 15 styli in various colors. You can start with your favorite and work your way down to your least favorite color as you inevitably lose them.