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You’ve got the best gaming console of 2019 in your hands, the Nintendo Switch Lite, but now you need the right gear to protect it, enhance it and help it reach its full potential. 

One of the best investments you can make for your new Nintendo Switch Lite is a travel case. Not only will it protect your console while you’re on the road, it provides a landing pad for your games, charging cable and headphones. 

No matter what kind of case you want, from licensed character totes to understated travel cases that match your Switch Lite’s finish, PowerA has all your officially licensed gear. And while their character cases are fun, my favorite is the Play and Protect Kit. It’s a minimalist solution that protects from scratches and provides a much-needed kickstand for your Switch Lite, the one thing Nintendo eliminated from the design that I really miss. It’s perfect for when you want to use a Pro controller or one of PowerA’s upcoming specialty controllers (more on that in a sec). 

The classiest way to carry your Nintendo Switch Lite is in one of Waterfield’s specialty cases. Based on their super-popular Switch Cases, the Switch Lite Slip Case was designed with input from their community of customers to deliver exactly what every Switch Lite owner needs. It has two interior pockets for accessories, placed so that the Lite’s buttons aren’t pressed accidentally, a plush lining that cradles the console and a full grain leather grip at the bottom of the case for easy removal. The case closes magnetically, so there’s no fussing with a zipper or snaps, and you can keep it secure in the case while charging. It comes in a variety of colors from eye-catching blue to my favorite, an understated waxed canvas. All versions are water resistant. 

Waterfield also happens to make my favorite game card holder. These leather wallets can hold up to 10 or 20 cards securely. They come in a nice variety of colors that are complementary to their various Switch cases, from a natural “Grizzly” to crimson red. The Waterfield Game Card Holder is the perfect solution for travelers. 

Although the Switch Lite is a portable console, you’ll find that carrying around a bunch of game cards can be a hassle. The best way to combat the puny storage of your Switch Lite is to enhance it with a MicroSDXC card. I think it’s a missed opportunity to not use these officially licensed MicroSDXC cards from SanDisk with designs patterned after Mario power-ups. I like the most available storage possible, so I’d recommend grabbing the 256GB star card. But you can also go with a Mario mushroom at 128GB. There’s a 64GB Zelda-themed card as well, but you’ll get much more bang for your buck by going with 128GB or up. Pop a card in the bottom of your Switch Lite and start saving your games right to your console. Leave the game cards at home. 

With bass from their Dynamic Driver and high-frequency delivered by a Balanced Armature Driver, Razer Hammerhead Duo pumps out considerably clearer, more balanced sound than you might be used to from a lightweight pair of earphones. The two drivers help keep sounds separate, resulting in a distortion-free, delivery that stays crisp without having to pump the volume. The aluminum casing and braided cable makes for a refined package and is an improvement over the flat cable of the original Hammerheads. Sporting a silver Razer logo instead of their usual venomous green, the Switch version of the Hammerhead Duo sports a slim inline microphone with a mute switch. Perfect for when Overwatch comes out next month.

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If you’re looking to dominate in Super Smash Bros, then you’ll want to make sure you grab one of PowerA’s new Fusion Wired Fightpad. With a floating D-pad on one side and six buttons on the other, it can be customized even further via toggle switches on the back of the controller. It also makes for a great ad-hoc SNES controller if you happen to have a Nintendo Switch Online membership. If the brilliant red isn’t your speed, it also comes with white, black and grey magnetic faceplates.

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