In this post, I will be covering some of the best Nintendo Switch skins, faceplates, and protectors, where you can find them, and how they can add a lot of character to your Switch console. This post is a part of my Nintendo Switch Accessories Buying Guide, where my goal is to help you get some information on the many products out there, some of our top picks, and some things to consider when shopping around.
The Nintendo Switch is, without any shadow of doubt, one of the most adaptable consoles ever made. It’s portable like a handheld, yet powerful like a console. You can pretty much play it anywhere, it may as well be a high powered smartphone.
And just like smartphones, the Switch is a very personal device, so it’s no surprise that there are some people out there who would like to give their consoles a personal touch. This can be anything, from simple stickers, to replacing entire pieces of the console with different colored parts. The Switch is a bit of a drab grey, so there’s plenty of room for improvement.
Grip cases, or protectors, are easy to install cases, typically made of silicone or rubber, that fit right over your devices, providing them with much needed protection. Alternatively, they can be made of sturdy plastic, which also fits around the console, keeping it safe from drops and damage.
Faceplates, also called skins, are special kits made up of the pieces of plastic that make up the outer casing of the Switch console. With the right screwdrivers, a careful hand, and plenty of free time, one can remove the outer casing and replace them with those from the faceplate kit.
Remember that taking apart your Switch will void any kind of warranty, so bear that in mind before you jump into the world of DIY. Keep in mind that some of these DIY kits may come with specialized tools that can help you remove parts from your console. Not all of these come included though, so if you’re thinking of getting into taking things apart, you’ll want to ensure that you already have the tools necessary.
Faceplates and Skins
eXtremeRate Faceplate Kit
Review Price: $35.99
Average Customer Rating: 4.5 stars, out of 7580 ratings
If you are looking to drastically change the look of your Switch, this faceplate kit by eXtremeRate is a great option for those who enjoy DIY projects. The kit comes with casings for everything, including the Joy-Cons. There are even replacement buttons and triggers for those who are looking to customize the Joy-Cons. As of writing, there are about 61 different colors to choose from. There are even options for the Nintendo Switch Lite.
Taifond Decal Sticker Set
Review Price: $16.99
Average Customer Rating: 4.4 stars, out of 141 ratings
This is a 4 piece set of vinyl stickers meant to cover your Switch, keeping it safe from dust and scratches. They cover the Joy-Cons, Switch, and Dock. They are a great way of easily giving your Switch some color, but they may not provide the kind of protection that an actual case will.
Protectors and Grip Cases
Teyomi Protective Silicone Case
Review Price: $13.99
Average Customer Rating: 4.6 stars, out of 832 ratings
If you are looking for an easy way to change up the look of your Switch, you can opt for a silicone case by Teyomi. These cases fit around your Switch, and feature an ergonomic grip, making it a lot better for long play sessions in handheld mode.
LightPro Protective Case
Review Price: $15.99
Average Customer Rating: 4.1 stars, out of 212 ratings
True to its name, this case is a lightweight choice for those who would like the protection of a case without any of the bulk. Made of polycarbonate, it has a soft silicone-like feel to it.
Things to Consider when Shopping around
Before buying anything I mentioned above, it is important that we set some expectations, and let you know of the following points.
You may void your Warranty
I’m sure I already mentioned this above, so this probably goes without saying. The moment you crack open your Switch to replace parts, if anything goes wrong, or the Switch gets damaged to the point where it needs a repair, Nintendo will not be responsible for the cost of repairs.
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Another important thing to consider is the cost of buying anything online. If you are looking to buy faceplates, these are for the most part made of plastic, so there should not be much of a difference in prices. If a product is priced higher than the average, they’re either providing some bells and whistles, or the faceplates are probably made of more than just plastic. Thankfully, with the help of Amazon, you can easily compare prices from different sellers before settling on the best one.
Another thing to consider when buying accessories is the Brand Name of the seller. Apart from the official Nintendo products, Orzly and Hori have always been my go-to brands for getting accessories for the Switch, but I haven’t seen them make skins or faceplates. Still, there are many more brands out there; even AmazonBasics makes accessories for the Switch!
Function: Does it do the Job?
Every accessory that has been made for the Switch is supposed to fulfill some kind of task. Always ask yourself; does it do the job? If so, is it necessary to enjoy my Switch? Some accessories are pretty straightforward, such as travel cases, but there are others that don’t do much else beyond providing an alternate look for your Switch, such as skins and faceplates.
Most of the time you shop on Amazon, you can almost always expect shoppers to leave some feedback on a given product. The reviews are always displayed on the product page, and looking at these reviews is a good way of finding out if the particular accessory you are looking to buy is good or bad.
Anyways, this is just about all I have for now. I hope this post helps you out, and if you have any questions or thoughts to share, feel free to leave a comment down below. Until next time, happy gaming!