People have been gearing up for the Nintendo Switch for quite some time, and the console is almost here! As people await the arrival of the system, it’s helpful to know what’s included in the box in case you want to pick up a few extras alongside the Nintendo Switch. We’ve got you covered with a list of exactly what comes packaged with the Nintendo Switch. You’ll know every detail of the Nintendo Switch box contents and so you know if you need to pick up anything else along with what’s included in the Nintendo Switch packaging.

Nintendo Switch Package Contents

  • Nintendo Switch Console
  • Nintendo Switch Dock
  • Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R)
  • Joy-Con Straps (2)
  • Joy-Con Grip
  • Nintendo Branded High Speed HDMI Cable (3 foot)
  • Nintendo Switch USB-C AC Adapter

Nintendo Switch Console

As you might expect, the Nintendo Switch comes packaged with the tablet portion of the console. It may be shocking to few, but we thought it should at least be mentioned.

Nintendo Switch Dock

The dock is how you connect the tablet portion of the system to a TV or monitor. Simply slide the tablet into the dock and connect the dock via the included HDMI cable. If you have a game running on the handheld, it will automatically switch over to your TV or monitor instantly.

Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R)

There are two versions of the Nintendo Switch packaging. One comes with two grey Joy-Con controllers, while the other comes with one neon blue (left) and one neon red (right) Joy-Con. Either way you will have one Joy-Con that connects to the right side of the tablet or Grip and one that connects to the left side.

Joy-Con Straps (2)

There are two straps that come with the Nintendo Switch that allow you to attach each Joy-Con controller to your wrist. This is mainly to prevent the Joy-Cons from flying into your TV if you’re playing a game with motion controls. However, the Joy-Cons fit snuggly to the Switch tablet, so it wouldn’t be out of the question to carry the Switch via one of the Joy-Con straps. Not the best way to carry around your Switch, but it can work if you need your hands free in a bind.

Joy-Con Grip

Not to be confused with the Charging Grip, the Joy-Con Grip that comes with the Nintendo Switch does not charge your Joy-Cons in any way. The only way to charge them out of the box is by connecting them to the tablet when it’s charging or docked. This Joy-Con Grip only serves as a different controller configuration so you can game in a more comfortable manner.

Nintendo Branded High Speed HDMI Cable

This three foot HDMI cable allows you to connect the Nintendo Switch Dock to a TV, monitor or other display device. It’s not a very long cable, so make note of that if you plan to place the dock farther away from your TV. By this point in time most people probably already have a longer HDMI cable they can use, but if not, any standard HDMI cable will suffice.

Nintendo Switch USB-C AC Adapter

At present there aren’t a lot of electronics that use USB Type C. However, that will be changing in the very near future as many electronics manufacturers are switching over to the new standard. The Nintendo Switch uses USB-C to charge, but only comes with a single AC adapter. If you want to leave your dock plugged in and take the console on the go, you may need to buy a second USB-C charger if you don’t already have one.

Take a look at some recommended accessories you should pick up when you buy the system, as well as several other helpful articles in our Nintendo Switch console hub!