Miss out on the Mario Maker 2 stylus that came with pre-orders of the Super Mario Maker 2 Limited Edition? Bad luck. You’ve probably just realised how useful a stylus is when creating levels in the game. Never fear, we’ve checked out the best Nintendo Switch stylus for the job. They might not have the cool aesthetics of the limited edition one, but they’ll make level creation a breeze.
Why do I need a Nintendo Switch stylus?
Ok, so you don’t need one, but you’ll be really pleased when you get a Mario Maker 2 stylus. The original Super Mario Maker for the Wii U used the console’s bundled stylus for designing levels, and it was far easier than dragging blocks around with your finger.
With Super Mario Maker 2, when the console is docked, you use the Joy-Con controllers to move creation elements. If you’re playing it in handheld mode, you can only use the touchscreen. Fingers aren’t exactly the most precise way of manipulating anything on a touchscreen, plus who wants to leave dirty fingerprints on their beloved Switch screen?
Buy a stylus for your Nintendo Switch, and you can use it to create levels in Mario Maker 2, as well as use it in other games like for drawing in Splatoon 2 or designing stages in Super Smash Bros Ultimate.
Weirdly, Nintendo doesn’t sell its own official stylus, but there are plenty of good options out there. Due to the Nintendo Switch screen, you can’t use a solid plastic resistive stylus (like the one bundled with the Wii U or 3DS). Instead, you need a capacitive stylus. Here’s the best of the bunch, no matter your budget.
Best Nintendo Switch stylus of 2019 – EverTouch Capacitive Stylus
As a general all-purpose stylus, the EverTouch Capacitive Stylus has it all for a good price. It looks and feels just like a slightly chunkier ballpoint pen with a FiberMesh tip that promises to be highly durable and resistant to damage.
The tip is a little chunkier than some styluses but Super Mario Maker 2 has fairly large buttons and options, so you won’t have any trouble completing accurate movements with it. It’s highly accurate too so you’ll be pleased with how responsive taps on the screen feel.
For those that like to keep things tidy, the EverTouch Capacitive Stylus also includes two lanyards and a charm ring. You can attach it to key chains for safekeeping or carry it around from the lanyard. It’s up to you. If for some insane reason you don’t already have a Nintendo Switch case, this is a useful way of keeping it close with you at all times.
- EverTouch Capacitive Stylus for £9.31 from Amazon UK
- EverTouch Capacitive Stylus for $7.50 from Amazon US
Best Budget Nintendo Switch stylus – AmazonBasics Capacitive Executive Stylus
The AmazonBasics Capacitive Executive Stylus doesn’t cost much less than the EverTouch Capacitive Stylus, but we’re not judging. If those precious few pennies are everything to you then Amazon has done a decent job with its basics range. It’s grey, it looks just like a pen, and it works just fine.
Keeping it that simple means you shouldn’t expect any neat extras like a lanyard, but it does still offer a built-in pocket clip so you can easily hook it onto your shirt pocket if you want. It looks subtle enough that you’d easily be able to do so in a work environment without anyone asking questions. It’s made from high-quality aluminium and looks the part for business-related stylus purposes and, well, designing the most devious Mario Maker 2 level that has ever been seen before.
Its tip is a little thick but curved enough that you can get a good angle on it for certain things, such as when you’re drawing out some shapes. It promises no risk of residual marks or scratches too, thanks to being so soft.
- AmazonBasics Capacitive Executive Stylus for £7.99 from Amazon UK
- AmazonBasics Capacitive Executive Stylus for $5.99 from Amazon US
Best Premium Nintendo Switch stylus – AccuPoint Active Stylus
If you’re keen to spend almost the equivalent of a new game on a stylus, then the AccuPoint Active Stylus is the one to buy. Again, it looks like a regular pen but its stylus tip is far more sleek and accurate than cheaper alternatives being a mere 2mm in diameter.
That means far more accurate swipes and taps. When it comes to Mario Maker 2, we’re not convinced it’s entirely necessary (thanks to the forgiving UI), but if you plan on drawing in Splatoon 2 or doing anything extra accurate with your Switch, you’ll like this a lot.
Unlike others here, you need to charge it after about 12 hours of use. Charging is via a Micro-USB cable though, so it’s hardly a great issue. Such power is exactly why the AccuPoint Active Stylus is so accurate with electronic pulses that provide increased accuracy as and when you need it. You can flip it round to use the chunkier tip on the other side too.
Best Multi-Pack Nintendo Switch stylus – MEKO Universal Stylus
Are you liable to lose your stylus? We’ve been there. Who hasn’t somehow lost half a dozen 3DS styluses in the space of, well, no time at all? Buy a MEKO Capacitive Stylus Pen and you get a pack of two styluses for not much more than the price of one. In addition, you also receive 4 replacement disc tips and 2 replacement fibre tips for those times when you somehow lose the tip of your stylus too.
The fibre tips have a diameter of about 0.24in with the discs offering a diameter of 0.27in, so these aren’t the most accurate or finest of drawing tools, but they’re still good for Mario Maker 2 level creation. The styluses are made from a mixture of stainless steel and aluminium so they feel good to the touch, and there’s no risk of scratches or stains. You can always flip them around to use whichever tip you prefer too.
Much like a conventional pen, a bracket is attached to the top of the stylus so you can attach it to your pocket or another item of clothing.
Best Lightweight Nintendo Switch stylus – Wacom CS-100 Bamboo Solo Stylus
None of the styluses here are particularly heavy but the Wacom CS-100 Bamboo Solo Stylus stands out because it’s just that lightweight. Made from metal with a satin finish, it only weighs about 20g and it feels delightful between your fingers.
The rounded tip is 25% slimmer than its main competitors, with a weight-balanced design that feels comfortable at all times. The nib itself is exchangeable if you want which can be useful if you feel like investing a little more into your Mario Maker 2 designs. It also makes this stylus ideal for swapping between pleasure and work purposes too.
Note: you’re probably going to need to buy some replacement tips in preparation as the Wacom CS-100 Bamboo Solo Stylus does love to eat them up after extensive use on screen.
And don’t forget, there’s the all-important clip for attaching it to your pocket or clothing too. That’s always a useful extra if you don’t have a carry case.
- Wacom CS-100 Bamboo Solo Stylus for £8.99 from Amazon UK
- Wacom CS-100 Bamboo Solo Stylus for $7.24 from Amazon US
Those are the best Nintendo Switch styluses out there. At least until Nintendo launches its own official one. Hopefully, we’ve summed up an option that’s perfect for you (and your bank account). We’ll be continuing to keep an eye out for new styluses that mean your Super Mario Maker 2 level creation needs are always met.