It sucks to feel like you’ve missed out, especially when it comes to something as cool as the Nintendo Switch stylus that came with pre-orders of the Super Mario Maker 2 Limited Edition. Don’t worry if you’re still after one. We’ve got the best Nintendo Switch stylus for the job right here.
You might have realised how useful a stylus is when creating levels in Mario Maker 2, or putting your math skills to the test in the newly-released Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training. Sure, many of these might not have the cool looks of that limited edition one, but they’ll make everything you want to do on your Switch a breeze.
We begin with our top pick: the Meko Universal Stylus. It’s functional, affordable and widely available, which makes it easy to put atop our list.
Best Nintendo Switch stylus
The Meko Universal Stylus sports a fibre tip on one end with a diameter of about 0.24in and a disc tip on the other offering a diameter of 0.27in. Simply flip them around to use whichever tip you prefer too. These aren’t the finest of drawing tools, but they’re still good for Mario Maker 2 level creation. You won’t have any trouble completing accurate movements and taps feel very responsive on the screen.
What’s more, if you’re liable to lose your stylus, you can buy a Meko Capacitive Stylus Pen and you get a pack of two styluses for not much more than the price of one. We’ve been there, right? Who hasn’t somehow lost half a dozen 3DS styluses in the space of, well, no time at all? In addition, you also receive four replacement disc tips and two replacement fibre tips. You know, for those times when you somehow lose the tip of your stylus too.
The stylus is made from a mixture of stainless steel and aluminium so it feels good to the touch. And there’s no risk of scratches or stains. Overall, that’s why we rate it as the best stylus for Nintendo Switch.
Best Budget Nintendo Switch stylus
The AmazonBasics Capacitive Executive Stylus doesn’t cost much less than the Meko Universal Stylus, but it always helps. 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. At practically the same price as the official Nintendo Switch stylus, it’s really up to you which one you buy. Aside from the name scrawled on the side, they are near-identical.
At such a low price, you shouldn’t expect any neat extras like a lanyard or replacement tips. However, it does still offer a built-in clip so you can easily hook it onto your shirt pocket if you want. At least when it’s not stored in your Nintendo Switch Lite case. 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.
Best Official Nintendo Switch stylus
Until now, an official Nintendo Switch stylus hasn’t been sold. However, the house of Mario obviously saw their mistake and finally launched one at the start of 2020 in support of Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training. Better yet, it ends up being one of the cheapest options available, too!
Usually, you’d expect to pay through the nose for an official Nintendo product (just look at any of the other branded Nintendo Switch accessories) but this is an entirely reasonable £6.99 from the Nintendo Official UK Store. It is, of course, very basic. Considering both Super Mario Maker 2 and Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training aren’t exactly demanding, though, it’s perfectly fit for purpose.
We haven’t tracked one of these down in the US that isn’t already bundled with Brain Training. We’ll absolutely be sure to add it as soon as it crops up online. However, if you’re in the UK and buying it separately, this easily sits within our picks for best Nintendo Switch stylus out there.
Official Nintendo Switch Stylus
Buy for £6.99 from the Official Nintendo UK Store
Best Premium Nintendo Switch 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. On top of the substantial price increase, it’s also a lot harder to find outside of the US. Do keep that in mind when making your decision.
That aside, 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 using it as a Nintendo Switch stylus for Mario Maker 2, we’re not convinced it’s entirely necessary thanks to the game’s forgiving UI. However, 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. Electronic pulses provide the increased accuracy as and when you need it. You can flip it round to use the chunkier tip on the other side too.
Best Lightweight Nintendo Switch stylus
A stylus isn’t particularly heavy in the first place 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, too! That 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.
Nintendo Switch Stylus FAQs
If you’d like to do a bit more research before buying your Nintendo Switch stylus we’ve answered a couple of the more common questions here. Know that you can’t really go too wrong with whichever stylus you get for your Switch. Still, let us clear away the confusion so you can make a decision with all the information. Do let us know if you’d like anything else answered!
Do I need a Nintendo Switch stylus?
Well, you don’t necessarily need one. All the same, you’ll be a lot happier when you get a stylus for the likes of Super Mario Maker 2 and Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training. Handily, an official Nintendo Switch stylus comes in a bundle with every copy of the latter.
As for Super Mario Maker 2, when you’re playing while the console is docked you’ll need to use the Joy-Con controllers to move creation elements. On the other hand, when you’re playing it in handheld mode, you can only use the touchscreen. Soon enough you’ll find that fingers aren’t exactly the most precise way of manipulating anything on a touchscreen. And, hey, who wants to leave a load of dirty fingerprints or smudge marks on their beloved Switch screen?
That should be enough of a reason for you to buy a Nintendo Switch stylus. You can then use it in that game to create levels, do some doodling in Splatoon 2, design stages in Super Smash Bros Ultimate or improve your brain age in Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training
Will any other stylus work on the Nintendo Switch?
Yes. However, 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. All the styluses on this page meet this requirement. If you want to go for something else, just double check it’s a capacitive stylus and you’ll be good to go!
Those are the best Nintendo Switch styluses out there. Hopefully, we’ve summed up an option that’s perfect for you (and your bank account). We’ll continue to keep an eye out for new styluses that mean your Switch pointer needs are always met.
Now, how about taking a look at the best Nintendo Switch controller if you need to get into a serious game of Smash Bros. Ultimate or Breath of the Wild. Perhaps you can get a Nintendo Switch Lite case to store your new stylus in, consider bumping up the storage space in your console with a brand new Nintendo Switch SD card or keep your battery going with a power bank for Nintendo Switch.