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. You might have also realised how useful a stylus is when creating levels in the game, or putting your math skills to the test in the newly-released Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training. Don’t worry yourself, we’ve got the best Nintendo Switch stylus for the job right here. Sure, they 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.
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 Mario Maker 2 and Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training.
Starting with the first of those, the original Super Mario Maker for the Wii U used the console’s bundled stylus for designing levels and that was a whole lot easier than dragging blocks around with your finger. When you’re playing Super Mario Maker 2 and 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 for Mario Maker 2. 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
Having not sold their own official stylus for a good while, Nintendo has obviously seen their mistake and finally launched one at the start of 2020 in support of Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training. Whether you go for that one or not, 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. We won’t keep you waiting any longer, then. Here are some of the best styluses for the Nintendo Switch, no matter your budget.
Best Nintendo Switch stylus: Official Nintendo Switch Stylus
After being conspicuous in its absence for so long, you can now get an Official Nintendo Switch Stylus. Better yet, it also 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 their branded Nintendo Switch SD cards!) 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 been able to track one of these down in the US just yet, but we’ll absolutely be sure to add it as soon as it crops up online. However, if you’re in the UK, this is easily the best Nintendo Switch stylus out there in 2020!
Best Unofficial Nintendo Switch stylus – 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. Overall, that’s why we rate it as the best stylus for Nintendo Switch.
Better than that, 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.
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 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 new official Nintendo Switch stylus, it’s really up to you which one you go for as they are near-identical.
At such a low price, 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.
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 four replacement disc tips and two 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 is 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.
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.
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