From the DS and 3DS handhelds to the Wii U’s chunky GamePad, the stylus carved a prominent place in Nintendo’s history over the last 15 years. With Nintendo now selling an official stylus for the Nintendo Switch, the accessory’s place in the company’s history looks to only grow larger—if you’re in the U.K. that is.
The console doesn’t necessarily need a stylus, thanks to the 6.2-inch capacitive display on the regular Switch and 5.5-inch display on the Switch Lite. All you have to do is stretch your thumbs or use your index finger to use the display. Rather, the stylus functions best in games requiring more precise movements. For example, using a stylus in Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch makes it easier to write out answers. Also, using a stylus in Super Mario Maker 2 makes it easier to move platforms and obstacles while creating levels.
You could easily pick up an off-brand stylus and be fine, but it’s nice to have an official option. However, it’s only available in the U.K. at the time of this writing. There’s no indication yet of a release in other regions.
We reached out to Nintendo and asked if the stylus will be available elsewhere and we’ll update this post if we hear back. For now, U.K. residents can pick up the stylus for £6.99 (~$9).