After months of being hard to find, the official dock from Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch is now back in stock via Nintendo’s own Online Store.
The restock comes at a time when stock for Switch accessories is finally beginning to normalize after the massive surge in consumer interest last year as a result of the pandemic; which, ironically, was also responsible for shutting down the manufacturing plants which exacerbated the shortage.
Nintendo is offering the official dock for the Switch for $60. However, it must be noted that this does not include an AC adapter. Guess Nintendo is taking a page out of Apple’s book in that regard. This is notable since you can’t actually make any real use of the dock without an AC adapter. An official Nintendo Switch AC Adapter will run you $29.99. There are cheaper third-party alternatives, though you may be taking a bit of a gamble since, if they’re not manufactured correctly, you could end up short-circuiting your Switch. So, if you decide to opt for a cheaper alternative, do thorough research on the various options to make sure you don’t end up with a ticking time bomb.
Another alternative is shopping around for a third-party Switch dock. A new one, the Power Bay, by manufacturer Brook Gaming sports a pair of Gamecube controller ports and even a built-in ethernet port, and a Bluetooth audio adapter. There’s a cheaper model of the Power Bay that goes for $52 which ditches the ethernet port and Bluetooth connectivity. It’s unclear if either model includes an AC adapter of its own. But, if you’re shopping around for an extra dock, then even if you do also need to still buy an additional adapter, the value you’ll be getting will be more so than that of the official dock.
Back when it was noticed that the official Switch dock was very hard to find, there was some speculation that this could have been Nintendo’s quiet way of hinting that there is indeed a Switch Pro in the works. Now that the dock has formally returned, it’s clear that the company is not trying to wind down production of the dock. Even so, there most recent rumors surrounding the alleged upgraded hybrid does indicate that it will supposedly make use of an enhanced dock that will boost its output resolution to 4K. Of course, none of those details are official, so take it with a big grain of salt.