Best Nintendo Switch Cases

Updated September 2019
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Buying guide for best Nintendo Switch cases

Last Updated September 2019

The Nintendo Switch is the first video game system from Nintendo that doubles as a home console and a portable handheld. While it’s amazing to battle, adventure, and race on the go or at home on the big screen, the Switch also raises a few issues about storage — issues worth exploring to help you determine the best Nintendo Switch case for your needs.

A new Nintendo Switch costs $300, and games are usually $60, so if you’re going to rely on a case to store your console when it’s not in use, you’d better make sure that it will protect the Switch and your collection of accessories from an accidental drop, kick, or any other misfortune you may encounter.

We’ve tested out a range of Nintendo Switch cases, and while only you know how many controllers and accessories you need to stash alongside your console, our handy guide provides answers for any questions you might have while shopping for a storage case.  

You can wirelessly connect up to eight Nintendo Switch consoles at once for handheld fun with friends, so bring enough controllers and accessories so that everyone can play.

Key considerations

Outer shell

Keep an eye out for Nintendo Switch cases that have outer layers made of rugged materials, such as ballistic nylon, leather, or surprisingly tough EVA plastics.

Internal padding

Ensuring that your fragile Nintendo Switch console and perfectly calibrated controllers will be firmly placed into snug cavities may be an even bigger must-have than a sturdy exterior. Storing your Switch, game cards, and accessories in an inferior case that doesn’t feature padded pockets or precision-cut compartments may leave your equipment susceptible to damage.

Size

You should expect even the most basic of cases to securely hold your Nintendo Switch console, but superior cases sport a number of pockets and slots for additional Joy-Con controllers, game cards, and other accessories. Not only will buying a larger Switch case allow you to store additional games and controllers as your collection grows, it may also fit other essentials like the charging dock, headphones, or a USB Nintendo Switch AC adapter.

EXPERT TIP

If you enjoy playing with your Nintendo Switch in handheld mode, take advantage of the audio jack beside the game card slot — and invest in a case that has enough space to hold a pair of earbuds.


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EXPERT TIP

The internal battery of a Nintendo Switch will provide between three and six hours of playtime away from its charging dock, so consider buying a carrying case that has room for a USB AC adapter.


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EXPERT TIP

Be sure to fully charge your Nintendo Switch and Joy-Con controllers before you store them away, so you’ll be able to play for longer when you take them back out.


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Nintendo Switch case features

Every Nintendo Switch case worth buying will secure your collection of games, controllers, and the console itself on the inside, while protecting it from unforeseen bumps, slams, and falls on the outside. But beyond that baseline requirement, there are a couple features that vary depending on the case.

Ergonomic design

Some people will want to take their Nintendo Switch to party with friends or family, and that’s when the presence of convenient handles and carrying straps may make or break a purchase. If you plan on taking your Nintendo Switch collection on the go, look for a case that features a sturdy hand grip.

Color

Why be boring? Nintendo Switch cases are available in many designer colors, and some are styled after popular Nintendo Switch games, including Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Ultimate security

This carrying case features a strong leather and ballistic nylon-based exterior, a pair of mini-game cases that can store up to 4 Nintendo Switch game cards each, and several padded panels to safely store the console and a pair of Joy-Con controllers. We’re particularly impressed with how well its meticulously molded pockets perfectly preserve the delicate screen and sensitive analog sticks of the Nintendo Switch and Jon-Con controllers.  

Nintendo switch case prices

Although durability and storage are the core design concerns of any worthwhile Nintendo Switch case, prices often vary from around $14 to $35. Factors that may influence the cost of a Nintendo Switch case include storage space, premium materials, case size, and whether or not the case sports an ergonomic design for carrying it around. Smaller Nintendo Switch cases featuring fewer storage pockets and lighter materials are generally going to be more affordable than models with thicker padded exteriors, an array of compartments to hold your game cards, controllers, and accessories, and a convenient handle or strap.

Tips

  • Store your Nintendo Switch in a case when it’s not in use, which will prevent its delicate touchscreen from getting dusty while sitting beside your TV.

  • Remember to carefully coil, rather than bend, cables when placing them into a storage case. Power cables and AC adapters are essential, and you need them to last.

  • Always store your controllers with the stick side facing up and without any buttons in a “pressed” position. Controllers and accessories may not function as intended if they are not stored in a neutral position.

  • Exposing even the most rugged Switch case to extreme heat or cold may damage the console. We recommend storing your Switch, game cards, and accessories in a cool, dark place when not in use.

Simple and compact

This carrying case offers a simple solution for storing a Nintendo Switch that provides space for the console, a pair of Joy-Con controllers, a thin divider that can hold up to 14 games, and a mesh net for holding miscellaneous accessories. It’s a solid case, but just don’t pack any extra Joy-Con controllers in the net; forcing a controller’s analog sticks in one direction for extended periods of time may permanently damage them.

Other products we considered

If you’re looking for a space-efficient way to store up to 12 Nintendo Switch game cards and you have a passion for retro Nintendo video games, you’re really going to love the series of Premium Game Card Cases from PowerA. Not only do each of these slim game cases hold up to 12 micro SD cards at once, they are also available in several charming designs, including the iconic POW and question mark blocks from the Super Mario series. Hori’s Splatoon 2 Squid Plush Pouch is squishy, fuzzy, and all-around adorable, but most importantly it safely secures your Joy-Con controllers, Nintendo Switch console, and other essential accessories inside snug pockets while the super soft squid case is slung over your shoulder. These cute, squid-shaped Nintendo Switch cases are available in your choice of neon green or pink.

The Nintendo Switch includes 32GB of internal storage, so it’s a good idea to upgrade your system with a larger memory card so you can enjoy a larger collection of games on the go.

FAQ

Q. Why do I need a case to store my Nintendo Switch game cards?
A.
It’s a matter of storage space and convenience. Some people don’t want to look at, dust, or fill a shelf full of red plastic Nintendo Switch game boxes, and a game case makes it easy to safely store a large chunk of your collection in one small package.
 

Q. Do I need a Nintendo Switch case that will hold more than two Joy-Con controllers?
A.
Not necessarily. Even the most basic Nintendo Switch case will hold a left and right Joy-Con controller, and many games allow you to share one of your Joy-Con controllers for two-player games. If you’re planning on traveling with your Nintendo Switch to play multiplayer titles that support many players at once, like Super Smash Bros Ultimate, consider buying a larger case so you can store up to eight separate controllers.
 

Q. I’ve noticed that all of these Nintendo Switch cases will hold Joy-Con controllers, but what about my Pro Controllers?
A.
The Nintendo Pro Controller is a fantastic device for playing Nintendo Switch games with a more traditional control scheme, but unfortunately most Nintendo Switch cases aren’t built to safely store a Pro Controller. There’s no need to worry, as some premium Nintendo Switch cases were designed to carry a wide range of accessories, including the charging dock, AC adapter, and the Pro Controller.

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    Editorial Director
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