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Best Overall: Orzly Carry Case for Nintendo Switch at Amazon
"Fits all your Switch essentials while still remaining relatively thin."
Best Slim Case: Fintie Protective Case for Nintendo Switch at Amazon
"Attaches to the console for protection, and also folds out to act as a device stand."
Best Protective Case: Mumba Case for Nintendo Switch at Amazon
"Its rubbery polycarbonate shell takes the brunt of any impact."
Best Carrying Case: Mumba Carrying Case for Nintendo Switch at Amazon
"The hard EVA shell ensures the Switch won't get crushed in your bag."
Best for Travel: ButterFox Carrying Case for Nintendo Switch at Amazon
"Has an impressive 19 card slots available while still staying relatively thin."
Best for Storage or Transport: Hermitshell Hard EVA Carry-All Case at Amazon
"Useful if you are moving, live in a dorm, or simply want a place to tuck away your gaming gear."
A Nintendo Switch is a valuable investment, which makes protecting it equally important. Fortunately, there are a number of cases on the market that can keep your Switch safe without burdening it with excessive bulk. Even better, many of them come with extra carrying capacity for your games and accessories. We've researched a number of third-party cases, evaluating them on the basis of their price, durability, bulk, and extra storage capacity.
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Sturdy EVA polymer
Rubber handle for grip
Slots for 8 game cartridges
Some quality control issues
This sturdy case from Orzly has a hard EVA polymer exterior that protects your Nintendo Switch from drops and bumps. On the outside, there's a rubber handle for easier grip, and the inside is lined with soft materials and a separate flap that covers the screen area to protect against scratches and scuffs.
With slots for eight game cartridges, plus a large mesh pocket for accessories like charging cables and extra controllers, the Orzly case fits all your Switch essentials while still remaining relatively thin. Even if your device has a protective cover already on it, it will still fit inside this Orzly carrying case.
"The Orzly Carry Case offers the best mix of portability, protection, and price, keeping your Switch safe without burdening down your bag." — Ajay Kumar, Tech Editor
Attaches directly to Switch for slim fit
Covers sides and back
Need to remove when docking
Want to look after your Switch and create a more comfortable gaming experience at the same time? Take a look at the Fintie Protective Case, which attaches to the console to protect the screen and body, and also folds out to act as a device stand as needed.
This slim, PU leather case comes in a limited range of colors and designs, covering the sides and back of the Switch at all times. When it's not being used to protect the screen, the front flap can be folded out of the way and attached magnetically to the back or folded to create a stand that props it up while you play.
All ports remain accessible while the case is attached, and you can detach the joy-cons from the side as needed. You'll need to remove the case when docking the Switch, however.
Durable polycarbonate shell
Adds extra grip
No screen protector
Requires removal to detach Joy-Con's
Since the Switch is often used as a handheld gaming device on the go, there's always a risk of damage from dropping or hitting it on something solid. That's where Mumba's protective case comes in — its rubbery polycarbonate shell takes the brunt of any impact. There's also a cut-out for attaching an optional lanyard or strap for easier transportation.
Available in a range of colors, the snap-on case adds plenty of shock and scratch protection. As an added bonus, it also provides extra grip when you're playing, reducing the chance of dropping the Switch in the first place. Since the case doesn't cover the screen itself, you'll likely want to add a clear screen protector to protect from scratches.
All of the ports remain accessible, although the case does cover part of both the main unit and joy-con controllers, so you'll need to remove it if you want to detach the controllers.
"As someone who uses the Switch mostly in handheld mode, the Mumba Case is great for my commute. It offers just the right amount of protection and grip, without blocking ports." — Alan Bradley, Tech Editor
Hard EVA shell for crush-resistance
Holds up to 20 game cartridges
If you want to protect your device when you're on the move, check out this carrying case from Mumba. The hard EVA shell ensures the Switch won't get crushed in your bag, or damaged when dropped from a few feet. It's waterproof as well, so liquid spills or rainstorms aren't a concern, and there's a wrist strap to help prevent drops in the first place.
Available in black, blue, and camouflage design, it's large enough on the inside to fit the Switch, even if it already has a case on it. A wide elastic strap helps hold it securely in place.
There are also 20 slots for holding game cartridges, plus plenty of room on the sides and an interior zippered pouch for things like joy-con controllers, charging cables, and other accessories.
19 slots for carrying games
Holds SD cards
Zippered pouch for accessories
Velcro strap a little loose
Most Switch cases have space to hold up to a dozen different game cartridges, but if you're an avid gamer who's going to be away from home for a while, that might not be enough. There's no such problem with the ButterFox Carrying Case, however, which has an impressive 19 card slots available while still staying relatively thin.
Not only does it have space for a large games library, but this inexpensive, well-designed case also fits a couple of SD cards as well. There's also a zippered pouch for other accessories like charging cables, battery packs, and joy-cons. It also has a grippy handle on top to make it easier to transport, and a handy pull-tab inside to help lift the Switch out from its snug enclosure. A velcro strip secures one of the internal flaps over the top of the console screen to keep it secure and protected in transit.
Hard material for protection
Foam cut outs to prevent jostling
Holds 18 game cartridges
Adds bulk and weight
If you need somewhere to store all your Switch gear (this could be useful if you are moving, live in a dorm, or simply want a place to tuck away your gaming accessories) most typical carrying cases aren't going to be big enough to hold all the different bits and pieces. Not so with Hermitshell's Carry-All case, which, as the name suggests, has room for a vast range of extras.
Shaped like a small suitcase, the hard outer material offers protection from all but the hardest of falls. A zipper runs the full length for ease of access, and there's an included shoulder strap to make it easy to carry. On the inside, there's space at the bottom for everything from the docking cradle and AC adapter to a Pro controller and more. Each sits inside its own section of cut-out foam to keep it secure and prevent jostling in transport.
The lid has slots for 18 game cartridges, plus a couple of mesh pockets to drop in things like earbuds, cables, and other small accessories.
If you're frequently on the go, the best Nintendo Switch case to get is the Orzly Carry Case. It's affordable, has a hard EVA polymer exterior, and it can handle drops and scuffs. Best of all, it can hold up to 8 game cartridges, along with some extra accessories and cables. Even if your Switch already has a cover, it'll fit inside this case. If you want something minimalist and even cheaper, we like the Finite Protective Case. It won't protect your whole Switch, but the foldable leather does cover the screen and body, while also doubling as a device stand.
Ajay Kumar is Tech Editor at Lifewire. With over seven years of experience in the industry. he's previously been published on PCMag and Newsweek. Ajay has reviewed thousands of products, including, but not limited to games, game consoles, accessories, phones, tablets, batteries, and other devices. He uses the Orzly Carry Case to travel and recently took it on a trip to the UK.
Alan Bradley is Tech Editor at Lifewire. With over a decade of experience in the tech industry, he's previously been published on PC Gamer and GamesRadar+. Alan has reviewed thousands of products, especially in games, where he owns all major consoles and owns a Nintendo Switch.
Portability - As a handheld device, a Nintendo Switch case is usually fairly portable. Most cases come with a carrying handle, a wrist strap, or extra grip to make it easier to use on the go. The trade-off is that the more protection and storage you require, the bigger and bulkier the Switch case becomes. It's also important to consider that some cases are clamshells that snap onto the Switch and make it hard to dock or detach Joy-Con's without removal.
Durability - Many cases are built out of lightweight material like hardened polycarbonate or PU leather, giving them a good mix of protection and weight. The ones with bulky TPU builds and built-in screen protectors offer more protection but add to weight. Drop protection and waterproofing often means that ports will be blocked or the Switch will need to be removed from the case in order to dock.
Storage Space - The bigger cases will have velcro straps and mesh pockets inside, giving them extra room for game cartridges and accessories. Most modestly size cases can carry 8 game cartridges and some cables. Bigger cases can carry your entire Switch, along with the dock, charger, and Joy-Con's, but they take up quite a bit more space.