Best Game Card Carrying Cases for Nintendo Switch Lite iMore 2020

This mini version of the Nintendo Switch is super portable and provides hours of entertainment. To play your favorite game cartridges on-the-go, you'll want a protective case to keep them in, especially if you've run out of room in your Switch travel case. We highly recommend this PowerA Zelda "Z" Case, since it's compact and can protect up to 12 games.

Best Overall: PowerA Zelda "Z" Game Card Case

This is the perfect case for carrying games on-the-go or for vacations. There are 12 rubber slots, and each can hold one game or one microSD card, so you'll have plenty of memory and plenty of games with you anywhere you go. I'm partial to the "Z" symbol from the Zelda series, but there are six different designs in total to choose from including a Mario logo, Mario Question Block, Mario POW block, Minecraft Creeper, or a Hylian Crest cover. The price ranges depending on the design you choose.

While this case provides plenty of protection from drops and bumps, it isn't waterproof. You'll need to protect it when near a water source or when transporting it through inclement weather. Since it's so compact, you can easily store it in your pocket or bag without it taking up a lot of room.


  • It's compact
  • Six designs
  • Holds 12 games/memory cards


  • Not waterproof

Best Overall

PowerA "Z" Game Card Case

Compact game carrying case

The rubber interior fits cartridges perfectly, there are slots for up to 12 Switch games, and the case latches shut to prevent anything from slipping out.

Best Budget: AmazonBasics Case

If you tend to be a bargain shopper, this is the case for you. It's the cheapest one you'll find on Amazon, and it still holds 24 games. That's more than many other cases near this price. It even comes with a removable microSD card holder so you can carry up to two memory cards. The shell is made of plastic and will protect your games from drops and bumps. Plus, it's got a plastic latch to keep it closed.

You can choose between a black, blue, or red case. This is not a waterproof case so you'll need to be careful when transporting your games on rainy days or near water. Being a cheap plastic game case it provides a decent amount of protection, but it isn't as strong as some other cases on the market.


  • Inexpensive
  • Holds 24 games
  • Latches closed


  • Not waterproof
  • It's not the strongest material

Best Budget

AmazonBasics Case

A thrifty game case

It stores up to 24 Switch cartridges within a protective plastic casing. The small size makes it extra portable so you can carry it in a bag or pocket.

Best for Pokémon Fans: Funlab Aluminum Game Storage

Whether you're new to the Pokémon fandom or you've been a fan since it first rolled out, you'll appreciate the Pokédex design of this Switch cartridge case. Instead of badges, it holds six game cartridges in this aluminum design. Unfortunately, the slots aren't conducive to holding microSD cards so you might need to use a different case if you plan on carrying those around.

There's an aluminum flap in the middle of the case to further protect your games from scuffs. It only holds six games, which might not be enough for many people. If nothing else, you can use it to bring your six favorite games with you wherever you go. As you can tell from the picture, this case is super slim and compact so you'll be able to bring it with you just about anywhere.


  • Slim design
  • Looks like a Pokédex
  • Made of aluminum


  • Only holds six games
  • No microSD card slots

Best for Pokémon Fans

Funlab Aluminum Game Storage

Gotta store em' all

This super-compact, aluminum case is designed to look like the Pokédex from the Pokémon series and holds up to six games at a time.

Best for Large Collections: UniKeep Game Case

Whether you love collecting physical copies of Switch games or you want a place to store each of your children's games, this is a great case to use. It holds up to 60 games, so you're not likely to run out of room. Since this case is super slim, it's easy to pack and travel with. Or you can simply place it on your media center and access it whenever you need a specific game.

This case latches closed to prevent any of your games from falling out. Unfortunately, the slots won't hold a microSD card so you'll have to find another way to store those if you want to use them on the go. There are several different colored cases to choose from that match the main Joy-Con colors Nintendo offers. These cases aren't the most protective ones you can find, but as long as you store it appropriately, it will keep your games safe.


  • Holds 60 games
  • Slim design
  • Latches closed
  • Comes in different colors


  • Not the best protection

Best for Large Collections

UniKeep Game Case

A thin case for 60 games

The case's exterior is designed to look like a Nintendo Switch, and the seller offers a few different colors to choose from. It stores up to 60 games.

Best for Extra Protection: Momen Game Case

This is the perfect case for anyone who wants heavy-duty protection for Switch cartridges. The casing is made of a hard shell EVA to protect from dings, and the unique zipper design makes it waterproof. You won't have to worry as much about it getting wet or rained on. It only comes in the one color option of black and red.

Within the case, there are four pages in total. Two of those pages hold 32 Switch games while the remaining pages house 40 smaller slots for memory cards or other game cartridges. If you don't have any use for these smaller slots, it can be a huge waste of space. But the extra protection provided by the case makes it a good purchase just the same.


  • EVA Hardshell
  • Holds 32 Switch games
  • Zippers shut
  • Waterproof


  • Only one color
  • 40 smaller slots

Best for Extra Protection

Momen Game Case

A hardshell case for Switch games

This waterproof case is made of a strong EVA to protect against drops and bumps. It includes 70 slots, 32 of which are large enough to store Switch games.

Best Multipurpose Game Case: Modpacer Mercenary

Since the Switch Lite doesn't have detachable Joy-Cons, you might want to bring an extra set of controllers around with you wherever you go. This case not only holds 18 games but also provides a storage location for two Joy-Con wrist straps. The plastic protects against damages, but it is a bit bulky compared to other options on the market. It might not be as easy to travel with since it won't fit in your pocket as easily.

The plastic that holds Switch games operates on a pivot, making it easy to extract or place a game cartridge within this protective casing. There are no slots for microSD cards, so you'll have to transport those another way. This case sports a plastic latch to prevent anything from accidentally slipping out. There are two color options available, so you can choose the design you like best.


  • Stores Joy-Con wrist straps
  • Stores 18 games
  • There's a latch
  • Two colors


  • Bulky design
  • No microSD card slots

Best Multipurpose Game Case

Modpacer Mercenary

Carry 18 games at once

It holds up to 18 games at once and can even store a pair of Joy-Con wrist straps. It securely stays shut until you open it by lifting the plastic latch.

Traveling Lite

When you're trying to decide which carrying case to use for your Nintendo Switch Lite games, you want something durable, offers plenty of protection, has a reasonable price, and holds all of the games you want. There are plenty of aesthetically pleasing designs to choose from, or you can choose something that doesn't look as good but offers extra protection. No matter what you want, there are plenty of options out there.

We recommend the PowerA Zelda "Z" Game Card Case since it looks good, is compact, and provides plenty of protection in the casing. Each of its 12 slots can hold either a Switch game or a microSD card so you're sure to have everything on you that you'll need. We also love that it can easily fit in a bag or pocket so you really can take it anywhere.


Rebecca Spear is a life-long gamer and a writer for iMore. She has written hundreds of online articles over the past four years. Her interests include Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox, and PC games.

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