Best microSD Cards for Nintendo Switch iMore 2020

While I absolutely love my Nintendo Switch, I don't like that it only has 32GB of onboard storage. You quickly run out of space and don't have room for additional downloads, screenshots, or game data. Fortunately, you can easily add more storage via a micro SD card. Here are the best ones for use with the Nintendo Switch.

Best overall: Samsung EVO+ 256GB

Staff Pick

Samsung's very-highest-of-the-high-end microSD card isn't cheap, but you're also getting a winning combination of performance and storage capacity. This is the best card to get if you know you'll be downloading most of your Switch games from the Nintendo eShop, as it will not only hold a lot of games but will load those games faster than most other cards!

$48 at Amazon

Best value: SanDisk Extreme 128GB

The SanDisk Extreme has blazing fast read speeds of up to 170MB/s (in certain scenarios) and write speeds of up to 90MB/s, capable of handling 4K video, high-res photos, and large files without issue. If you go this route, you likely won't run out of space for a long time.

$35 at Amazon

Best max storage: SanDisk Ultra 400GB

This high-quality microSD is perfect for those who primarily download digital games. It has a huge storage capacity, so you'll be able to store game data for several titles. It features a fast read rate and performs beautifully to give you a smooth gaming experience.

$65 at Amazon

Best gamer gear: SanDisk 128GB - Mario Theme

If you're looking for a microSD card that not only gives you a decent amount of space, but also allows you to show off your preferences for Nintendo's most popular franchise, then you really ought to consider this officially licensed memory card. It features Mario red coloring, has the Nintendo Switch logo on it, and even features an iconic mushroom. In addition to that, it's plenty fast with speeds of up to 100MB/s. There's also a Zelda-themed 64GB card and a Mario star-themed 256 GB card at various prices.

$28 at Amazon

Best mid-range storage: Samsung EVO 128GB

If you want a nice high storage capacity without breaking the bank, Samsung's 128GB card is a good option. It's about the lowest price we've seen for a 128GB card and a great way to ensure you have lots of space for all the goodies you want to have on your Switch.

$20 at Amazon

Best budget: Samsung EVO Select 64GB UHS-I/U3

This Samsung EVO Select card won't break the bank, but it offers a great balance of speed and capacity. This 64GB card should be enough to get you up and running with your Nintendo Switch and is big enough to hold a decent number of installed games. The card also comes with a full-sized SD adapter, which makes it extra useful if you ever need to use it in anything that isn't the Switch.

$12 at Amazon

Best minimal storage: Lexar Professional 1000x 32GB UHS-II/U3

If you wouldn't mind picking up a microSD card to use on multiple devices, you're probably concerned about speed and less concerned about size. The Lexar Professional 1000x uses UHS-II flash memory and boasts read speeds of up to 150MB/sec. This card is great if you want a little extra storage just in case and aren't planning on installing a lot of games from the Nintendo eShop.

$16 at Amazon

Down memory lane

Not everyone's storage needs are the same, but speed, reliability, and performance are things that matter for every Nintendo Switch. Screenshots, gameplay videos, and game data get stored on these drives, once you've exceeded the internal storage on this console. Make sure you've got the best card for your needs, and you'll be happy with the way your Switch performs for quite a while. Keep in mind that there are several different size options, so take a moment to decide what microSD card size to get for your Nintendo Switch.

If you're going to buy a ton of games digitally, that probably means you're going to want to go all out and pick up the Samsung EVO+ 256GB. It gives you plenty of space to download multiple games from the eShop. If you want something a little less expensive, the Samsung EVO Select 64GB is a great option. It's inexpensive and gives you a decent amount of storage. Just make sure you purchase a microSD card with enough storage space to suit your gaming needs.

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