Best Nintendo Switch Cases iMore 2020

The Nintendo Switch is an amazing console with some of the best games, but its portability also puts it in peril. If you are taking it on the go or even storing it in a house with kids or pets, you're going to want to make sure to keep it safe with a sturdy case. The Fintie Carry Case stands out for its mix of style and convenience, providing plenty of room for cartridges and other accessories. We've also gathered a list of other options based on your budget, style, and level of paranoia.

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Best Overall: Fintie Carry Case

Best Nintendo Switch Cases FintieSource: Fintie

If you want a unique-looking carrying case that provides a ton of conveniences, this is the one for you. There are 19 style options to choose from, including this Z-Galaxy theme, so you can get the look you want. The hardshell case provides ample protection for your Switch and up to 10 game cartridges.

The interior storage space has an inner mesh pocket with a reliable zipper to keep your accessories in place, and you can carry it around using the convenient handle. However, the case isn't waterproof, so be sure to keep it dry when transporting in rainy weather.

Pros:

  • 18 color options
  • Inexpensive
  • Interior zipper pocket
  • Carrying handle

Cons:

  • Isn't waterproof
  • Only stores 10 games

Best Overall

Fintie Carry Case

Everything you want in a variety of colors

It has zipper-protected storage space, a carrying handle, and room for up to 10 games. There are 19 different style options.

Best Value: ButterFox Carrying Case

Butterfox Nintendo Switch carrying caseSource: ButterFox

The hard shell ButterFox case is the least expensive option on this list, but it holds 19 game cartridges in protective fabric — more than the best pick can — to keep the Switch screen from getting scratched. You can safely store Joy-Cons, cables, and the charger behind the mesh, zippered storage compartment. The inner zipper's pull tab is a metal ring, which can be a little strange to hold on to, but that's a minor inconvenience for most people.

This case also features a handle for easy carrying and can be used as a stand when playing on the go. This case is not waterproof, so be careful when transporting it on rainy days.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Zippered storage
  • Doubles as a stand
  • Ample storage space

Cons:

  • Isn't waterproof
  • The inner pull tab is odd

Best Value

ButterFox Carrying Case

An inexpensive option that has it all

This cheap case has storage space, an interior zipper to keep things in place, an easy-carry handle, and 19 cartridge slots.

Best Compact Protection: AmazonBasics Vault Case

AmazonBasics caseSource: AmazonBasics

This heavy-duty case will protect your Switch from damage. It holds up to eight game cartridges in such a way that they won't scratch the Switch screen in transport. It also fits the Switch console and attached Joy-Cons. However, the best part about it is its small size. The sleek design allows it to fit in small areas for easy travel.

This case isn't waterproof, so you'll want to be careful when there's inclement weather. Just keep in mind that since this is such a compact design, it doesn't provide any storage space for accessories. But it has a sweet, heavy-duty look to it.

Pros

  • Heavy-duty shell
  • Compact

Cons

  • Only holds eight games
  • Isn't waterproof
  • No extra storage

Best Compact Protection

AmazonBasics Vault Case

A compact case with extra protection

This compact case provides extra protection, holds up to eight games, and a Switch with attached Joy-Cons.

Best for Extra Protection: Mumba Carrying Case

Mumba Switch caseSource: Mumba

The Mumba Carrying Case features a waterproof, EVA hard shell to keep your Switch and accessories protected. The storage compartment is accessed via zipper so things won't fly out of place. It securely holds up to 20 games — the most on this list — and features a wrist strap for easy travel.

However, there are some tradeoffs. The cartridge holders are very snug, making it difficult for you to slide your games in. There aren't a ton of color choices, but you do get to choose between three colors: black, light blue, and camouflage. Plus, since the case is larger, it takes up more space when traveling.

Pros:

  • It's waterproof
  • Hardshell
  • Plenty of storage
  • Holds 20 games
  • Three color options

Cons:

  • Takes up more space
  • Snug cartridge holders

Best for Extra Protection

Mumba Carrying Case

Plenty of storage space and waterproof protection

This waterproof, EVA shell makes it one of the most protective cases. It holds 20 games and provides extra storage.

Best Soft Shell: PDP Nintendo Switch Zelda: Breath of the Wild Case

PDP Nintendo Switch Zelda caseSource: PDP

This soft canvas case is great for any Zelda lover. It has space for up to 14 game cartridges and can hold your Switch with the attached Joy-Cons. The Zelda theme is present both inside and outside the case, as well as on the zipper. It features a wrist strap for easy transportation. It's also nice and small, so you'll be able to store it in your luggage or backpack when traveling more easily.

Something to note is that there is no extra storage space for accessories or cables. Additionally, this case is not waterproof, so be careful with it during rainy weather.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Holds 14 games
  • Wrist strap

Cons:

  • Isn't waterproof
  • No storage space

Best Soft Shell

PDP Nintendo Switch Zelda: Breath of the Wild Case

A soft canvas case for your Switch

This Zelda-themed case carries 14 games. It's small, light, and features a wrist strap for transport.

Best Carry-All Bag: PowerA Everywhere Messenger Bag

PowerA Zelda Messenger BagSource: PowerA

This messenger bag allows you to conveniently carry your Nintendo Switch console, the dock, HDMI cables, Switch charger, Joy-Cons, Pro Controllers, and just about any other accessory all at once. It's a great travel companion, with a shoulder strap that enables you to move around hands-free while traveling. There is no specific holder for your games, but you can easily store them in one of the many pockets.

This bag even comes with a smaller protective case for your Switch and attached Joy-Cons. Since it's made of canvas and isn't waterproof, you'll want to be careful transporting it in rainy weather. Choose from three color themes: gray-black, Super Mario Bros., and Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Pros:

  • Carries everything
  • Detachable shoulder strap
  • Comes with Switch case
  • Three color options

Cons:

  • It's expensive
  • No game slots
  • Isn't waterproof

Best Carry-All Bag

PowerA Everywhere Messenger Bag

When you need to take the entire system

This bag carries the Switch console, Joy-Cons, the charger, the dock, and additional cables by the handle or over the shoulder.

Best Carry-All Hard Shell: Magictodoor Carrying Storage Case

Magictodoor Switch CaseSource: Magictodoor

This hardshell carrying bag has a sleek design to help you safely transport your entire Nintendo Switch system. It has space for the Dock, Switch console with attached Joy-Cons, an additional pair of Joy-Cons, the AC adapter, cables, and 21 games. It only comes in one color, so you don't have any options other than black. You can lock it using the attached anti-theft TSA lock.

Carry this case by the handle or use the detachable shoulder strap to carry it more conveniently. This case isn't waterproof, so you'll want to be careful when traveling in inclement weather.

Pros:

  • Hardshell
  • Holds 21 games
  • Detachable shoulder strap
  • Carrying handle
  • Anti-theft TSA lock

Cons:

  • Isn't waterproof
  • Only comes in one color

Best Carry-All Hard Shell

Magictodoor Carrying Storage Case

Protective transport for your Switch system

Store the Switch, an extra set of Joy-Cons, AC adapter, Pro Controller, Dock, cables, and 21 games. It locks for extra protection.

Carry On

With so many Switch cases on the market, it makes it hard to know which one to buy. When researching the best Nintendo Switch cases, we considered price, customer reviews, storage space, carrying convenience, and whether or not there was an interior zipper. After roughly six hours of comparing cases, we've determined the best options.

We highly recommend the Fintie Carry Case. It offers 10 cartridge slots, plenty of protection, a carrying handle for easy transport, and a spread of 18 unique color options. Something I especially like is that this case has a zippered storage space. This keeps accessories and cables from rattling around onto your Switch and scratching your screen. With all these convenience features and awesome designs, this case is still on the inexpensive side. It's truly a great case for any Switch gamer.

Credits

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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