Whether you’re gifting a Nintendo Switch game system or you’re thinking of buying one for yourself, it’s important to note that the console includes a mere 32GB of internal NAND memory (64GB in the Nintendo Switch OLED). Considering that popular games like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Fortnite, and Pokémon Sword each take up more than 10GB of storage, your new Switch will fill up fast. In fact, some of the most popular games, like NBA 2K21, are too large for the Switch’s internal memory even if there are no other games stored!
The good news is for not a lot of money you can easily expand your Switch’s capacity up to a whopping 1 or 2TB. All you need is the right microSD card.
What to look for in a microSD card for your Nintendo Switch
Storage capacity is obviously the most important feature you should look for. If you are playing multiple large, complex, graphic-intensive games, the more capacity the better. Look for a microSD card with a capacity of at least 128GB. Next thing to look for: Speed. You’ll want a card that can keep up with the Switch’s processor, so look for a card rated for class speed UHS-1 (Ultra High Speed) or higher. It will be easy to find these as all microSDXC cards above 32GB are rated at least UHS-1.
Our recommendations for the Nintendo Switch
SanDisk manufactures a number of officially-licensed microSDXC cards for the Nintendo Switch and the Switch OLED. These cards are all great choices, particularly if you are giving the Switch as a gift.
You are not limited to these officially licensed cards! The Nintendo Switch can use any microSDXC card that follows the right specifications. Here are some excellent cards to consider.
Please let us know if this information has been helpful. And if you have any questions about the best cards for your Nintendo Switch or other game system, contact us! We’re here to help. Happy gaming!