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Best micro SD for Switch: which Nintendo Switch memory card should you buy?

Best micro SD for Switch: the Nintendo Switch memory cards worth getting
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Looking for a Nintendo Switch memory card to make more room on your console? Then you've come to the right place, as we've rounded up the best Switch micro SD cards.

The Nintendo Switch comes with 32GB of internal storage, but between all the fantastic Nintendo Switch games that are out there and the screenshots and videos that it’s just too hard to resist capturing when playing them, most will find that’s not really enough. 

Expanding the memory of your Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite is as simple as sliding a Nintendo Switch memory card into the consoles’ built-in micro SD card slots. The wide range of affordable Switch micro SD cards that are out there in 2021 only makes the whole process even easier. 

So, if you’re looking to make more room on your Nintendo Switch then read on for the best Nintendo Switch memory card options out there. If you’re looking to kit your Switch out from top-to-toe then don’t hesitate to check out our guide to the best Nintendo Switch accessories and if you just want to keep your console safe then we also have a guide to Nintendo Switch travel cases.

The best Nintendo Switch memory cards

  1. Best micro SD for Switch: Sandisk microSDXC
  2. Best for value: Kingston Canvas Select microSDXC
  3. Best for storage: SanDisk Ultra 400GB microSDXC

Sandisk microSDXC official Nintendo Switch memory card

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The most official: Sandisk microSDXC

Nintendo-branded memory cards are a safe bet

Specifications
Storage: 64GB, 128GB
Read Speed: up to 100mb/s
Warranty: Lifetime (or 30 years)
SD Reader: No
Ultra High Speed: UHS-3

Nothing like the Nintendo stamp of approval to put you at ease. Sandisk is a massive memory card manufacturer – though usually with regards to cameras – and these tie-in options have a read speed of up to 100mb for fast loading. A minimum 30-year warranty, too.

They even come with a friendly mushroom (for the 128GB model) or Triforce design (for the 64GB model). You won't see the design much when it's in the console, but you'll know it's there. Bearing the Nintendo brand, this is the Nintendo Switch memory card for those who like to keep things official.

Kingston Canvas Select microSDXC value Nintendo Switch Memory card

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Best for value: Kingston Canvas Select microSDXC

Storage on the cheap

Specifications
Storage: up to 256GB
Read Speed: up to 80mb/s
Warranty: Lifetime (or 30 years)
SD Reader: Yes
Ultra High Speed: UHS-1

Not quite as official, but still very much a reputable brand – and Kingston's 128GB memory card comes in at a few pennies less per gigabyte than its Sandisk counterpart. You're getting a slightly slower load-time, with only 80mb/s, but that's still well within Nintendo's SD card guidelines – and the option for 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB models. If you're after value more than anything, this is the Nintendo Switch memory card for you.

SanDisk Ultra 400GB microSDXC storage Nintendo Switch memory card

Image Credit: Sandisk

Best for storage: SanDisk Ultra 400GB microSDXC

More than you'll ever need

Specifications
Storage: 400GB
Read Speed: up to 100mb/s
Warranty: 10 years
SD Reader: Yes
Ultra High Speed: UHS-1

400GB? We can't imagine you'll fill that amount in a hurry, but it's reassuring to know you won't run out of space. You can technically get 512GB, but you see a large uptick in price just for that small increase in storage – so we recommend sticking to 400GB for now. When it comes to massively increasing your console's storage, this is a hard Nintendo Switch memory card to beat.

Do I need a micro SD card for Nintendo Switch?

If you’re planning on playing more than a handful of indie titles then, yes, a Nintendo Switch memory card is a good idea. Breath of the Wild alone will take up 13.4 GB of space , which is around 40% of the console’s on-board storage. And that's the case for both the Switch and the Switch Lite.

It can be sensible to buy the larger AAA games on physical cartridges, to avoid the likes of Mario and Zelda taking up all the space. But for sheer convenience, nothing beats having all your titles compressed into one handy Nintendo Switch memory card. Some physical titles also require a mandatory online download to work, which can take up precious space. 

best Nintendo Switch memory card for storing your games

Large AAA games like Super Mario Odyssey can take up a lot of space (Image Credit: Nintendo)

Are save files kept on the Nintendo Switch memory card too?

No, it’s just your games, images and videos that can be saved onto an external Nintendo Switch memory card. Save files are all kept on internal storage – partially to prevent piracy – though thankfully they don’t take up too much room by themselves. 

If you have a subscription to Nintendo Switch Online, you can also back up your save files to the cloud, though not all games are compatible with this feature. If you manage to break your console – mamma mia – you can then restore your progress safely. You’re able to re-download any purchased game software for free too.

Which micro SD cards work on Nintendo Switch?

Technically, any Switch micro SD card (below 4GB), micro SDHC (4-32GB), or micro SDXC (eXtended Capacity, above 32GB) will be compatible, though you'll probably want at least 16-32GB to make it worth the purchase. Nintendo also recommends a high-speed memory card for optimum performance, so you want to look out for a card with UHS-I support, and a minimum ‘read speed’ of 60-95mb/s (all the cards listed below meet these requirements). 

If you’re using a micro SDXC memory card (above 32GB), Nintendo says “you must first connect the console to the internet and perform a system update” before downloading games onto the Nintendo Switch memory card. 

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