Nintendo Switch might be a great console but there’s no shame in admitting that it really doesn’t come with a lot of storage space. With games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild taking 13.5GB of space it’s really easy for the meager 32GB storage to fill up. (with just 25.9GB available to users)
If you want to play more than a single game on the go then you’ll definitely have to buy a Micro SD Card to expand the storage space for your Nintendo Switch but not all Micro SD cards are made equal. We’ve done the research for you to bring you the best Nintendo Switch Memory Cards on the market so that you can enjoy gaming on the go like never before.
But before we get to that we've had a little look at two key factors which influence what Switch SD card to go for.
What Size Card?
If you’re unsure about what size Nintendo Switch memory card to spend your money on, how you use your Switch should influence your decision. Gamers who mostly buy physical games, which is great for a trade in! But will only use the eshop infrequently will get away with 16GB at a squeeze but up to 64GB is safer.
Anyone who downloads or buys digital games regularly would quickly fill up the inbuilt storage and would be better suited to a good 128GB card. To highlight this, Doom comes in at a whopping 21.3GB of data. So five popular games, Doom, La Noire, Fifa 18 and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 all on one card would need 75.2GB of space.
Memory Card Speed
Nintendo recommend a Switch memory card that supports UHS-1 (Ultra High Speed) and have read speeds of between 60-95mb/s. However, as this is a recommendation rather than a requirement the Switch does support cards slower than 60 mb/s. If you’re looking for optimal game play with minimal loading lag then you’re preferably buy a Class 10 card with UHS-1 and above. The ‘Class’ of a card denotes it’s possible write speed ie Class 4 (4MB/s), Class 6 (6MB/s) or Class 10 (10MB/s). Which means it’s important not just to buy based on class but also read the tech spec to find the read speed to reduce the risk of long game load times.
Branded: Nintendo SanDisk
While there is a massive range of options available to choose from, Nintendo does offer original Nintendo SanDisk Memory Cards in 64GB and 128GB storage sizes. While the 64GB memory card features Link, Mario is reserved for the 128GB Switch Memory Card making these the ideal choice for anyone that wants only Nintendo Certified products for their Switch.
Budget: Kingston Technology UHS-1
Great if you’re on a budget! According to Kingstons website their Class 10 UHS-1 cards are compatible with the Nintendo Switch and with a 32GB starting at around £17 it's not a bad start to dip your toe in the murky MicroSD waters. It’s worth noting that LA Noire requires at 60mb/s read speed and there may be more games in the future that follow suit.
Fast: Toshiba Exceria
If you’re looking for a high-quality Memory Card that offers fast transfer speeds, then the Toshiba Exceria is definitely worth your time. It’s one of the more affordable Switch memory cards on the market with transfer speeds up to 90mb/s. You can easily find the 128GB variant going for £45 making it a must have for anyone that doesn’t want to delete any of their games ever again.
Super Fast: Lexar Professional 1000x
If you’re looking for a Switch Memory Card that delivers super-fast transfer rate then the Lexar Professional 1000x is definitely a great choice. With a price of £40 for the 32GB version, the Lexar Professional 1000x offers speeds of up to 150mb/s making it one of the fastest memory cards you can get for your switch without emptying your pockets.
Roomy storage: SanDisk Ultra 200GB Micro SD
Hate having to delete games from your Switch Memory Card to make room for more? Then the SanDisk Ultra 200GB Micro SD is exactly what you’re looking for. At £80 and with a massive 200GB Storage and reasonably high transfer speeds, this Switch memory card is both affordable and fast enough to provide seamless use. It’s an all-around winner for anyone that wants to buy a single Micro SD card for long term use and forget about running out of storage space for good.
Huge storage: Integral 512 GB Class 10 Memory Card
If you’re looking to make a long term investment that will completely solve your Switch’s storage problem for good, then this massive 512 GB microSDXC is exactly what you want! Priced at £300, this Switch Memory Card offers 512 GB Storage with transfer speeds up to 85mb/s making it the perfect choice for anyone that has the money to spare.