After you’ve just dropped hundreds of dollars on your Nintendo Switch case, the last thing you want to do is accidentally break or damage it. For this reason, many people tend to invest in a case too.
Unfortunately, not every Switch case can equally protect your console, and if you want to make sure the case you’re planning to buy is durable, you need to know where to look.
Orzly Carry Case
The snug design and hard plastic exterior of the Orzly Carry Case make it an excellent option for protecting your Switch, one that will easily fit in your purse or backpack. But if stashing your console in the bottom of your bag isn’t your thing, this case also has a handle that allows you to carry it like a briefcase.
The Orzly Carry Case includes a cushioned flap that can store eight game cartridges and further protect your screen from harm, as well as a mesh pouch in the upper section of the case for your smaller but still essential Switch accessories. It doesn’t have space to accommodate larger accessories, but if you’re just looking to bring your Switch along for your commute or to a local coffee shop, this case will likely fit the bill. It currently comes in black, blue, pink, and red.
AmazonBasics Vault Case
Smaller Nintendo Switch cases don’t have to sacrifice protection. The AmazonBasics Vault Case for Nintendo Switch looks like it could take an explosive blast from the outside, and on the inside, you’ll find a compartment to store your system with the Joy-Con controllers attached, and a flap inside has enough room for eight game cartridges.
The case snaps shut to keep everything secure, and there are corresponding cutouts for the buttons and sticks on the Switch so that they aren’t damaged if it happens to get dropped or bumped. AmazonBasics includes a one-year warranty, as well, should anything happen to it.
S-Charge Charging Case
The S-Charge, previously called the SwitchCharge, doesn’t offer the same enclosed protection as some of the other cases on our list but its built-in battery makes it perfect for gaming on the go. With about 10 hours of battery life, a robust stand, and built-in game card slots, you’ll be able to play your Switch for hours longer than you could on the console’s small, built-in battery.
As an added, bonus, the case can charge your cell phone via a USB port on the side, and a $120 bundle also packs in a traditional zipper-style case that can fit your Switch and the S-Charge at the same time.
Mumba Rugged Clear Case
If you want the protection of a full-fledged carrying case but need to play your Switch at a moment’s notice, Mumba’s Rugged Clear Case has you covered. It’s made of shock-absorbent materials and polycarbonate, and it’s designed to keep your console safe from drops you might encounter while playing.
The back also has a slip-proof surface to keep it from falling off a table if you set it down in a precarious situation, and it has a one-piece design so you don’t have to worry about it coming apart. Perhaps the best part, however, is that it makes your Switch look tough without adding a substantial amount of size.
HORI Splatoon 2 Squid Plush Pouch
Younger Nintendo Switch fans might not want to carry around a bulky case for their console and accessories, but HORI has the perfect alternative with the Splatoon 2 Squid Plush Pouch. Officially licensed by Nintendo, the case is shaped like the Inkling creatures from Splatoon 2 and comes in gorgeous neon green or neon pink.
The pouch is large enough to fit the Switch, Joy-Con controllers, Joy-Con straps, and a vertical stand, so you’ll be able to play your Switch in tabletop mode wherever you go. A matching shoulder strap lets you carry the system in style, and there are even little compartments to keep the controllers from bouncing around inside.
Nintendo Switch Game Traveler Deluxe System Case
This tough ballistic nylon case by RDS Industries can house all of your Switch accessories. The interior is lined with felt and features an additional case to store your cables, as well as two smaller cases that hold up to four games apiece.
Although expensive, the RDS Deluxe System Case offers higher quality than many of the other products on our list and comes features a hard exterior, rubberized handle, and heavy-duty zipper. Even if you’re not using this case for traveling, it’s a good option if you intend to stow your console in a drawer or closet for safekeeping.
Everywhere Messenger Bag
The Everywhere Messenger Bag represents the best of both worlds, letting you transport your Switch using either a backpack or a removable case designed for the hand-held mode. The removable case is pretty basic as it uses a single elastic strap to hold your Switch in place and lacks additional storage options.
The smaller case provides additional protection for your Switch when it’s in the bag, while a slew of fitted compartments helps secure various components. Last but not least is the shoulder strap, which ensures the bag fits snugly and comfortably around your body. It’s one of the more stylish Switch cases out there, with dark colors and a minimalist Switch logo.
Nintendo Switch Elite Player Backpack
This modern backpack from PDP provides complete storage for your Switch while offering additional space for storing accessories such as your cell phone or wallet. The backpack is designed to fit your console and dock, six extra Joy-Cons, cables, games, headphones, and a Pro Controller. The internal pockets also feature easy-to-see icons, which clearly show what accessory is supposed to go in which pocket. The padded straps and handle make transporting your Switch and other accessories easier.
Funlab Travel Carrying Case
You need a Nintendo Switch carrying case that’s capable of holding the system and all of its accessories, but you won’t settle for a standard black or white design. The Funlab Travel Carrying Case is your answer, delivering protection while looking like Mario’s overalls and bright red cap. It’s as adorable as it is functional.
The case itself comes with a soft liner to prevent scratches inside, as well as an accessories pocket and game cartridge holders. You can hold the Switch itself and its dock, plus two Joy-Con straps, the AC adapter, the Joy-Con grip, and an HDMI cable, so you’re ready to go and play the system almost anywhere! You also have the choice of using either the no-slip handle on the top or an adjustable shoulder strap for longer trips.
Switch Lite cases
JETech Protective Case
If you’re looking for a case that allows you to keep playing the Nintendo Switch Lite while it’s attached, then the JETech Protective Case is a solid choice. It snaps around the system and offers additional absorption and scratch resistance if you happen to drop it while you’re carrying it somewhere.
You’ll still be able to see your system’s bright color through the transparent plastic, and all ports and vents are left open. It’s the perfect way to add extra protection without having to carry around a completely separate case.
ButterFox Slim Compact Carrying Case
If the Switch Lite needs to be put in a bag, a more traditional carrying case is a good idea. The ButterFox Slim Compact Carrying Case is cheap, matches the color of the system, and has room for your games and MicroSD cards inside.
The outside is made from a durable, hard shell so you don’t have to worry about it breaking if you drop it, and it can even hold a power bank and charging cable for when your Switch Lite starts to run low on battery. The system will be held in place securely with a fastener at the front.
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