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The best Nintendo Switch Micro SD Cards to expand your storage space

The Nintendo Switch has been out for more than a year now, however, the onboard 32GB won’t last you very long if you’re a voracious gamer. Zelda: Breath of the Wild alone will take up 40% of that, limiting how many lovely Nintendo games from the eShop, particularly with a slew of fantastic indies on the device including Hollow Knight, Darkest Dungeon and Celeste. There’s Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee on the way too! Not to worry, it’s an easy thing to remedy, since the Switch works with any Micro SD on the market. Here are our picks for the best value and cheapest Nintendo Switch Micro SD cards.

Nintendo Switch storage upgrade guide

Even now, a full year on from the original launch of Nintendo’s Switch console, it’s clear to see that if you plan on buying games digitally, you’re going to want a Micro SD card to expand your storage. Titles like L.A. Noire alone take up upwards of 30GB to install.

Thankfully, Nintendo has opted to continue its support of Micro SD cards, previously used in the company’s Nintendo 3DS handheld consoles. This means that rather than using a proprietary memory card format (like Sony’s PS Vita did), the company is instead using a much more standardised storage format. One so standardised in fact, that it’s used in a wide range of tablet computers and phones, meaning plenty of companies have been making these cards for quite some time.

The only requirement for Switch Micro SD cards is that they are UHS-1 compatible (looking around 90mb/s), only 4K cameras etc need the read/write speed offered by the latestUHS-3, so you can save all that money and put it towards Nintendo Switch accessories instead.

Of course, what it will all come down to is two things – price and storage space. So what sort of size should you be looking for and what’s the cheapest way to get that extra storage? That’s where we come in. We’ve scoured the internet in order to bring you the best range of Micro SD cards and bring you the best bargains for each.

For context, here’s the full list of game download sizes:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 13.4GB
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 8GB
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris – 1.09GB
  • Disgaea 5 – 5.92GB
  • Snipperclips – 1.60GB
  • I Am Setsuna – 1.40GB
  • Dragon Quest Heroes 1 & 2 – 32GB
  • Nobunaga’s Ambition – 5GB

The Nintendo Switch itself is capable of using Micro SD cards of up to 2TB in size (a size which currently doesn’t exist, for the record) and while that’s a satisfyingly high number, you likely won’t have any use for it any time soon. Instead, you can opt to pick up Micro SD cards in sizes of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. While a 32GB card will double your Nintendo Switch storage space instantly, for not much more money you can go for a much higher capacity card. Also, do ensure your system is fully updated before you add any new cards, the newer models will definitely require a console update. But enough talk, let’s take a look at what’s out there and available to buy right now.

64GB Micro SD Cards

You’re looking at around £15 – £25 for a new card, which is roughly equivalent to 4.7 Zelda titles, or eight Mario Karts.

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400GB Micro SD Cards

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Whichever you decide on, you’re always going to be increasing the potential of your Nintendo Switch. More storage space means more games you can have installed at any one time and more games, of course, means more fun to be had! Especially if you plan on undocking your Nintendo Switch and taking it with you on the go.

We’ll be updating this page with more deals on Micro SD cards as and when they appear all the way up to the Nintendo Switch launch and beyond. Happy switching!

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