Best Nintendo Switch cases: 13 of the best travel cases for your portable games system
Whatever your preference for protection, be it pouch, bag or hard case, we've rounded up the best options here.
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The best Nintendo Switch cases in Australia
- Mumba Carrying Case
- FYoung Switch Stand Charging Case
- Nintendo Switch Super Mario Brothers Starter Kit
- Deluxe Zelda Sheikah Eye Hard Case
- Keys Factory Quick Pouch
- Mumba Nintendo Switch Clear Hybrid Protective Case
- Hermitshell Hard EVA Travel Case
- Orzly Protective Hard Portable Travel Case
- Hestia Goods Switch Carrying Case
- Sisma 80 Game Cartridge Holders
- tomtoc Carry Case for Nintendo Switch, Ultra Slim Hard Shell
- UGREEN Nintendo Switch Case Carrying Case
- CACACOL Hard Shell Game Traveler
The best thing about the Nintendo Switch, after the fact that it has sole exclusivity of games like Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, is its portability. But it's a rough-and-tumble world out there and you'll need to protect your investment from all sorts of hazards.
Second problem: the phenomenal sales of the Nintendo Switch have attracted lots of peripheral manufacturers, some of them great, others dodgy as anything. Fortunately, we're on hand to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to travel solutions.
Collected here are the best options that money can buy. No matter what your size, weight and protection level requirements, there's bound to be something that's very much your bag.
How did we pick this list?
Our editorial team selected the products in this list based on our own reviews, customer reviews and professional reviews weighted against each other. We carefully selected parameters based on our research and identified the products with the highest review score within those parameters.
Why we chose it
Here's one for the big spender who has 20+ games in their library. The Mumba Carrying Case has huge storage capacity for gamecards, not to mention a zip-sealable section in the top shell that can feasibly carry amiibos, modestly sized headphones, controllers and charging cables.
Even better, when this clam-style shell closes down for a zip-up, the fold-out game holding section neatly covers and further protects the entire length and breadth of your screen.
Speaking of added protection, you get a vertical strap inside that anchors your Switch down. Think of it as insurance for when you forget to zip the case closed.
The EVA case itself is also remarkably difficult to scratch and passed the drop test we did with our long-suffering test Switch.
The only downside I can see is that at 350g she's a little heftier than many other carry cases in her class. Beyond that, the quality craftsmanship on offer along with the respectable price point make this a winner for us.
Why we chose it
Here's an interesting hybrid for you. In one svelte package FYoung offers the protection of a robust case and an in-built stand that includes a 10,000mAh battery that doubles the lifespan of any on-the-go game session.
Admittedly, that's not the largest capacity power source you'll find in Nintendo Switch circles, but it's convenient to have and comes with the console standard USB-C plus a micro USB to let you charge other devices, too.
The downshot: said cables are painfully short. Your devices are going to have to come to them in a sometimes awkwardly angled embrace.
On the plus side, the material pouch on the top half of this clam unit can hold a decent amount of accessories. It's also nice to see that a means to check the battery level has been implemented via four blue LED lights and a button.
Power producing, well pocketed and just as protective as you please, we think FYoung has delivered the goods with this one.
Why we chose it
If you're a true Nintendo fan, chances are you'll want to go official with everything you buy. I get it. It's a part of the quasi-cult mentality that's been burned into your brain since the NES era and the "Official Nintendo Seal of Quality" that Nintendo stuccoed on everything.
If that's your deal, then this is most definitely your bag: an officially licensed, durable, soft canvas case that flies the stars-'n-'shrooms flag of the great plumber himself.
This hard/rubbery case with embossed Mario detailing provides a decent amount of protection and offers some great storage too. You're looking at slots for 12 game cards, but it's a bit annoying that there's no divider – nothing to protect the Switch's screen from getting scratched up by loose accessories.
This is probably why the case comes with a bonus screen protector and applicator, plus some soft silicone grips for your Joy-Cons.
Prospective buyers should note that there is a decent amount of thickness to this model and it may be too bulky for your needs. Not a problem, though: there's another officially licensed PDP case that drops out the added accessories and is about half as thick.
Why we chose it
Here's another officially licensed option for the purists among you. Built to exceed Nintendo's demanding standards, this puppy's main advantage over the Super Mario variant mentioned above is that it doesn't force you to pay for accessories you don't need, and it's less bulky.
Not only is this case less bulky, but its durable slate-gray Koskin leather outer-shell bears some beautifully embossed Zelda Breath of the Wild artwork.
This is more or less a collector's item for one of the most well-reviewed must-own games on the system.
Carry-wise, you're looking at a pure Switch case that is felt-lined to protect your sensitive Joy-Con sticks, plus there's a dedicated padded screen panel that holds the console in place. Don't expect to carry much else beyond a power cable and/or earphones, but I do love that there are hidden compartments for squirrelling away eight or so games (presumably for the winter).
The only downside I can mention: comes with a strong new-car smell. Have some Febreze ready to fire.
Why we chose it
Here's the case you need if you hold the adorability factor above all other concerns. Though it'll win no prizes in durability stress tests, the Japan-based outfit known as Keys Factory has delivered quite the endearing carry solution here.
It's more or less a glorified pencil case design measuring 30cm x 13cm x 3cm and made from super-stretchy material. This is ideal for gamers who most likely already own a solid backpack they trust and are after a bit of secondary protection.
It's mainly for the folks who love cute, clever designs. The Mario overalls motif is pleasingly eye-catching, even though it may look to some people like you're jamming foreign objects into the dismembered torso of one of gaming's most beloved icons. Speaking of, this also comes in a bunch of other designs including (natch) a Luigi's overalls motif, plus there are a handful of sexy Splatoon-inspired options, too.
Last but not least, in a pinch the carry case can be used as a means to protect your screen from any scratches from Nintendo's ill-designed console dock. Just flip it upside down and snug it over the front of the dock before you slot the Switch in.
- Svelte design saves on backpack space
- Scratch resistant, skid-proof outer shell
- Not the prettiest thing to look at
- Screen protector not dock friendly
Why we chose it
We've covered large bags and mid-size cases. But what about the minimalist end of the spectrum, the "you're protected but it feels like it's barely there" approach that wouldn't be out of place in a Durex marketing campaign.
Mumba has that corner of the market covered with its Slimfit series, a premium clear hybrid protective case whose scratch-resistant, skid-proof material goes so far as to prevent sun discolouration. (But what any gamer worth their thumbs would be doing outside escapes me.)
This is an exact-cut design that sleeves itself around your precious Switch and allows you full access to all ports, functions and buttons. This puppy's snug.
Better yet, it has a large shock-resistant TPU bumper sitting on the back of the console that provides rugged defence against droppage and some additional thickness that, I think, makes the Switch a bit more ergonomic to use. The only two downsides: you'll want to buy a tempered-glass screen protector to protect the front and this is not dock-friendly nor easy to clip off when you do want to slide your Switch back into its original home.
Why we chose it
The term "Big Bertha" is thrown around a lot these days (mostly by me and maybe three other people I grew up with) but rarely has it been more aptly applied than here.
The Hermitshell Hard EVA case is a monster of a thing. It has been custom-built to fit in a Nintendo Switch and all the accessories you can throw at it (charging cradle, AC adaptor with power cord, Joy-Con Grip or Switch Pro Controller, HDMI cable). It's also not fazed about looking like The Football, that nuclear launch station briefcase that's handcuffed to the POTUS's closest secret service agent.
I kid, of course. It's fashionable enough with its nice, smooth and shiny polyester-like EVA material that does not flex or give when pushed or punched. The only downsides I've experienced come from a lack of foam inserts in certain compartments, which can make for some excess jiggling of accessories.
It's a minor problem, though. On the whole, this is a beast of a case that's modestly priced for what it is.
Why we chose it
If you're into the protection offered by the EVA material, but don't want to be lugging around something that resembles a Koopa shell with a handle, this Orzly Travel case is a good middle-ground.
Its comfy, microfibre belly will fit in a Switch tablet with both Joy-Cons attached and the upper section features a separate inner pocket that can accommodate more Joy-Cons or some cabling. There's no way a larger item, like a Pro controller and a dock, will squeeze in there though.
It's also worth mentioning that this is probably the most inconspicuous case solution on this list. If you know that you're going to be in a dodgy environment, having something as nondescript and logo-less as this might be a good idea.
Honestly, after vigorous testing, I can think of few downsides with this product, except for the fact that the little elastic carry strap is a bit weaksauce.
Why we chose it
Before we recommend this one to you, here's a quick word of warning. Like a few entries in this list, Hestia Goods' Switch Carrying Case comes with a bit of a sharp odour when you first crack the seal on it. Best give it some time to air.
All that being said, not a lot else is on the nose with regards to this smartly designed protector of Switches everywhere. The build quality here is thoroughly decent and robust, and there's even a convenient little carry handle on top.
More importantly, it's spacious. Along with the main Switch unit, there are the slots needed to comfortably house 10 game cards and a zipped compartment that can securely hold a range of peripherals.
Admittedly, the storage here won't solve everything. For example, it won't contain the dock and mains charger (which would require some sort of space-time folding Mary Poppins handbag setup). That said, this is perfect for a purely handheld-minded player.
All you'll be able to use that space for is on some charge cabling. Also, a small gaggle of extra Joy-Cons could comfortably live in there for those impromptu multiplayer sessions.
Why we chose it
On this list you'll mainly find carry cases that encapsulate the main Nintendo unit. That said, here's something a little more specialised – the Sisima Game Cartridge Holder Organiser, a product aimed at those of you who own far too many game cards. It currently has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 on Amazon from over 2000 customer reviews.
It's a pretty simple concept: a clam opening design that has four flaps in it. Each of those are stuccoed with little elastic holding pouches that can cradle – in a marsupial-esque fashion – 80 Switch games.
Interestingly, said pouches are multi-purpose. If you also have game cards kicking about for the PlayStation Vita (Sony's criminally under-loved handheld failure) they're just about the perfect size for this storage system. It's the same deal with SD cards, but I'd draw the line on micro and mini SDs, They're a bit too diminutive.
When it comes to exterior concerns, Sisma has gone with a semi-hard shell approach. External material is shockproof EVA and Polyurethane leather delivers a decent amount of protection, in my experience. And hey— game cards are pretty resilient as it is anyway. You'll be needing the organising properties of this product more than the +50 armour boost.
Why we chose it
Here's our pick for those among you who demand svelte design above all things. Tomtoc's anorexic offering is an ultra-slim hard shell that can house all of the major concerns of your Switch whilst ensuring it'll survive a fair whack.
Let's talk exteriors first. What's here is an EVA shell that provides "military standard" protection. Sadly, no, that does not mean it can resist an incoming 5.56 full metal jacket round, rather it's been drop tested to perfection. The claim is that this can adequately protect the contents from a 4ft whoopsie-daisy. 26 odd times.
Given how thin this thing is, that's actually quite impressive. Bonus points too for being spill-resistant. There are also a range of ten colour designs to go with. If you're determined to humble-brag to people about the military efficiency of this item, I highly recommend you go with the camo option. Double down on it.
When it comes to storage, obviously you're not going to get away with much here. The best you're getting is an independent flap that has 10 elastic pouches for game cards. Once again, not a bad situation for a case that's a slip of a thing.
Why we chose it
If being big on storage is high on your portable case priorities, you can definitely get your large on with UGREEN's Nintendo Switch carry solution.
What we have here are sizeable zippered mesh pockets which will ensure you have secure storage space for those essential extras. For example, you might want to keep some earbuds handy, or some power solutions (think: a small powerbank and a third-party charger that's slimmer than the official one). All of the things on that shopping list can fit in this, plus an extra pair of Joy-cons.
As is the case with many of the...er, cases on this list, game cards are factored into the design. Between the main housing section that holds your Switch (OG or Lite size) and the aforementioned zipper space, is a 9 card holding flap. Bonus feature: said flap offers some scratch protection for your precious console as well.
Combine all of the above with competitive pricing and UGREEN's adherence to robust exterior materials like EVA and Oxford fabric, and you've got something well worth trusting and owning.
Why we chose it
Here's one point of difference worth mentioning about Cacacol's approach. They've got a zip up internal section like many of the other cases on this list, but a bit more thought has been put towards maintaining the integrity of that precious Switch screen of yours. High quality nylon has been used for the zipper head – not the display ploughing metal types you'll get on competitor builds.
There have been some other evolutions over the years as well. The first-generation carry case sout there (that have been mindlessly cloned again and again by other companies) mostly secure the Switch with two elastic straps. Cacacol has opted for a sturdier, single velcro tab. Basically, it secures more reliably and can be unsecured quicker.
Other key features include a game card sleeve which boasts 20 slots (many similar carry cases only offer 8-10). And by many accounts this case is just as durable as you'd expect. The manufacturer goes so far as to suggest that this product can repel punches. I myself have not gathered the courage (or the spare 400 bucks needed to replace a KO'd Switch) to test this theorem. Let's just say it's rigid and keep it at that.
Best products chosen
- We compared 19 brands and sub-brands that manufacture Switch cases.
- We then assessed hundreds of customer reviews and ratings on Amazon and compared against our own hand-on experience testing cases.
- The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.
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