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The best Nintendo Switch cases offer quality and style

By Gabe Gurwin

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The Nintendo Switch is unlike other current-generation consoles. With both docked and portable modes, it’s easy to play at home or on the move. Because of the platform’s unique design and high potential for damage, you will definitely want to get a case if you plan on taking it out and about frequently.

There are two distinct kinds of Switch cases: A smaller, sleeker version that protects the base console and allows you to easily play it on the go, and another case meant for more serious transportation that includes enough space to transport the console, your dock, and any other accessories you might have.

Small cases

Orzly Carry Case ($18)

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.

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PDP Starter Kit with Travel Case ($24)

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The PDP Switch Starter Kit is a well-made, Nintendo licensed product that has everything you need to transport your Switch in style. Besides the case, which is made of soft and durable canvas outfitted with a long strap, the Starter Kit also comes with a screen protector, applicator, cleaning cloth, Joy-Con gel grips, and a pair of wired earbuds that feature a built-in microphone.

The case has enough room to comfortably store your console (with the Joy-Cons attached) under a large elastic band that covers your screen. There is also a cushioned insert that allows you to store up to 12 game cards on one side while providing additional protection for your console. PDP sells this case in several different designs, allowing you to show your appreciation for both Mario and The Legend of Zelda.

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S-Charge Charging Case ($90)

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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 game. 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. During the holiday season, the bundle is also on sale for $90, which is a steal.

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Mumba Rugged Clear Case ($19)

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.

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Large cases

AmazonBasics Carrying Case ($15)

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Unlike the previous cases, this larger offering has enough space to accommodate all of your Switch accessories, including the dock, HDMI and AC adapter, Joy-con controllers, and a Joy-Con grip. The AmazonBasics Travel and Storage Case is just a few dollars more than the aforementioned AmazonBasics Carrying Case but provides extra space and foam padding to ensure that your device remains protected during more strenuous traveling.

The case, which is available in red and yellow, and comes with a one-year warranty, also sports a hard shell and a rubberized handle, making it more secure and comfortable while you’re on the go.

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Nintendo Switch Game Traveler Deluxe System Case ($38)

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 offerings 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.

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Everywhere Messenger Bag ($40)

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 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.

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Nintendo Switch Elite Player Backpack ($30)

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.

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Zadii Deluxe System Carrying Case ($41)

Like many of the larger Switch cases on the market, this case is designed to fit your Switch, along with a dock, power adapter, Joy-Con grip (with additional Joy-Cons), straps, an HDMI cable, and up to 21 game cards. It also has room for an extra Pro Controller, as well as any other little accessories you might want to bring with you.

The foam lining the interior should fit snugly around your accessories so they won’t move around in the case, and helps protect your system from potential falls and scratches. The Deluxe Carrying Case comes with a shoulder strap and non-slip handle for easy transport.

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