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The best Nintendo Switch cases in 2021

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The best case for Nintendo Switch may be one of the most important accessories you can get for the console. No, really. The best Nintendo Switch cases will keep your system safe on the go or at home, avoiding any knocks, scratches, or damage. That's especially handy if you get the system for Christmas or are looking to give one away as a gift.

Some even have space for bonus controllers and games; the best case for Nintendo Switch will allow you to store everything from chargers to those fiddly Nintendo Switch SD cards. After all, dropping a Micro SD memory card means you might not find it again (and with capacities of 256GB or more, that’s a lot of data to mislay on the carpet). The best Nintendo Switch cases help avoid that kind of sticky situation.

The question is, what's the best Nintendo Switch case for you? You're not short of options. There are traditional carry-cases, lightweight pouches, rubber shells, amd branded merchandise. That's to say nothing of the Switch Lite equivalents, either (be sure to check what kind of Switch you're buying for - your case may not fit otherwise). 

To get you started, we've gathered some recommendations for the best Nintendo Switch cases we've seen. In addition, you'll find those suggestions accompanied by the lowest prices; our bargain-hunting software is updated every 30 minutes with the latest discounts. Let's begin, shall we?

Best case for Nintendo Switch

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1. Orzly Nintendo Switch carry case

The best case for Nintendo Switch

Features: Hard EVA shell, space for cables, games, and Joy-Cons

Room for accessories
Affordable
Hard EVA shell
Needs more padding

Orzly has given their case the kitchen-sink approach, and we love it; it'll fit your console along with extra Joy-Cons, cables, games, SD cards, and more. That makes it perfect for everything from the commute to vacations. Happily, the Orzly case can also fit a Switch with a Mumba protective shell (see below). That means you're covered even when the console is in use.

Another cool Orzly feature would be the neat internal flap that covers the screen in transit. This makes sure that nothing scratches the screen, which is definitely half the battle when it comes to portable consoles like this.

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2. Official Nintendo Switch accessory kit

The best cheap Nintendo Switch case

Features: Holds up to five games and two Joy Con straps as well as the console, can be used as a stand

Affordable
Room for storing games
Can be used as a stand
Basic

Unsurprisingly, the official Nintendo Switch case is pretty good. It's not necessarily the most hardcore or roomy piece of kit out there, but it'll do the job admirably. It's also very well made, as you'd expect from something with Nintendo's name on it.

As a bonus, this case comes with a screen protector and space to carry two Joy-Cons and five games alongside the console. The only real downside is a lack of color-schemes or alternate designs.

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3. Mumba

Best Nintendo Switch protective shell

Features: Hard shell, can be used while playing

Can be used while playing
Damage-resistant
Cool design
Won't protect the screen

This tough shell gives your Switch console some much-needed protection while in use; it'll help the system withstand many a knock and bump. It's also very grippy, meaning it won't fly out of your hands during play (just remember, it must be taken off to dock your Switch).

Coming in a variety of colors, this is a handsome and practical alternative. Not that you should forgo those. Because the Mumba lacks a screen-protector, it's worth picking up a carry case like the Orzly model above as well. That way you're prepared for any eventuality.

Best Nintendo Switch Lite case

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Orzly Nintendo Switch Lite carry case

The best Nintendo Switch Lite case

Features: Hard EVA shell, space for cables, games, and smaller accessories

Space for small accessories
Cheap
Tough EVA shell
Could do with more padding

The Switch Lite's main selling-point is its portability, so it's a good idea to grab something that'll keep it safe while you're out and about. Fortunately, Orzly have created a Lite-specific version of their already-excellent Switch carry case. 

Sure, you won't get extra Joy Cons in there. But you will keep your console and some choice accessories secure no matter where you go.

More Nintendo Switch case deals

Not found the right match in our selection above? Don't worry, there are plenty of cheap options available in our comparison chart below. Multiple retailers are included, so you're sure to find something that'll suit you.

In need of something else for your console? Don't forget about our guide to the best Nintendo Switch accessories. It's packed with everything from SD card offers to the best Nintendo Switch chargers. As for game offers, be sure to visit our page on cheap Nintendo Switch game sales.

As one of our Hardware Editors, Benjamin looks after many of the tech reviews, board game features, deals, and buying guides you’ll see on GamesRadar+.