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The best Nintendo Switch cases in 2022: keep your console protected

Nintendo Switch case
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Keeping your console protected with one of the best Nintendo Switch cases is a must. These devices aren't the most durable on the market, and you'll want to keep that screen safe while in transit. Finding the right Nintendo Switch case for you comes down to the accessories you will be taking on the road, and how you want your console to fit into your daily life. 

Nintendo Switch carry cases are some of the most important Nintendo Switch accessories you can get for your console, and if you're going to be taking your handheld out and about you'll need to keep it protected. Switch cases are so important that many Nintendo Switch bundles include cheaper pockets for free, but it's worth investing in a harder shell if you're going to be on the go a lot. 

Finding the right Nintendo Switch case means checking the durability of your materials (we'd recommend a hard shell case), the additional storage offered (ideally space for around 8 game cards and a few smaller accessories), and the security of the console within the case itself (check for elastic holders and cut-outs for the Joy-Con). 

To get you started, we've gathered some recommendations for the best Nintendo Switch carry 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.

Best Nintendo Switch cases

1. Orzly Nintendo Switch carry case

The best case for Nintendo Switch (and Nintendo Switch OLED)

Specifications

Design: Clamshell
Protection: Hard EVA shell, screen cover
Storage: Mesh pouch and 8 games

Reasons to buy

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Room for accessories
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Affordable
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Hard EVA shell

Reasons to avoid

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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) as well as the Nintendo Switch OLED. That means you're covered for both consoles straight from the off.

Another cool Orzly feature is 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.

2. TomToc Nintendo Switch case

The best slimline Nintendo Switch case

Specifications

Design: Slimline clamshell
Protection: Military-grade hard EVA shell, screen cover
Storage: 10 games

Reasons to buy

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Plenty of space for games
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Drop protection
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Slimline design

Reasons to avoid

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Little padding
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No accessory storage

If you don't want the bulk of a full-storage case weighing you down on your travels, the TomToc slimline Nintendo Switch carrying case offers up a svelt form factor that still manages to pack enough space for ten games. That's impressive, especially considering the military grade protection built into this hard shell case. You're also getting indented thumbstick and button cushioning on the top to make sure everything is secure in transit as well. 

3. Mumba

Best Nintendo Switch protective shell

Specifications

Design: Grip shell
Protection: Shock absorbing bumpers
Storage: NA

Reasons to buy

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Can be used while playing
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Damage-resistant
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Cool design

Reasons to avoid

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Won't protect the screen
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No storage

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.

Newdery Nintendo Switch charging case

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4. Newdery External Battery Station for Nintendo Switch

Best Nintendo Switch charging case

Specifications

Design: Grip shell
Protection: Scuff only
Storage: 2 games

Reasons to buy

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10,000mAh battery built in
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Game card storage
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Kickstand

Reasons to avoid

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Very little protection

The Nintendo Switch doesn't boast a particularly strong battery life, which is why grip cases that can boost your juice when you need it most are so popular. Whether you're looking at a particularly long journey, or you just want that extra peace of mind, this 10,000mAh charging case from Newdery can certainly get you out of a jam. 

This isn't a protective Nintendo Switch case, which means we'd recommend storing your device in another case and grabbing this one as needed. However, you are still getting two slots to store game cards on the back. 

5. Zadii Hard Carrying Case for Nintendo Switch

Best all-in-one Nintendo Switch case

Specifications

Design: Box style
Protection: Foam inserts
Storage: Console, dock, adapter, Pro Controller, Joy-Con, Joy-Con grip, accessories, 21 games

Reasons to buy

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Incredible storage
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Foam inserts keeps everything safe
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Fits OLED model as well

Reasons to avoid

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Too large for everyday use

There are times when you need to take your whole setup on the road, which is where the Zadii Hard Carrying Case comes in. With foam insert pockets for everything from the Joy-Con grip to a full Pro Controller, dock, and AC adapter you can store everything you need in one handy box. By virtue of its excellent storage capacity, this is a larger Nintendo Switch case, which means it's not an everyday affair. Still, with 21 slots for game storage, those taking their gaming (and all their Nintendo Switch controllers) on the go should certainly take a look. 

Best Nintendo Switch OLED cases

1. Orzly Nintendo Switch carry case

The best case for Nintendo Switch OLED

Specifications

Design: Clamshell
Protection: Hard EVA shell, screen cover
Storage: Mesh pouch and 8 games

Reasons to buy

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Room for accessories
+
Affordable
+
Hard EVA shell

Reasons to avoid

-
Needs more padding

A familiar face! The Orzly Nintendo Switch case is also compatible with the OLED model, thanks to the extra wiggle room the brand built into the shell itself. If you've managed to find out where to buy Nintendo Switch OLED, this is the next gadget you should hunt down. 

Your Joy-Con will all still neatly fall into the indented hard shell, with plenty of room leftover up top for accessories, cleaning cloths, and headphones. You're also getting space for eight games in the screen cover as well. 

Overall, this is an excellent choice and one that covers you for both hard shell protection while carrying plenty of kit without bulking out your bag. 

2. TomToc Nintendo Switch OLED case

The best slimline case for Nintendo Switch OLED

Specifications

Design: Slimline clamshell
Protection: Military-grade hard EVA shell, screen cover
Storage: 10 games

Reasons to buy

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Slimline design
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Screen cover still included
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Excellent drop protection

Reasons to avoid

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No accessory storage

If you had your eye on the TomToc Nintendo Switch carry case further up the page but you've recently picked up the OLED model, then fear not. You'll also find the slimline hard case available for the larger dimensions of the upgraded console. You're getting the same excellent protection with a screen cover in place to keep that shiny panel pristine, as well as plenty of storage for games as well. 

3. ProCase Flip Cover

The best hybrid case for Nintendo Switch OLED

Specifications

Design: Grip and flip cover
Protection: Bumpers, magnetic screen cover
Storage: NA

Reasons to buy

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Comes with two tempered glass screen protectors
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Slimline, minimal design
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Bumper protection

Reasons to avoid

-
No storage

The bumper protection provided by the ProCase Flip Cover Case for Nintendo Switch combines with a magnetic front plate to provide drop and screen protection in a minimal design. That's perfect if you don't want to bulk out your bag with all the accessories and games you own, but it does mean there's no storage on board here. Still, this a particularly unique case design, and even comes with two tempered glass screen protectors as well. 

4. Fintie Nintendo Switch OLED case

A Nintendo Switch OLED case with plenty of designs

Specifications

Design: Clamshell
Protection: Hard EVA shell, elastic strap
Storage: Mesh pouch and 10 games

Reasons to buy

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Storage for ten games
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Range of designs available
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Hard shell case

Reasons to avoid

-
Limited availability

If you're looking to get a little jazzy with your Nintendo Switch carry case there are limited options out there that still offer a durable construction underneath that aesthetic. However, the Fintie Nintendo Switch OLED carry case manages to combine a hard EVA clamshell design with shockproof bumpers and a massive range of different designs to choose from. From denim gray to camo to floral prints, there's over 20 different options to choose from here. 

Best Nintendo Switch Lite carry cases

1. Orzly Nintendo Switch Lite carry case

The best Nintendo Switch Lite case

Specifications

Design: Clamshell
Protection: EVA hard shell, screen cover
Storage: Mesh accessory pouch, 8 games

Reasons to buy

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Space for small accessories
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Cheap
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Tough EVA shell

Reasons to avoid

-
Could do with more padding

If you've just picked up a Nintendo Switch Lite deal, you'll know that the system's main selling point is its portability. That means 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 Nintendo Switch carry case. The slightly reduced size of this option means that you won't fit any extra Joy-Con into the mesh pouch, but there's plenty of space for headphones and cleaning cloths. 

Hori DuraFlexi Nintendo Switch Lite case

(Image credit: Hori)

2. Hori Duraflexi Nintendo Switch Lite case

The best Nintendo Switch Lite shell

Specifications

Design: Shell
Protection: Bumpers, scuff
Storage: NA

Reasons to buy

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Cheap protection
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Clear design but wide range available
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Flexible TPU build

Reasons to avoid

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No screen or thumbstick protection
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No storage

You may have put some considerable thought into the color of your Nintendo Switch Lite, so why cover it up with a boring case. The Hori Duraflexi shell is clear, allowing your console's natural beauty to shine through. While it's providing basic bumper protection (there's nothing keeping the screen or thumbsticks safe in your bag), this is a particularly cheap Nintendo Switch case and you're still getting peace of mind against drops and scuffs. 

PowerA Play and Protect Nintendo Switch case

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3. PowerA Play and Protect Kit

The best Nintendo Switch Lite case for tabletop play

Specifications

Design: Portfolio stand
Protection: Screen cover
Storage: NA

Reasons to buy

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Built in stand
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Screen cover
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Screen protector and cleaning cloth

Reasons to avoid

-
No bumper protection
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No storage

There aren't many Nintendo Switch Lite cases designed to improve your tabletop gaming experience. However, if you prefer using your handheld with an additional controller, the PowerA Play and protect Kit is well worth a look. The case essentially consists of a portfolio-style screen cover, folding out into a stand for your console. That's perfect for setting up shop wherever you are, though it's worth noting there's no drop protection in here. 


How big should a Nintendo Switch case be?

The first thing you should check when buying a Nintendo Switch case is whether it will fit your console. The Nintendo Switch OLED is ever so slightly larger than the standard model, so you'll need a case that states that it has been specifically designed for the new device. Failing that, you'll need to check that your Nintendo Switch case will support the 9.5-inch length of the OLED model. There's only 0.1-inches in it, but it makes all the difference, and picking up a too-small case will put unnecessary pressure on your console in transit. 

The height of your Nintendo Switch case will depend on how many accessories you want to include. Carry cases can vary greatly in size, but if you're looking for a happy medium (8 games, a JoyCon or two, and a few cables), we'd recommend finding a case that offers a recessed hard shell mesh pocket. This case will be a little thicker than others, but your accessories won't be pressed hard against your console when packed up. 

Is a Nintendo Switch case worth it?

If you're going to be taking your console out with you, a Nintendo Switch case is not only well worth the often small price, but is an essential buy. The screens on these devices are particularly fragile, which means they will easily pick up scuffs and scratches if left loose in a bag. Plus, any nasty knocks and falls will put your console in danger if there isn't sufficient padding around it. 

The best Nintendo Switch carry cases usually offer a hard shell clam design, which protects the console itself with bumpers and shock absorption while keeping the screen safe with a soft material. Not only that, but you'll also find extra storage options to keep all your games and gadgets close to hand. 

Can a Nintendo Switch Lite fit in a Switch case?

A Nintendo Switch Lite will fit into either a Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch OLED designed case. We'd recommend finding one with strong elastic straps if you are shopping for a larger case, though, to stop your console jostling around in any leftover space.

More Nintendo Switch case deals

Not found the right Nintendo Switch case price 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.

We're also rounding up everything from the best Nintendo Switch memory cards to the best Nintendo Switch chargers. As for game offers, be sure to visit our page on cheap Nintendo Switch game deals. We're also showing you how to save on the Nintendo Switch Online price as well.

Tabitha Baker
Tabitha Baker

Managing Editor of Hardware at GamesRadar+, I originally landed in hardware at our sister site TechRadar before moving over to GamesRadar. In between, I've written for Tom’s Guide, Wireframe, The Indie Game Website and That Video Game Blog, covering everything from the PS5 launch to the Apple Pencil. Now, i'm focused on Nintendo Switch, gaming laptops (and the keyboards and mice that come with them), and tracking everything that suggests VR is about to take over our lives.