Best Nintendo Switch cases 2018: Keep your gear protected on the go

Since the Nintendo Switch hit the scene, it has a been a dominant piece of hardware in the games space. Beloved for killer first party titles like Super Mario Odyssey and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, plus its ease of use, it has been able to satisfy most picky gamers.

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One of the best parts of the system is its portability, and if you find yourself on the go, you’re going to need the right accessories to fit your needs. These are some of the best cases for the Nintendo Switch:

Best overall choice

The Good

Fits the entire system • Includes small zip case for tablet • Comfortable design

The Bottom Line

Whether you need something for the Switch tablet or want to transport the whole system, the PowerA bag is the one to get.

Compartments: 4 fitted spaces, 1 zippered pocket on the back

Shoulder strap: Yes

The Washington-based PowerA is one of biggest accessory manufacturers in gaming, with product available on Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, and PC through every possible retailer. And when it comes to the Switch, they haven’t skimped on quality.
The Everywhere Messenger Bag is one of the bigger means of transporting your Switch, games, and any additional accessories you have for it. And for $39.99, bigger definitely means better. The shoulder slung bag allows you to pack everything up, from controllers to the charging/video dock, and transport it in one case. There’s also the added bonus of a small, hard shell zippered case for the Switch itself, which turns this bag into a great two-for-one deal. 
Subtle detailing on this black back (like a gold interior and lightly embossed emblems) let you show your love for Zelda: Breath of the Wild in and understated way. But let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to show off their love of Zelda in every way possible.
Here is what Amazon customer Dee had to say:

“I’ve had this for a couple months now, and am still amazed at just how many accessories and gear I’m able to fit in this bag. I’m able to fit my switch and it’s hard case, the dock and accompanying wires, a pro controller and it’s charger, a joycon base controller, two mariokart wheels, four joycons and straps, five games and their plastic cases, and a handful of various sized amiibos. The bag has a stylish attractive design and is incredibly practical with how it’s laid out. I share the switch with my boyfriend and play it frequently with friends and family, so this bag is constantly on the move and is still somehow in near perfect.”

Best for serious travelers

The Good

Cut out slots for each system piece • Thick foam to hold and protect system • 16 Switch game slots

The Bad

Bulky design • Not as spacious as other bags/cases

The Bottom Line

If you want to protect the Switch in your travels, Smatree’s N600 case is perfect for just that.

Compartments: 6 cutout spaces for console, 16 game card slots, 1 zippered space

Shoulder strap: Yes

If a messenger bag doesn’t float your boat, there are plenty of other “big bag” options available. The sturdiest, most heavy duty of the bunch is the Do a ton of traveling and need to slog your gear through security at the airport? This is the bag you’ll want.
Much like the messenger bag, the N600 is capable of transporting every Switch component and accessory you might have, including the Pro Controller. Spaces cut out of the padding create specific compartments for your system and all the corresponding gear, while a strap makes it easy to carry while you juggle the rest of your luggage. Pop it in the overhead bin and relax. The sturdy build of this case means you won’t have to worry about things shifting around, or that your precious controllers will get scratched. 
Sarah J. Davis had this to say:

“I have been looking for a case that could fit my switch and all the accessories. This case is exactly what i was looking for, it is heavy duty and keeps the controllers from constantly being knocked. I definitely would recommend this for someone with several accessories.”

Best small travel case

The Good

Securely hold the Switch tablet and Joy-Cons • 20 game card slots

The Bad

Only meant for the tablet • Top pocket can fill up quick

The Bottom Line

If you plan on traveling with just the tablet, the Hestia Goods case will make sure you’re well prepared.

Compartments: 1 secure space for tablet, 20 game card slots, 1 ziplock space

Shoulder strap: No

The aforementioned cases are great if you’re looking to take every last accessory for the Switch with you everywhere you go, but sometimes you just can’t. Or maybe you don’t like the overall size and just want something smaller that takes care of the Switch tablet only. Don’t worry, there are still plenty of options that can fit those needs and desires.
is one such case, and it only costs $13.99. At first glance it might not stack up to the larger bags/cases, but it is able to strike a nice balance between size and function. While it won’t transport the dock and every cable you might need, you will always have the essentials, like extra Joy-Cons and cables. It doesn’t skimp on the games space either, as its able to hold up to 20 games.

Best for extra space

The Good

Foam lining to hold Joy-Cons and grip • Strap to securely hold the Switch tablet • Slots are big enough for general storage

The Bad

Slightly bulkier than comparable models • Few game card slots

The Bottom Line

Get extra space and a flexible set up, but don’t expect to bring along every game you own.

Compartments: 2 cutout spaces, secure tablet strap, 10 game card slots, 1 ziplock space

Shoulder strap: No

There are several cases that try to give you the best of both words: portability and protection. Striking that balance can prove to be harder than most would suspect. How big should it be? How much gear can you fit inside? Is it practically built so you can easily carry it around? 
The case seems to strike that balance pretty well. As a carrying case, the UGREEN, like the Hestia, keeps the focus on the Switch tablet itself, rather than the whole unit (like the PowerA bag does). The UGREEN offers more space to play with than the Hestia, like a zippered pocket where you can stuff all your cords, which only allows for more flexibility. One way this is highlighted is the dedicated slot for the Joy-Con comfort grip. There are plenty of people who prefer using the comfort grip rather than keep the Joy-Cons attached to the tablet itself because of a long history with the PS4 controller. That would be a big selling point for some people.
J.C. highlights some of that flexibility in their Amazon review, saying:

“Great case. The carrying handle and carabiner make it convenient to carry around. The extra thickness is good for carrying all your Nintendo Switch accessories except for the dock. You can carry the switch, the joycons, the joycon wrist straps, and the Switch charger comfortably. Then still have enough for additional battery packs and earbuds.”

Best charging case

The Good

Built-in portable charger for Switch and mobile devices • Secure strap to hold the Switch tablet in place • Includes Micro-USB and USB-C cables

The Bad

Slightly bigger carrying case • Only 8 game card slots

The Bottom Line

You won’t have to worry about being caught with a dead Switch or phone again with this travel case.

Compartments: 1 secure space for tablet, 8 game card slots, 1 zippered space

Shoulder strap: No

Charger capacity: 8000mAh large battery

At first glance there isn’t much difference between the Hestia Goods case and the . If anything, the FYOUNG case looks slightly smaller and can’t hold as many games. So what, you may ask, makes it worth almost $35 more?
Well, as the name implies, this case doubles as a portable battery bank for the Switch. It comes packed with a 8000mAh battery, so its definitely not skimping on portable power. As an added bonus, it includes USB-C and Micro USB cords, so it can act as a general power bank should the need arise for your phone, tablet, or whatever else. Given all the smart devices in our lives today, an extra power source like this never hurts. 
In terms of storage, you’ll get dedicated compartments, plus a zipper pouch and straps. What you get in the battery though, you’ll have to sacrifice in game card space: t here are only eight slots here.
To quote Tarique Smith’s Amazon review:

“Writing this review has made me realize just how amazing this case is. It charged my switch easily (and btw, because the switch can be charged with a USB c charger, you can charge OTHER things with this case!), and really doesn’t take THAT much space. There is also a small compartment in the case to put chapstick, money, or other trinkets. That’s great, and only adds to how versatile the case is.”

Best for charging while playing

The Good

Can fully recharge Switch battery 3 times • Simple snap on • snap off design

The Bad

Not a protective or travel case

The Bottom Line

If you are concerned with battery life, KINGTOP’s power case is the solution.

Display stand: Yes

Colors: Black

Charger capacity: 10000mAh large battery

To be fair, not everyone needs or wants a bag or carrying case for their Switch. Maybe you don’t travel enough or care to bring it with you to begin with. That said, cases are still a sensible idea so that you can keep your gear somewhat protected. Even better? A case that does two jobs in one.
The will satisfy both these needs nicely. At its core, it serves as a protective case for the tablet itself, defending the tablet against potential physical damage. The KINGTOP case comes packed with a 10000mAh power bank to keep the Switch fully charged without the dock. Granted, at $39.99 it isn’t much cheaper than the FYOUNG case. However, given the charging power and dedicated nature of the case, it more than makes up for the price.
A simple snap on design 
Jessie Cruz said about the case:

“Works great so far! I bought this because I was going on vacation, and had a long plane ride, and this extended my play time by a lot, by double, if not more. I’d definitely recommend this product.”

Best to leave on all the time

The Good

Slim • simple protective case • Comes as three pieces for tablet and Joy-Cons • Can easily fit in Switch dock

The Bad

May not fit with certain screen protectors • Case material may not be long lasting

The Bottom Line

With this case from FYOUNG, you can snap it on the tablet and drop it in the dock.

Display stand: Yes

Colors: Black, blue, red, clear, blue/red

There are no gimmicks with the FYOUNG Dockable Case, but that’s not a knock on it. This is a simple, protective case for the system that doesn’t prevent the tablet from being placed in the Switch dock. The casing is slim, with just a bit of give, making it easy assemble. Once on, you’re still able to see the bright colors of the Switch.
This kit includes tempered glass screen protector for that extra level of protection. The screens on most devices, whether it be a Switch or iPhone, are often the most at risk, so having a screen protector is a nice bonus. 
John Hines said about the case:

“This case is slick. It comes in 5 parts. They’re all fairly flexible, which was a pleasant surprise. The surface is smooth and easy to handle. The joy-con covers have a little bump-out in the pinky area, which greatly improves the grip over stock. It fits into the dock well, but do make sure it makes a connection, if you’re just dropping it in to charge. Assembly was quite easy.”

Best for durability

The Good

Rugged case design • Snap on/off case

The Bad

Constantly need to take off and put back on to dock or remove Joy-Cons • Won’t fit without Joy-Cons

The Bottom Line

With Mumba’s case, you won’t have to worry about drops, shocks, or scratches.

Display stand: No

Colors: Black, blue, green, red

While the dockable case is good in its own right, sometimes you may want something a little more durable. The trick becomes finding a case with that durability that doesn’t restrict use, which can sometimes be a problem.
Luckily, the checks off both boxes, with a more durable snap-on case that doesn’t limit use of the Switch. Like the dockable case, this is purely to protect against general wear and tear and any scratches, in hopes of keeping your precious Switch looking as good as the day you unboxed it. But that doesn’t make it any less valuable. The rubberized body makes it more durable when it comes to potential drops and body damage. And at less than $20 it’s a total steal.
Sam Baez attests to its function on Amazon, saying:

“The protective case feels solid. It’s not the type of plastic that if it’s dropped, it’ll break instantly but it’s also not the type of rubber that will fall off from the device by itself and not protect it at all. It’s right in between. It also give you a better grip on the switch. It feels really good.”

Best for the daily commute

The Good

Hard shell case for protection • Switch tablet and Joy-Cons are secured by foam cutout

The Bad

Can’t hold anything beyond Switch tablet • attached Joy-Cons • and a few games

The Bottom Line

The Vault case keeps things safe and minimal for traveling with the Switch.

Compartments: 1 cutout for tablet, 8 game card slots

Shoulder strap: No

The is about as simple as it gets, providing a no-frills means of transporting the Switch tablet and a handful of games. It may not look like much, but it’ll satisfy the needs of people who don’t require a messenger bag or portable charger with their Switch. This is simply a structured way to take your gaming with you. That said, the hard shell case offers an extra level of protection for the system and foam shell cutouts keep things stable inside. Though it may not be great for extended trips, it’s an excellent setup for your daily commute.
Dan the Wizard on Amazon said:

“Purchased this about a month ago to carry my Switch around with, after deciding against getting an official case at a big name store. This case, while being almost half the price as many, seems to twice as better. The build quality is exceptional. While it is almost all plastic, you can tell it was designed and built to withstand punishment. The Switch sits inside, nice and snug on a bed of thick rubber or rubberized plastic, with a pillow of heavy foam above it.”

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