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Nintendo Switch MicroSD Card Buyer’s Guide: Bad Advice and Amazon Links

As we all know, the Nintendo Switch doesn’t have a huge amount of internal storage on it, but luckily it’s easily expandable (unlike a certain other company’s portable system) with MicroSD cards. The Switch supports up to 2TB MicroSDXC cards, though those aren’t actually available yet. Right now the highest capacity cards are 256GB.

Here I will list some of the cards with the most consistently good reviews on Amazon and Newegg, from cheaper options to the more expensive 256GB cards. Be careful when buying from third party sellers, as they’ll sometimes scam you by lowering the price WAY below retail but the card they’re selling could be fake. I’ve heard of this happening on eBay as well, with sellers putting up cards with hacked firmware that show the wrong capacity.

(Don’t worry about the title, it’s just my usual self-deprecating style.)

256GB


These are the most expensive and highest capacity microSDXC cards currently available, if you absolutely need it here are a few options.

 

Samsung 256GB 95MB/s EVO Select Micro SDXC Memory Card (MB-ME256DA/AM)


This card has read and write speeds up to 95MB/s and has pretty good reviews on Amazon. Though it is rather expensive at $199.

Samsung 256GB 95MB/s MicroSDXC EVO Select Memory Card with Adapter (MB-ME256DA/AM)
Samsung 256GB 95MB/s MicroSDXC EVO Select Memory Card with Adapter (MB-ME256DA/AM)
$189.99

 

Samsung 256GB EVO+ UHS-I microSDXC U3, MB-MC256DA/AM


This one is a little cheaper, at around $150 on Amazon. it has read speeds up to 95MB/s and write speeds up to 90MB/s.

Samsung EVO+ 256GB UHS-I microSDXC U3 Memory Card with Adapter (MB-MC256DA/AM)
Samsung EVO+ 256GB UHS-I microSDXC U3 Memory Card with Adapter (MB-MC256DA/AM)
$136.99

 

200GB


Probably the best option if you need more than 128GB but don’t want to spend over $100 for the 256GB cards.

SanDisk Ultra 200GB Micro SD (SDSDQUAN-200G-G4A)


This is probably the card I’ll getting for myself, reviews say the write speed in a bit low but read speed is probably more important anyway. Hopefully on the Switch you don’t have to “install” the games after downloading them like on Wii U.

SanDisk Ultra 200GB Micro SDXC Memory Card (SDSDQUAN-200G-G4A)
SanDisk Ultra 200GB Micro SDXC Memory Card (SDSDQUAN-200G-G4A)
$81.05

 

128GB


These will give a decent amount of space, and are pretty cheap as well.
If you’re not going fully digital (mostly plan to buy indie titles or certain games that are digital only for example), or don’t mind buying a second card these could be options for you.

SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter (SDSQUNC-128G-GN6MA)


SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter, Black, Standard Packaging (SDSQUNC-128G-GN6MA)
SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter, Black, Standard Packaging (SDSQUNC-128G-GN6MA)
$44.99

Samsung 128GB 80MB/s EVO Select Micro SDXC Memory Card (MB-ME128DA/AM)


Samsung 128GB 80MB/s EVO Select Micro SDXC Memory Card (MB-ME128DA/AM)
Samsung 128GB 80MB/s EVO Select Micro SDXC Memory Card (MB-ME128DA/AM)
Check on Amazon
A good value for the size.

Samsung 128GB 95MB/s PRO Select Micro SDXC Memory Card (MB-MF128DA/AM)


A more expensive card, but it has much faster write speeds if you think you need it.
Samsung 128GB 95MB/s PRO Select Micro SDXC Memory Card (MB-MF128DA/AM)
Samsung 128GB 95MB/s PRO Select Micro SDXC Memory Card (MB-MF128DA/AM)
Out of stock

 

64GB


If you only need a small amount of extra space, these could be a good option.

Samsung PRO Select 64GB 95MB/s MicroSDXC Memory Card (MB-MF64DA/AM)


Fast read and write speeds but on the more expensive side for 64GB.
Samsung PRO Select 64GB 95MB/s MicroSDXC Memory Card (MB-MF64DA/AM)
Samsung PRO Select 64GB 95MB/s MicroSDXC Memory Card (MB-MF64DA/AM)
$49.99

SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter (SDSQUNC-064G-GN6MA)


Very affordable option, and SanDisk known for being very reliable.
SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter, Grey/Red, Standard Packaging (SDSQUNC-064G-GN6MA)
SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter, Grey/Red, Standard Packaging (SDSQUNC-064G-GN6MA)
$22.99

Samsung 64GB 80MB/s EVO Select Micro SDXC Memory Card (MB-ME64DA/AM)


Another very affordable card.
Samsung 64GB 80MB/s EVO Select Micro SDXC Memory Card (MB-ME64DA/AM)
Samsung 64GB 80MB/s EVO Select Micro SDXC Memory Card (MB-ME64DA/AM)
$39.99

If you have any other suggestions for reliable and affordable microSDXC cards, let me know if the comments.
I’m also going to try to add links for other regions/sites at some point, but I have to work on some templates for the Amazon plugin to make it easier first.

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  • Joshua J. Slone

    Lately I’ve been hanging out in the daily Switch question threads at Reddit, and people ask about what SD cards to get all the time. My standard advice has become: don’t worry about it to start. Especially for the people planning on getting mostly physical games, the ~26GB free you start with will go a long way for early patches, saves, screenshots, and a few digital exclusives. By the time you actually need more space your options will be better in both cost and capacity, since microSD tech moves so fast. Even for those wanting to go all digital, considering there aren’t a ton of games being released right away they could probably buy everything released in March (in the US) and not bump into the limit quite yet, so jumping for it at launch isn’t a necessity.

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