The Best Nintendo Switch Cases of 2018

By Ashley Barry-Biancuzzo and Kyle Hamilton

The Nintendo Switch is the fastest selling console in U.S. history for good reason. Not only does it work great as a handheld and home console, you can also pair the Joy-Con controllers to your Android phone or PC. At the end of the day, you just can't beat the versatility of a Switch. One of its pitfalls: it's fragile. If you plan on traveling with it, you'll absolutely need a case to keep it safe. Not sure where to begin? Well, in the name of science, we tested twelve different Switch cases.

Our winner, the RDS Game Traveler Deluxe Travel Case (available at Amazon for $19.99), is worth every penny. It's affordable and has tons of awesome features. If you're looking for something that can accommodate the docking station and AC adapter, we recommend the larger Ivoler Deluxe System Case. Whether you're looking for something simple and inexpensive or all the bells and whistles, we've got some great options.

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Updated February 16, 2018

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RDS Best Overall
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RDS Game Traveler Deluxe Travel Case

Rds game traveler deluxe travel case
  • Editors' Choice

RDS Game Traveler Deluxe Travel Case

Best Overall

The RDS Industries Game Traveler Deluxe has everything I could possibly want in a case. In fact, I’d even say it’s the most well-rounded on this list. The screen protector is nicely cushiony and serves as a buffer between the storage pouch and game cartridges. It also comes with two transparent containers that hold four games each and two SD card holders (for additional storage when you need it).

Our only gripe is with the little all-purpose storage pouch, which is too small. You can probably fit a pair of earbuds or joy-con wrist straps in there, but not much else. Aside from this minor nitpick, this case really has a lot to offer. Plus, it comes in all different colors and the outside material, made of hard rubber, is very durable.

If you want to take your docking station or AC adapter with you, this is not the bag. Check out the Ivoler (see below) instead.

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Ivoler Best Large Case
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Ivoler Deluxe System Case

Ivoler deluxe system case

Ivoler Deluxe System Case

Best Large Case

The Ivoler case is an absolute beast and we mean that in the best way possible. Not only is it durable, it holds absolutely everything, including the docking station and nineteen games. And yet I was able to fit it inside a medium-sized backpack. If LAN parties are your thing, then this is the perfect case for that, and at a great price.

While there’s a lot we love about this case, we do have one minor nitpick. The game cartridge holders are almost too snug. I never thought I’d ever utter that sentence, but you actually have to use some force to get the games out.

Other cases we reviewed

Tomtoc Slim Nintendo Switch Case

Tomtoc slim nintendo switch case

Tomtoc Slim Nintendo Switch Case

The Tomtoc case doesn’t hold as many games as other cases, but it’s still a personal favorite of mine. It's the thinnest case on this list, with a sophisticated design that doesn’t scream “gamer.” The one downside is that it only holds eight games and a Switch console. There's no storage pouch for additional accessories.

Hestia Goods Switch Carrying Case

Hestia goods switch carrying case

Hestia Goods Switch Carrying Case

For those that like options when they travel, the Hestia Goods case holds up to twenty game cartridges. Pack the whole game collection if you want to. For a $14 product, that's not too shabby.

The thing we like best about it is the long pull tab that sits in the main cavity. This feature makes taking your Switch out of the case easy as pie. All you have to do is pull the tab towards you and out pops your beloved system.

PowerA Hybrid Cover

Powera hybrid cover

PowerA Hybrid Cover

The PowerA hybrid cover is more of a screen protector than a traditional case, reminiscent of a Kindle cover. The material is nice and looks more expensive than it really is. We like how you can use it as a kickstand, too. Oh and it comes with a microfiber cleaning cloth. Begone, finger smudges!

Ortz Nintendo Switch Carrying Case

Ortz nintendo switch carrying case

Ortz Nintendo Switch Carrying Case

The Ortz Gaming case holds up to twenty-nine game, which is great for international flights. I mean, variety is the spice of life, isn't it? The games also slide out pretty easily, so you don’t have to apply much force. The large mesh pocket is big enough for the Joy-Con controllers, earbuds, shiny trinkets, and so on.

There’s one snag, though. The pull tab doesn’t work as intended. You can't get a good grip it because it’s just too short. You’re going to have to give the case a little shake to get the Switch console out. If you can look past this oversight, the Ortz Gaming case is a decent choice.

PDP Nintendo Switch Premium Travel Case

Pdp nintendo switch premium travel case

Where To Buy

$12.99 Amazon Buy

PDP Nintendo Switch Premium Travel Case

The PDP case is pretty standard as far as Switch cases go. We didn’t love it, but we didn’t hate it either. Instead of straps or velcro strips, the console goes inside a mesh bag. It’s a snug fit, which is all well and good, but the joysticks on the Joy-Con controllers catch on the mesh material. The material also leaves hairs on the console screen. It's a bit strange.

TechMatte Nintendo Switch amCase

Techmatte nintendo switch amcase

TechMatte Nintendo Switch amCase

The Techmatte case holds up to fourteen game cartridges and has a detachable wrist strap. Those features are neat, but we couldn’t really look past the flimsy straps inside the case. They’re just not strong enough to keep the Switch console in place, which kind of defeats the purpose. The case itself also has a little too much flex to it.

Hori Tough Pouch

Hori tough pouch

Hori Tough Pouch

The Hori Tough Pouch is the second thinnest case on this list. Like the Tomtoc case, you can easily slip it in your bag or purse. It only holds up to five games, though. So if you’re staying over a friend’s house and need a game or two to get you through the night, then this is a good choice.

Orzly Nintendo Switch Carry Case

Orzly nintendo switch carry case

Orzly Nintendo Switch Carry Case

While we liked the rubber material the Orzly case is made of, the fit is another matter. You can actually hear the console move around quite a bit if you shake the case back and forth. It may not be the best option if you're paranoid about your Switch.

Fintie Protective Case for Nintendo Switch

Fintie protective case for nintendo switch

Fintie Protective Case for Nintendo Switch

If you need a simple cover that’ll protect your Switch screen, for $8.49 the Finite cover is a good budget-friendly option. It's a snug fit and the cover comes in different colors, too.

However, the material feels like a cheaply-made wallet. I wouldn't expect this one to last more than a couple of months. The cover also works as a kickstand, but it's not very intuitive. It basically took two adult people to figure out how to use the kickstand.

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