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6 best Nintendo Switch cases

Between a dock and a hard case — you've got options.

No car ride or long flight will bore you again when you’ve got Nintendo Switch on your side. But it’s a rough-and-tumble world out there, so you’ll want to protect your investment from bumps, dings, scratches and falls.

1. Deluxe Zelda Sheikah Eye Hard Case

Built to exceed Nintendo’s demanding standards, this puppy’s main advantage over the Super Mario variant mentioned above is that it doesn’t force you to pay for accessories you don’t need, and it’s less bulky. As an added bonus, you get the beautifully embossed Zelda Breath of the Wild artwork.

For carrying, you’re looking at a nylon or leather case to protect your sensitive Joy-Con sticks, plus there’s a dedicated padded screen panel that holds the console in place. But don’t expect to carry much else beyond a power cable, earphones and four games.


2. Keys Factory Quick Pouch

This is a downright adorable case — though it’ll win no prizes in durability stress tests. This is ideal for gamers who likely already own a solid backpack they trust and are after a bit of secondary protection. The Mario overalls design is eye-catching and comes in a bunch of other designs, including Luigi’s overalls.

Still, this carry case can be used to protect your screen from any scratches from Nintendo’s console dock. Just flip it upside down and snug it over the front of the dock before you slide the Switch in.


3. Mumba Nintendo Switch Clear Hybrid Protective Case

This is a premium, clear hybrid protective case, complete with scratch-resistant, skid-proof material to prevent sun discoloration. Featuring an exact-cut design, this case sleeves itself around your precious Switch and allows you full access to all ports, functions and buttons.

Its large shock-resistant TPU bumper on the back of the console provides rugged defense against dropping and makes the Switch a bit more ergonomic to use. The only two downsides: you’ll want to buy a tempered-glass screen protector to protect the front, and this is not dock-friendly.


4. Hermitshell Hard EVA Travel Case

The Hermitshell Hard EVA case has been custom built to fit a Nintendo Switch and all the accessories you can throw in it — charging cradle, AC adaptor with power cord, Joy-Con Grip or Switch Pro Controller, HDMI cable. Despite its bulkiness, it has a smooth, polyester-like EVA material that does not flex or give when pushed or punched.

The downsides? There’s a lack of foam inserts in certain compartments, which can make for some excess jiggling of accessories.

On the whole, this is a hardy case that’s modestly priced for what it is.


5. Orzly Protective Hard Portable Travel Case

If you’re into the protection offered by the EVA material but don’t want to be lugging around something so bulky, this Orzly Travel case is a good middle ground. Its comfy, micro-fiber belly will fit a Switch tablet with both Joy-Cons attached, and the upper section features a separate inner pocket that can accommodate more Joy-Cons or cabling.

It’s also worth mentioning that this is probably the most inconspicuous case solution on this list. If you know you’re going to be in a dodgy environment, having something as nondescript and without a logo might be a good idea.


6. Tomtoc Carrying Case

Our pick for traveling light, this ultra-slim case with military-grade protection won’t bog you down. An adjustable hand strap lets you keep it close — or remove it and stow the case in your backpack.

It’s been drop-tested, is splash-proof for those hitting the pool and holds 10 games so you can take all your favorites on the road.


Bottom line

For a gaming system that’s meant to be so portable and on-the-go, the right case is nearly as important as the game itself. Compare a few of the most popular options listed here to aid you in your quest for the perfect Switch case for your travel gaming needs.

How did we choose these products?

We performed our own online research, comparing factors like size, price and overall features. We also took into consideration third-party product reviews.

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