Three Things to Know About MicroSD Cards for a Nintendo Switch

A memory boost for your favorite gaming device.

Playing game on Nintendo Switch.
Level up your gaming with some additional storage.Unsplash

The Nintendo Switch is a tremendous amount of fun. When buying one for the first time, you’ll need some extras beyond the console itself, like controllers and cases. But perhaps most important is storage, in the form of a microSD card—preferably the biggest one you can find.

SanDisk 256GB Ultra MicroSDXC UHS-I Memory Card with Adapter - 100MB/s, C10, U1, Full HD, A1, Micro SD Card - SDSQUAR-256G-GN6MA,Black
From 16 gigabytes of storage to a whopping 512 gigabytes.SanDisk

The Nintendo Switch relies on microSD storage—tiny little cards—to hold all the downloadables you’ll end up getting. There are plenty of games for the console that are only available for digital download—including the entire library of classic NES and SNES games, so you’ll need external memory to avoid your console slowing down or running out of room. MicroSD cards have never been more affordable, so get a big size, like 256GB, to avoid having to buy another card later.

Samsung (MB-ME256GA/AM) 256GB 100MB/s (U3) MicroSDXC EVO Select Memory Card with Full-Size Adapter
Compatible with all kinds of other gadgets, including cameras and smartphones.SAMSUNG

There are a few different speeds available for microSD cards, and this determines how quickly the card can read and write data. You want as fast a card as possible for gaming, so opt for a card that can transfer data quickly. You might notice a little logo reading “U1” or “U3” on a card; these refer to the speed. U3 is faster, and what you should be looking for.

SanDisk 256GB MicroSDXC UHS-I Memory Card for Nintendo Switch - SDSQXAO-256G-GNCZN
If you want a themed product, this card has that classic star on it. But it’ll work on other products, too.SanDisk

MicroSD cards are incredibly versatile. Many come with an adapter, which looks like a full-size SD card with a slot at the bottom. Insert the microSD card into the adapter, and you have a card that’ll work in normal SD applications, like digital cameras. You can also use microSD cards for storage in all kinds of devices, including smartphones, some computers and even some streaming boxes.