Welcome to our Sandisk Nintendo Switch MicroSDXC review. While the Switch is an awesome little console, Nintendo really messed up launching it with only 32GB of onboard storage, especially considering that launch game, Zelda: The Breath Of The Wild takes up almost half of this space. To add more space, Switch owners have to use a microSD card, which means finding one that’s speed enough for optimal performance. Luckily Sandisk and Nintendo made this task a bit easier by launching officially licensed microSD cards that are designed to work optimally on the Nintendo Switch.
- Sandisk Nintendo Switch MicroSDXC
- System: Nintendo Switch
- Available Capacities: 64, 128, 256 GB
- Capacity Reviewed: 128 GB
- Price: From £29.99
- Review Sample Provided
The first thing that really stands out about these memory cards is their Nintendo themed designs. Depending on what capacity you purchase you’ll get one of the three following designs:
- 64GB – Zelda: The Breath Of The Wild logo on a white card. (There’s also a plain black version with no game-related images on it.)
- 128GB – A Mario mushroom on a red card.
- 256GB – A Mario star on a yellow card.
While you won’t really see these designs that often, they do help make it easier to spot the officially licensed ones as you look around stores. They do also look pretty cool, but again the card is pretty much just going to spend its life living in your Switch’s memory card slot.
The main purpose of these cards is to provide an optimal experience when it comes to playing games stored on them. While you can use pretty much most highly rated microSD cards without an issue in the Switch, they aren’t usually that fast and may have a slowing down effect on your games. With a read speed of up to 100MB/s and a write speed of up to 90MB/s, the 128GB version has definitely had a drastic improvement over the loading and saving times for games I have played compared to my old 32GB card. While I haven’t found any methods of testing this through the Switch, it is clear to see a speed improvement on games.
Since I review a lot of games and can sometimes find myself adding anywhere between 2 to 5 a week, my old memory card just didn’t cut it when it came to space. Thankfully, this 128GB memory card offers plenty of room to ensure I’m not having to delete things every so many days.
In conclusion, these officially licensed memory cards by Sandisk are a great addition to a Nintendo Switch console. They offer a unique design but most importantly are designed to provide optimal performance while you’re gaming. A few more size options wouldn’t go amiss though as the current three go nowhere near the 2TB limit the Switch is capable of holding.
- • Read Speed: up to 100MB/s*
- • Write Speed: up to 90MB/s*
- • Form Factor: microSDXC
- • Video Speed: U3
- • Performance: Up to 100MB/s read and up to 90MB/s write speed*
- • Dimensions: 0.59in x 0.43in x 0.03in (15mm x 11mm x 1.0mm)
- • Operating temperature: -13ºF to 185ºF (-25ºC to 85ºC)
- • Storage temperature: -40ºF to 185ºF (-40ºC to 85ºC)
- • Compatibility: Compatible with microSDHC, microSDXC, microSDHC UHS-I, and microSDXC UHS-I supporting host devices
- • Warranty: Lifetime limited warranty
- • UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) and UHS Video Speed Class 30 (V30)7 for 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160p) and Full HD video (1920x1080p)2
That concludes our Sandisk Nintendo Switch MicroSDXC review. For more information on these officially licensed cards, check out the Sandisk website here.