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Today is the day when the Nintendo Switch was released, hopefully this marks the start of great things for the company as they did terrible with the Wii U, partly their fault, partly due to third part developers and their lack of support for the console, but everyone seems on board to support the Switch, which is great for Nintendo and great for us, there are a few things you will need to know regarding the console, such as Data Management and what types of additional storage space you can add to give the console more space for games.





The storage on the Nintendo Switch is extremely limited for a modern console, it only has 32 GB and only about 26 to 28 of that will be available to the user, this may seem ok, but when you can only save games to the internal storage, this may become at some stage problematic, so the ideal situation would be to use the internal storage for game saves and other small things and get additional storage for the games, here is some information from Nintendo's official website regarding Data Management;


Where is game save data stored?

  • On Nintendo Switch, game save data is stored on the console’s System Memory. This will not change whether downloadable software or software from a game card is being played.
  • Game save data cannot be saved or copied to a microSD card.


What happens if there is no more space on the System Memory for your game save data?

  • You will need to free up space within System Settings > Data Management.


Can I expand the memory space on Nintendo Switch?

  • Yes, a microSD card can be used to save screenshots and software data, including downloaded software, software updates, and DLC.


What does archiving software do?

  • Archiving will allow you to delete downloaded software in order to free up space while preserving the software icon on the HOME Menu. You can redownload the software by selecting the icon.


What happens to my game progress if I archive or delete my downloaded software?

  • The game save data is unaffected in either option, so you can resume your game progress once the software is redownloaded.


Which microSD cards are supported?
The following types of microSD cards are supported on Nintendo Switch:

  • microSD (up to 2 GB)
  • microSDHC (4 GB - 32 GB)
  • microSDXC (64 GB and above)

Source 1 & 2


It is obvious using a microSD card is pointless and whilst a microSDHC card is ok, its still isn't ideal if you want to have several games on your console as well as being able to hold on to a few screenshots. so below i have listed some  microSDXC cards for you to take a look at:


Amazon UK

SanDisk Ultra 64 GB MicroSDXC UHS-I Memory Card with SD Adapter - Class 10 - £17.39

SanDisk Ultra 128 GB MicroSDXC UHS-I Memory Card with SD Adapter - Class 10 - £35.99  <--- Also available in 200GB now and 256GB on the 7th Of March


Lexar Professional microSDXC 633x 200GB - Class 10 - £80.99  <--- 64GB and 128GB available too


SanDisk Extreme PLUS 128 GB microSDXC Memory Card + SD Adapter up to 95 MB/s - Class 10 - £64.99 <-- 64GB available too




Amazon USA

SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter &nbsp;- Class 10 - $40.99  <--- Also available in 200GB and 256GB




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