If you own a Nintendo Switch, then you already know that the systems internal memory is a joke, 32GB in this day and age. Some digital downloadable games are over 50GB in size, some are now 100GB, having just 32GB to start, well, I guess Nintendo where just thinking of manufacturing costs. So if you are like me, and sometimes prefer to purchase digital copies, then a MicroSD Card will be required asap, 64GB or higher. I have chosen to go with Samsung on this one and their new EVO Plus Range SDXC U3 which offers some great speeds for an SDCard 100 MB/s read and 60 MB/s write speed.
Now I have had the Nintendo Switch from Launch day, I always tend to purchase a Nintendo System and ignore Playstation and Xbox One, unless someone gives me one. I purchase a Nintendo system for the first-party exclusives, I love Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, Splatoon, Mario Kart, Xenoblade, Bayonetta… just to name a few, and I would always chuck my support behind them. If I did not and I followed the other crowd of game developer and Gamers ‘let’s wait to see how well it does’, the system would not stand a chance and would be another flop out of the gate, but thanks to Fans and Gamers, it has been a great success.
Now, as of December 2017, the system has sold 10 million units, its one of the fastest selling launch console ever, proving that graphics and power does not equal a good selling system. The Idea of being able to play games anywhere at anytime, with anyone has been its hard selling points, but its also down to its fantastic games, Zelda: Breath of the wild, Rocket League, DOOM, Skyrim, Xenoblade 2, Super Mario Odyssey, Mario, Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Splatoon 2 and a shed load more. The system is also not oversaturated by launch games every single week, which gives plenty of opportunity for Indie and AAA games to be seen by gamers browsing the eShop.
But the Nintendo Switch is not all brimming with brightness, its shocking in this day and age that Nintendo is still not on the ball when it comes to storage and online features. The systems 32GB is just ludicrous, and the system online communication is like a puzzle to get working. There is also the lack of a web browser, and general applications like Media players (Netflix, Youtube etc.), Japan maybe rather good with technology, but their attitude towards there gaming systems in this day and age, for this day and age of gamers, is a joke and needs to be looked at asap.
Personally, I do not mind, I was brought up with a games console being a games console, with no online features, we had friends that came around, or you would go over to theirs. There was no internet or media apps (Streaming) a console was for gaming and gaming only, not these new gaming systems, being called ‘total entertainment systems’. Maybe this is what Nintendo is trying to do with this system, go back the good old days and making a system a pure gaming system and nothing else, who knows, Nintendo is kinda strange and lives in their own world.
Back on track to storage, and why you need to upgrade your system memory with a MicroSD card, more space, of course, you will need it, if you are anything like me, and purchase your games on launch, from the comfort of your home, via the eShop or a good digital retail store like Greenman Gaming. Games are huge, heading into the 50GB+ sometimes, so a good amount of storage is a must.
Now you could head to eBay and purchase one of the flashed SDCards, which are rather cheap, but I have tested them, and they do not work well with the Nintendo Switch, they tend to give you more errors than they are worth, trust me I have tried a 32GB version costing around £5.00 and a 128GB for £12.00, cheap, but shit. So whats next? I found out that the best SDCard to get for your Nintendo Switch is from Samsung, they are even endorsed by Nintendo as well, but those cards with the Nintendo Switch name on them cost more for some reason. So ignore those ones and just go for the standard Samsung Evo plus cards, you can grab a 64GB for around £23 or 128GB for £45.
Now you probably wondering why I went for a 64GB version and not a bigger one, well, for me buying AAA games, or first-party titles, I tend to find them cheaper secondhand on eBay a few days later, or on Amazon on launch day or pre-ordered, and they are ALWAYS cheaper than the eShop. You would think that the digital store would be cheaper, no manufacturer costs, no distribution costs and so many other added costs go into creating a hard copy, but this is not true. I guess this is because Nintendo owns the eShop and can charge what they want and get away with it because no one really complains or makes a stand for fair practice, or its just pure greed. As some once said to me ‘ While there is Greed, there will be Companies finding ways to make max profit and not thinking of the smaller person’.
Now I have used the new SDCard for a number of downloadable eShop games, Mantis Burn Racing, Batman: The Telltale Series, Sine Mora EX, Portal Knights and Rocket League, each and every one of them download at the speed I expect, and the games loaded at very good speed, little to no waiting around, watching loading screens. What can I say overall,
BUY AN SDCARD YOU FOOL, ASAP, THEY GOING DOWN IN PRICE AND WORTH A PURCHASE, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT,