The down side of having tons of mobile devices is you eventually end up needing something to carry all of them in. Waterfield has been killing it for years now when it comes to making fabulous bags for MacBooks, iPads, and other things we find ourselves hauling around all the time. Their Muzetto is practically legendary around TouchArcade Towers, with most of us rocking different sizes of our favorite Waterfield laptop bag. If this is the first you've heard of Waterfield, the entire gist of the company is they make incredibly high quality bags and accessories, by hand, in San Francisco.

When we all fell in love with our Switches, the search for the best case/bag started. Unsurprisingly, most (all?) of the ones you can buy at GameStop, Best Buy, and similar are surprisingly junky. I bought a couple different Nintendo ones, including but not limited to what many were referring to as the 'best' Nintendo case which came with the special edition of Breath of the Wild. They're all bulky, don't hold much, and worse of all just feel really cheap. With how hard Switches are (still) to get, and how expensive they are, I never felt great about keeping mine in a case that feels like it was built in the same factory as my Trapper Keeper in the 90's. Thankfully, Waterfield came to the rescue with a lineup of great Switch cases which I either own myself or otherwise have direct experience with through friends/family who have them.

Let's go in order from least to most bulky:

First up is the Waterfield Switch Pouch. It's the most minimal Switch case they offer, and (if you get a non-leather variety) barely more expensive than the ones Nintendo sells at $49. It has a main compartment that's just big enough for the Nintendo Switch with the Joycons attached. The inside has a soft lining so nothing gets scratched, but there really isn't much padding to provide any real protection from being crushed. But, that's sort of the trade-off in a minimal case like this.

There's a front zippered pocket that's just big enough for two Joycon wrist straps, some old Apple ear buds (from before they switched to Lightning) and a USB-C charging cable. Also, given how tiny Switch cartridges are, provided you didn't go 100% digital, you can fit a silly amount of them in here too. If you're a minimalist, this is the way to go. (This is my girlfriend's preferred case, and she's got the red leather one which has held up super well being thrown in a bag every day.)

Next up is the Waterfield Cityslicker Case which is what I'm rocking day to day. Its construction is a little different from the Switch Pouch in that it has some internal pockets and some additional padding as well as a stretchy reverse pocket on the back side. The amount of stuff I fit in this case is pretty silly.

It can take my Switch with Joycons (obviously) and then I use the internal pouches for a USB-C cable, the 3.5mm cable for my wireless Beats (although some ear buds would fit just as well) and a Lightning cable for my phone. Why a lightning cable? Well, it turns out the back pouch is perfectly sized for the Anker Switch battery we posted about a while ago. It has more than enough ports to charge both my Switch and my iPhone, and the Cityslicker has room for it, so why not? It also has tiny pockets in the front for Switch games, but I've never used them because I'm a 100% digital kind of guy. This case starts at $79.

Moving right along is the new Waterfield Arcade Gaming Case. If you're the kind of person who prefers to play their Switch using the kickstand and Joycon Grip on the go, this is the case for you. It's basically the Cityslicker that's a little thicker and in addition to everything I mentioned it can hold above, the Arcade Case also has room for the Switch AC adapter, Joycon Grip (or Pro Controller), and the Hori Switch Stand which has become real popular (and was super hard to get up until recently).

With this additional storage space, the price goes up to $109. The Arcade Case feels like a real middle ground between just having enough stuff to play your Switch on the go versus having enough room to take everything with you that you'd need to really settle in and play your Switch in marathon sessions.

Last, but not least is the Waterfield Multiplayer Pro Case which holds everything you need to bring your Switch places. It has room for your Switch, Joycons, Joycon Grip, an extra controller (either Pro or another set of Joycons in a Joycon Grip), the dock, and all the associated cables to hook everything up. By holding all of this, the size of the Multiplayer Pro Case is closer to what you'd think of as a laptop bag.

At $149, this is the only case in the Waterfield lineup that I'm not super wild about. I feel like functionally, you're better off buying one of the smaller Switch cases and if you ever end up going over to a friend's house and you're bringing your Switch you can just throw the dock, cables and extra controller in a backpack along with your other Waterfield Switch case- Or, at least, that's how I've been doing it.

That being said, I've packed up all my Switch stuff exactly once to show some family members how it all worked, so I'm not really the target demographic for the Multiplayer Pro case. If you're the kind of person who is always hauling your whole setup around to play Mario Kart with friends, the Multiplayer Pro case is a great way to do that.

And if you don't have a Switch and haven't heard of Waterfield, I'd really recommend checking out the other stuff they offer. I've bought their MacBook sleeves, tablet bags, and a bunch of other small stuff over the years from them. (Their 3DS sleeve, which looks like is now discontinued, is another one of my favorites.) I always prefer buying American-made stuff when I can, and sure, you definitely pay a premium, but I've always been big into paying for quality.

  • grivad

    Hestia Goods has a case on the big A for under $15 that safely/comfortably carries the Switch with attached joy-cons, along with 20 games and plenty of room for more joy-cons, straps, battery, cables, charger, stand, etc. The footprint is just slightly bigger than the Switch and maybe 3-4" high.

    High quality and highly functional without needing to drop a bill.

    • Eli Hodapp

      That’s a perfect example of a case with Trapper Keeper-like construction.

      • grivad

        It's surprisingly high-quality, and for under $15, in the "why not, I'll give it a shot" price range. A $50+ cost of entry is harder to swallow. Also a hard case, so naturally provides significantly more protection than a soft leather/nylon sleeve with pockets.

        Sure these look nicer (ooh leather!), but also cost 10x as much, for 1/10th the protection. Personally I'm more concerned with function over form when it comes to protecting things I value, to an extent. Needs to look reasonably good AND be functional, not just look good.

        After all, I'm not trying to impress other people with how good my Switch case looks, I want it to carry the thing and keep it safe without it being overly bulky.

      • Eli Hodapp

        How are you figuring 1/10th of the protection?

      • grivad

        Common sense plus a little exaggeration 🙂 No science. Soft leather/nylon sleeve vs. hard, fitted enclosure.

        A soft case won't do much in the case of compression or hard impact (from another object or a drop/fall). I'd hate to see what happens to a Switch in one of these cases with the screen facing outwards, or inwards against the joy-con sticks, if it were accidentally smushed or dropped with decent force. These cases will do a great job of keeping the Switch safe (and look good doing it!) as long as you also keep the case and contents safe yourself, though.

        We all naturally try to keep our things as safe as possible, so I tend to get protective cases which will keep things safe for me in case of accidents.

        I guess it boils down to these being more -carrying- (or storage) cases, whereas the "trapper keeper-like" cases can be considered more -protective- cases.

  • Boobi

    Thanks for this, I need a good case for my switch, while the cost for shipping it to Canada maybe harsh it looks well made, and I really like the grizzly leather look.
    Thanks for the info.

  • JosephWelke

    Amazon Basics has Switch cases for $10 and, believe it or not, a collapsible Switch stand for about that amount. It may remind you of a Trapper Keeper, but at least it costs about as much as one, and certainly not the $45 Nintendo wants.