NintendoToday Everything Wii U related including Wii U News, Wii U Games, Wii U Reviews, Screenshots, Tips, Tricks, Forums, Tutorials, and more. Fri, 20 Mar 2020 12:15:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Best Micro SD Card for Nintendo Switch Fri, 20 Mar 2020 11:58:44 +0000

What better way to quarantine and chill then by dusting off your Nintendo Switch and downloading some of the best new games? But wait- do you have enough room to download them?

The Official Switch Micro SD Card

Because the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite are both limited to 32GB of internal memory, buying a MicroSD card is essential. The most popular cards are the Official Nintendo Switch MicroSD cards produced by SanDisk.

Amazon: 64GB (Zelda), 128GB (Mushroom), 256GB (Star)

Let’s be honest: these are awesome and the Amazon ratings concur (4.8/5 – 9,000+ ratings). They’re a few bucks more expensive but for those who say you’re ONLY paying extra for the kick ass design, colors, and logos- that’s not entirely true. These official versions also come with a lifetime warranty.

But reality check: once you insert the card into your Switch you won’t likely see it again. If you’d rather spend those extra dollars on games and still get better performance, you’ll want to compare products and prices and possibly find a better alternative.

The Better Alternatives

It’s safe to assume that Nintendo made their official MicroSD card good enough to support all the Switch’s best features. You don’t want to overpay for extra speed that you won’t use, so we’re looking for a card that has the same exact specs without the extra cost. And here it is…

The SanDisk Extreme Micro SDXC Cards are the best Micro SD Cards for the Nintendo Switch:

These are Micro SDXC cards from SanDisk with UHS-1 U3 Speed Class, just like the official cards from Nintendo.

How do I know what size to buy?

To calculate what size Micro SD Card you should buy, we can multiply the average game size by the number of games you’ll probably download. It’s easier said than done since games can range anywhere from 1GB (simpler games, indie games) to 5GB (more typical) to 30GB or more for intense blockbuster games (list of Switch game sizes).

If you play it safe and consider 8GB the average (ex: Monopoly is 1.3GB, Mario Kart is 7GB, Zelda is 14GB, Resident Evil is 24GB) then you get the following:

  • 64GB Micro SD can hold 8 Nintendo Switch games
  • 128GB Micro SD can hold 16 Nintendo Switch games
  • 256GB Micro SD can hold 32 Nintendo Switch games
  • 400GB Micro SD can hold 50 Nintendo Switch games
  • 512GB Micro SD can hold 64 Nintendo Switch games
  • 1TB Micro SD can hold 125 Nintendo Switch games

For most people the 128GB version is perfect- you can hold plenty of games and the price is terrific. That’s why the 128GB version is our recommended card shown above.

What about U1 vs. U3?

These shouldn’t be confused with UHS-1 and UHS-3. All MicroSD cards purchased for the Nintendo Switch should be UHS-1 (often displayed as the roman numeral “I” on the card). Buying UHS-II or UHS-III cards is unnecessary and you’ll be drastically overpaying.

UHS-1 cards can have either U1 Speed Class or U3 Speed class. Most cards list whether they are U1 or U3 directly on the card but the the Official Zelda, Mushroom, and Star cards do not. However, Nintendo sells an unstylized version of these cards that explicitly states the cards are Micro SDXC UHS-I U3 cards (also produced by SanDisk).

The silly thing is that “U1” and “U3” designations are based on MINIMUM write speeds whereas Nintendo’s cards list MAXIMUM write speeds:

That’s because Nintendo’s stats are based on the maximum speed they can achieve whereas the U1 and U3 standards show the minimum sustained requirements. You can find it in the fine print. In reality, most U1 and U3 cards perform much higher in perfect conditions.

So why don’t the Zelda, Mushroom, and Star cards show U1 or U3? Probably because the cards are designed to look beautiful. Possibly because it would help Nintendo sell more of them. Either way it seems both strategies worked.

SanDisk Ultra vs. SanDisk Extreme

The specs get even more muddled when you consider SanDisk’s own branding, adding names like Ultra, Extreme, Extreme Pro, High Endurance, and the list goes on.

For the Nintendo Switch we recommend the SanDisk Extreme card because its U3 Speed Class matches that of the Official Nintendo Switch Micro SD cards. The SanDisk Ultra cards are only U1 But if you compare the specs directly you’ll notice something interesting…

The Extreme card and Nintendo Card are both U3 and offer Lifetime Warranties. But the Ultra Card (U1) has Sequential Read/Write speeds of 98MB/s which is comparable to the listed speed of the Nintendo-Licensed Card. The point being- SanDisk Ultra cards are even MORE affordable and will still do the trick.

Save More Money

We’ve confirmed that U1 cards will work in the Nintendo Switch so buying SanDisk Ultra rather than Extreme is indeed an option. The main difference will be that games download and load a little bit more slowly; for many this won’t be noticeable.

If you want to save a few bucks and aren’t worried about future proofing and tippedy top performance you can get away with buying the SanDisk Ultra cards just fine:

However, we still recommend the SanDisk Extreme card because it’s comparable to the official Nintendo card, price is still great, downloading/loading of games will be faster, and it leaves some room for growth.

SanDisk vs Other Brands

We chose SanDisk for two main reasons:

  1. They make the official Nintendo Switch Micro SD card
  2. They’ve been our preferred and reliable brand for 10+ years

You don’t have to buy a SanDisk card, though- there are plenty of alternatives that will work just fine in the Nintendo Switch. This is simply our favorite brand (and Nintendo’s). Other popular brands include Lexar, PNY, ADATA, Netac, Amplim, and Samsung.

If you want to shop prices for other brands you’ll want to search Amazon for “Micro SDXC U3” or “Micro SDXC U1” (as compared above).

Another great card to consider for value hunters is the Samsung EVO Select (U3) which is typically cheaper than SanDisk and it gets amazing ratings and reviews.

Our Recommendation

The Best Nintendo Switch Micro SD Card is the 128GB SanDisk Micro SDXC UHS-I U3 A2 V30.

  • It’s got the same UHS-1 U30 rating as Nintendo’s Official Card
  • It’s made by the same brand as Nintendo’s Official Card (SanDisk)
  • It’s faster than Nintendo’s Official Card (160MB/s vs. 100/MB/s)
  • It’s future proof and flexible- the V30 is a video class rating with write and suitable for 4K video recording on your smartphone, drone, and other devices
  • The 128GB card is beautifully affordable and it should be enough space to start. You can always upgrade to a larger card in the future if needed!
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FIFA 19 on Switch features PS4 Pro ads Thu, 23 Aug 2018 18:03:48 +0000

Nintendo recently showcased FIFA 19 on the Switch at Gamescom, and inadvertently advertised for the competition. Since Sony sponsors Champions League, the match Nintendo decided to showcase in FIFA 19 had some PS4 Pro banners on the field.

Knowing how much Nintendo hates to promote the competition (remember when they blurred out PS4 and Xbox logos during a short clip in a video game store?), we’re sure they’re kicking themselves over this one. Just a little bit.

You can check it out at the 5:30 mark in the video above.

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NPD: Nintendo had the best July month since 2009 thanks to Switch Thu, 23 Aug 2018 17:47:05 +0000

NPD have released their video game sales report for July, where the Switch was once again the best selling console in North America. Not only that, it was the best month for a Nintendo console since 2009, at the height of the Wii mania.

“This is the seventh month that Switch has led in hardware dollar sales since launching in March 2017, and the first since December 2017. Unit sales of Nintendo hardware in July 2018 reached its highest point for a July month since 2009.” said NPD analyst Mat Piscatella.

Nintendo was also the best publisher for July (and the rest of 2018). In July, half of all best selling games were published by Nintendo.

According to NPD, these are the best selling games so far in 2018 in North America.

  1. Far Cry 5
  2. God of War (2018)
  3. Monster Hunter: World
  4. Call of Duty: WWII
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Dragon Ball Fighterz
  7. Mario Kart 8
  8. NBA 2K18
  9. MLB 18: The Show
  10. Super Mario Odyssey

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Miyamoto isn’t into MMORPGs because he “gets tired of things easily” Wed, 22 Aug 2018 15:46:54 +0000

Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto recently spoke at the 2018 Computer Entertainment Developers Conference where he mentioned MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) and why he hasn’t made one.

That’s because he’s not interested in working on just one game because he gets “bored easily”. He said:

“A few years ago, when MMORPGs were coming into fashion, I didn’t want to make one. Since I get tired of things easily, I don’t want to keep making one game.”

After he completes a game, Miyamoto wants to move on to the next project, but MMORPGs require constant updating and maintenance both on the content and tech side.

If Nintendo was to make one of these games in the future, which franchise would you like to see made as an MMORPG?

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Football Manager 2019 is coming to Switch Wed, 22 Aug 2018 15:31:06 +0000

SEGA has confirmed that Football Manager 2019 will be coming to the Nintendo Switch this Fall. The game will include the top 2,500 football clubs in the world with over 500,000 real players and coaches, and 26 fully-licensed leagues.

The game launches on the Switch and other platforms in November. Check out the trailer above.

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Japanese analyst is more optimistic about Switch sales than Nintendo Tue, 21 Aug 2018 19:28:00 +0000

Nintendo’s officially forecasts Switch sales to 37 million units by March 2019, but Japanese tech analyst Hideki Yasuda from Ace Economic Research Institute in Osaka thinks that’s not enough.

He believes that Switch sales will stand at a massive 42 million units by March 2019. In this current fiscal year, he estimates Nintendo will ship 25 million Switch consoles and 140 million software units.

His report (found here) suggests that Switch manufacturing will increase this Summer and fuel more Switch sales over the Summer and the all-important holiday shopping season.

When Nintendo first talked about the Switch selling over 100 million units, many of us were highly skeptical. Now it seems they were on to something — the Switch’s sales momentum is continuing and Nintendo’s share price has doubled since the release of the console.

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Blizzard reveals why they are bringing a 6-year old game to Switch Tue, 21 Aug 2018 19:12:39 +0000

Blizzard is bringing the 6-year old Diablo 3 RPG to the Nintendo Switch, and if you’ve been wondering what made them pick that particular game to bring to Nintendo’s console, wonder no more.

Essentially, the guys over at Blizzard were all fond of their Switch consoles and thought it would be sweet to have Diablo 3 on it. So they went to work.

Here’s how Diablo 3 producer Pete Stilwell described it to GameSpot:

“We were essentially sitting around and talking about projects that would be amazing and additive to what the company has, and maybe even trailblaze some new things. The Switch was a thing we were all playing, and something we were all interested in.

We thought of it as something sweet to bring [Diablo III] onto, and then we started experimenting with the Switch and then got to talking with Nintendo where we believed that it would be feasible and fun to play on. We wanted to guarantee that it would be smooth and responsive, to ensure that it was everything that you wanted it to be for an [action RPG].”

Back in 2012, we reported that Blizzard was reportedly working on bringing Diablo 3 to the Wii U, but that didn’t pan out. We had to wait another six years before seeing the RPG on a Nintendo console.

Diablo III Eternal Collection releases on Switch later this year.

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The future of Nintendo Today Thu, 02 Aug 2018 19:25:06 +0000

It’s been a while since the last update on Nintendo Today. We know that’s ironic given the “Today” in Nintendo Today, but we felt we needed to take a step back and rethink our plans for our site and community.

We’re in the process of re-assessing the future of Nintendo Today, and we’d like to get your input on what you would like to see on the site.

Given our limited resources, our plan is to step away from the rapid daily news cycle and move into a more laid-back environment, with a focus on casual news and Nintendo content.

We’ll still cover the big news items, but our focus will be to offer a daily glimpse of the Nintendo community and what’s going on, as opposed to just shoveling one news article after another — there are plenty of sites that do that and do it better than we can.

We’ve always appreciated the community here on Nintendo Today, and we’d like to hear your thoughts and ideas about going forward. Let us know in the comments section below!

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Pokemon Quest has been downloaded 2.5 million times on Switch Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:47:54 +0000

Nintendo’s recently released free-to-play Pokemon game, Pokemon Quest, has been very popular on the Switch: the game has been downloaded more than 2.5 million times after being released earlier this month.

The game racked up 1 million downloads just days after it was released.

Pokemon Quest will also launch on iOS and Android on June 28th, which will no doubt increase the download count by many millions.

Have you tried Pokemon Quest on the Switch? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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FIFA 19 Nintendo Switch gameplay Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:28:08 +0000

FIFA 19 will be coming to the Switch on September 28 and we finally got some gameplay of the new football/soccer game on Nintendo’s console. You can check out the video above. Overall, it looks like the game has gotten some visual improvements over its predecessor.

Did you get FIFA 18 on the Switch? Do you plan on getting this year’s version as well? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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