Nintendo Partners With Western Digital To Create Licensed Sandisk Memory Cards

Gaming article by Robert N. Adams on Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 10:00
Topic(s): News

Nintendo has partnered with Western Digital in order to produce licensed Sandisk MicroSDXC memory cards for the Nintendo Switch according to a press release.

The Nintendo Switch has 32 GB of onboard storage, but that storage can be supplemented with memory cards in the MicroSD form factor. Sandisk will be producing 64 GB & 128 GB MicroSDXC cards (which are third generation MicroSD cards) featuring the Nintendo Switch logo. The packaging (shown in our header image) features Nintendo's mascot Mario driving a Go-Kart and appropriate branding; other Nintendo characters will make an appearance on the boxes as well. MicroSDXC cards can read data at 100 MB/sec and write data at 90 MB/sec.

While the packaging is certainly eye-catching, nothing appears to be particularly unique about these MicroSDXC memory cards other than the inclusion of a Nintendo Switch logo on the face. If you're a diehard Nintendo fan or you're buying additional storage especially for your console it might be worthwhile to pick one of these up. However, Nintendo's console works with any memory card that fits the MicroSD form factor and it's not strictly necessary to buy the Nintendo-branded cards.

The Legend of Zelda Breath Of The Wild Nintendo Switch MicroSD MicroSDXC
Link from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of two iconic Nintendo characters shown on different versions of the packaging for the licensed memory cards.

The licensed MicroSDXC memory cards will be available at select retailers sometime in October 2017. No price has been announced for the Nintendo-branded MicroSD memory cards. Sandisk's official website lists a 64 GB card for $33.99 with an adapter, although the image of an iconic Italian plumber or heroic Hylian on the box may up the retail price of the branded versions just a bit.

What do you think of Nintendo partnering with Western Digital to produce licensed Sandisk MicroSDXC memory cards for the console? Do you think that the Nintendo Switch should have shipped with more storage than what it had out of the box? How much space do you have left on your own internal Switch storage? Let us know in the comments below!

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!