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Nintendo switch digital vs physical games

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Hello,

Recently I've purchased a large micro SD card for my Nintendo Switch. With it, I considered going all digital with my games collection. It might sound like a very minor inconvenience but it gets annoying switching cartridges when you could have all of your games digital.

However, I frequently see that there are deals on physical copies of games. Not to mention Best Buy's game club and Amazon's 20% off pre orders.

My question for Nintendo Switch owners is how do you manage your game collection? If it's digital how do you justify skipping the sales on games? Are there any tips to get the most value out going the route of digital games? Are there any drawbacks of going all digital?

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If you buy in the eshop you get 5% back as Nintendo points you can use on any future eshop purchases. Also, eshop cards show up on here for 15% off regularly {42.50 for $50 eshop card). Using these combined you'll be saving ~17% off list price in the eshop for all your purchases. Also, eshop has sales sometimes too, if not as great as the best of the best physical ones. If I see a physical deal that can't be beat I'll go for it, but most of my library is digital using the methods described above.
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I prefer physical copies for reselling
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For me it depends on the game. When I get into a single player adventure, I can leave the cartridge in until I'm done, so switching isn't an issue, but I like to have my casual and multiplayer games digital so I can switch between them on a whim. (This definitely affects how often games like this get played.)

As far as organizing, I have two physical games (out of 13). I bought a case for the switch that came with two cases that for inside and hold 4 cartridges each.

It's worth noting that I lost one of the cases on an airplane. I re-bought MK8D digitally (WAY more convenient), and I decided I wasn't that in to Splatoon 2, so I didn't replace that.

In addition to buying discounted eShop cards and getting the 5% gold points (mentioned by a previous commenter), given that the switch is a portable console, it might help if you "live" in a state with no sales tax, such as Oregon.

Despite what I said above about digital for multiplayer, sometimes price wins, which is the case for my Smash Bros Ultimate preorder at Best Buy, since I get 20% off with GCU plus an additional $10 back in points (that's the kicker). I still might sell the cartridge and buy digital later on.
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I prefer physical copies for reselling
I don't resell my games. But I do like physical because it looks nice in my game room.
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