You will need to free up space within System Settings > Data Management.
The game save data is unaffected in either option, so you can resume your game progress once the software is redownloaded.
Save data is stored in the system memory, and for the most part it is associated with the individual user. So long as the same user is selected on the console, the save data will not be impacted whether the software is played from a game card or downloaded from Nintendo eShop.
For the most part, save data is tied to each user account. Deleting a user account will delete all save data associated with that account. Once deleted, save data cannot be restored.
Yes, a microSD card can be used to save screenshots and software data, including downloaded software, software updates, and DLC. For more information about using microSD cards on Nintendo Switch, click here.
Archiving will allow you to delete downloaded software in order to free up space while preserving the software icon on the HOME Menu. You can redownload the software by selecting the icon. For more information, click here.
External USB hard drives are not currently supported.
Yes. Some Nintendo Switch games will require that you purchase of an additional microSD card to play them. To verify whether a game has this requirement, check with the game's publisher.
It will vary by game. You can choose exactly how much additional storage space you want to buy, depending on the number and type of games you play, and the content you choose to download.
For games that require additional storage, the requirement will apply to both physical and digital versions.
If you purchase a physical version of a game that requires an additional microSD card, you will be able to play a portion of the game right out of the box (for example, specific levels or modes). To enjoy the full game, however, downloading additional data is required. Depending on the storage requirements for each game, it may be necessary to purchase a microSD card to expand storage space.
If you purchase a digital version of the game, it may also be necessary to purchase a microSD card depending on the game's storage requirements and the storage available on your Nintendo Switch console. Learn more about using microSD cards on Nintendo Switch.
For the physical versions of these games, a notification will appear on both the front and back of the packaging.
For the digital versions of these games, you will see how much space the game requires in Nintendo eShop prior to purchase.