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The Nintendo Switch has been the bestselling video game console in the world for nearly two years straight, and social distancing has made the portable gaming system even more popular during 2020.
While the newly launched PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X are also in high demand, the Switch is more likely to be in stock online and in-stores throughout weekend and the rest of the holiday season. Major retailers, like GameStop, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and even Kohl’s, have had $300 Switch bundles in stock for Black Friday, and many of Nintendo’s hit games are on sale for 50% off or more.
Below, we’ve rounded up the best Black Friday deals on Nintendo Switch consoles, games, and accessories that we’ve found so far:
The Switch hasn’t seen significant discounts below its $300 price tag since its March 2017 release, and this year’s Black Friday sales are no different. Shoppers can find a $300 Switch bundle that includes a digital copy of “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” (normally $50 to $60) and a code for a three-month membership to the Nintendo Switch Online service (usually $8), but stock has been limited. We’ve seen additional inventory pop up at some stores throughout the day, but it’s not clear if more units will be available.
Unlike last year, this “Mario Kart 8” bundle features the updated version of the Switch with improved battery life. GameStop is also offering a second Switch bundle that comes with four collectible “Super Mario” glasses, but the “Mario Kart 8” bundle brings more value if you don’t already have the game, or a Switch Online membership.
The $200 Switch Lite is a cheaper alternative to the standard Switch, but it can’t be connected to TVs. While there aren’t any special Black Friday Deals, it could still be a good pick for young children or as a secondary Switch used for traveling.
Nintendo’s exclusive franchises, like “Super Mario,” “Pokémon,” and “The Legend of Zelda,” are the Switch’s main attraction, and you’ll find games from those series on sale at most major retailers during Black Friday weekend.
GameStop, Target, Walmart, and Best Buy are all offering $20 to $30 off games like “Super Mario Maker 2,” “Pokémon Let’s! Go Pikachu,” “Yoshi’s Crafted World,” and “Fire Emblem: Three Houses.” Prices vary from game to game, but should be consistent between stores. Digital copies from the Nintendo eShop are available at Best Buy, Amazon, and GameStop, but typically cost $10 more than the physical copy.
The Black Friday discounts match the lowest prices we’ve seen for these $60 games to date, and GameStop has now dropped the price on some games even further, with a few titles on sale for as low as $27.
Other great Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals and gift ideas
If you can’t find the right game for the Switch player in your life, you can still buy a discounted digital gift card for them to add money to their Nintendo Switch eShop account. You can also buy a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, which is required to play most games online and offers dozens of classic games from the Nintendo and Super Nintendo consoles.
MicroSD cards are on sale throughout Black Friday weekend too, so it’s a great time to upgrade your storage from the Switch’s internal 32GB. Make sure you get an SDXC grade card, since the MicroSD’s transfer speeds will impact loading times on the Switch.
While the Switch comes with two Joy-Con controllers, picking up an extra for shared play sessions is never a bad idea. Both Switch Pro controllers and GameCube-style controllers used for “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” are seeing slight discounts for Black Friday. Online gamers can make use of a wired headset on the Switch, and those are on sale for up to 50% off at GameStop, Amazon, and other retailers.
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