Orignally published on 2021-11-26 20:15:28 by www.forbes.com
The Nintendo Switch ($300), Nintendo Switch Lite ($200) and the new Nintendo Switch OLED Model ($350) are at the top of everyone’s wish lists, kids and adults alike. With popular games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Mario Kart Deluxe 8 and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the Switch seems to have universal appeal, and everyone seems to be looking for some Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals.
Due to high-demand and limited availability, don’t expect to find many money-saving Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals, but there are sales to be found on system bundles, gaming accessories and even some game titles.
The good news is that some stores have added new stock for the holiday shopping period, so with some luck and persistence, you might be able to get your hands on the Nintendo Switch and some of the hottest games in time for the holidays… especially if you’re willing to pay a premium.
The New Nintendo Switch OLED Model Is Hard to Find
What sets the Nintendo Switch OLED Model apart from the other two models is its vibrant 7-inch OLED display, 64GB of internal storage and enhanced audio. It also has a sturdier flip-out stand, built-in Ethernet port, and multiple ways to play games—TV, tabletop and handheld modes.
The OLED Model typically sells for $350, but some sellers have inflated the price—and even so, yet may have a tough time getting your hands on one. Most retailers are selling out as soon as they restock, including Nintendo.
The original Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch Lite are somewhat easier to find, but these too are selling out fast. Regardless of which version of the system you’re looking for, here are some of your best options this holiday season.
Nintendo Switch At Walmart
It’s a Miracle: The OLED Model Is Actually In Stock
Walmart currently has a limited stock of Nintendo Switch OLED Model with delivery by Friday, December 3, but these units are from independent sellers—not Walmart itself. As a result, be prepared for an inflated price tag, so only purchase if you absolutely can’t wait.
The Iconic Switch Is Available As Well
The OLED Model is great, but the traditional Switch is still an awesome (and fan favorite) console.
Nab An OLED Model With Red & Blue Joy-Cons
It’s not cheap, but this OLED Model has the benefit of being in stock through a third-party supplier at Walmart.
Nintendo Switch Stock At Amazon
This Switch Bundle Includes Mario Kart 8
One way to get a Switch right now is to buy a bundle that includes a game like Mario Kart 8 and a carrying case.
Switch OLED Model Is Available (If You’re Willing To Pay)
We’re seen some Nintendo Switch OLED consoles priced as high as $800, but here’s a bundle listed for a more reasonable $599.
Nintendo Switch At GameStop
A Pre-Owned Nintendo Switch
Surprise, surprise: GameStop is sold out of the OLED Model, but has limited stock of the Nintendo Switch, especially if you’re willing buy a pre-owned or refurnished unit.
Like the previous model in this list, this Switch is pre-owned and refurbished. But it’s a blue and red model, if you prefer that color scheme to gray.
Nintendo Switch At Daily Steals
An OLED Model for Under $500
At least temporarily, Daily Steals shows limited inventory of the Nintendo Switch OLED system in stock and available for $473. Free shipping and returns are offered.
Nintendo Switch Accessory Deals
Take Your Mario Kart Driving Experience to a New Level
For certain games, like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, using an alternative type of controller provides a more immersive experience. This steering wheel controller from HORI is currently $30 off.
Keep Your Switch Safe While On The Go
Designed specifically for the Nintendo Switch, this padded travel case offers a hard outer shell and a variety of packets and compartments on the inside to safely secure your console, controller, games and cables.
An Alternate Controller For The Switch
In addition to the official Switch wireless controllers, there are a bunch of optional controllers available from third parties that are often a bit less expensive. This Afterglow Wireless Deluxe Controller is currently on sale for $42. It’s an alternative to the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller ($70).
A Ton of Accessories
This Switch Accessories Bundle from Amazon includes a collection of more than a dozen Nintendo Switch accessories that are not official Nintendo products, but they can all be used to enhance your overall gaming experience or protect your console when it’s not in use.
Add Some Memory
When it comes to storing game data and Nintendo Switch games you download, you’ll want to use optional memory cards that offer plenty of storage space, as well as a fast read-write speed. This SanDisk 128GB microSD memory card is offered at $15 off. The Nintendo-licensed product will provide fast data transfer and has been tested for compatibility and reliability when used with the Nintendo Switch.
Orzly’s Gaming Headset With Mic
Amazon is offering this Orzly gaming headset that’s designed specifically for the Nintendo Switch (and Switch OLED) for just $30 (that’s $20 off). Use it to verbally taunt your adversaries during multiplayer games, while at the same time collaborating with your allies.
Charge Your Joy-Con Controllers
This handy little docking station allows you to simultaneously charge and organize up to four Joy-Con controllers, the Switch console and a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.
An Optional Case For Your Switch Lite
This is an anti-slip and shockproof casing for the Nintendo Switch Lite that you can leave on. So as you play your favorite games or transport your console, you’ll always know that it’s well protected. The case comes in six color options, including gray, blue, pink, black, yellow and turquoise.
Black Friday Deals On Popular Switch Games
Kids Will Go Ape Over This Donkey Kong Country Game
Donkey Kong is one of Nintendo’s all-time classic characters, and he’s featured in this exclusive Nintendo Switch game, called Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. It’s a colorful, jungle-based action/adventure that’s suitable for the 16 and under crowd.
Mario’s Back, This Time In A Unique Action-Adventure
Paper Mario Origami King adds a new and unique visual twist to this popular gaming series, and it’s filled with all-new challenges and adventures for gamers of all ages.
Minecraft Puts You In Control Of a Blocky Universe
Few other games have such immense appeal to people of all ages and offer countless hours of fun, creative challenges and the chance to create an entire world from scratch. Welcome to the world of Minecraft on the Nintendo Switch—where 8 bit-looking graphics are used to create a state-of-the-art gaming experience.
Popular DC Superheroes And Villains In LEGO Form
Action and adventure combine with some combat challenges in this epic good-versus-evil game, which nicely combines popular Lego worlds with superheroes and villains from DC Comics. This game is suitable for people over the age of 10, but probably won’t appeal to anyone over the age of 16.
Relive A Classic Zelda Adventure
This is a remake of a game that was originally released for the Nintendo Game Boy back in the 1990s, and it’s a true classic. Now you can experience this action-adventure game—with all of its challenges and visually appealing, cartoon-like graphics—for yourself (and save $20 at the same time).
Mario And Luigi Are Back For Another Adventure
Mario from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. games is perhaps the most famous character in video game history. This adventure game features the lovable plumber and his sidekick Luigi as they set off on yet another light-hearted and colorful adventure. This is really two separate games bundled together, and they’re both suitable for all ages.
LEGO + Dinosaurs + Jurassic World = Fun
Lego Jurassic World nicely combines dinosaurs, Lego, and the Jurassic World movie franchise into one action-oriented adventure game that’s designed mainly for kids (ages 10 to 13). More than 20 types of dinosaurs make an appearance in this game.
Experience Final Fantasy Adventures On Your Switch
The Final Fantasy game series has been around for years, and each edition offers a complex and fascinating storyline set against beautifully rendered graphics and nonstop challenges. These are the mega-popular Final Fantasy X and X-2 games bundled together and offered at an extra-low sale price.
The Thrill Of Skateboarding From Your Couch
If you’re a fan of Tony Hawk or want the thrill of having his skill on a skateboard, check out these two skateboarding games that have been bundled together by Activision. This is your chance to experience all of the original game modes, and go head-to-head when experiencing the local 2-player modes. This game also offers the popular and updated Create-A-Park and Create-A-Skater features.
It’s Not A Real Party Unless It’s a Mario Party
Gamers of all ages can enjoy challenging friends and family in this classic Nintendo Switch game that features a cast of popular Nintendo characters, including Mario and Luigi. It’s loaded more than 80 mini-games for up to four players.
Tips For Buying A Nintendo Switch This Holiday Season
Keep an eye on popular retailers for sudden inventory replenishments. You might also want to follow some Twitter stars who are helping folks track down these next-generation consoles. For example, TechRadar-writer-turned-inventory-whisperer Matt Swider works tirelessly for the cause, so be sure to follow him and turn on Tweet notifications to get the jump on the latest buying opportunities.
To avoid getting scammed, refrain from ordering a Switch from an individual or no-name reseller on a site like eBay.com, unless you know that seller is reputable. And certainly stay away from anyone on social media claiming to be able to get you a Switch right away and at a non-premium price.
If you’re going the local marketplace route—such as Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp or Craigslist—confirm that what you’re buying is authentic, sealed and comes with a receipt if the seller claims it’s new.
Ultimately, if you want to get your hands on a Nintendo Switch OLED (or any Nintendo Switch model for that matter) anytime soon, patience, persistence, good timing and a bit of luck will be your keys to success.