With the holiday shopping season now upon us and Black Friday deals rolling out early, right now is the best time of the year to purchase new video games, consoles, and accessories. And one of the most popular systems this year — not to mention one that has been out of stock frequently throughout 2020 — is the popular Nintendo Switch. To help you get your hands on one, we’ve compiled a handy guide detailing the Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals available right now on the console itself, plus games and accessories, along with a buying guide to help you choose which of the two Switch systems to buy.
There are plenty of other great Black Friday gaming deals going on as the holidays approach, and they aren’t just on the Switch. We’ve also put together similar guides for the best Black Friday Xbox One deals and Black Friday PS4 deals if you’re looking for more than just Nintendo savings in 2020.
Best Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals
If you absolutely cannot wait until after Thanksgiving to purchase your Nintendo Switch, then you’ll be pleased to know that multiple retailers are launching their Black Friday sales early and you can already find plenty of savings on games, consoles, and accessories right now:
How to choose a Nintendo Switch during Black Friday
There are two variants of the Nintendo Switch on the market: The standard system which you can play on both your TV in docked mode or in handheld mode using only the console itself, and the Nintendo Switch Lite, which is the cheaper handheld-only model. Unless the price is your only consideration, the choice between the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite should be a relatively easy one that comes down to whether or not you want to play your Switch games on your television. Note that there is no way to hook your Switch Lite up to a TV — there are no cables or third-party adapters that let you do so, as the Switch Lite’s internal hardware isn’t even capable of transmitting video and audio to an external source. The Switch Lite runs only in handheld mode.
There are some smaller differences to note as well. Unlike the standard Nintendo Switch console, the Switch Lite does not feature removable Joy-Con controllers (it’s assembled as a single unit). That said, there are no gaps between the two when it comes to internal specs. Both systems run on the same hardware and can play the same games except for a few titles that don’t support handheld mode — like Ring Fit Adventure or Super Mario Party — as this is how the Switch Lite works (there is no docked mode at all). However, if you have spare Joy-Cons, you can still connect them to the Switch Lite for playing games that require separate controllers.
Nintendo is notoriously stingy when it comes to discounting the Nintendo Switch, even during these big seasonal sales. The company tends not to offer direct savings on the console itself but instead rolls out Switch systems bundled with free games and accessories that are a great way to save. Keep an eye out for these bundle offers, as they may prove to be the easiest way for you to score a great Black Friday Nintendo Switch deal this holiday shopping season.
When to shop Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals
Most big tech retailers have already launched their Black Friday sales for this year. If you’ve been looking to get your hands on this popular Nintendo console, the time is now. There are already a ton of discounts available on Nintendo Switch games and accessories and there’s no telling if these items will still be in stock come Black Friday. The console itself also sells out pretty quickly, so waiting until Black Friday won’t do you any good. Don’t worry about the price — with Black Friday price guarantees in place you’ll be sure to get your product at the best price possible.
If you do decide to wait to shop these Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals you run the risk of not getting your new gaming gadget in time for the holidays. With delivery dates now pushed back till the end of the month, your best bet is to shop any tech products right now. We’ve looked high and low and rounded up the best Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals available to make your shopping experience easier. Don’t wait any longer — shop now!
Where to find the best Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals
- Amazon Black Friday: Amazon has been one of the few places you could actually find a Switch this year, so keep a close watch on these Holiday Dash deals that will be running daily through November 19. Amazon is also among the best online outlets to shop for Black Friday Nintendo switch deals on games and accessories.
- Best Buy Black Friday: The Best Buy Black Friday Sale ad has already dropped and features plenty of video game bargains. These include some Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals on microSD cards and games like Katamari Damacy Reroll and Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes.
- Target Black Friday: Target is currently running a ” buy two, get one free” offer on select Nintendo Switch games right now.
- Walmart Black Friday: Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals have been more scarce at Walmart so far, but the good news is that even if it’s not on sale, the console (both the standard Switch and the handheld-only Switch Lite) has been in stock lately at its usual price. Keep your eyes on the Walmart Black Friday Sale, however, as this big-box store will be dropping new deals every weekend before Thanksgiving.
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