Nintendo doesn’t do major discounts on its games or consoles the way everyone else does, but Black Friday is one of the rare times we see some cracks in that usually-unbreakable levy. Though the company’s Black Friday page says you can “check back soon for more deals,” we’re pretty sure we know what the company has in store for the long Thanksgiving weekend, as major retailers like Target, Walmart, and Best Buy have already shown off what kinds of discounts we can expect. It’s a bit of a bummer one the hardware front, unfortunately; we’re not seeing too many deals on the regular Switch console, though there some bundles that will shave off a few dollars from the full price. The only big console bundle packs in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with the older, less battery-efficient model, which is a bummer for those looking to get the latest Nintendo hardware. If anything, it’s surprising we’re seeing any discounts on the Switch Lite, since that version of the console is more recent.
As expected, everything that’s already been announced has now been complemented by Nintendo’s Black Friday Eshop sale, which includes a huge number of digital Switch and 3DS games. This includes many of the platform’s biggest games from Nintendo and other publishers, as well as a ton of terrific indie games. You’ll find everything from Divinity: Original Sin II on Switch to Persona Q2 on 3DS on sale.
Prior to that, Nintendo’s Black Friday Eshop sale for Europe already went live and includes the expected discounts on a mix of first- and third-party games. Among them are Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Cadence of Hyrule, and Dragon Quest Builders 2, all of which will be 30% off.
Black Friday 2019 Deals & News
In terms of Nintendo’s official lineup of deals, first up is an assortment of Nintendo Switch games. Normally sold for $60, the following games will be available for $40 (33% off) at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Walmart, though supplies have quickly proven to be limited. Make sure to check your local retailer. If you’re not in a hurry, you can browse their online pages and be more likely to find a great discount.
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Super Mario Party
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Splatoon 2
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
- Mario Tennis Aces
- Kirby Star Allies
- Octopath Traveler
- Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
While Nintendo’s page says these games will be available for $40, Target’s Black Friday ad has The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Tennis Aces, and Super Mario Odyssey for only $30 each as limited-time doorbuster deals. We’ve seen these listings pop up online, but they tend to sell out as soon as we see them, so your mileage will vary. Also, please note that more games may be on sale as well, but the Nintendo website only confirms the above titles. Finally, if you prefer to buy games digitally, the Nintendo Eshop’s deals has plenty of neat deals, though none of them are selling marquee games for $30.
Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers are also getting a discount during Black Friday. Normally sold for $80 a pair, you’ll be able to pick up a new pair of either gray or neon red and blue Joy-Cons for $60 (25% off). This offer will be available at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target.
For those who play Pokemon Go or the Pokemon: Let’s Go Switch games, the Poke Ball Plus is a handy accessory for storing and catching Pokemon. It also comes with Mew, a mythical Pokemon that you can transfer into Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu or Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee. Normally sold for $50, the Poke Ball Plus will be on sale for just $20 (60% off) at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Walmart.
Finally, if you were hoping for a price drop on the Nintendo Switch itself, you might be out of luck. Nintendo is offering the Switch bundled with a free digital copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for its full price of $300. If you have a good memory, you might recall this is the exact same bundle offered during Black Friday 2018. The difference this year, however, is that an upgraded Switch model with better battery life has since been released, but this particular bundle includes the original model without that improvement.
That said, if you’re interested in Mario Kart and don’t mind forgoing the extra battery life, this is still a solid deal. While not included in Nintendo’s Black Friday game deals, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe usually goes for around $50 on Amazon and elsewhere, so you’re saving a good wad of cash on this bundle. The console deal will be available at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Walmart starting Thursday, November 28.
Nintendo’s Black Friday 2019 deals
- Select Nintendo Switch games — $40 (
- Joy-Con controllers (Gray, Neon Red and Blue) — $60 (
- Poke Ball Plus accessory — $20 (
- Nintendo Switch with free copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — $300
More Black Friday 2019 Deals
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- Best Buy Black Friday 2019 Deals
- Target Black Friday 2019 Deals
Source: Game Spot Mashup