The best Black Friday deals for new and prospective Switch owners
The Nintendo Switch has had a solid 2019 heading into Black Friday. Nintendo doled out great exclusives to keep the console’s momentum going, including Pokemon: Sword and Shield, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and Astral Chain. The new Switch Lite has also given the Switch another burst of sales, as new players get into the smaller form factor and even current owners consider buying a secondary, more portable-friendly console. Surprisingly, you can find deals on the Switch Lite, new model Switch, first-party games, and accessories over the holiday weekend.
Some of the best deals are still available now, including an awesome discount on the Switch Lite and a Switch Lite bundle featuring Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield. Other console deals have sold out, so if you want to pick up a Switch or Switch Lite, you should act fast. You can still save plenty on first-party Switch games, but we expect these deals to sell out quickly as well.
Black Friday 2019 Deals & News
Nintendo Switch Lite (multiple colors) | $169
Nintendo Switch Lite deals will be rare this Black Friday, but if you’re looking to save some cash on the portable-only Switch, you’re in luck. Rakuten currently has the gray, turquoise, and yellow models discounted to $169 with promo code THANKS20.
Nintendo Switch Lite with Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield | $230
Ebay has a great deal on the Switch Lite right now. For $230, you can get a Switch Lite (yellow, gray, or turquoise) and your choice of Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield.
Nintendo Switch Lite (multiple colors) with $25 gift coupon | $200
GameStop will have a Nintendo Switch Lite deal, but you’ll have to wait until Saturday, November 30 to secure it. While the Switch Lite won’t be discounted from its $200 retail price, GameStop will give you a $25 gift coupon to spend in store when purchasing a yellow, gray, or turquoise Switch Lite on Saturday or Sunday.
Nintendo Switch (new model) | $250
Rakuten has the best deal on the Nintendo Switch with better battery life that released a couple of months ago. Starting today it will be available for $250–a full $50 off–with promo code THANKS20. The deal is currently sold out, but it’s a good enough deal that it might be worth keeping an eye on in case it comes back in stock, especially for Cyber Monday.
Nintendo Switch (new model) + Crash Team Racing + 12-month Switch Online Family Membership | $296
Google Shopping has pretty great Nintendo Switch bundle on sale right now. For $300, you’ll get the updated Nintendo Switch with better battery life, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled ($40 value), and a 12-month Nintendo Switch Online family subscription ($35 value). You may want to act fast on this one, because it’s a better bundle than the official Nintendo one. Use promo code 19PREBF12.
Nintendo Switch bundle with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe | $300
Nintendo Switch bundle with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – $300
No, we haven’t entered a time machine and gone back to Black Friday 2018. Nintendo is offering the same Nintendo Switch holiday bundle that was available last year. For $300, you can get the Switch and a digital copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The potential snag with this bundle? It’s the launch model Switch, which means you won’t get the upgraded battery that comes with the newer Switch model released a few months back. That said, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an incredible game that normally sells for about $50. The bundle is also be available at Walmart, Target, and Best Buy, though it’s already selling out at most places.
Nintendo Switch bundle with carrying case, charging dock, and $90 Kohl’s Cash | $320
Nintendo Switch, carrying case, charging dock, and $90 Kohl’s Cash – $320
One could argue this Switch bundle at Kohl’s is better than the official Nintendo offer. The $320 bundle will include the updated Switch with better battery life, a carrying case ($20 value), and the PowerA Joy-Con Charging Dock ($25 value). While that may not sound amazing, you’ll also get $90 in Kohl’s Cash with your purchase. It’s definitely a deal to consider, especially if you plan on doing some other holiday shopping at Kohl’s.
Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons (Gray or Neon Red/Blue) | $60
Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons – $60
Nintendo’s pricey Joy-Con controllers will be down to $60 on Black Friday at Best Buy, Target, and Amazon, which is a nice savings of $20.
Poke Ball Plus | $20
Poke Ball Plus Nintendo Switch Accessory – $20
The Poke Ball Plus can be used as a controller in 2018’s Pokemon: Let’s Go, but it can also be used to “hold” one of your Pokemon pals in Pokemon Sword and Shield and take them with you on the go (presumably to earn experience points or special items). It also gets you Mew, a mythical Pokemon that can be transferred into Pokemon: Let’s Go. So if you’re looking for a complementary gift to go with Sword and Shield, the Poke Ball Plus could be a solid option, and the price is right. It’s on sale at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and Target, but stores are starting to run out.
Nintendo Switch Online 12-month subscription | $15
Nintendo Switch Online 12-month subscription card – $15
A Nintendo Switch Online membership grants you access to online multiplayer, Tetris 99, and a huge library of classic SNES and NES games. Switch Online is also the only way to take advantage of cloud saves. The service is significantly cheaper than Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus already at $20, but Target is offering $5 off on 12-month Switch Online individual memberships this Black Friday.
SanDisk 128 GB microSDXC | $15
SanDisk 128GB microSDXC — $15
It’s quite easy to fill up the Switch’s 32GB onboard storage. Most Switch owners will need a microSD card sooner rather than later. GameStop has 128GB SanDisk microSDXC cards on sale for $15.
Astro A10 Breath of the Wild-themed wired headset | $35
Astro A10 headset — $35
Astro makes great gaming headsets. The A10, Astro’s budget Switch headset, is a solid wired headset that is available for $35 at GameStop and Amazon. As an added bonus, it has an alluring Breath of the Wild theme.
Pokemon Sword and Shield (both games) | $81
This is the best deal we’ve seen on Pokemon Sword and Shield. Google Shopping is currently selling Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield as a combo pack for $81 plus shipping with promo code NOVSAVE19. While this isn’t the official double pack, you’re still saving about $40 overall if you were to buy both games separately. It also comes with free shipping.
The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild | $30
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – $30
Certainly a contender for greatest game of all time, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild rarely drops lower than $45-$50 these days, and it’s still often sold at full price. This Black Friday, all major retailers will have Breath of the Wild for $40, but Target, Amazon, and Walmart are selling it for $30 for a limited time.
Super Mario Odyssey | $40
Super Mario Odyssey – $40
It’s-a me, a good deal-io. I’m terribly sorry for that, but the wonderful Super Mario Odyssey will also be steeply discounted this Black Friday. Like Breath of the Wild, it’ll be $40 at all major retailers. Walmart, Target, and Amazon had it for $30, but it sold out real fast.
Mario Tennis Aces | $40
Mario Tennis Aces – $40
I’m not going to mimic my favorite retired plumber for this one. That said, Mario Tennis Aces is a good Mario sports game, and the only one available on Switch at this time.
Splatoon 2 | $40
Splatoon 2 – $40
Though Splatoon 2 is more than two years old, it’s still one of the very best multiplayer games on Switch. In addition to its highly entertaining online multiplayer suite, it has a pretty good single-player campaign and a fun cooperative mode. It’s sold out for $30 at Walmart. You’ll also find Splatoon 2 on sale at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and Target for $40.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle | $15
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – $15
The zany, XCOM-esque Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is on sale a lot, usually for around $30. But if you haven’t pulled the trigger on any of the sale prices thus far, you can pick it up for the ridiculously low price of $15 this Black Friday at Best Buy and Target. It’s a charming and hilarious turn-based strategy game starring your favorites from the Mushroom Kingdom and Ubisoft’s extremely silly Rabbids.
Super Mario Party | $40
Super Mario Party – $40
Every Nintendo console needs at least one Mario Party game to ruin friendships and cause emotional anguish at every unlucky break. Super Mario Party, while not one of the best games in the series, is still a good party game to play with friends and family. It has numerous different game modes and puts some fun spins on the classic board game format. It’s $40 at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target this Black Friday, but Walmart might have it for $30 this weekend (it’s currently sold out but might come back in stock). Super Mario Party can only be played with one Joy-Con per person, so you may want to take advantage of the aforementioned Joy-Con deal if you pick up this game.
Octopath Traveler | $40
Octopath Traveler – $40
A lovingly-crafted ode to early-90s role-playing games, Octopath Traveler is one of the best turn-based games on Switch. The gorgeous art style features a clever blend of 2D sprites and 3D polygons and the combat is appropriately retro without feeling dated. For lovers of old-school Final Fantasy games, Octopath Traveler is a great buy at $40. You can find it at that excellent price at Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Amazon.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition | $45
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition for Switch – $45
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt only recently released on Nintendo Switch, but you can save $15 at Best Buy on Black Friday. Though Geralt’s brilliant third adventure doesn’t look quite as pretty on Switch, it’s still amazing that you can bring this massive action-RPG on the go with you. Since it’s the Complete Edition, you get all of the stellar DLC, too.
Diablo 3: Eternal Collection | $25
Diablo 3: Eternal Collection for Switch – $25
Diablo 3 just feels right on Nintendo Switch. Like The Witcher 3, Diablo 3 was a late port that came years after other console versions. Still, the game makes full use of the Switch’s hybrid console and handheld capabilities, delivering a rousing good action-RPG whether you’re playing it on the TV or in handheld mode. I played Diablo 3 on three platforms before picking up the Switch version, but I still managed to play it for 50 hours on Switch. Diablo 3: Eternal Collection is $25 at Walmart and Amazon.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze | $40
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – $40
The Switch granted new life to Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, one of best Wii U games. A traditional 2D Donkey Kong Country through-and-through, Tropical Freeze excels thanks to superb level design, interesting bosses, and challenging platforming sequences. Tropical Freeze is discounted to $40 at Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Amazon.
Indivisible – $15
The Switch version of Indivisible isn’t even out yet, but Target’s got the RPG/platformer hybrid available for $15 right now.
Source: Game Spot Mashup