outside retail In holidays like Black Friday and Amazon Prime Day, there aren’t a ton of great discounts on Nintendo’s consoles — the Switch, Switch OLED, and Switch Lite. This is partly due to their popularity, the ongoing global pandemic and its supply chain, as well as Nintendo’s reluctance to discount its products frequently.
But if you manage to find them on sale, which one should you choose? We have advice that can help, as well as the best ways to take one. Below are all the best Nintendo Switch deals and bundles we found. We’ve rounded up the best Switch games as well as the accessories you want to get you started. Read our Switch tips and tricks to get the most out of your console.
Updated October 2021: We’ve added the Switch OLED, broken down the differences between all three models, and refreshed the rest of the guide.
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When the Switch came out, in 2017, there was only one model. Now there are three, and choosing the right one can be confusing if you’re not up to speed with how they all differ. Let’s sort through each.
It’s the cheapest switch (8/10, Nerdshala Recommended), but it’s also pretty limited in its capabilities. It is a unit, so the controllers are not detachable. It can’t be docked to a TV, which means you’re only able to play it in handheld mode. It’s the smallest and lightest of the three models, which makes it great for travel, but also means it has the smallest touchscreen: 5.5 inches. If none of this is a problem for you, the $100 you save is worth it. You won’t be able to play some games that require motion control, such as super mario party, unless you decide to buy Joy-Con controllers and pair them with the system (you’ll also need some sort of kickstand). To see if a game works well on the Switch Lite, look for the “Handheld Mode” icon on the eShop or on the back of the physical game box.
The next step up is the standard Switch (7/10, Nerdshala recommendation) that’s been selling like hotcakes since 2017. Technically, Nintendo refreshed the Switch in 2019 with slightly better battery life, but otherwise the system is pretty much the same. It has a built-in kickstand on the back of the LCD display to prop it up, a Joy-Con controller that you can detach, and a dock you can hook up to seamlessly transition your TV from hand to big screen .
The new Switch OLED (8/10, Nerdshala Recommends) is very similar to the original Switch, but its upgrade easily makes it worth an extra $50. Most notable, naturally, is the screen. Unlike LCD screens in the other two models, OLED panels have pixels that light up and turn off individually, allowing truer blacks and better color contrast. Your games will look great. The display is also larger — 7 inches versus the standard Switch’s 6.62 inches — but the smaller border around the screen means the two are almost identical in size.
If OLED hasn’t sold you, the kickstand will. The original Switch’s kickstand is underpowered, hard to open, and doesn’t really balance the display perfectly. On OLED, the kickstand spans the entire length of the console. You can also adjust it so that the screen sits at different angles. It is much more stable and versatile. Additional improvements include 64GB of storage instead of the original 32GB, slightly better audio quality, and an Ethernet port in the dock, so you can connect it to your router for faster Internet speeds without using a separate dongle. Like on the original Switch.
For Nintendo newbies, go for the Switch OLED. For anyone with an OG Switch, upgrading to OLED is a tough choice, especially since there hasn’t been any performance improvement. You’re still playing at 720p in the handheld (1080p and 60 frames per second when docked). If you play exclusively in docked mode, the upgrade doesn’t make sense. But if your older model has seen heavy handheld use and is suffering from poor battery life, it may be worthwhile.
The basic Switch is normally $299, and most top-tier games cost $60, whether you buy a physical cartridge or a digital copy. Some people are experiencing problems with the “drifting” of the Joy-Con controllers, which is when characters on the screen move without touching your joystick. Should you face it, Nintendo will address the issue.
Make sure you buy the 2019 Nintendo Switch (Model No.) HAC-001(-01)) with better battery life. Its box is completely red at the front except for the white Switch logo and console. The background of the old box is white, and you should avoid it.
- $300. for Nintendo Switch: Amazon’s shipping is delayed, but this console isn’t price-based. It’s ready to ship in late November or as more stock becomes available. If you don’t have a spare microSD card, we recommend this bundle, which includes 128 GB of external storage. If you’re planning on getting a lot of digital games, you’ll quickly run out of space, so a microSD card is essential.
- Nintendo Switch animal cross $300. version for: This special-edition console has been hard to find in stock at a reasonable price since its launch. Best Buy has it at the right price, and So GameStop. Confusingly, a copy of the game is not included in the bundle, but you can find it here heroine, aim, GameStop, And best Buy, among other retailers.
- Select Nintendo Switch games for up to $20 off: Since most bundles don’t come with the game, it’s a good way to fill up your library at a discount. Most Nintendo games remain at their original $60 price, but here you can find select games that are sometimes up to $20, which is often the best deal for first-party titles.
The Switch OLED just came out, and has a starting price of $349, just $50 more than the original Switch. Like the OG model, you can get it with red and blue Joy-Cons, or you can get it exclusively in black and white. The white model is selling out fast, so if you don’t care about appearance, the red/blue model will be easier to find. If you are having trouble finding either of the two, you can use a service like julert to receive notifications When it’s back in stock.
At the time of publication, the Switch OLED is out of stock at most retailers, but shipments are arriving occasionally. You might be in luck at a brick-and-mortar store, as some retailers seem to Prioritizing Personal Selling On order online (even if you preordered months in advance). If you see an option to pre-order, do it as soon as possible because shipping delays mean you may not get the system until November or December.
- $350. OLED Models for Nintendo Switch: retailers such as Amazon, aim, And best Buy These are the best places to look for consoles at the moment. These are the basic package without any additional games or accessories, and are likely to remain so since this model is so new.
- $330. OLED Models (White) for Pre-Owned Nintendo Switch: They’re somewhat rare, but GameStop occasionally gets units when customers change their mind. Pre-owned units aren’t likely to be of much use, as the Switch OLED is very new, and buying pre-owned will be one of the few ways to save a little money for a while.
The Nintendo Switch Lite usually costs $199, but it plays mostly the same games. Check the “handheld mode” sign on games to see if they are (most are) playable on the system. It comes in turquoise, yellow or brown. We break down the differences here.
- $199. For Nintendo Switch Lite (Turquoise, Grey, or Yellow): It’s not on sale, but it’s also not overpriced. Depending on which color you choose, you may have to wait for your order to ship. we advise Pick up a console paired with a cheap microSD card If you don’t have extra floats.
These links take you to the retailer page where you can find the Nintendo Switch if you’re looking for something more specific or can’t find it in stock. You can also often find secondhand units on eBay or the Facebook Marketplace. We have a guide to shopping safely on eBay that you should check out before buying from a private seller.
We don’t always recommend refurbished units, but Nintendo has a good track record, and some of us at the Wired team have bought refurbished consoles. They all come with a 1-year warranty, just like you would get with a new Switch. It’s not a huge discount, but you can save a few bucks. Some of these are currently sold out, but you can provide your email address so that you can be notified when inventory is full.
- Refurbished Nintendo Switch with Gray Joy-Cons ($260)
- Refurbished Nintendo Switch with Blue/Red Joy-Cons ($260)
- More Updated Switch Hardware
it’s all in us Best Nintendo Switch Accessories GuideBut to get you started, here are some items you should really get. A large microSD card storage capacity means you can store a ton of games, and a screen protector is always a good idea. On the Switch OLED, Nintendo has a film protecting the glass on the display—you need No remove it.