Black Friday is the biggest sales event of the year: a now-global discount season that runs far beyond the single day it started as, and instead usually offers a full month of discounts across tech and more.
This year the day itself falls on Friday 25 November, followed by Cyber Monday on 28 November. But discounts have already started, and the best deals often run well before the ‘official’ Black Friday date.
The Switch has proved popular the last few years, with discounts across consoles, games, and accessories – not to mention great bundles that often include all three. There are even more options now that in addition to the regular Switch, buyers have the choice of the cheaper Switch Lite and premium Switch OLED.
Black Friday deals aren’t always all they’re cracked up to be, but the Switch is an exception. Nintendo hardware and games are rarely discounted officially, so you really do often see savings you never normally would any other time of the year. If you want to be sure, use tools like PriceSpy or the Amazon-specific CamelCamelCamel to double-check how much games and consoles have sold for in the past.
Best prices right now on Switch consoles
First up, check out our automated tools that pick out the best prices right now across a range of top stores on the Switch consoles themselves. Below that, you’ll find our curated lists of the best deals our editorial team have picked out in the US and UK.
Best Switch prices
Best Switch OLED prices
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Best Black Friday Switch deals in the US
These are the best offers we’ve seen so far in the US.
Nintendo Switch with 128GB Mario SanDisk microSD
Right now you can save $16.49 on this bundle which pairs an original 2017 Switch with an official Mario-themed 128GB microSD card from SanDisk for extra game storage.
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Amazon has 38% off this Lego Star Wars game for the Switch, which lets you play through the story of all nine main Star Wars movies
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Kart 8 may be a few years old, but discounts are still rare – so this 20% saving from Amazon is well worth snapping up.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond
This classic Pokémon game remake has dropped below the $50 mark at Amazon, letting you play one of the best all over again.
SanDisk 512GB Animal Crossing microSDXC card
Save 38% of the MSRP of this Animal Crossing-themed microSD card, which gives you an extra 512GB of storage for your Switch.
Best Black Friday Switch deals in the UK
These are the best savings we’ve seen so far in the UK.
Top Nintendo Switch Deals
Nintendo Switch + Animal Crossing New Horizons + Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Very is currently offering over £26 off this multi-game Switch bundle, which includes two of the most popular Nintendo titles: Mario Kart and Animal Crossing.
Nintendo Switch Lite + 128GB microSD card
If you like to download games from the Nintendo Store, this combination of a turquoise Switch Lite and a Nintendo-themed 128GB SanDisk microSD card for only a little more than the official price of the console alone should appeal to you.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Kart 8 may be a few years old, but discounts are still rare – so this 26% saving from Amazon is well worth snapping up.
Build Your Own Switch Bundle
Customise your own Switch bundle, including the console, a game, an online membership and an accessory. It’s not the cheapest way to get your hands on a Switch, but it’s Nintendo’s best bundle offering.
Nintendo Switch Lite
You can grab £5 off the Switch Lite right now, but note that the discount varies depending on the console colour.
Switch discounts: What to look for
First up, don’t get your hopes up for massive savings on the Switch. Blame the console’s popularity for that – people are still buying it year-round at full price, so even at Black Friday retailers don’t have much reason to slash prices in order to move stock.
The Switch OLED is also recent enough that heavy savings are unlikely, though the older Switch and Switch Lite should pop up more often in sales.
Still, there are discounts around every Black Friday if you know where to look. The consoles themselves won’t get massive reductions – usually not by more than $20/£20 – but a better bet is bundles, which offer the console alongside a game or extra accessories. Switch games can cost $60/£50 or more, so the saving if you buy a bundle can be much more than the discount on the Switch on its own.
And even if you don’t want all of the games in the bundle, you could always sell or trade in those games afterwards. We have some tips on how and where to do that here.
There are plenty of brilliant Switch games available, but our pick of the best include Animal Crossing, Metroid Dread and Super Smash Bros Ultimate, so deals on Switch bundles that include those are among the best. Check out our round-up of the best Nintendo Switch games for more.
For people who already own a Switch, you’ll find some discounts on individual games, too, and we’re collecting a few of those when we find them too.
Accessories are also a great option. The price of extra controllers was one of the big gripes a lot of people had with the console at launch, so we’ve seen offers trying to shift stock of controllers and other accessories including carry cases.
Also, remember that the Switch uses microSD cards for expandable storage and USB-C for power – there are loads of great offers on memory cards and portable power banks, so we’d definitely recommend looking now if you’re thinking of expanding your storage or grabbing a battery pack.
You should also take a look at auction sites like eBay, and second-hand sites like musicMagpie in the UK and Decluttr in the US that sell refurbished tech.