Nintendo has officially rolled out its set of Black Friday deals for the year. While there’s no direct cashback on Switch hardware, the company is offering a new Switch OLED bundle that bundles the $350 console with a digital copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and a three-month Nintendo Switch Online individual membership at no additional cost. The console’s Joy-Con controllers feature a Smash Bros.-thematic design as well. This bundle is available at several retailers, including Walmart, Target, GameStop, Best Buy, and Nintendo’s own online store.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Typically retails for $50-$60 and the Switch Online subscription costs $8, so that’s about what you’re saving here. We’ve seen the console cost less, but if you were planning to give Smash Bros. Suddenly, there are much worse options for a free pack-in game. Although Ultimate was released in 2018, we still consider it the quintessential Nintendo console fighter, and it currently holds a spot on our list of best Switch games.
Speaking of which, Nintendo also discounted a handful of its own Switch titles. Some notable ones include the cute adventure game Luigi’s Mansion 3 up to $40, the 3D platform game Kirby and the Forgotten Land to a new low of $42 and the 2D platformer Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Frost to a new low of $30. (Spot the memes.) Luigi’s Manor And Tropical gel are both included in our roundup of the best couch co-op games, while Forgotten land is part of our aforementioned list of the best overall Switch games. Elsewhere, the RPG Xenoblade 3 Chronicles is on sale for $40, while Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe And Mario Strikers: Battle League are each available for a minimum of $30. A few of these deals aren’t all-time lows – and it’s hard to call games like Battle League And Return to dreamland essential – but each is at least a little cheaper than usual.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (digital)
Among the Switch games that are not published by Nintendo (in America), the turn-based strategy game Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is on sale for $15, the recently released Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 is $20 off $40 and the hardcore RPG Shin Megami Tensei V is back to an all-time low of $20. Some other acclaimed RPGs in Persona 5 Royale And Octopath Traveler II are also on sale for $25 and $39, respectively. (Though you can get the PS5 version of the latter for $9 less.)
The Nintendo eShop, meanwhile, is now offering a “Cyber Deals” sale until December 3. Most of the deals mentioned above are also available there, but other highlights include Portal Companion Collection (which includes the greatest puzzles of all time Portal And Portal 2) for $6.79, the moving management simulation Spiritual traveler for $7.49, the retro platformer The messenger for $5, the beat-em-up Streets of Rage 4 for $12.49 and the superbly written Kentucky Route Zero And Disco Elysée for $12.49 and $14, respectively. All of these prices are the lowest prices yet for the Switch versions of each game.
Unfortunately (and perhaps predictably), many of Nintendo’s latest hits aren’t officially part of these sales, so we don’t expect to see deep discounts on 2023 games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Realm, Pikmin 4 Or Super Mario Bros. Wonder. Staples is technically listed Zelda And Wonder for $40 each, but neither game is in stock as of this writing. You can also get $5 off Wonder at GameStop if you order online and pick up in store, although it’s not a good deal. The oldest Super Mario Odyssey And The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are on sale for $40 each, although Walmart says both will be available for $30 on November 22, so it’s worth the wait if you haven’t played either yet.
There is also a bundle combining a set of red and blue Joy-Cons with a digital copy of Super Mario Party for $100. Since controllers typically cost $80, the deal effectively brings the game down to $20. That’s about $30 less than it usually costs on its own. It should be noted that this is not the last Mario Party game, however – that would be Mario Party Superstars, released two years ago. Still, if you want to play a few new maps and need a set of Joy-Cons anyway, it might be worth it.
Super Mario Party + Red and Blue Joy-Con Pack
If you’d rather not pay for the Switch OLED, Nintendo also sells vacation packages for the standard Switch and Switch Lite. The systems themselves aren’t any cheaper, at $300 and $200 respectively, but the Switch is available with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and that same Switch Online subscription at various retailers, while the Switch Lite now comes with Animal Crossing: New Horizons at Walmart and Target.
These bundles have been available for a few weeks and the games included are once again older – Mario Kart arrived in 2017, while Animal crossing hit in 2020. The Mario Kart The particular bundle deal is one that Nintendo offers pretty much every holiday season, so it’s not an amazing deal. Still, both titles tend to sell for between $40 and $50, and both are included in our Switch game buying guide. If you’re late to the Switch train, these are good places to start.
The big downside to all of this is that we may be nearing the end of the Switch’s lifecycle. The original console arrived almost seven years ago, and various reports suggest we’ll likely see some sort of follow-up in 2024. A recent Eurogamer The report, for example, states that Nintendo demoed a possible “Switch 2” for developers in August. If you’re not dying to catch up on those Switch games you’ve missed, it might be wise to wait.
That said, the Switch library remains excellent. If you (or your child) were looking to finally jump on the bandwagon, these deals offer at least a little extra value – although we would have preferred to see more substantial discounts on consoles at this point.
Nintendo Switch + Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Bundle
Nintendo Switch Lite + Animal Crossing: New Horizons Pack
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