When the Nintendo Switch launched earlier this year, it sold out everywhere and has since been so popular that few deals or offers have been available for the console or its games.
That could be about to change, however, with Black Friday around the corner. On 24 November, many retailers online and on the high street will be discounting items across the board and we'd be surprised if there wasn't some keen Nintendo Switch bargains to be had.
That's why we've put together this handy guide on the console and the types of deals that might be available.
What is the Nintendo Switch?
The Nintendo Switch is a different kind of console to its peers. Launched in spring 2017, it is both a home games console and a portable one, with a tablet-like screen and attachable Joy-Con controllers for play when out and about. It has a dock to plug it into your home TV when not.
The same games can either be played on the 6.2-inch built-in display or any HDMI-enabled TV, with graphics switching from 720p to up to 1080p respectively.
The clip-on Joy-Con controllers can also be attached to the sides of a Grip accessory to make a gamepad or you can buy a Pro controller separately.
Why buy a Nintendo Switch?
What makes the Nintendo Switch attractive is that it is completely different to all the other games consoles out there. It is equally at home at, er, home as it is when in travel mode. And because the same games work no matter which form of play you adopt, you can carry on where you left off wherever you go.
In addition, the Joy-Con controllers have motion capabilities, so you can use them for motion games, much like the Wii Remotes on Wii and Wii U. That adds an element to play that other games machines don't offer. And finally, each Joy-Con even doubles as a mini controller in its own right, so you can play two-player games without having to buy any additional accessories.
Like Nintendo consoles in general, the best games are usually exclusive to the platform. Super Mario Odyssey has wowed us here at Pocket-lint recently, for example, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is also considered by many to be one of the games of the year. Both are only available for Switch.
What Nintendo Switch bundles should you look for?
Like other games consoles, the best bargains could come from game bundles. Considering the Switch's brief existence so far, and relative stock shortages, it is unlikely you will get the console for much cheaper than the RRP even on Black Friday. However, you may get several extra games bundled with a new machine.
At full price, the console itself costs around £280 without games. That is unlikely to drop much, but you could find that a game or two is added to the mix by retailers, such as Game and Amazon.
At present, there are game and Switch bundles available from both, but you will have to pay a premium.
For example, the Super Mario Odyssey edition console, with red Joy-Cons and the game included, costs £329 from Amazon.co.uk. What you could find on Black Friday is that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is chucked in as well for the same price.
Cheaper Black Friday deals will likely include the standard console plus earlier game releases, such as Super Bomberman R and Nintendo's own 1-2-Switch.
Other deals that are already available include:
- Nintendo Switch (neon) plus Lego Worlds and Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition for £299.99 (down from £337.97)
- Nintendo Switch (grey) plus Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and two official Joy-Con steering wheels for £333.84
How much will the Nintendo Switch cost on Black Friday?
As explained above, we doubt the Switch itself will drop from its £280 price point on the day. You are more likely to get the bargains with added games and/or accessories.
What Nintendo Switch accessories will be included in Black Friday deals?
Like with the console itself, Nintendo rarely drops the prices of its official accessories during sale periods. There are, however, plenty of third-party carry cases and other accessories that we'd expect to be listed in retailers' Black Friday deals.
There are plenty of carry cases available for the Switch, for example. Amazon already offers the Orzly Carry Case, with room for spare Joy-Cons, games, leads and the console itself, for just £12.99 - down from £29.99. That will be hard to beat on Black Friday but it's possible.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, when played on Joy-Cons, also lends itself well to steering wheel controls, which work even better when housed in an official wheel accessory. You can already get the Yontex two-pack of wheels for just £7.99 on Amazon. But we'd expect even cheaper deals on Black Friday.
It's worth checking retailers for any price drops on the Pro Controller too. Considering Nintendo's own wireless version costs £55, any bargain in this area is well worth seeking out.
Amiibo deals are certain to be on the cards too.
Nintendo Switch microSD card deals
Speaking of cards, considering the Nintendo Switch requires the use of a microSD card if you want to store several games on your console, there will be plenty of opportunity to snag a deal for storage.
MicroSD cards are often included in Black Friday sales, especially on Amazon.
The Switch is compatible with microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC cards up to UHS-I in spec. That covers many of the cards already available and if you aren't too worried about the maximum speeds, you can get a real bargain.
Indeed, you can currently get a microSDXC card with 64GB of storage for just £20.99 from Amazon.
The best deals could come with 128GB microSD cards, however. Amazon currently lists a SanDisk version for £40.99 - the one we use on our Switch - but, you might find better bargains on Black Friday.
Nintendo Switch Black Friday games deals
Lastly, there are bound to be deals on the games themselves, especially those released in spring at the console's launch.
Considering Switch games tend to cost more than £40 and maintain their value for a long time, anything below that has to be seen as a bargain.
We'd expect Nintendo itself to have a sale period on its digital eShop, accessible through the console. It has done so for Halloween, with discounts on digital only games, so there's every reason to think it will have similar for Black Friday.