Wii Sports proved to be an absolute hit when it arrived back in 2006, so it’s a surprise Nintendo took so long to offer something similar on the Switch. Still Nintendo Switch Sports is here, and Amazon is offering a small, but welcome, discount over the Black Friday weekend.
There are six sports to play in all: soccer, volleyball, bowling, tennis, badminton and Chambara. That last one is swordplay, in case you’re as confused as we were, and Golf is set to be added in the near future. Motion controls are back, thanks to the Switch’s Joy-Cons, meaning you can swing and kick to play — just as you would on a real sports field.
The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is one of the best Nintendo Switch accessories you can buy, and it’s not on sale very often. Today, however, you can get the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller for $48 at Walmart (opens in new tab). The device usually costs $70, so that’s a pretty significant discount.
It’s pretty rare to find a discounted Nintendo Switch console — and, to be fair, this isn’t exactly one of those. But if you wanted a Nintendo Switch Lite and a copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons to go with it, this is your chance to save $20 on the whole package.
Right now, you can get a Nintendo Switch Lite and Animal Crossing: New Horizons Bundle at Best Buy for $239 (opens in new tab), which is a respectable discount off of its usual $259 price. This is one of those “exactly what it says on the tin” deals, but if you want these two items anyway, here’s an easy way to get them together.
(Bear in mind, however, you could save another $10 if you simply buy a full-price Nintendo Switch Lite and Animal Crossing for $29 at Walmart (opens in new tab).)
The Switch is not as powerful as other modern gaming systems, and that’s often to the console’s detriment. However, it also makes the Switch a good home for ports – including the recent Nier Automata The End of Yorha Edition, which is available for $29 at Amazon (opens in new tab).
This Nier Automata port came out just last month, but it’s arguably the best edition of the game to play, since you can take it with you, and there are almost no performance or graphical limitations. We awarded the game 4.5 out of five stars in our Nier Automata The End of Yorha review, which is pretty high praise. If you’re planning to travel this holiday season, this could be an excellent plane/train/bus game.
It’s rare to find a good Nintendo Switch headset for less than $50, and it’s even rarer for such a headset to be wireless. But on Black Friday, you can get the Razer Barracuda X for just $49 at Amazon (opens in new tab). The device usually retails for $99, and a 50% discount is pretty significant.
In our Razer Barracuda X review, we praised the device’s versatile connectivity, comfortable design and intuitive controls. The sound quality is more “good” than “great,” but it’s about what you’d expect for $99 — and much better than you’d expect for $49. You can also hook up the device to PS4s, PS5s, PCs and most Android phones, making it a worthwhile accessory for a number of gaming platforms.
The more you play on your Switch, the more its limited built-in storage will fill up. If you’re looking to get a lot of games during the Black Friday sales, you may also want to consider a SanDisk 256GB microSD memory card, $19 at Amazon right now, that can plug in the back of your Switch to instantly expand its available storage.
There are plenty of different capacities for this card, ranging all the way up to a whole terabyte of space. Plus there are some cards that come branded with Nintendo-related images, but you don’t need those. We reckon the 256GB card is more than enough for most people, offering eight times the Switch’s regular storage and therefore acres of memory space for all your games.
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For a Switch game recommendation, how about the excellent co-op title It Takes Two, now $29 at Target (opens in new tab)?
In-game, you’ll play as either Cody or May trying to deal with whatever magic that’s turned them both into dolls and keeps throwing obstacles in their path. As players, you’ll be puzzling through multiple challenges that will require you and your co-op partner to work as an effective team. The good news is that if you don’t have anyone to play with locally, you can play the game online with a friend, even if they don’t own a copy of the game themselves.
- Nintendo Switch (Neon) with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe download code and 3 months Nintendo Switch Online: was $399 now $299 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
While it’s no cheaper than the bundle we offered earlier, we’re showing this Nintendo Switch (Neon) with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and 3 months of Switch Online for $299 at Walmart (opens in new tab) offer just in case the other sells out, or you’re looking to make the most of Walmart’s deals in particular due to a Walmart Plus membership, for example.
Like before, you get the regular Switch console along with a download code for the ridiculously fun Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and 3 months of Switch Online membership for access to online multiplayer and other benefits. It’s the perfect Switch starter kit for anyone who needs it.
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Holiday season can be hectic, so why not secure a more relaxing form of entertainment in the form of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, now $29 at Walmart (opens in new tab)?
In this game, you get a whole island to build on as you see fit, with the aim of attracting more residents. There are all sorts of structures and decorations to unlock, letting you design your little slice of paradise exactly to your own tastes. You can visit other users’ islands too if you want some inspiration or company too.
- Nintendo Switch w/ Mario Kart 8 & 3 months Nintendo Switch Online: $299 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Nintendo Switch console deals are generally few and far between, and for the past few years the only serious deal has been this one: A Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and a 3 month pass to Nintendo Switch Online for $299. Given the Switch retails for that price, it means Mario Kart and online access are essentially free.
Still if you need a new Switch, and don’t fancy the pricier OLED model, this is a bundle worth picking up. Especially if you don’t already have Mario Kart 8, which is a fantastic game to play by yourself or with friends.
If you’re looking for a game that’s a little more casual, then Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is worth checking out. It also happens to be $20 off the normal price, over at Best Buy, where you can pick up a copy for just $29. Though that doesn’t include DLC character packs, which will set you back $24 (opens in new tab).
It’s not that much different from the Lego games of old, but that’s part of the appeal. With its unique sense of humor, and the option to play through all three Star Wars trilogies, it’s offering something no other game can. Least of all the many hundreds of characters you can play as.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is, by far, the best game on Nintendo Switch — even after all this time. If you’ve yet to pick up a copy for yourself, now is the time to do so, because Walmart has knocked 50% off the price. That’s pretty incredible considering Nintendo games tend to stick pretty close to full price for their entire lifespan.
Breath of the Wild sees you take on the role of Link yet again, in his quest to save Hyrule from the dark machinations of Ganon. You’re dropped off in an expansive open world, populated with countless monsters and allies, with no memory of who you are or how you’re supposed to save the world. It’s up to you, the player to figure that out before the sequel, tears of the Kingdom, arrives next year.
We love the portability of the Nintendo Switch but there’s no denying it’s battery life isn’t the best. In our Nintendo Switch battery test we found that even the revised Switch model needs a recharge after less than five hours. That just won’t cut it when you’re facing a long flight or are utterly absorbed in one of the best Nintendo Switch games.
So it’s fortunate that the Anker PowerCore Nintendo Switch Edition is on sale for $64 at Amazon (opens in new tab). That’s only a small $5 discount but this essential Switch accessory is a worthwhile purchase at full price so any form of discount is welcome.
This officially-licensed portable charger comes with a 13400mAh capacity which is enough to charge your Switch 1.7 times, or for roughly 10 hours extra of playtime. It’s also a surprisingly small accessory that weighs less than the Nintendo Switch itself and can easily be thrown into a backpack or larger pocket.
If you’ve picked up a discounted Nintendo Switch in the Black Friday sales, you’ll likely want to score some of the best Nintendo Switch games next. And this massive Nintendo eShop sale (opens in new tab) will help you do just that with deals starting from just $9.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any Nintendo first-party games available for less than $10 but we are seeing big discounts on the likes of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury and The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD. Beloved indie games like Cult of the Lamb and Dead Cells are also included in this massive sale.
Our top pick of the hundreds of discounted titles? The recently-released Nintendo Switch port of Persona 5 Royal, which is 25% off. This portable version of one of the best JRPGs ever made is an essential Switch title that will easily steal 100+ hours of your time.
If you’re yet to purchase a Switch, or you want to upgrade from the handheld Switch Lite, then the Nintendo Switch OLED is a great option for you. Not only does it have a better display than the standard Switch, it also offers better sound, double the storage and an improved kickstand design.
It may not be on sale for Black Friday, but it can be yours for $349. U.K. buyers can pick one up for £279 (opens in new tab) — £30 less than the £309 launch price.
Though this isn’t the Nintendo Switch Pro that’s been rumored for some time. You still have the same 720p display and both the performance and battery life are pretty comparable to the standard Switch. But a Switch is a Switch, and as noted in our Nintendo Switch OLED review, that display is absolutely gorgeous. If you need a new Switch, this could well be your best option.
One of the newest and best games on Nintendo Switch is the long-awaited Bayonetta 3 — which is now $46 over at Amazon. While Bayonetta 3 isn’t a huge departure from its predecessors, it still takes what worked and refines it. That means we’re left with an ambitious action game, complete with all the same balletic combat and wacky characters fans will expect.
Difficulty can be rather intense, as we noted in our Bayonetta 3 review, though long-time fans will no doubt be familiar with that. Visual and performance issues are not uncommon either, which is primarily down to the Switch’s ageing hardware. Still if you’re looking for a new game to sink into, and one that’s unlike any other recent release, Bayonetta 3 is definitely worth picking up this Black Friday.
- Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing New Horizons Edition: $299 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Kicking off our Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals live blog is the Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing New Horizons edition for $299 at Best Buy. That’s the standard retail price for a brand new Switch, and it doesn’t come with any games. But there was a time when this console was rarer than a PS5.
Back in the pandemic days Nintendo Switch demand was at an all-time high, and Animal Crossing was the must-have game. Naturally everyone wanted this Special Edition console, complete with pastel green and blue Joy-Cons and a dock featuring Tom Nook and the Nooklings.
Thankfully those days are over, and the ACNH Switch is yours to purchase right now.