Black Friday tends to be one of the the best opportunities to find stellar deals on video games and gaming consoles, but even the biggest shopping holiday of the year was thrown for a loop after all the trials and tribulations we've been through in 2020. Just finding consoles like the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One X on store shelves has been much harder than usual this year, and actually finding one on sale or bundled with another product for some added value has felt nearly impossible since last holiday season.
Even if stores wanted to have great sales on these consoles, they wouldn't have many available to sell based on their stock of these items in recent months. However, if you're determined to buy a console like the Nintendo Switch this month, there are still several options out there that could get one in your hands within the next few days. Not all of them are worthy of being called Black Friday deals though.
Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle | $299.99 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Get the best Black Friday deal on a Nintendo Switch console right now at Walmart! This deal includes the console along with a digital game download of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as well as a three-month subscription to Nintendo Switch Online at no additional charge!
The best Black Friday deal on a Nintendo Switch console has actually already sold out at several retailers, including Best Buy (opens in new tab), Target (opens in new tab), and Amazon (opens in new tab), though it's likely that more stock may become available towards the end of the week. This bundle includes the Nintendo Switch console at its regular price of $299.99 while also including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and three months of Nintendo Switch Online at no additional charge for an added value of nearly $70. GameStop (opens in new tab) and Walmart (opens in new tab) are scheduled to offer this deal as well beginning November 25 at 7 p.m. ET.
If you're having trouble getting your hands on the main Black Friday deal, Best Buy has the console in stock at its regular price and there are a few other bundles available at retailers like Adorama and Walmart. However, some of these bundles raise the price of the items so you have to spend even more buying them this way. For instance, this Nintendo Switch Super Smash Brothers bundle (opens in new tab) at Walmart is available for $499.99 and includes the console, along with the game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and a handful of accessories.
Nintendo Switch bundles | $499.99 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
If you're willing to spend a bit extra, Walmart is selling other Nintendo Switch bundles for $499.99 each, which include the Nintendo Switch console as well as either Super Smash Brothers Ultimate or Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity along with a set of accessories similar to the ones found in the bundles above.
Considering the console sells for $300 and the game sells for $60 separately, there's no good way to spin the fact that Walmart wants you to pay an additional $140 for accessories that may cost less than $20 separately. Another bundle available at Walmart includes Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (opens in new tab) for the same price.
Meanwhile, you can find a better bundle over at Adorama on the limited edition Animal Crossing version of the console. It includes the special edition console along with the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a matching Animal Crossing carrying case, and a SanDisk 128GB microSD that's perfect for saving game data and digital game downloads, all for $449.99 (opens in new tab). Though that's still not exactly a deal, it's not as grossly overpriced as Walmart's bundles above are either.
Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing bundle | $449.99 at Adorama (opens in new tab)
Pick up the limited edition Animal Crossing edition of the Nintendo Switch console along with the game Animal Crossing: New Horizons at Adorama. You'll also snag a SanDisk 128GB microSD card with the purchase that's designed to save games and other data on the Nintendo Switch, as well as an Animal Crossing carrying case for your new console.
For the most affordable way to jump into gaming with a Nintendo Switch, consider the Nintendo Switch Lite! It is a totally portable model of the console that can play all the same games for $100 less! Plus you can get one for as low as $189.99 at Target (opens in new tab) when you use a Target RedCard at checkout. Then again, Best Buy has a great Switch Lite bundle to consider on sale for $239.97 which includes a travel case and a SanDisk 128GB microSD card.
Nintendo Switch Lite | As low as $189.99 at Target (opens in new tab)
Target currently has select models of the Nintendo Switch Lite in stock. Use a Target RedCard to save an extra $10 on the purchase today.
Alex is a recent graduate from the University of North Florida with a background in sales and merchandising. When he’s not hunting down the next great deals to post on Thrifter, he can be found posting music on his Soundcloud page and working on his eBay business.
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