The best Nintendo Switch deals: where to pre-order the new portable console

Like what you've seen so far? Read on to find out where you can get the best Nintendo Switch pre-order deals.

As the March 3 release date for the Nintendo Switch draws closer we're already busy tracking down the latest pre-orders for you. We wouldn't expect much difference between stores in price around launch if we're honest, but we'll list as many Nintendo Switch deals as we can find from reliable retailers. That way you can pick from your favourite, which is especially handy if you're planning on bagging a hefty amount of loyalty points at some stores.

Thanks to our automatically-updating price comparison charts, if a retailer does opt for a cheeky discount, you'll see it below. As retailers open up orders for Nintendo Switch bundles with extra games and controllers, we'll give the best ones a shout in this article too. Note: US stock is sold out for now, so US deals may not appear below.

The latest Nintendo Switch pre-order deals:

The best Nintendo Switch deals

As with any new console launch there will be bundles available containing extra controllers or games. You need to be careful though as not all bundles actually save you money. The worse offenders we've seen actually charge more than buying the items separately! Take a look below though to our growing collection of the best Nintendo Switch bundle deals though:

UK: Get the Switch and the Pro Controller together (and save £10) by using this special offer for £334.98 @ Tesco

UK: There's a similar deal available with an extra pair of Joy-Con controllers. Save a tenner with this £244.98 Nintendo Switch deal @ Tesco

Nintendo Switch Q&A

As with any new console announcement we imagine you're wanting to know a bit more about the console before you put any money down. So in addition to finding the best Nintendo Switch deals, we're going to help bring in answers to the burning questions. We'll update this page regularly with fresh info as we learn it.

What are the Joy-Con controllers?

The Joy-Con controller is actually a pair of controllers that attach to the sides the the Nintendo Switch when not in use or when playing in tablet form away from the TV. 

When playing the Nintendo Switch on the TV though, you can remove them and play with one in each hand. The left hand  gets a controller with an analogue stick and d-pad, the right hand handles the one with a second analogue stick and the usual A, B, X and Y face buttons.

What's the Joy-Con Grip controller?

The Joy-Con Grip is an additional accessory that joins the two Joy-Con controllers together, forming something something a bit more solid for you to hold thanks to the extended handles and plastic block between the two sides. The square dimension form-factor may remind older gamers of the Dreamcast controller, while everyone else will mainly be thinking how it resembles an odd-looking dog face. Nintendo is providing one in the box with the Nintendo Switch, so you won't have to buy one separately.

Is there a Nintendo Switch Pro controller?

Yes and it doesn't come with the console. But you won't actually need one to play certain games, so don't feel pressured in to buying one. The Nintendo Switch Pro controller is a more traditional-style pad and will launch alongside the Nintendo Switch on March 3rd. Pre-order prices aren't cheap though, starting at $69.99/£64.99. We've seen no word of  Nintendo Switch Premium Edition console with one included yet.

Do I need to buy extra controllers for multiplayer on Nintendo Switch?

Possibly not! Remember how the Joy-Con controller splits in two? Turn them sideways and you get two basic controllers, each with their own analogue stick and face buttons - the D-pad will act as face functions on the left controller. So far we've seen 2K's NBA series and Mario Kart being used this way for local multiplayer in both docked and tablet modes. So you'll get multiplayer functionality straight out of the box with no additional purchase required.

However, if you want to play four-player games, then you're going to need to invest in an extra pair of Joy-Con controllers or some Pro controllers. We'd buy the Joy-Cons as a pair (see our comparison chart above) as you'll save a bit of cash over buying them separately. Better yet, if your friends have any extra controllers, ask them to bring them to the party!

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