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Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals 2022: early sales and predictions

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Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals are usually a dime a dozen over what can be an intense sales period. But we’re here to help you make sense of it all.

We’re expecting some excellent Black Friday deals on the Nintendo Switch this November. Last year we had discounts on console bundles, and big reductions on the best Nintendo Switch games. There were even some surprises, like savings on the newly released Nintendo Switch OLED.

While Black Friday is a great time for Nintendo Switch deals for both the console and its games, it’s a good idea to make a plan ahead of November 25. That’s because, according to Statista, Nintendo Switch was far and away the most searched product around last year’s Black Friday sales period - even more than the PS5 and Apple’s AirPods. This means deals can sell out fast, so you should know what you’re looking for going in. 

Today's best Nintendo Switch sales

If you can’t wait until November’s Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals, the following sites across the US and UK often have great discounts on consoles, bundles, accessories, and games.

US Nintendo Switch sales

UK Nintendo Switch sales

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Nintendo Switch: $299.49 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Nintendo Switch has been tough to buy since Black Friday, but there's now stock of both the Neon and Gray consoles at Amazon.

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Nintendo Switch OLED (White): $347.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
It's now easier than ever to find the OLED in stock. Deals are a little light on the ground right now, but we expect them to ramp up as we edge closer to Black Friday.

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Nintendo Switch: £251.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
This is a pretty decent pre-Black Friday deal on the Nintendo Switch at Amazon UK. It's far from the lowest price we've ever seen for the console, but a good indication that steeper drops are on the way this sales period.

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Nintendo Switch | Animal Crossing New Horizons: £296 at Very (opens in new tab)
This bundle has previously been as low as £279 at Currys but it's now available without a small discount from Very. It's still one of the better Nintendo Switch bundles available to buy this week as it comes with a copy of the joyful lifestyle sim Animal Crossing New Horizons. There may not be a grand saving but you do get one of the console's most popular games.

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Nintendo Switch + Pikmin 3 Deluxe: £269.99 at Game (opens in new tab)
Get a Nintendo Switch neon console plus the fabulous Pikmin 3 Deluxe effectively thrown in for just £10 with this great bundle at Game. With the Switch likely to be one of the hottest gifts this Christmas, this is a great chance to secure the console while stocks last.

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Nintendo Switch OLED (White) | Metroid Dread: £359.98 £349.98 at Very (opens in new tab)
Save £10
– There's a small £10 discount on this Nintendo Switch OLED bundle at Very - but it's slightly misleading. The latest version of the popular console is usually priced at £309, so you're effectively getting a copy of Metroid Dread for just £40. That said, we have seen the game for £30 at some stores, so while still a good discount, it's not as big a saving as it really makes itself out to be.

Should you wait for a Black Friday Nintendo Switch deal?

We will see some excellent Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals this year, but you shouldn’t wait for the day if you’re planning on sniping a bargain. Nintendo Switch discounts sprout up throughout the year and can fluctuate pretty wildly.

Discounts on the Nintendo Switch consoles themselves can be rare, but we have seen them dip in prior years to as low as $259 / £229 at Amazon, for example. We’ll regularly be checking up on all the big retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy ahead of Black Friday for all the best deals so you won’t have to.

Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals: our predictions

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When will the best Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals start in 2022?

You’ll very likely be able to nab some great Nintendo Switch discounts before Black Friday 2022 even begins. We’re already seeing Nintendo Switch deals in the US and UK. Over at Amazon UK, for example, the regular Switch has dropped to £251.99. Not the lowest price we’ve ever seen for Nintendo’s handheld hybrid, but it does demonstrate that price drops can happen frequently.

In the US, Best Buy has discounts on refurbished consoles too, if you don’t mind purchasing second-hand. Over in the UK, Currys has some excellent bundles that include the Nintendo Switch console, a handful of games, and a microSD card for storage.

Where will the best Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals be?

We’ll be hunting down all the best Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals throughout October and November. But if you’d like to do a bit more digging for yourself, the following US and UK retailers are the ones we’d recommend for the best discounts around.

Top US retailers
Amazon: regular flash deals on Switch bundles and top games (opens in new tab)
Best Buy: a range of discounts on Switch games and accessories (opens in new tab)
Walmart: often has at least one excellent standout Switch bundle (opens in new tab)
GameStop: multiple offers on consoles, games, accessories and more (opens in new tab)

Top UK retailers
Amazon: best prices for Switch bundles with many different games (opens in new tab)
Argos: limited stock but regularly has significantly reduced games (opens in new tab)
Currys: usually offers a wide range of different console bundles (opens in new tab)
Nintendo Store: regularly includes freebies with its Switch bundles (opens in new tab)
Very: offers a wide variety of Switch bundles with multiple top games (opens in new tab)

How good will this year’s Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals be?

We’re expecting this year’s Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals to be even better than those in 2021, particularly on the Nintendo Switch OLED. Last year’s discounts for Nintendo’s premium device were a surprise, given it had only just launched in October. But, now it’s been on the shelves for a year, we think retailers will be keener to slap more generous discounts on the OLED.

What Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals do we expect to see in 2022?

Alongside the OLED, there’s no shortage of new Nintendo Switch games that could be discounted this Black Friday. Recently released titles like Mario Strikers: Battle League, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and Splatoon 3 are prime for discounts. Based on previous years’ Nintendo Switch deals, retailers like Amazon and Argos may discount these newer games by as much as 20-30%.

Last year's best Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals

Want to get a feel for what to expect for this Black Friday’s Nintendo Switch deals? Last year’s event had no shortage of great discounts. We’ve listed some of our highlights below to give you an idea of what to expect in 2022.

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Nintendo Switch (Neon) | Mario Kart 8 Deluxe + 3-months NSO: $299.99 at Best Buy
Save $70 – If this isn't your first Black Friday, you'll no doubt recognize this Nintendo Switch bundle from the previous sales. In it, you get a Switch (Neon) console, a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and 3-months of Nintendo Switch Online membership. It's good value, too, as all of these items would cost around $370 at full price.

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Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit | Mario Set Mario Edition | Nintendo Switch: $99.99 $59.99 at Best Buy
Save $40 – Get Mario Kart Live for your Switch, which is like playing Mario Kart in real life, for a cheaper fee than normal. This is the Mario version and works with the Switch family of consoles.

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Astral Chain [digital download]: $59.99 $39.99 at GameStop
Save $20
It's rare to see any discounts on Astral Chain, so seeing the game drop to $39.99 will certainly mean more people pick up this hidden gem. Developed by PlatinumGames, this third-person action game oozes style and is a genuine looker on Switch.

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Monster Hunter Rise: $39.99 $24.99 at GameStop
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–The Monster Hunter series took a while to take off in the west, but now it's become just as big a phenomenon as it was in Japan. Monster Hunter Rise takes everything that was great about Monster Hunter World and turns it up a notch, so it's a must-buy at this price.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: $59.99 $35 at Amazon
Save $24.99
– Sadly, this offer doesn't beat the cheapest price of $29.99 that we saw almost two years ago, but this is still a good deal for a game that's rarely discounted. If you own a Switch this is a must-play title with a wonderful, inventive and absorbing adventure.

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SanDisk 128GB Ultra MicroSDXC: $24.99 $15.99 at Amazon
Save $9 Quadruple your storage with this great Black Friday Nintendo Switch deal from Amazon. 128GB of additional space should be more than enough for most Switch users and, for the price of less than a game, you can't go wrong. 

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Nintendo Switch OLED (White) + Super Mario 3D World + Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: £389.97 £379.97 at Very
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An unmissable deal for fans of the portly plumber, this Nintendo Switch OLED bundle comes with two of the best Switch games around. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, are the perfect games to showcase the Switch's OLED gorgeous new screen as well.

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Nintendo Switch (Neon) + Mario Kart 8 Deluxe + three months NSO: £316.97 £259.99 at My Nintendo Store
Save £56.98
– Easily the best Nintendo Switch bundle available to buy this Black Friday. When a console by itself would usually set you back £259.99, the addition of both Mario Kart 8 and a three-month Switch Online membership shows just good value this bundle is at the official Nintendo Store.

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Nintendo Switch (Neon) + Mario Kart 8 Deluxe + Minecraft + 256GB micro SD card + three months NSO: £359.98 £299 at Currys
Save £60.98 This bundle from Currys is fantastic value and comes with two games, an SD card, and three months of Nintendo Switch Online. That's a saving of £60.98 compared to when bought separately, and one of the best bundles we've seen so far.

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Nintendo Switch OLED (White) + Mario Kart 8 Deluxe + 256GB micro SD card: £386.98 £369.00 at Currys
Save £22.98
This bundle includes the newly released Switch OLED (in white), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and a Switch memory card, all for £369. It may not be a massive discount overall, but it's certainly not to be sniffed at.

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Nintendo Switch OLED (White) + Animal Crossing: New Horizons + 256GB micro SD card: £386.98 £369.00 at Currys
Save £17.98
Still one of the hottest games of the year, Animal Crossing: New Horizon's popularity has shot up again, thanks to a new content update and some new DLC. This is a fantastic bundle if you've been wanting the game with the white Switch OLED.

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Nintendo Switch OLED (Neon) + Animal Crossing: New Horizons + 256GB micro SD card: £386.98 £369.00 at Currys
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Still one of the hottest games of the year, Animal Crossing: New Horizon's popularity has shot up again, thanks to a new content update and some new DLC. This is a fantastic bundle if you've been wanting the game with the Switch OLED.

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SanDisk Ultra 256 GB microSDXC Memory Card: £48.99 £20.89 at Amazon
Save £24 At 57% off, this is a fantastic early Black Friday SD card deal that will appeal to Switch players who have plenty of games installed. You're getting double the capacity of the 128GB card for just over £10 more.

How can I get the best Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals on the day?

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Look for bundles. If you’re after a Nintendo Switch, Switch Lite or Switch OLED console, you’ll get the most bang for your buck from a bundle. We’re already seeing some great bundles over at Walmart and Currys, and there’s bound to be more as we edge closer to Black Friday.

Don’t stick to one retailer. Spotted a great deal over at Amazon? Before you checkout, have a hop around some other retailers first. You might be able to find the same console, game or bundle at an even better price.

Understand the differences between Switch consoles. The regular Nintendo Switch and its Lite and OLED counterparts are all somewhat different from each other. Think of the regular Switch as your default option. The Lite is cheaper, but cannot be connected to your TV as it’s portable only. The OLED is similar to the regular Switch, but as the name suggests, features a brighter and sharper OLED panel instead of a more standard LCD display. Think of the OLED as the premium Switch.

3 best Nintendo Switch products to watch out for

Nintendo Switch (OLED)

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Nintendo Switch OLED

Nintendo’s premium Switch with a sharp, bright OLED panel

Larger 7-inch screen makes a difference
OLED provides perfect blacks and accurate colors
Enhanced speakers sound fantastic
No upgrades in TV mode
Internal specs remain the same
Durability concerns still not addressed

The Nintendo Switch OLED is the company's premium flagship console. It's the most expensive of the three Switch models, but for the extra buck you're getting a lovely bright and sharp OLED screen on the device itself, which we'd consider an upgrade over the regular model's LCD screen.

Nintendo Switch displaying Animal Crossing New Horizons

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Nintendo Switch

The standard model offering play on the TV and portably via its LCD screen

Unique hybrid design
Two controllers included
Bright, crisp, colorful screen
Split D-pad
Oddly placed right analogue stick
Joy-Cons charge only on console without accessory

Nintendo's first handheld hybrid that launched in 2017. Its 720p LCD screen certainly isn't as sharp or flashy as its younger OLED counterpart, but it's still an excellent display for most games.

Nintendo Switch Lite

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Nintendo Switch Lite

A more affordable option only playable in portable mode. Great for on-the-go gaming

Lighter and smaller
Nice selection of colors
Comfortable design
Limited to handheld games

The Nintendo Switch Lite is the budget option. Unlike the other models, the Lite can only be played portably, and can't connect to your TV. Still, you're getting a great portable experience here if you like to play a lot of smaller scale indies on the go.

Rhys Wood
Hardware Writer

Rhys is Hardware Writer for TechRadar Gaming, and while relatively fresh to the role, he's been writing in a professional capacity for years. A Media, Writing and Production graduate, Rhys has prior experience creating written content for app developers, IT firms, toy sellers and the main TechRadar site. His true passions, though, lie in video games, TV, audio and home entertainment. When Rhys isn't on the clock, you'll usually find him logged into Final Fantasy 14, Halo Infinite or Sea of Thieves.