We think Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals are going to be one of the most sought-after items of the sales bonanza this year. Sought-after for sure, but will we actually get the mega discounts we crave? The discount you deserve after waiting all this time to treat yourself to Nintendo's best console in years. Hopefully Black Friday and Cyber Monday will deliver.
Here at TechRadar, we've got our eye on the latest Nintendo Switch prices all year around with our regularly updated guide to the hottest bundles, discount codes and cheapest prices on extras like spare Joy-Cons and Pro controllers. So we know what the prices are like and don't get overly excited about shoddy deals where you 'technically' save a fiver by going for a bundle packed with cases and steering wheel attachments that you don't actually want - Amazon Prime Day was rubbish this year for instance.
So when we do ring the deals alert bell and highlight a special offer on Black Friday, right here on this page, then you know it's something we're personally excited about and would consider buying for ourselves or loved ones. Don't worry, you're in good company, we're well aware of the whole buying a Nintendo Switch 'for the kids' scheme to get the console into your living room for your own enjoyment too.
So what will the hottest games be around Black Friday?
Nintendo's first-party published lineup of exclusives is seriously strong and most of them keep their prices way above £40 long after release. Launch title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is still a massive £47 at the time of writing. Other popular picks to look out for from Nintendo are Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey, Super Mario Party and Super Smash Bros.
There will be two new Pokemon games released just before Black Friday too, in the shape of Pokemon Let's Go, Pikachu and Pokemon Let's Go, Eevee. If either of those are two are on your Christmas list, we wouldn't hang about as we expect them to sell out. If you've not bought one by Cyber Monday, we'd at least be sure to pick one up by the end of November in-case there's a case of last-minute panic buying in December - if you've not had a discount by Cyber Monday we don't see one coming for the rest of the year.
Can I get any of these games in bundles?
Yes! These games will be in high demand and it'll always be worth checking out any bundles that include these first party titles. Because if they offer the games at a discounted rate, then it's a great chance to save money as we rarely see them come down in price when sold on their own. As a rule, just try to remember the base price of the console on its own is £280 (at best we've seen it drop to £250 with voucher codes) and the games mentioned above generally cost £40-£50.
Who usually has the best bundles?
Well, we'll be bringing the best bundles right to you on this page to save you having twenty tabs open on all the usual outlets. Here in the UK, we're actually pretty lucky as far as the gaming scene goes as we have loads of stores all vying for your attention and so many of them seem to go for it around Black Friday (and November in general come to think of it). Compare that to the US and we'd struggle to recommend more than four or five stores that will have decent bundles on offer and the deals over there have been a bit stinky so far in 2018.
Amazon is of course a huge player here and the Lightning Deals will arguably be the best of the lot. You'll need to have your fingers on the buzzers for these deals though as last year on Black Friday its Nintendo Switch lightning deals sold out in less than a minute.
AO.com has come out fighting with gaming deals this year and we expect it to be in the mix. Game has a bit of a rep for sticking close to RRPs (on software especially) and many bundles are a bit meh. However, it does sometimes come up with absolute gold, so we'll be keeping an eye on the old purple monster for sure. Currys and Argos often go big with bundles packed with discounted games too.
John Lewis is more about price-matching rather than coming up with its own bespoke bundles and we're always keen to go with it as the retailer offers a minimum two-year guarantee on electronics for free (compared to the standard 12 months at most other stores). And then there's Zavvi, who don't get up to much the rest of the year, but have had some of the best PS4/Xbox deals of the year on Black Fridays past - maybe this year it'll swing the deals hammer on the Nintendo Switch. Whatever happens though, we'll be keeping our eyes on all these retailers, along with plenty of others to bring you the final answer in Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals.
Black Friday Nintendo Switch bundle predictions
Ok, let's do this. What prices do we expect, or really hope, to see Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals go for? Well, let's be optimistic and say we'll get something better than last year's best which was the Mario-red version of the console with Super Mario Odyssey for £280. So one free Triple A game.
We've got our hearts set on something closer to £250 this year, ideally with two Triple A games - so any from that list we mentioned earlier. We've got a few members on the team who'd bite if a deal came along with a Neon red/blue Switch with Zelda and Splatoon 2 for £250 for example.
There will probably be lots of other deals with third-party games (titles not published by Nintendo itself) that could go a touch cheaper, or maybe include more games at once or a mix of third-party and Nintendo titles. FIFA 19, NBA 2K18, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, Minecraft, Fortnite and more are prime for discounts and bundles.
You're probably thinking £250 and a couple of games? Isn't that a bit expensive for a console that's been out since March 2017? We completely agree to be honest, but here's the thing; Nintendo hates discounting it's own hardware (just like it's own games) so it's not exactly known for going out of its way to knock money off the RRP or sell large amounts of stock on the cheap to its suppliers.
And the Nintendo Switch has sold really well since launch. It's a natural at retail, it's got the TV ads running all year keeping it in the public's mind for Christmas presents and the portable nature of the console makes it popular over the summer too for taking on holidays or keeping kids quiet in the back of the car. With demand as strong as it is, Nintendo and its retail partners know too well it's going to sell well regardless of whether the bundles really offer any massive discounts.
But we know there will be some treasure, hidden amongst all the bloated bundles and we'll be right there to highlight them for you.