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Amazon Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals 2022: what to expect this summer

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Amazon Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals will take place on July 12 through to July 13 in 2022, and things are already looking good. We're cautiously optimistic for some excellent offers in this year's summer sale, considering the incredible discounts we've seen across the full lineup so far this year. Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals rarely offer straight discounts on the consoles themselves - but that could all change this time around. 

That's because we've already seen record low prices on the standard, OLED, and Lite models in the last few months alone. The Lite has already dropped to $189.99 / £179.99 and the Standard Edition hit $259.99 / £239.99 in May. Meanwhile, the OLED model sank down to $330 / £289 in April (and a few times since then in the UK as well). Not only that, but with last year's refresh firmly seated on the shelves, it's not unreasonable to assume we could be seeing some similar offers in official Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals. 

This sale often focuses on games and accessories - with Pro Controllers, Joy-Con, and big first party releases taking the brunt of the discount. We're expecting 2022's offers to continue this trend as well, so if you're looking to stock up on controllers, headsets, or your next batch of games there's likely to be plenty to choose from. 

We've been covering Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals for years now, so we've picked up on a pattern or two when it comes to discounts on games and accessories. However, it's worth noting that we've never seen the console itself taking so many discounts in a 12 month period like this, so the quality of Nintendo Switch deals could be better than anything we've seen before. 

When will Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals start?

We now know that Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals will take place July 12-13, in a return to the traditional summer timeline set out by the retailer before the pandemic. The retailer launched a press release (opens in new tab) in June confirming this. However, we often see early discounts landing across the web from the week before, so we'd recommend keeping a close eye out for any savings from July 6 onwards.

Do you need a Prime membership for Amazon Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals?

Amazon keeps its best deals back for its Prime members during its summer sales, so you will need a membership to shop the best Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals this summer. However, there are a few ways to get around this. 

First up, we see plenty of other retailers looking to steal Amazon's thunder during this period, offering their own sales and price matching the online giant at the same time. That means it's wise to keep an eye on Best Buy and Walmart in the US, and Currys, Very, and Argos in the UK - you could easily walk away with the same price as a Prime member. 

For an easier life, though, we'd recommend looking into Amazon Prime free trials closer to the time. Amazon regularly offers free trials of its service around its annual sales to drum up interest.

What to expect from Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals 2022

  • Nintendo Switch OLED: $349 $335 / £309 £289 
  • Nintendo Switch: $299 $259 / £259.99 £239.99 
  • Nintendo Switch Lite: expect bundles in the US / £199.99 £179.99 

There was a lot going on in the world of Nintendo last year, which bodes well for some particularly strong Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals in 2022. The new OLED model is firmly planted on the shelves now after months of supply issues, and the standard edition is poised for some excellent bundle offers (and potentially even straight discounts as well). 

In fact, the only console we have some questions about is the Nintendo Switch Lite. With waning stock in the first months of the year, this cheaper handheld-only model is looking is a little thin on the ground already. That said, discounts are still popping up in both the US and UK so if supply does hold out, there will be plenty to choose from here as well. 

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch

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The standard edition Nintendo Switch console dropped down to just $259 for the first time in May. That fills us with far more confidence that we're going to see some more straight price drops on this device during Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals - and likely some better value bundle deals as well. 

Not only that, but thanks to a permanent price drop at the end of last year, the Switch has a new RRP of £259.99 in the UK. We've already seen retailers kicking things even further down the price chain across the pond, but never at Amazon. That means we're expecting a conservative £239.99 sales price come the summer, but it's well worth checking in with smaller sites like The Game Collection and Base for more discounts.

We could also see the return of the Mario Kart 8 bundle that sits pride of place during Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals, and there's far more wiggle room for more games to get involved here as well. We don't see too many bundles day to day in the US, so Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals could be your first port of call.

Nintendo Switch OLED

Nintendo Switch OLED

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If you're after the latest and greatest console, it's worth noting that we've already seen as much as $20 / £20 off the Nintendo Switch OLED in 2022 alone. Those offers came from Walmart in the US and a range of retailers in the UK (though AO held out the longest at this price). Amazon itself hasn't offered too much cash off the device (aside from a fairly permanent £5 discount in the UK), but if other retailers take the leap on the day itself, we could see some price match wars occurring here. 

That still feels quite optimistic - the truth is we're just not used to seeing such early savings on a Nintendo console, or any price drops at all. We're tentatively hoping for a return to that $20 / £20 price cut, but if there's no discounts at all we'll still likely see bundle offers rolling in.

Those bundles could include latest releases - Nintendo Switch Sports, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, and Pokemon Legends: Arceus are all waiting in the wings for inclusion here. However, some of the best value options could be on old favorites - we've seen bundles including Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe most recently in the US. 

Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Lite

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At a very optimistic push, we could see the Nintendo Switch Lite shave $10 off its price tag in the US during Prime Day. It wouldn't be the first time the cheaper handheld-only console has taken a price cut at Amazon, and in fact we saw this $189.99 sales price hit the shelves earlier this month. While stock hasn't been too healthy in the first few months of 2022, we are starting to see these consoles back on the shelves now, so keep an eye out for further discounts.

Over in the UK, though, the cheaper model is often available at between £180 and £190, so if Amazon is to push the boat out with its Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals, we could see a slightly lower price point of £179.99. Of course, you can always count on some bundle offers in the UK - though we would steer clear of cheaper games like Rayman Legends, Minecraft, and Spyro Reignited Trilogy in favor of first party titles for the best value. 

Of course, if you already own a console we're expecting to see some solid discounts on the best Nintendo Switch accessories in line with last year's offers - though we may be restricted to third party alternatives again. However, considering some of the best Nintendo Switch controllers and Nintendo Switch cases come from a range of different brands there will still be some quality picks on the shelves. 

Will there be Nintendo Switch game deals on Prime Day?

Perhaps some of the most reliable offers over Prime Day will be on Nintendo Switch games. We regularly see games taking some serious price cuts during larger sales events like this, so if you're looking to stock up your library in the summer there will be plenty to choose from. 

Last year's Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals didn't hit games quite as hard as the Black Friday offers found in November but now that those $39.99 prices have been seen a few times we're confident similar discounts could return come July. We're looking to the usual suspects; Animal Crossing: New Horizons, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Paper Mario Origami King, and Super Mario Odyssey for the heaviest price drops. 

However, recent sales have also seen more stubborn prices starting to fall as well, on the likes of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It's also well worth keeping a close eye on some of the year's early releases; Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, and LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga for some early discounts as well. 

Last year's best Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals

Straight discounts on a Nintendo Switch console are rare, even during Prime Day. Last year, then, those on the hunt for a console were stuck at the regular $299.99 / £279.99 price. However, since then we've seen a new OLED model hit the shelves (and shave around $15 / £20 off its price during discounts), and the standard edition has permanently dropped to £259.99 as well. That means all signs point to a much better set of Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals in 2022. 

Last year's best Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals in the US

Last year's best Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals in the UK

Want more offers? Be sure to check out our Prime Day Xbox Series X deals and Prime Day laptop deals primers. We're also getting you prepped for this year's Prime Day board game deals and Prime Day PS5 deals as well.

Tabitha Baker
Tabitha Baker

Managing Editor of Hardware at GamesRadar+, I originally landed in hardware at our sister site TechRadar before moving over to GamesRadar. In between, I've written for Tom’s Guide, Wireframe, The Indie Game Website and That Video Game Blog, covering everything from the PS5 launch to the Apple Pencil. Now, i'm focused on Nintendo Switch, gaming laptops (and the keyboards and mice that come with them), and tracking everything that suggests VR is about to take over our lives.