When November rolls around, Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals are going to be some of the most sought after offers on the web. We're helping you beat those crowds with plenty of early research on everything you can expect from this year's offers. From where to find the best bundles to all our latest predictions on accessory discounts and the best game sales, you'll find all our latest updates right here.
There's a lot riding on 2021's Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals, after we've seen very few bundles actually hit the shelves in Australia this year. While stock is still far more stable than it was this time last year, there are very few Nintendo Switch deals to be found, save during large sales events like Amazon Prime Day.
However, even last year's Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals managed to offer a handful of bundles - and that was during a significant stock drought. Now that consoles are readily available on the shelves, and considering we'll be seeing the new Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders coming to fruition in October, it's likely that we'll see far more offers in 2021.
That new OLED model may not immediately replace the standard Nintendo Switch, which means there will still be offers on the previous model come November. At AU$539.95 there's still a price jump here, with the standard device available for AU$469.95. However, with only a AU$70 difference between the two, retailers will still be happy to cut those costs to entice more budget-minded shoppers to their shelves this year.
We're rounding up all our predictions for this year's Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals right here, showing you where to find all the biggest discounts and when to expect the savings to appear.
When will Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals start?
We've been seeing Black Friday deals starting earlier and earlier in recent times, with last year's stretched timeline kicking things off as soon as October. That was largely due to the surge in online retail brought on by the global pandemic. However, this surge has caused overall growth online, which means we're expecting to see retailers offering early discounts well ahead of the official November 26 start date.
However, Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals are often reserved for blockbuster sales. That means we're likely to only see console bundles or straight discounts on the devices themselves on November 25 at the earliest, but we'd recommend keeping a close eye out for discounts in the days leading up to Black Friday.
Where to find the best Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals
We'll be rounding up all the best Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals right here, but if you're going it alone you'll find a list of recommended retailers and their specialties just below.
Amazon: memory card bundles regularly available
eBay: often offers big limited discounts to eBay Plus subscribers
Target: a good bricks and mortar Switch outlet
Kogan: another good online outlet
Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals: what to expect
2021 is going to be an interesting year for Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals. With three models on the market by the time November 26 rolls around, all of different ages, discounts may not be as uniform as they have been in previous offers.
Last year, for example, there was only one Nintendo Switch bundle doing the rounds throughout the sale event. You could pick up a console, a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and a three-month Nintendo Switch Online subscription for AU$469 last year. That's the RRP of the console itself, a price that remains the best we've seen in a long time.
With more stock on the shelves and an OLED model competing at a similar price point, it's likely we'll see far more bundles in 2021. Games like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury have topped the charts in 2021 and are likely contenders for this year's Black Friday Nintendo Switch bundles. However, older titles like Breath of the Wild and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate still remain popular whenever they hit their own discounts as well.
Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals: what to expect from accessories
We'll also be seeing all the regular savings on the best Nintendo Switch accessories and some healthy Nintendo Switch game sales as well. Whether you're after a new controller or just looking to pad out your collection, discounts will be available across the full price range.
Official Nintendo items like the Pro Controller and Joy-Con have been stuck at the same sales prices throughout the year. These devices rarely drop down to a new price tier, but we can expect the AU$89 price tag on the Pro Controller at Amazon to drop, and likewise the AU$100 cost for Joy-Con controllers. These are tried and tested offers that return sale after sale, so we would be surprised if prices dropped further in 2021.
Today's best deals
Can't wait until Black Friday? You'll find all the lowest prices on consoles from around the web just below, and further down the page we're showing you the best deals on accessories and the latest games as well.
It's best to use the time between today and November's offers to get some research done. We're rounding up all the best Nintendo Switch headsets and cheap Nintendo Switch controllers so that you can get ready for the big weekend.