Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals in Australia for 2023: out with the old, in with the new

Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals
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Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals are officially over, but that doesn't mean the deals are over. No, now it's time for Cyber Monday; go check out our regularly updated list of the best Cyber Monday Nintendo Switch deals.  and we're rounding up the best of what is around so far. 

If you're really averse to checking out the Cyber Monday hub, we've left five of the best live deals below, including a neat Nintendo Switch OLED bundle.

But just to reiterate, we're keeping track of the best Cyber Monday Nintendo Switch deals now, so go check them out. You probably won't regret it.

Where were the best Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals be in Australia?

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 specialities just below.

Amazon: The go-to e-tailer will have discounts on all Switch games and gear
JB Hi-Fi: Australia's biggest tech bricks and mortar will be worth keeping an eye on
eBay Australia: Whether direct or through a third-party seller, eBay is known to go big
The Gamesmen: Brilliant Aussie independent often surprises with its deals
Dell: Dell often has big discounts on great gaming monitors
Kogan: From games to accessories and TVs, Kogan will be worth the watch

Nintendo Switch Cyber Monday deal highlights

Animal Crossing New HorizonsAU$79.95AU$59 at Amazon

<a href="" data-link-merchant="Amazon AU"">Animal Crossing New Horizons | AU$79.95 <a href="" data-link-merchant="Amazon AU"" data-link-merchant="Amazon AU"">AU$59 at Amazon
This was down to AU$54.45 earlier in the week, so this isn't as cheap as Animal Crossing comes. But if you missed out, this is still a decent price. and are attracted to its carefree cozy ways, this is an ok price for which to gently snap it up.

Super Mario OdysseyAU$79.95AU$59 at Amazon

<a href="" data-link-merchant="Amazon AU"">Super Mario Odyssey | AU$79.95 AU$59 at Amazon 

Here's a 26% discount on one of the Nintendo Switch's brightest diamonds. Yeah, it's not a steep discount, but it's give or take about as low as Nintendo tends to go on its big tentpole first-party games. If you've been yearning for a return to Mario 64 style 3D platforming, this is what you should play.

Hot Wheels Unleashed 2 Turbocharged |AU$79.95AU$39 at Amazon

<a href="" data-link-merchant="Amazon AU"" target="_blank" rel="sponsored">Hot Wheels Unleashed 2 Turbocharged | AU$79.95 <a href="" data-link-merchant="Amazon AU"" data-link-merchant="Amazon AU"" target="_blank" rel="sponsored">AU$39 at Amazon
Whether you're a dyed in the wool Hot Wheels fanatic or just love high speed arcade racers, 51% off this recently released sequel is very hard to pass up. If realism stifles you and all you want from racers is big loops, big jumps, and absolutely mind-boggling track scenery, the Hot Wheels games are a must. Milestone is developer, so it has true racing cred.

Nintendo Switch OLED Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle | AU$449

<a href="" data-link-merchant=""" target="_blank" rel="sponsored">Nintendo Switch OLED Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle | <a href="" data-link-merchant=""" data-link-merchant=""" target="_blank" rel="sponsored">AU$449
This is by far the star bundle of the season: a Nintendo Switch OLED model, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and three months of Nintendo Online for AU$449 - almost AU$100 below the RRP of an OLED by itself. This has been on pre-order for most of the week, so we knew it was coming... we just didn't know it'd drop to this price.

Nintendo Switch Sports console bundle | AU$399 at Amazon

<a href="" data-link-merchant="Amazon AU"" target="_blank" rel="sponsored">Nintendo Switch Sports console bundle | <a href="" data-link-merchant="Amazon AU"" data-link-merchant="Amazon AU"" target="_blank" rel="sponsored">AU$399 at Amazon
A brand new Nintendo Switch bundle will drop on Black Friday, or at least, brand new to the Australian market. This one bundles a vanilla Nintendo Switch with Nintendo Switch Sports pre-installed. You also get a leg strap, all the better to simulate soccer. 

When will Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals start?

Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals will officially kick off on November 24 this year, but we do see these discounts actually landing in the week leading up to the main event. Retailers have made a season of the holiday sales, though, offering plenty of savings from October onwards - though we do tend to see the highest value offers in this week period. 

Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals: what to expect

Nintendo Switch

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The newer OLED model could be silver bullet in this year's sales. Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals are coming at just the right time here. The console has been reliably on the shelves for a year and a half now, following a rocky start, and will have just hit its second birthday. 

The OLED model tends to go for a street price of AU$499—mostly on Amazon—and earlier this year we saw it go for as little as AU$449. It could go that low again, perhaps even lower, but we'd bet on something more moderate: AU$479 is the sweet spot for a discounted OLED.

You've also got that looming Nintendo Switch Pro question. With more and more rumors pointing to a 2024 release for Ninty's next piece of hardware, the OLED is in a tricky position - especially if the next generation also runs Nintendo Switch games. Priced between the cheaper standard edition and potentially running into the MSRP of the new device, there could be more wiggle room from retailers in this year's Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals.

Nintendo Switch Lite

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The Nintendo Switch Lite has a sadder story. While we previously enjoyed plenty of discounts on this cheaper handheld-only device, those prices have remained stubborn for a while. Stock hasn't been great over the last year, but seems to have steadied itself over the previous weeks, so we'd recommend moving in on any discounts you see well ahead of official Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals. We don't know what availability is going to be like on the big day. 

The cheapest price we've seen on the Nintendo Switch Lite this year was AU$245. It's worth noting, though, that certain colorways are easier to find on sale - the yellow, coral pink, and turquoise models seem to be the most vulnerable to discounts, so we expect these versions to be the hottest on Black Friday itself. We do see the odd saving on other models, but they're far less reliable. 

Should you buy a Nintendo Switch in Australia before Black Friday?

It may be tempting to jump the gun here, and grab yourself a new console before Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals even hit the shelves. As of late-October, we'd probably warn against it.

That's because Nintendo Switch prices in Australia right now aren't great. The standard Nintendo Switch model was AU$398 for most of 2022 on Amazon, but this year it's hovered closer to the AU$450 mark. That may still be below RRP, but right now you should never buy a Nintendo Switch at its RRP.

The same goes for the Nintendo Switch OLED model, but with some caveats. Sure, Amazon's current AU$499 price does look appealing next to the AU$539.95 RRP, but it has been much lower: Amazon itself was charging AU$449 in late 2022. 

Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals: which accessories will be on sale?

Pro controller

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We'll also be seeing all the regular savings on the best Nintendo Switch accessories, however controllers are likely to see the biggest savings in this year's Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals.

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, so we can expect the same AU$89.95 price tag on the Pro Controller and Joy-Con. These are tried and tested offers that return sale after sale, so we would be surprised if prices dropped further in 2023.

However, third party controllers like those on offer from PowerA and PDP often come in significantly cheaper and older releases can plummet in price during larger sale events. 

It's best to use the time between today and the big weekend 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. 

Or, if you're after something a little more substantial, check out our predictions for this year's Black Friday PS5 deals and Black Friday Xbox Series X deals.

Tabitha Baker
Managing Editor - Hardware

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.