Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals in Australia: here's what's left

Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals
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Black Friday may have passed, but that doesn't mean the Nintendo Switch deals have come to an end. Quite the opposite: it's now Cyber Monday! We're keeping tabs on all the best deals over on our Cyber Monday Nintendo Switch deals page, so head over there for more delicious bargains.

We're seeing brand new record low prices across the latest and classically greatest games, as well as the classic Mario Kart 8 bundle hitting the shelves to boot. That means it's all to play for right now, and considering we saw similar offers running off the shelves before the big day last year it's time to get deal-hunting. 

To reiterate, Black Friday may be over, but you should now check out our Cyber Monday Nintendo Switch deals page for all the fresh offers. What follows are a few choice selections from the Black Friday event, all of which are still active.

Where will 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

AU$397 at Amazon

Nintendo Switch console with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Switch Online | AU$397 at Amazon
Back in stock at Amazon after a long absence, this is one of the most popular Nintendo Switch bundles and is extremely good value: You're getting a Nintendo Switch, a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and three months of Nintendo Online, which lets you play games online but also gives you access to a library of retro Nintendo gems. This is the cheapest we've seen this bundle, so if you've yet to jump aboard the Switch circus, now's the time.

Sonic Frontiers

Sonic Frontiers | AU$89.95 AU$54 at JB Hi-Fi
A massive AU$25 off a blockbuster game that launched just last week is the kind of shenanigans we love to see during Black Friday. Sonic Frontiers may not have scored particularly well in our review, but if you're into Sonic you're probably going to get it anyway, so now's the time. If you sign up to JB Perks you can get an extra AU$10 off this.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy | AU$79.95 AU$58.45 from Amazon
A sweet AU$21.50 off this package bundling three classic PS2 era Grand Theft Auto games. That's a lot of bang for buck, and the modern quality-of-life improvements make this trip down memory lane a little smoother than most. Do be aware that you'll need to clear space for a heavy download, if you want all three games accessible at once on your Switch.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity | AU$79.95 AU$58.45 at Amazon
What if Dynasty Warriors except Zelda themed? Hyrule Warriors is basically the answer to that question. A mainline Zelda game it ain't, but it offers an interesting spin on the usual Dynasty Warriors tense action gameplay, and will keep you occupied until the sequel to Breath of the Wild drops.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 | AU$79.95 RRP AU$59 at Amazon
If you're after a Switch JRPG that'll last you dozens of hours, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is among your best options. This jawdropping outing is exclusive to the Nintendo Switch, so it's among the best reasons to own the console. This discount is pretty decent, as far as first-party Switch deals go.

When will Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals start?

Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals will officially kick off on November 25 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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We may well see some of the best Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals yet in 2022. That's because we've seen the OLED model drop as low as AU$399 this year already, and while the standard edition console hasn't received an official price cut in Australia, it's extremely easy to buy one well below RRP. That means we could well see even deeper savings running through the November sales. 

If you're after a bundle offer, though, you'll have to move quickly. We see some of the biggest bundles running of the shelves exceptionally fast during Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals. Bundles aren't quite as common in Australia as they are abroad, but the Mario Kart 8 bundle has always been popular. It'll be worth doing the maths though: If both the OLED and Mario Kart 8 go on sale, that could end up being cheaper than the bundle with standard edition Switch.

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 2022. Releases like Kirby and the Forgotten Land and Pokemon Legends: Arceus have been on the shelves long enough to be included in these offers. However, older titles like Breath of the Wild and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate still remain popular whenever they hit their own discounts as well. 

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 mid-October, we'd probably warn against it.

That's because Nintendo Switch prices in Australia are probably higher now than they've been in 2022. The standard Nintendo Switch model has been AU$398 for most of the year on Amazon, but right now the behemoth retailer is selling it for AU$439. 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$489 price does look appealing next to the AU$539.95 RRP, but it has been much lower: Amazon itself was charging AU$449 just a couple of weeks ago. On October 25, eBay Australia (via its Big W store) was even selling the Splatoon 3 OLED for AU$379, but you did have to be an eBay Plus member.

We've listed some early Nintendo Switch deals below, but given the current pricing climate, we'd suggest waiting until Black Friday to buy any Nintendo consoles.

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 2022.

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. PDP's wired gamepads will be available for well under AU$30 this year, considering we've seen sale prices lower than that, popping up throughout the course of 2022.  

Which Nintendo Switch games will be on sale for Black Friday?

Skyward Sword HD

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Nintendo Switch game sales rarely hit the biggest titles on Nintendo's shelves. However, we have been seeing prices wavering across original releases like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. 

You'll often find AU$15 off these titles throughout the year, but November is the time for real steals. In the past we've seen first party titles drop down to AU$49 from their usual AU$79.95 RRP (though granted, Amazon usually sits on a AU$69 price for Switch first-party games). 

Titles like Paper Mario: The Origami King, Luigi's Mansion 3, and Super Mario Odyssey have all fallen to between AU$49 and AU$59 so far this year. That bodes extremely well for Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals on older titles. 

But what about the new games? Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Switch Sports, and Splatoon 3 are the go-to titles for headline deals this year. So far, we've seen discounts on these games here and there, so it's reasonable to assume they will follow the same pattern as the titles before them.

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.

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.

Should you buy a Nintendo Switch before Black Friday?

Should you buy a Nintendo Switch before Black Friday?

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.