Best Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals 2022: all the biggest sales available now

Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals
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Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals are still online, although we're starting to see the major retailers run low on the more lucrative stock. That means that it's becoming a little more tricky to find a discounted console, however there are still excellent sales on many of the platform's best games. Seriously, this may be among the biggest set of deals we've ever seen on first-party Nintendo games. 

Regardless of what you're after, we are bringing you all the biggest and best Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals right here, and we'll be keeping this page stocked with all the biggest discounts throughout the week as well. We've been tracking Nintendo Switch deals for years now, even out of sales season. That means we know what a good deal looks like when it crosses our desks – so you don't waste time with duff discounts. 

So far we're seeing Walmart coming out the strongest in the US, undercutting its competition in its game prices. However, over in the UK the best bundles are to be found at Very, where you can score free games for less than the price of the console by itself. We're already impressed with this year's spread, so it's well worth getting in there before the crowds descend. 

With Black Friday gaming deals in full swing, we've already seen some of the strongest offers of the year swept off the shelves. From additional gift cards with OLED devices to some of the biggest discounts we've ever seen on top first party games, these savings are already moving fast. You'll find all our top picks below, or you can drop into our Black Friday Switch deals live blog to find new discounts as soon as we spot them.

Today's best Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals in the US

Nintendo Switch | Mario Kart 8 Deluxe | 3 months Nintendo Switch Online | $299 at Walmart (opens in new tab)

Nintendo Switch | Mario Kart 8 Deluxe | 3 months Nintendo Switch Online | $299 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
This Black Friday mega bundle is back on the shelves for 2022, and Walmart has the $299 sales price we've all been looking for. Packing a standard edition console, a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and three months of Switch Online, this is the best bundle we ever see on the shelves. It only comes out for the holiday sales, and it rarely lasts long.

Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing Edition | $35 Dell gift card | $299.99 at Dell (opens in new tab)

Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing Edition | $35 Dell gift card | $299.99 at Dell (opens in new tab)
We've never seen a discount on the Animal Crossing edition of the Nintendo Switch, which means this free $35 gift card is the best offer we've seen yet. We wouldn't wait too long here, though - the last time we saw a similar bundle on the OLED device, it was run off the shelves particularly quickly.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons | $59.99 (opens in new tab)

Animal Crossing: New Horizons | $59.99 $39.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $20 - You can pick up a copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons for $39.99 from Best Buy. It was $29 at Walmart, but that sold out – you can check stock at your local Walmart (opens in new tab)here (just in case they have some left over).

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes | $59.99 (opens in new tab)

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes | $59.99 $34.99 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Save $25 –
Wish you could spend more time with your favorite heroes from Fire Emblem Three Houses? Well, that's exactly what you can do in Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, which takes a Dynasty Warriors style spin in on the popular Switch strategy game. 

$24.84 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Hollow Knight | $34.99 $24.84 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save $10 –
 Team Cherry is going to launch Hollow Knight Silksong next year, and it's the only thing people will be talking about for weeks. So do yourself a favor and grab the excellent Hollow Knight on Switch with a $10 discount while you still can to get caught up. 

Mario Party Superstars | $59.99 (opens in new tab)

Mario Party Superstars | $59.99 $29 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Save $20 - If you're prepping for some multiplayer mayhem over the holiday period, we'd recommend getting this $29 sale price on Mario Party Superstars in front of your friends. You're saving $30 on this rarely discounted title here.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe | $59.99 (opens in new tab)

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe | $59.99 $47.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $12 - Last year we only ever saw Mario Kart 8 Deluxe drop down to $49.99, so you're already saving an additional $2 at Best Buy right now. That $59.99 MSRP hasn't been seen for a while, sure, but we still generally find this title available for around $52.

$51.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)

Super Mario Odyssey | $59.99 $51.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $8 – While this isn't the biggest discount we've ever seen on Super Mario Odyssey, it is better than nothing for one of the best Switch games around. Five years later, it's still an absolute dream to play – even better with $8 off.

NBA 2K23 | $59.99 (opens in new tab)

NBA 2K23 | $59.99 $27 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Save $32 - NBA 2K23 is down to a record low $27 sale price at Amazon today - a solid saving considering we've only ever seen this release hit $39.99 in the past. This price is only available on the physical version, though, with the digital edition still at the full $59.99 MSRP.

New Pokemon Snap | $59.99 (opens in new tab)

New Pokemon Snap | $59.99 $41.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $18 - We generally only see first party games on sale for around $50, but Best Buy's early Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals have New Pokemon Snap down to $41.99 right now. That's the cheapest price we've seen for the GameCube reboot.

$59.99 (opens in new tab)

No Man's Sky | $59.99 $39.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $20 –
No Man's Sky may have only released on Nintendo Switch a few weeks ago, but Best Buy has already stuck this stunning conversion of Hello Games' space sim into a Black Friday sale. Grab this $20 discount, it's well worth it. 

$59.99 (opens in new tab)

Pokémon Shining Pearl | $59.99 $41.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $18 –
If you aren't vibing with Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, then why not go back to one of the series' most legendary adventures. Pokemon Shining Pearl (a remake of Pokemon Pearl, naturally) is just $41.99 at Best Buy right now. Sadly, Brilliant Diamond is still $59.99. 

$39.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)

Sonic Frontiers | $59.99 $39.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $20 –
Sonic Frontiers released just a few weeks ago and it has proven to be a little divisive. But if you're game for a 3D Sonic set in a massive open world, then maybe this $20 saving could be the push you need to see for yourself.

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania | $39.99 (opens in new tab)

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania | $39.99 $14.99 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Save $15 –
 Super Monkey Ball has always been a wild ride, and its return for Nintendo Switch didn't disappoint. Nor does this $15 saving, making this fun party game easily accessible for the entire family. 

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild | $59.99 (opens in new tab)

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild | $59.99 $29 Target (opens in new tab)
Save $30 - This is an excellent price on possibly the best game on the Nintendo Switch. Since launch we've barely seen that $59.99 MSRP shift, but in the last year those numbers have started to fall. You can save $30 today – and move quick, as it already sold out at Walmart (though you can check if you can pick it up here) (opens in new tab)

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening | $59.99 (opens in new tab)

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening | $59.99 $29 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Save $30 - If Breath of the Wild feels a little too modern, be sure to check out this $30 discount on Link's Awakening. The remaster brings the classic into the modern age while retaining its classic retro charm - and you're grabbing it for a record low price at Walmart.

$39.99 (opens in new tab)

TMNT: Cowabunga Collection | $39.99 $24.99 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Save $15 –
What's that? Some of the best beat 'em ups of all time, in one collection, with a 38% discount? Whether you want to relive your youth or are just looking for some totally rad fighting games, the TMNT: Cowabunga Collection is a must-buy at $24.99.

$34.99 (opens in new tab)

TMNT: Shredder's Revenge | $34.99 $29.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $5 –
Sometimes in life, something is better than nothing. That's how we're treating this $5 saving on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge. It's one of the best co-op games of 2022, and is well worth your time at any price. 

$59.99 (opens in new tab)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt | $59.99 $44.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $15 –
It's kind of remarkable how well The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt plays on Switch. If you're after one of the best RPGs of the modern era, grab it at just $44.99 while you still can. 

$39.99 (opens in new tab)

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 | $39.99 $24.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $15
– We can all agree that 2022 has been pretty gnarly. So why not relive some fond childhood memories with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2. Two exceptional games (with two exceptional soundtracks) at an undeniably good $24.99 price at Best Buy. 

WarioWare: Get it Together! | $49.99 (opens in new tab)

WarioWare: Get it Together! | $49.99 $34.99 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Save $5 –
You might be wondering why we're shouting about a $5 saving? Well, it's because WarioWare: Get it Together! is a fantastically fun run through some truly wild minigames, and it's well worth your time. 

Mario Kart Live Home Circuit | $99.99 (opens in new tab)

Mario Kart Live Home Circuit | $99.99 $59.99 at Dell (opens in new tab)
Save $40 - Of all places, Dell is the first we've spotted offering this $59.99 sales price on Mario Kart Live Home Circuit. That brings us back down to a record low, not seen since last year's Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals.

Ring Fit Adventure | $79.99 (opens in new tab)

Ring Fit Adventure | $79.99 $69.99 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Save $10 - This is certainly one to watch. We've seen Ring Fit Adventure drop to $59.99 in previous Black Friday deals, which means this $69.99 rate at Walmart is ready to drop even further. Still, if you're in a pinch this is still a solid saving by itself.

PowerA Enhanced Wired controller (Pikachu Arcade Edition) | $27.99 (opens in new tab)

PowerA Enhanced Wired controller (Pikachu Arcade Edition) | $27.99 $19.99 at Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Save $8 - If you're after a budget gamepad and don't mind plugging in, this Pikachu Arcade Edition of the PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller is down to $19.99 at Best Buy right now. That's an $8 saving from the already reasonable $27.99.

PowerA GameCube Style wired controller | $27.99 (opens in new tab)

PowerA GameCube Style wired controller | $27.99 $24.88 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Save $3 - Walmart has a small saving on the PowerA GameCube style controller right now, but this one is well worth keeping an eye on. Last year we saw these gamepads plummet in price, and 2022 should prove no different.

Today's best Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals in the UK

Nintendo Switch | Mario Kart 8 Deluxe | 3 months Nintendo Switch Online | £259.99 at Very (opens in new tab)

Nintendo Switch | Mario Kart 8 Deluxe | 3 months Nintendo Switch Online | £259.99 at Very (opens in new tab)
We only ever see this Nintendo Switch bundle over Black Friday, which means you've got a rare chance at securing one of the best deals of the year here. Considering the £49.99 price of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and the £6.99 three month Online subscription, you're saving plenty of cash here.

Nintendo Switch OLED | £279.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Nintendo Switch OLED | £279.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save £30 - There are a couple of Switch bundles on sale right now with the OLED version, but if you just want the console, then look no further than on Amazon, where the best deal on the base OLED Switch is just under £280. We haven't seen it this low on the retailer before!

Nintendo Switch OLED | Switch Sports | £299 at Very (opens in new tab)

Nintendo Switch OLED | Switch Sports | £299 at Very (opens in new tab)
This is the best Nintendo Switch OLED deal we've seen in all the latest Black Friday deals. You'll find the OLED device available with a copy of Nintendo Switch Sports for less than the price of the console by itself. That's astonishing savings.

Nintendo Switch OLED | Pokemon Scarlet and Violet | £389 (opens in new tab)

Nintendo Switch OLED | Pokemon Scarlet and Violet | £389 £329 at Very (opens in new tab)
Save £60 - Considering you're spending just £20 more than the standard price of the console and picking up both of the latest Pokemon releases, this is a stunning offer. Overall, you're saving £60 here - perfect if you're going all out with an OLED display.

Nintendo Switch OLED | Mario Kart 8 Deluxe | £249 (opens in new tab)

Nintendo Switch OLED | Mario Kart 8 Deluxe | £249 £329 at Currys (opens in new tab)
Save £20 - This Mario Kart 8 Deluxe OLED bundle is £20 off in Currys' Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals. That means you're getting the latest console as well as a copy of one of its best games for just £329 - £20 more than the price of the device by itself.

Nintendo Switch OLED | FIFA 23 | 256GB memory card | £339 at Currys (opens in new tab)

Nintendo Switch OLED | FIFA 23 | 256GB memory card | £339 at Currys (opens in new tab)
If you're in the market for the latest FIFA title alongside your shiny new console, this bundle at Currys has all the answers. You're paying just £30 more on top of the £309.99 console price here, but grabbing a game worth £34.99 and a memory card worth £40 at the same time.

Nintendo Switch | 256GB memory card | £279 at Currys (opens in new tab)

Nintendo Switch | 256GB memory card | £279 at Currys (opens in new tab)
We usually see this 256GB memory card on the shelves for around £40, but you're essentially picking up an official Nintendo version for just £20 in this Switch bundle. If you've already got yourself a console, though, you'll find a similar discount on the card by itself at Amazon.

PowerA Enhanced Wired controller | £24.99 (opens in new tab)

PowerA Enhanced Wired controller | £24.99 £11.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save £13 - You're getting an excellent price on this PowerA Enhanced Wired controller at Amazon this week, kicking the £24.99 gamepad all the way down to £11.99. If you're after a budget set of buttons for more multiplayer options, this is a must-see.

SanDisk 128GB Nintendo Switch memory card | £40.99 (opens in new tab)

SanDisk 128GB Nintendo Switch memory card | £40.99 £14.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save £26 - You can bump up your system's storage for just £14.99 at Amazon this week, with this official SanDisk memory card taking a £26 price cut. Of course, we haven't seen that £40.99 RRP in a long time, but this is still a solid rate if you're keen on picking up an official product.

Super Mario Odyssey | £49.99 (opens in new tab)

Super Mario Odyssey | £49.99 £36.99 at Currys (opens in new tab)
Save £13 - The last few years, Currys have started offering Switch games for £36.99, and they've come through this year too, with Super Mario Odyssey at that brilliant price.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons | £39.99 (opens in new tab)

Animal Crossing: New Horizons | £39.99 £36.99 at Currys (opens in new tab)
Save £3 - Animal Crossing: New Horizons was the game of lockdown, and it's still a must-play for any Switch owner. Currys have a few Switch games for this great price, so be sure to have a look at their selection.

Nintendo Switch Sports | £39.99 (opens in new tab)

Nintendo Switch Sports | £39.99 £29.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save £10 - This is the lowest price we've seen on Nintendo Switch Sports yet, with Amazon offering a £10 price cut this week. That's perfect if you've been holding out for a discount before diving back into this world of sports.

Splatoon 3 | £49.99 (opens in new tab)

Splatoon 3 | £49.99 £36.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save £13 - Splatoon 3 may be a recent release, but it's still dropped to a record low price in Amazon's early Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals this week. That means you can pick up the latest instalment for just £36.99 - £13 off the £49.99 RRP.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe | £49.99 (opens in new tab)

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe | £49.99 £36.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save £13 - We have seen Mario Kart 8 Deluxe a hair cheaper in the past - down to £34.95 in September. However, you're still getting a solid £36.99 sale price on a game that regularly returns to £49.99 here.

Super Mario Party | £49.99 (opens in new tab)

Super Mario Party | £49.99 £36.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save £13 - If you're after the lowest ever price on Super Mario Party, we'd keep a close eye on this £13 discount. At £36.99 you're still getting a solid rate here, but we have seen things dip down to £34.99 in the past.

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con | £69.99 (opens in new tab)

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con | £69.99 £58.99 at Very (opens in new tab)
Save £11 - Very has the lowest price on a new set of Joy-Con today, with £11 off the £69.99 RRP in its latest sale. We rarely see major discounts on these controllers, and they can run up quite the bill. That means anyone on the hunt for more multiplayer options should check out this offer.

Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals: FAQ

When will Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals start?

Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals here! However, they aren't just limited to the 24-hour period. They began earlier in the month, and they will continue through Cyber Monday.

Should you buy a Nintendo Switch 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. Whether that's a good idea or not depends on where you are. 

We see very few bundle offers running through the US on a day to day basis - in general, you're more likely to find discounted games and accessories packaged in with your device during the November sales. That means anyone on the hunt for a value-busting bundle should hold off until the big day (or start looking from the start of Thanksgiving week). However, we have been seeing Walmart offering some solid prices on the Nintendo Switch OLED in recent months. If you spot a discount dropping you down to around $330 or below, it's well worth jumping in early - we don't expect this to be beaten by too much in November. 

Over in the UK, we see bundles and discounts on the new OLED model all the time. There are plenty of opportunities to save before competing with the masses over Black Friday. If you spot a bundle offering a completely free game worth more than £30 by itself, you'd do well to dive in early. These are the kinds of offers we're expecting to see come November, so you might as well get a few extra weeks with your device and beat the crowds. 

Where will the best Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals be?

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.

US
Amazon:
regular savings on games and accessories (opens in new tab)
Best Buy: often the first to offer high value bundles (opens in new tab)
Newegg:
best for cheap accessories - avoid third party console prices (opens in new tab)
Walmart: 
offers strong discounts on official controllers (opens in new tab)
GameStop: often stocks plenty of bundles over bigger sales periods (opens in new tab)

UK
Amazon:
sometimes offers rare price cuts on Switch Lite (opens in new tab)
Argos:
free cases and cheap games often included with consoles (opens in new tab)
Currys:
has historically had the widest selection of bundles (opens in new tab)
John Lewis: regular discounts on games and accessories (opens in new tab)
Very: 
OLED bundle restocks sometimes available for pre-order (opens in new tab)

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. the standard edition console has also taken a price cut for the first time as well. Back in May we watched this price briefly drop from the $299 MSRP to $259, meanwhile the UK has been enjoying a permanent price drop from £279 to £259 year-round. That means we could well see similar and 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. 

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 $299.99 last year. That's the MSRP 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 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. 

Black Friday Nintendo Switch OLED deals: what to expect

Nintendo Switch OLED

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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 months now, following a rocky start, and has just hit its first birthday. That wouldn't usually send us running for discounts from Nintendo - we traditionally see very few discounts on hardware here after all. However, the Nintendo Switch OLED is also bucking that trend. 

We've seen this device drop as low as $330 / £289 (usually $349.99 / £309.99) this year already, with those discounts landing mere months after launch. That's certainly a saving we aren't used to see on these best-selling handhelds, and one we're excited to see again in November. 

Black Friday Nintendo Switch Lite deals: what to expect

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 $189.99 / £179.99 over the usual $199 / £199 MSRP. That's not a mega saving, and we've seen far larger discounts (albeit briefly) in the year before. 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. 

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

Splatoon 3

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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 $10 / £10 off these titles throughout the year, but Black Friday video game deals is the time for real steals. In the past we've seen first party titles take an extra $10 off, dropping down to $39.99 rather than the usual $49.99 discounted rate. However, those kinds of prices have been popping up more and more in recent weeks, which means we may see even bigger discounts on these blockbuster games in 2022. 

Titles like Paper Mario: The Origami King, Luigi's Mansion 3, and Super Mario Odyssey have all fallen to between $30 and $35 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 a few $10 discounts on these games here and there, so it's reasonable to assume they will follow the same pattern as the titles before them.

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

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

(Image credit: Future)

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 $59.99 price tag on the Pro Controller at Amazon and a $69 cost for Joy-Con at Walmart. 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 $20 this year, considering we've seen $17.99 sale prices popping up throughout the course of 2022.  

If you're after some extra audio options, it's also worth keeping an eye on Black Friday gaming headset deals and Black Friday earbuds deals (opens in new tab) as well. 

How to find the best Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals

Not every Black Friday Nintendo Switch deal is going to be perfect for everyone. In fact, one player's dream bundle would be a last resort for another. That means it's important to head into the sale knowing what you want, but with the flexibility to make sure you still get great value. 

However, before we dive into what makes a good bundle, and how you can make sure you're getting the best price possible, it's worth noting that you might have to turn up a little early to get the best Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals. 

Last year we saw the season's only bundle (in the US) run out of stock just a few hours into the event. A standard edition console with a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and three months of Nintendo Switch Online is the holy grail here, but this $299 package has only ever appeared during holiday sales and generally only sticks around for a few hours at a time. 

That means you'll need to move fast to pounce on any headline offers, especially if they're landing before the main event. With that said, we are expecting more Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals on consoles themselves this year, so there should be a little more room to snag the perfect offer here. 

If you already know which game you're going to be diving into first, it makes sense to look for that title bundled in with your console. However, it's worth noting the release date of your day one purchase, as there is a sweet spot in bundle inclusion - in both the US and UK. Generally we see the latest and greatest titles included in the highest value bundles; games that wouldn't normally see discounts by themselves just yet but are still around $10 / £10 off when bought with a console. 

These are rare, but often the best Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals around. If, however, you're after something from the last couple of years, things could go either way. Retailers may include older games for free in their Black Friday bundles, as these titles will likely be heavily discounted by themselves anyway. However, if you are still paying for the game itself within that package price it's essential that you double check you can't pick both items up for less. 

We often see retailers tripping over each other a little here - sometimes even the same retailer will offer a lower price for a game than it is currently being sold at with a bundle. You'll likely still be able to find Nintendo Switch stock at $299 / £259 (though straight discounts are more of a possibility than ever this year), so make sure you really are getting the best value possible by shopping around a little before heading to checkout. 

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. 

We're also getting you prepped for all this year's Black Friday PS5 deals and Black Friday Xbox deals to boot. Or, if you're after something more Steam-flavored, take a look at everything we expect to see from Black Friday gaming laptop deals and Black Friday gaming PC deals in 2022.

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.

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