This year's Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals will certainly be one to remember, and may well buck the trend of the last few sales. Previously, we've seen very few offers on the console itself, largely due to a surge in demand last year and the best-selling success of the device overall. However, we'll have three consoles on the shelves for the 2021 Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals, with the Nintendo Switch OLED releasing in October and the standard console taking a £20 price drop in the UK, so there's plenty to look forward to in this year's offers.
We haven't seen many Nintendo Switch bundles available in the US so far in 2021, though stock is far more stable than it was last year. Even in the throes of a demand surge, however, retailers were able to offer at least one package deal in the previous sale. Now that there are plenty more consoles on the shelves, and considering te fact that new Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders will be coming to fruition in October, 2021's Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals will likely look far more enticing.
The new OLED Nintendo Switch comes in at $50 / £50 more than the standard version. That means it might not immediately replace the previous release, and we should see some excellent offers in November, if retailers are looking to put some space between the two devices. t $349.99 / £309.99 there's still a price jump here, with the standard device available for $299.99 / £259.99.
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 at the start of Thanksgiving week at the earliest.
Last year, Best Buy launched one of the only bundles we saw over the whole period during this timeframe. The Mario Kart 8 bundle proved exceedingly popular when launched days ahead of the sale itself, and remained sold out throughout the weekend. That means 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
Best Buy: often the first to release bundles early
Newegg: best for cheap accessories - avoid third party console prices
Walmart: best for accessory bundles in November
Amazon: regular discounts on Switch Lite and accessories
Argos: often includes free accessories with consoles
Currys: best for console bundles including the latest games
Very: frequent savings on games and accessories
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 $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 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.
In the UK, however, Currys has already been leading the way with some excellent bundles, regularly offering half-priced games throughout 2021.
Black Friday Nintendo Switch OLED deals: what to expect
The Nintendo Switch OLED will hit the shelves on October 8, 2021. That's just short of two months before Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals hit the shelves. Considering the console's track record, it's incredibly unlikely that we'll see any cash off that final $349 / £309 price tag. However, there may well be a handful of highly sought after bundle deals on the shelves.
If we do see Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals on these OLED models, you'll certainly need to race to checkout. Historically, even these offers on the standard console have been difficult to find, which means any bundles on the 2021 model will be incredibly competitive.
Black Friday Nintendo Switch Lite deals: what to expect
Amazon Prime Day also gave us an insight into how Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals may play out in the UK. The Nintendo Switch Lite itself was dropped to £179, a £20 discount that we've seen a few times throughout the year and is likely to return in November.
In fact, the Nintendo Switch Lite has been seeing some significant discounts and bundles in sales events on both sides of the pond. Prime Day also introduced a Switch Lite bundle at Amazon that included a free 128GB memory card on selected colors.
We may see more direct discounts on that $199 / £199 Nintendo Switch Lite price tag in November, then, so if you're looking to spend as little as possible, handheld-only is likely to be the way forwards.
Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals: which games will be on sale?
Nintendo Switch game sales rarely hit the biggest titles on Nintendo's shelves. In fact, the only time we would expect to see significant discounts on the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate would be during Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals.
You'll often find $10 / £10 off these titles throughout the year, but November is the time for real steals. In the past we've seen first party titles take an extra $5 off, dropping down to $44.99 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 2021.
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? Monster Hunter Rise, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, and New Pokemon Snap 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, dropping an additional $5 off the price in November to sit at $44.99.
Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals: which accessories will be on sale?
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 2021.
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 2021. However, the brand's wireless options are a little more interesting.
Released just before last year's Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals, these Faceoff Wireless controllers haven't wobbled away from their $49.99 MSRP since launch. With a year on the books, though, it looks likely that we'll see some of their first major discounts in November.
By contrast, the PowerA Enhanced Wireless controller launched during a similar window and at a similar price, yet has already seen discounts dropping it all the way down to $29 over Black Friday last year. That's a record low price that hasn't been beaten yet but may return in 2021, especially if PDP doesn't offer its own discounts.
Today's best deals
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