What to Expect from Nintendo Switch Deals in Black Friday 2023
As we barrel towards the end of 2023, so too do we likely reach the end of the Switch being Nintendo's top priority with its successor heavily rumored to launch sometime next year. We may therefore hope for appropriately wonderful discounts this Black Friday as a celebratory capping of the console's six year lifespan. Whether or not they quite live up to these hopes we shall see, but regardless, significant savings are guaranteed.
Ready to make your Black Friday shopping plan? Read on to see what to expect from Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals in 2023.
Jump Ahead for Nintendo Switch Black Friday Deals Info
- What Were the 2022 Black Friday Highlights for Nintendo Switch Deals?
- What Are 2023 Predictions for Nintendo Switch Black Friday Deals?
- What Are Some Big Games To Look for Discounts on During Black Friday 2023?
- What Are the Differences Between In-Store vs. Online Shopping?
- Will Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals Be Different?
- Will Various Stores Offer Price Matching During Black Friday for Nintendo Switch Deals?
- Do Members Get Additional Discounts?
- How Much Is Shipping During Black Friday?
- How to Stay On Top of the Best Nintendo Switch Black Friday Deals
- What Other Related Black Friday Deals Should I Shop?
- When Is the Best Time to Shop Black Friday Nintendo Switch Deals?
What to Expect from Nintendo Switch Deals in Black Friday 2023
What Were the 2022 Black Friday Highlights for Nintendo Switch Deals?
In an undeniably shocking twist, the best prices we saw for the much sought after Nintendo Switch OLED console actually came roughly a week before Black Friday and one day after Cyber Monday when they were available on both occasions for $317. How curious. There were however plenty of deals of note closer to the key dates in question. Such as:
- Dell offered the Nintendo Switch OLED model for $350 bundled with a $75 Dell Gift Card. For context, $296 was the best we had seen for it at the time, so if a Dell Gift Card was valuable to you, this deal would have been a no-brainer.
- The regular Switch console dropped to as low as $279 over the period. A good price but it did fall short of the all-time low of $260 at the beginning of that month.
- Nintendo themselves ran their own Black Friday sale offering up 67% off digital games.
- For physical games, Splatoon 3 dropped to $45 at Amazon, the best price we had ever seen at the time.
What Are 2023 Predictions for Nintendo Switch Black Friday Deals?
By the grace of Mario's marvelous bushy mustache, we may hope to see all-time lows on both the Nintendo Switch OLED model and the regular one for this Black Friday, along with the Nintendo Switch Lite as well. A reduction on The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom console bundle is a definite possibility, given the game's popularity and widespread acclaim it received upon release earlier this year.
What Are Some Big Games To Look for Discounts on During Black Friday 2023?
- The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the direct sequel followup to the revered Breath of the Wild. It was met with critical acclaim just like its predecessor. Expect a moderate discount on this title at best, as it was only released in May.
- Super Mario Bros. Wonder is the latest mainline 2D title in the core Mario platforming series and sees Nintendo going utterly insane by turning the plucky plumber into an elephant via one of the game's new power ups. It also features Wonder Seeds, which causes our hero to hallucinate like he may always have been through the years, unbeknownst to us - look, Mario has consumed a lot of fungi. Expect a very small discount on this, if one at all, as it's still fresh out of Nintendo HQ's game baking oven.
- Super Mario RPG is a remake of the game of the same for the Super NES all the way back in the far flung year of 1996. It's a fan favorite that folks have been asking to see again for years so consider this one a win for the people. Given that it's release is mere days before Black Friday, don't expect to see it discounted but you never know.
- Mario Kart 8 is the game that simply will not die. Originally a 2014 Wii U title, the Deluxe edition for Switch has kept the game relevant and with Nintendo continuing to release an utterly absurd number of bonus tracks via downloadable content to this very day, it ain't going anywhere anytime soon. This is a safe bet for juicy discounts and perhaps even an all-time low.
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons was a real breakout hit in the early pandemic days and while Nintendo perhaps didn't quite give the game the long term support it may have deserved, it's easily the most popular release in the veteran low key simulation series. A great price for this is guaranteed. A best ever price is a distinct possibility too.
- Mario battles Link who battles Peach who battles Jigglypuff who battles Sonic who battles Pac-Man who battles the Animal Crossing Village in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The reason for the game's popularity is hardly a mystery. And neither is its likelihood of being discounted, as it will almost certainly see some kind of reduction. It won't be anything too crazy as historically it hasn't dropped to a particularly low price but some discount is better than no discount. Now, to finally see who lasts in a battle to the death - Minecraft Steve or Piranha Plant. At last, answers.
What Are the Differences Between In-Store vs. Online Shopping?
I don't know about you, but I'd much rather be picking up bargains from the comfort of my own home, slippers on, sophisticatedly sipping on brandy by a roaring fire as the winter deals roll in. If you must have your shiny new Switch immediately then you may brave the retail stores in-person for instant gratification. You are a more courageous shopper than I, dear reader. Most of the best deals. Last year, bar a lovely low price on a copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, all the best Switch related deals were available online. Expect that to be the case again this year.
Will Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals Be Different?
Given that Cyber Monday is typically more focused on electronics, it is entirely possible that deals on Nintendo Switch consoles may differ between the two events but there's no guarantee of this. Our advice - be ready for anything!
Will Various Stores Offer Price Matching During Black Friday for Nintendo Switch Deals?
There will most likely not be pricing matching between stores during Black Friday for Nintendo Switch deals. While many stores do normally price match, most policies exclude special events such as Black Friday. There may be exceptions to this but don't count on it. It's best to remain open to buying from any number of reputable stores over the period in order to ensure the best possible price rather than hoping your preferred seller falls in line with offers available elsewhere.
Do Members Get Additional Discounts?
Naturally whether or not any membership program is applicable to Nintendo Switch deals during Black Friday is entirely dependent on the particular retailer. Thus, if you're able to pull the trigger on a new Switch, double check that specific store's loyalty program for any potential extra savings. You can also rest assured that any Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals we list will clearly state if there's any bonus savings to be gained via membership program or otherwise.
How Much Is Shipping During Black Friday?
It's a very safe assumption that any purchases of Nintendo Switch consoles, be they the regular model, OLED, or Lite, will qualify for free shipping regardless of where you're buying it.
How to Stay On Top of the Best Nintendo Switch Black Friday Deals
Based on the strongest offers of last year, you'll want to keep watch on eBay and Woot for the pure price lows and Dell for strong gift card bundles. Naturally specialist game stores like GameStop may also be in contention for good deals as well.
I'd also like to give my completely unbiased suggestion of keeping it locked here on DealNews to spy some top tier offers. More specifically cast your gaze and bookmarking tendencies over here to the video games category.
What Other Related Black Friday Deals Should I Shop?
First party Nintendo games tend to retain their value in the long term like very few others. Therefore, any discounts on the likes of the latest Mario Kart, Animal Crossing, or Super Smash Bros. during the Black Friday period should be pounced upon with gusto and gumption, like some sort of video gaming inclined feline. Preferably one wearing a cute Mario mustache where you would typically expect to find whiskers. Good girl Mittens.
Accessories such as controllers and carrying cases could also very well see nice reductions as well. Look over there, it's DealNews' video game accessories page. Handy!
There will of course be plenty of Black Friday deals on other games consoles, such the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series lineup, all of which can be found in the centralized video game category page.
When Is the Best Time to Shop Black Friday Nintendo Switch Deals?
It's worth keeping an eye out at the beginning of November, truth be told. Last year we saw all-time low prices before Black Friday at the start of the month and perhaps the same may occur this year. Closer to Black Friday though, you'll be well served by staying on your toes come the week of and certainly by Thanksgiving.