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Best Nintendo Switch Deals August 2020: Nintendo Switch Consoles, Games, And Accessories

Nintendo discounts are hard to come by, but here are the best deals we've found this month.


As 2020 rolls on, It's starting to look like an odd year for Nintendo. The company's major first-party games for the year include Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX, Bravely Default II, and Paper Mario: The Origami King. That's not as strong a lineup compared to previous years, and we still don't know much about when Bayonetta 3, Metroid Prime 4, the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, or any other first-party Nintendo game might hit. While we wait for Nintendo to announce new games, it's a good time to catch up on older Switch games you might have missed, and maybe pick the console up if you haven't already (or just want a second one). To help you do that, we've rounded up the best Nintendo Switch deals you can find right now.

There are now two Switch consoles on the market: the original Nintendo Switch and the smaller, handheld-only Switch Lite. Normally sold for $300 and $200, respectively. Right now, however, you'll be hard-pressed to find a console at all, let alone for a discount. If you want to keep track of where to find a Nintendo Switch, we've got a round-up of major online retailer listings.

When it comes to Nintendo Switch games, Amazon and Walmart tend to have the best prices. Amazon will also quickly price-match stores like Best Buy and Target if they have a major game sale. If you're looking for a discount on a brand-new Switch game, it's worth checking your local Walmart store--the company has started offering select newly released games for $10 off as early as release day, but it's an in-store-only promotion. Amazon (and, occasionally, Walmart) also tends to have a wide array of Switch titles available for $10 off, which usually makes them a go-to place for Nintendo games.

You should also know there are two models of the regular Switch to look out for, with the only major difference being battery life. The original model was around from the launch of the Switch in March 2017 to the middle of August last year, when the newer model started rolling out. The difference in battery life is fairly high; according to Nintendo's website, the original model has a battery of 2.5 to 6.5 hours depending on the game, while the new model has a battery life of 4.5 to 9 hours. At a glance, you can tell the difference by the box art: the new model has an all-red background and has the Joy-Cons on the right, whereas the old box art has the Joy-Cons on the left. Just in case, make sure to check the model number of the unit itself--the model should say "HAC-001(01)" on it, while old models will omit the part in parentheses. While the old models are being phased out at this point, you should still keep an eye on the box art when making your purchase.

Quick look: Best Nintendo Switch deals

Nintendo Switch console deals

Nintendo Switch - $300
Nintendo Switch - $300

Right now, you'll be hard-pressed to find a regular Switch at all, let alone for a discount, considering there's a wide shortage of the console going on right now. To check whether it's on stock at most major retailers, make sure to check out our availability guide. You might get lucky. Some retailers also offer refurbished consoles, while others are selling the console through third-party retailers at a markup.

GameStop also tends to put together bundles that sell the console with some games and accessories. These bundles tend to stick around longer than individual listings, but also sell out regularly.

Nintendo Switch Lite deals

Nintendo Switch Lite - $200
Nintendo Switch Lite - $200

As the latest model of the Switch, it's also proving hard to find as of late. Walmart and Amazon tend to have a few in stock, though they unfortunately go at a significant markup from MSRP.

Best Switch game deals

BioShock: The Collection for $35

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One of 2K's anthology collections is finally on Switch, and right now you can pick up the entire BioShock series and take it with you wherever you go for just $35.

If you're more of a digital buyer, Nintendo usually has some great digital deals going at the eShop, so make sure to check those out.

Best Switch accessory deals

Nintendo Labo Variety Kit for $47

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Nintendo's Labo cardboard kits are going for cheaper than usual right now, so if you were waiting to get into Nintendo's Joy-Con-based peripherals, now's a good time. Two of the kits--the robot kit and the vehicle kit--are going for about $20 off.

Other Nintendo Labo Kits on sale:

Check out more of the best Switch accessories on sale below.

Best Switch Online membership deals

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Switch Online is Nintendo's monthly membership that grants access to online multiplayer, save data cloud backup for most (but not all) games, and a selection of over 40 NES games and 20 SNES games, as well as the ability to buy official NES and SNES controllers compatible with Switch. Nintendo Switch Online is far cheaper than Sony or Microsoft's online subscriptions--an annual individual subscription sells for $20, while a family plan for up to eight Nintendo accounts is $35--but it's still another expense added to the ever-growing pile of Switch-related purchases.

As of right now, we're not seeing any straight-up discounts on Switch Online--but there is a bundle we recommend. Popular Switch Online game Tetris 99 has gotten a physical release, and it includes 12 months of Nintendo Switch Online. Not only that, but you'll get all current and future DLC for the game. That bundle will cost you $30.

For more savings, be sure to check out our roundups of the best Xbox One deals and best PS4 deals available this month.

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