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Best Nintendo Switch Deals July 2020: Nintendo Switch Availability, Games, Accessories, And More
Nintendo discounts are hard to come by, but here are the best deals we've found this month.
As 2020 rolls on, we're slowly getting an idea of what Nintendo has in store for the rest of the year. Its 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, and the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild might hit (we wouldn't count on any of them hitting this year). While we wait for Nintendo to announce more releases, it's a good time to catch up on Switch titles you might have missed the first time around, and maybe pick up your first (or second) Switch. 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
- Diablo 3: Eternal Collection -- $50 at Target
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt -- $50 at Amazon
- Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition -- $45 at Target
- Slay the Spire -- $20 at Best Buy
- Nintendo Labo Variety Kit -- $40 at Amazon
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.
As the latest model of the Switch, it's also proving hard to find as of late. Walmart has a few in stock, though it's unfortunately at a significant markup from MSRP.
Best Switch game deals
Several Switch games are on sale right now, but the biggest deal going on right now cuts The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's Switch port to $50.
- Assassin's Creed III Remastered -- $33.49 (
- Assassin's Creed: The Rebel Collection -- $33 (
- Burnout Paradise Remastered -- $42.88 (
- Children of Morta -- $25 (
- Civilization VI -- $15 (
- Collection of Mana -- $26.06 (
- Dead by Daylight -- $30 (
- Diablo 3: Eternal Collection -- $50 (
- Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster -- $33 (
- Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age -- $30 (
- Fire Emblem Warriors -- $30.15 (
- Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition -- $45 (
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild -- $55 (
- Langrisser I and II -- $37 (
- Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 -- $20 ($25)
- Luigi's Mansion 3 -- $54 (
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe -- $52.77 (
- Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle -- $30.90 (
- Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 -- $40 (
- Mario Tennis Aces -- $48 (
- NBA 2K20 -- $20 (
- Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered -- $29 (
- Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee -- $49 (
- Pokemon Shield -- $53 (
- Rocket League - Ultimate Edition -- $26 (
- Slay the Spire -- $20 (
- Super Mario Party -- $50 (
- Tales of Vesperia - Definitive Edition -- $30 (
- Tokyo Mirage Session #FE Encore -- $52 (
- Trine Ultimate Collection -- $23.49 (
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition -- $50 (
- Yoshi's Crafted World -- $50
If you're more of a digital buyer, Nintendo usually has some great digital sales going at the eShop, so make sure to check those out.
Best Switch accessory deals
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.
- PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller -- $43
- Gamecube Style Fight Pad Pro -- $22.49
- JETech Switch protective grip case -- $17 (
- 8bitdo PCE Core PC Engine Mini/TurboGrafx-16 wireless gamepad -- $25
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.
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