While it might not seem the case, the Nintendo Switch is still one of the most popular consoles out there, and is one of our favorite consoles. It also has some of the best games out there, such as The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Pokemon Sword & Shield. It’s great for gaming on the go, and whether you want to pick up the console, game or some accessories, there are many solid Black Friday deals to take advantage of.

Are early Black Friday sales a good time to buy?

Many retailers start “Black Friday” sales as early as Halloween, or even earlier. The quality of deals can vary early on, but as November progresses, many of the deals are as good as the deep discounts you’ll see during Thanksgiving weekend. See the best Black Friday deals we’ve found.

Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart have all kicked off their Black Friday sales a little early this year and are offering some big savings on select Switch games, as well as accessories like headsets and controllers. And while Nintendo won’t be offering any of its own hardware deals, it will be rolling out some new bundles this month that can help you score some savings. To help you make the most of these bargains, over a dozen of CNET’s shopping experts are spending 515 hours each week trawling through the deals at these retailers to find you the best deals for your buck. We’re especially looking for deals that include products we’ve reviewed and that feature on our best-of lists.

We’ll keep looking for better deals and updating this list as they come along, so be sure to check back here regularly.

Our absolute favorite Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals

We’ve picked the best deals according to our deal experts’ opinions, in combination with CNET reviews, to make sure you get the most bang for your buck.

Straightforward discounts on Switch consoles are still pretty hard to come by, but you can score some savings with this bundle deal. Grab the standard Switch console at full price, and you’ll also get Mario Kart 8 Deluxe ($60 value) and three-month Switch Online individual membership ($8 value) included for free. 

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Purchase the upgraded Switch OLED from Dell and you’ll get a free $75 digital gift card included with the purchase. That doesn’t bring down the $350 starting price, but it’s a great way to snag some free games or accessories. You’ll receive the gift card via email, and it expires 90 days after issuance. 

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Tears of the Kingdom is the latest entry in the iconic Legend of Zelda series, and one of the best Switch games of all time. Discounts on this title have been pretty rare since it hit shelves this spring, but right now you can snag it with a slight discount at Amazon.

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The Switch itself only has a 32GB storage capacity, so you’ll want to pair it with a microSD card. This SanDisk card is designed specifically for the Switch, has a 512GB capacity and boasts read speeds up to 100MB/s and write speeds up to 90MB/s. 

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The SteelSeries Arctis 1 headset is one of our favorite Switch accessories on the market. It comes with a compact USB-C dongle so you can use it wirelessly with the Switch, but also has a 3.5mm audio cable port for wired use. It supports lossless audio, comes with a detachable microphone and has on-ear controls so you can adjust the volume or mute yourself on the fly. Plus, it boasts a battery life of up to 20 hours on a single charge, and you can customize the EQ to fit your games and needs. 

Just be sure to activate the instant coupon to get the full discount.

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Best Black Friday Nintendo Switch console deals

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Is there a new Switch console on the way?

As of now, no, Nintendo has not confirmed that we’ll be seeing a new Switch 2 on shelves anytime soon. However, there are rumors that a new console could be released as soon as late 2024. And considering that it’s been over 6 years since the original Switch was first released, this nifty handheld is certainly due for an update. You can read all about what we’d like to see in the next generation of Switch consoles in our full Nintendo Switch 2 breakdown.

Is Nintendo offering any direct discounts for Black Friday?

You won’t find any discounts on Switch consoles or accessories at Nintendo’s online store, but it has announced that it will be rolling out some new bundle deals at select partner retailers throughout November. Plus, you can find big savings on hundreds of digital games at Nintendo’s eShop. 

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