A lot of stores are changing their Black Friday operations this year. In an effort to curb massive crowds the day after Thanksgiving, we’re seeing deals all November long. Target and Best Buy are two stores hoping to spread the sales rather than invite super-spreader shopping events to their stores in a few weeks. Overall, the online shopping world is going to come in handy this year. While there’s a magic to massive crowds at 3 a.m. (wait, am I the only one who loves that?), there’s no denying the deals won’t stop for anyone. Even COVID-19. One popular console people hope to find a good deal on is the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo’s Nintendo Switch Black Friday deal seems a bit familiar this year. That’s because it’s basically the same as last year. Here’s why you’re not going to see huge savings on the Switch this holiday.
Why is the Nintendo Switch Black Friday Deal So Uneventful?
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You’d think with the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S coming out, Nintendo would be trying to own the holidays. If you can’t grab a new console from Sony or Microsoft, then how about a Nintendo Switch? Well, there are a few issues with that premise. First of all, we’re just now recovering from a giant Switch shortage brought on by the Coronavirus. Even the cheaper, more accessible Switch Lite consoles couldn’t sit on shelves very long this spring and summer. We’re just now getting back to an adequate number of Nintendo consoles on the shelves. That’s why when you go to buy a Nintendo Switch this Black Friday, you won’t find any major discounts or deals. There is, however, a fairly nice bundle of which you can take advantage.
The major Black Friday deal for Nintendo’s flagship consoles will include a digital code for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and 3 months to Nintendo Switch Online. The latter allows you to play games online and gives you access to the NES and SNES virtual systems. Both of the retro systems allow you to play dozens of retro games from the Super Mario Bros., Legend of Zelda, and Kirby franchises among many others. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe still retails for $60, and 3 months of Nintendo Switch Online retails for $12.99. If you look at it that way, you’re getting a Switch with about $70+ worth of extras. It’s not the best deal ever, but at least you have a good chance of grabbing one this holiday.
Will We See Switch Discounts Anytime Soon?
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Given the pent-up demand for Nintendo Switch consoles this year, I can’t imagine there’d be a good reason to discount the system anytime soon. The only thing that might change is the introduction of a Super Switch or the next upgrade for the system. The Switch itself is only a few years old, believe it or not. Four years seems like a reasonable amount of time to start thinking about upgraded consoles. Rumors circulate regularly about the next iteration of the Switch but there’s nothing for certain yet.
You should be able to grab the offered deal this holiday at major retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, and Wal-Mart. All are planning to do a lot of their big gaming deals for in-store pickup rather than traditional rushes to the door on November 27. Keep an eye out for URLs for the deal and when it goes live, secure yours at the nearest store!
For now, many still just want any Nintendo Switch let alone a Super Switch. As many start searching for the best Black Friday deal on a Switch, they might be let down. Others, however, will just be happy to have the chance to pick one up after months and months of waiting. If you’re someone planning to grab a Nintendo Switch on Black Friday, then let us know in the comments! Thanks for reading Comic Years for all things gaming, comics, and pop culture.
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Taylor loves to play video games in his spare time. He has two degrees in Political Communication and wrote his thesis on Marxism and the exploitation of college athletes. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his wife and two Toy Australian Shepherds. He’s always got headphones in, and he’s a diehard Cubs fan.