Even after a few Nintendo Direct presentations, we still don’t have all that much info on Nintendo’s big plans for its Switch console in 2020. Its only major first-party games for the year right now are Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX, and Bravely Default II. That’s pretty slim 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 (they might be out in 2020, but we wouldn’t necessarily count on it). While we wait for Nintendo to announce its 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 in March 2020.
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, these consoles rarely see discounts larger than $20 off, even during major sales events like Black Friday and Amazon Prime Day. However, you can find surprising deals at places like Ebay and Google Shopping on occasion, so we recommend checking those sites if you’re not finding any great markdowns at Amazon or Best Buy.
Amazon and Walmart tend to have the best prices on Nintendo Switch games. Amazon in particular will 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 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.
Overall, Nintendo is pretty stingy when it comes to discounts–especially outside of the holidays–so deals on Nintendo Switch consoles and games are few and far between. That said, there are still some solid discounts to be had, and we’ve gathered them below. This story is updated regularly as we spot more notable deals, so be sure to check back regularly.
Quick look: Best Nintendo Switch deals
- Astral Chain — $49 at Amazon
- Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition — $50 at Amazon
- Luigi’s Mansion 3 — $52.40 at Amazon
- Mario Tennis Aces — $48 at Amazon
- Mortal Kombat 11 — $28.49 at Amazon
- Nintendo Switch Pro controller — $59 at Amazon
- Samsung 256GB memory card — $37 at Amazon
- Super Mario Odyssey — $53.30 at Walmart
- Super Mario Maker 2 — $50 at Amazon
Nintendo Switch console deals
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. That said, there’s a chance you’ll be able to find it in stock on short notice, so make sure to check back frequently and see if it’s available.
Nintendo Switch Lite
As the latest model of the Switch, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better deal on the Switch Lite right now. It’s also selling out at several places, but you can still get it at some major retailers.
Best Switch game deals
Animal Crossing: New Horizons + Bell Bag Bundle
Major deals on Switch games are hard to come by compared to deals for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One games. That said, it’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons is out tomorrow, and there’s still time to pre-order it. While not a pre-order bonus, Best Buy’s bell bag bundle (try saying that five times fast) might be the best deal still available. For $65, you get the physical game and this adorable plush Bell Bag, which has a value of $15 on its own. Considering how quickly Animal Crossing: New Horizons merch is selling out, it’s amazing this offer is still available. Read on for more great Switch game deals.
- Assassin’s Creed III Remastered — $24.45 (
- Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection — $33 (
- Astral Chain — $49 (
- Bayonetta 2 (physical) + Bayonetta (digital download) — $50 (
- Diablo 3: Eternal Collection — $46.10 (
- Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition — $50 (
- Fire Emblem: Three Houses — $55 (
- Fire Emblem Warriors — $27 (
- Luigi’s Mansion 3 — $52.40 (
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — $54 (
- Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle — $29 (
- Mario Tennis Aces — $48 (
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order — $48 (
- Mortal Kombat 11 — $28.49 (
- NBA 2K20 — $37.75 (
- Pokemon Sword — $50 (
- Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe — $54 (
- Super Mario Party — $50 (
- Super Mario Odyssey — $53.30 (
- Super Mario Maker 2 — $50 (
- Tales of Vesperia – Definitive Edition — $29 (
- Trine Ultimate Collection — $26.39 (
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition — $50 (
- Yoshi’s Crafted World — $53.66
If you’re more of a digital buyer, there are several games on sale on Nintendo’s Eshop right now, including publisher sales from Ubisoft, Square Enix, and more.
Best Switch accessory deals
Samsung 256GB Switch-Compatible Memory Card
Samsung’s line of microSDXC EVO memory cards work with Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite, making them indispensable for anyone who wants to load up tons of games on their Nintendo console. Amazon is currently selling the 256GB of their cards for $37, making them one of the best ways to expand your Switch’s storage space before Black Friday.
Check out more of the best Switch accessories on sale below.
- Nintendo Switch Pro controller — $59 (
- PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller — $38 (
- JETech Switch protective grip case — $15 (
- Poke Ball Plus — $44.49 (
- Samsung 128GB memory card — $19.49 (
Best Switch Online membership deals
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.
There was an excellent Amazon Prime deal that gave subscribers one year for free, but that promotion has since ended. 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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