Nintendo is mostly focusing on big-hitters for Black Friday 2019 – Switch games that have, and will, continue to sell well for years to come. Case in point: the main hardware bundle this year is a $300 Nintendo Switch console that throws in a digital copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (normally a $60 title).
That deal kicks off November 28, 2019 at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Walmart, and GameStop.
Is there a catch? Well, kinda. A word of caution: this particular Nintendo Switch is the older model, HAC-001, with an expected battery life of 2.5 to 6.5 hours (certain games hog the battery more than others). The newer Switch model, HAC-001(-01), has an approximate battery life of 4.5 to 9 hours.
If you expect to primarily play your Switch in portable/handled mode, that comparison is definitely worth weighing. The newer battery makes a noticeable difference. Otherwise, if you're a TV player first and foremost, this might not be much of a factor for you. How do you tell them apart? The older Switch model has a product serial number starting with "XAW"; the newer model's serial begins with "XKW."
In terms of physical Switch game sales this Black Friday, we're looking at:
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
- Kirby Star Allies
- Mario Tennis Aces
- Octopath Traveler
- Splatoon 2
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Super Mario Party
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
These games will be on sale for $40 – that's $20 off – at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Walmart, and GameStop starting November 27, 2019. Super Mario Odyssey and Zelda: Breath of the Wild are the must-haves, but you (arguably) can't go wrong with the rest of that list aside from maybe Super Mario Party. (It's fine, just a bit underwhelming. Also, Mario Party games tear families apart.)
Those stores will also have the Poké Ball Plus – an optional accessory for Pokémon Go, Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Eevee!, and Pokémon Sword and Shield – for $20 on November 28. That's 60% off.
Lastly, Amazon, Target, and Best Buy will have Switch Joy-Con controllers marked down to $60 on November 27. That might not sound like a deal, but these things usually go for $80. Yes, it's ridiculous.
We don't yet know which digital games will make it into the Black Friday Switch eShop sale, but that's coming up. If you're a prospective Switch owner, keep an eye out for deals on microSD cards, too.
Black Friday deals [Nintendo]