outside retail On holidays like Black Friday and Amazon Prime Day, there aren’t many great discounts on Nintendo consoles—the convertsAnd OLED switch, And Switch Lite. This is partly due to its continued popularity global pandemic and his supply chain problemsIn addition, Nintendo is reluctant to discount its products frequently.
But if you could find them on sale, what should you choose? We have tips that can help, plus the best ways to choose one. Here are all the best Nintendo Switch deals and bundles we’ve found. We have also rounded up a file Best Switch Games To get started too Accessories you may want. Read Switch tips and tricks To get the most out of your console.
Updated October 2021: We’ve added Switch OLED, broken down the differences between all three models, and updated the rest of the guide.
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Which key should you buy?
When the Switch came out, in 2017, there was only one model. Now there are three, and choosing the right one can be confusing if you’re not aware of how they are all different. Let’s sort through each one.
This is the cheapest switch (8/10, WIRED RECOMMEND), but they are also significantly limited in their capabilities. It is a single unit, so the controllers are not detachable. It cannot be connected to a TV, which means that you can only operate it in handheld mode. It’s the smallest and lightest of the three models, which makes it great for travel, but that means it has the smallest touchscreen: 5.5 inches. If none of this is an issue for you, the $100 you’ll save is well worth it. You will not be able to play some games that require motion controls, such as Super Mario PartyUnless you decide to buy Joy-Con controllers and pair them with the system (you’ll also need some kind of kickstand). To see if the game works fine on the Switch Lite, look for the “manual mode” icon on the eShop or the back of the actual game box.
The next step is the standard switch (7/10, WIRED RECOMMENDIt’s been selling like hot cakes since 2017. Technically, Nintendo updated the Switch in 2019 with slightly better battery life, but other than that, the system is pretty much the same. It has a kickstand built into the back of the LCD screen to prop it up, Joy-Con controllers you can detach, and a base you can attach to your TV to seamlessly transition from your mobile device to the big screen.
New OLED switch (8/10, WIRED RECOMMEND) is very similar to the original Switch, but its upgrades make it easily worth the extra $50. Most notable, of course, is the screen. Unlike the LCD screens on the other two models, the OLED panel has pixels that turn on and off individually, allowing for true blacks and better color contrast. Your toys will look much nicer. The screen is larger, too — 7 inches versus the standard Switch’s 6.62 inches — but the smaller borders around the screen mean the two are nearly identical in size.
If the OLED doesn’t sell you, the kickstand will. The original Switch’s kickstand is flimsy, hard to open and doesn’t balance the screen well. On an OLED, the kickstand extends the entire length of the console. You can even adjust it so that the screen rests at different angles. It is more stable and versatile. Additional improvements include 64GB of storage instead of the original 32GB, slightly better sound quality, and an Ethernet port in the dock, so you can connect it to your router for faster internet speeds without having to use a separate dongle like in the Switch the original.