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    Nintendo Switch Lite for just $199.96
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    Nintendo Switch Lite 32GB console

    $199.96

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    Nintendo Switch Lite for just $199.96

    Nintendo Switch Lite 32GB console

    $199.96

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    Nintendo Switch Lite for just $199.96

    Nintendo Switch Lite 32GB console

    $199.96

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    Nintendo Switch Lite + 64GB MicroSD Card for just $217.95
    64GB MicroSD Card

    Nintendo Switch Lite 32GB console bundled with:

    • 64GB MicroSD Card
    $217.95

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    Nintendo Switch Lite + 64GB MicroSD Card for just $217.95
    64GB MicroSD Card

    Nintendo Switch Lite 32GB console bundled with:

    • 64GB MicroSD Card
    $217.95

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    Nintendo Switch Lite + 64GB MicroSD Card for just $217.95
    64GB MicroSD Card

    Nintendo Switch Lite 32GB console bundled with:

    • 64GB MicroSD Card
    $217.95

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    Nintendo Switch Lite + 128GB MicroSD Card for just $225.95
    128GB MicroSD Card

    Nintendo Switch Lite 32GB console bundled with:

    • 128GB MicroSD Card
    $225.95

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    • Price increased from $225.71 to $225.95 11 hours ago
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    Nintendo Switch Lite + 128GB MicroSD Card for just $225.95
    128GB MicroSD Card

    Nintendo Switch Lite 32GB console bundled with:

    • 128GB MicroSD Card
    $225.95

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    Nintendo Switch Switch for just $299.00

    Nintendo Switch 32GB console

    $299.00

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    • Price decreased from $309.99 to $299.00 1 hour ago
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    Nintendo Switch Switch for just $299.00

    Nintendo Switch 32GB console

    $299.00

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    • Price increased from $289.99 to $299.00 on 13th Sep at 09:15
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    Nintendo Switch Switch for just $299.00

    Nintendo Switch 32GB console

    • Extended console battery life
    $299.00

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    • Came into stock on 14th Sep at 12:52
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    Nintendo Switch Switch + 64GB MicroSD Card for just $316.99
    64GB MicroSD Card

    Nintendo Switch 32GB console bundled with:

    • 64GB MicroSD Card
    $316.99

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    • Deal first found on 20th Dec at 02:43
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    Nintendo Switch Switch + 128GB MicroSD Card for just $324.99
    128GB MicroSD Card

    Nintendo Switch 32GB console bundled with:

    • 128GB MicroSD Card
    $324.99

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    • Price increased from $324.77 to $324.99 1 hour ago
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    Nintendo Switch Switch for just $325.11

    Nintendo Switch 32GB console

    • Extended console battery life
    $325.11

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    Nintendo Switch Switch + Nintendo Switch Hard Pouch Case + Nintendo Switch Compact Play Stand for just $340.76
    Nintendo Switch Hard Pouch Case
    Nintendo Switch Compact Play Stand

    Nintendo Switch 32GB console bundled with:

    • Nintendo Switch Hard Pouch Case
    • Nintendo Switch Compact Play Stand
    $340.76

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    • Price decreased from $341.03 to $340.76 1 hour ago
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    Nintendo Switch Switch + Nintendo Switch Hard Pouch Case for just $346.98
    Nintendo Switch Hard Pouch Case

    Nintendo Switch 32GB console bundled with:

    • Nintendo Switch Hard Pouch Case
    $346.98

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    Nintendo Switch Switch + Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Charging Dock for just $346.98
    Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Charging Dock

    Nintendo Switch 32GB console bundled with:

    • Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Charging Dock
    $346.98

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    Nintendo Switch Switch + Nintendo Switch Hard Pouch Case for just $346.98
    Nintendo Switch Hard Pouch Case

    Nintendo Switch 32GB console bundled with:

    • Nintendo Switch Hard Pouch Case
    $346.98

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    • Price increased from $338.98 to $346.98 on 21st Dec at 01:39
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    Nintendo Switch Switch + Nintendo Switch Hard Pouch Case for just $346.98
    Nintendo Switch Hard Pouch Case

    Nintendo Switch 32GB console bundled with:

    • Nintendo Switch Hard Pouch Case
    $346.98

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    • Price increased from $338.98 to $346.98 on 21st Dec at 01:39
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    Nintendo Switch Switch + Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Charging Dock for just $346.99
    Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Charging Dock

    Nintendo Switch 32GB console bundled with:

    • Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Charging Dock
    $346.99

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    • Price increased from $346.98 to $346.99 on 16th Apr at 22:23
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    Nintendo Switch Switch + 1-2-Switch + Mario Tennis Aces for just $374.99
    1-2-Switch
    Mario Tennis Aces

    Nintendo Switch 32GB console bundled with:

    $374.99

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    Nintendo Switch Switch + Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for just $390.00
    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

    Nintendo Switch 32GB console bundled with:

    $390.00

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    • Price decreased from $399.95 to $390.00 14 hours ago
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    Nintendo Switch Switch + Super Mario Party for just $390.99
    Super Mario Party

    Nintendo Switch 32GB console bundled with:

    $390.99

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    • Price increased from $384.99 to $390.99 20 hours ago
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    Nintendo Switch Switch + The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild + 64GB MicroSD Card for just $394.95
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    64GB MicroSD Card

    Nintendo Switch 32GB console bundled with:

    $394.95

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    • Price decreased from $399.95 to $394.95 on 16th Aug at 02:11
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    Nintendo Switch Switch + The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild + 64GB MicroSD Card for just $394.95
    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    64GB MicroSD Card

    Nintendo Switch 32GB console bundled with:

    $394.95

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    Lowest price Nintendo Switch console today

    We compare hundreds of prices every day to help bring you the best priced consoles out there. Today, the best priced deal we’ve spotted is:

    Nintendo Switch Lite for just $199.96

    Nintendo Switch Lite 32GB console

    $199.96

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    • Price decreased from $199.99 to $199.96 on 1st Aug at 20:34
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    Best Nintendo Switch Deals – September

    September is a big month for the Switch, with the arrival of the Switch Lite following August’s launch of the upgraded classic Switch. Here’s our picks of the bundles to keep an eye out for.

    1. Nintendo Switch Mario Kart bundle

    Even more than two years since it launched, Mario Kart remains a best-seller on the Switch. Why? Well, it’s arguably the best ever version of the beloved karting series, and packs in more multiplayer thrills than just about any game out there at the moment!

    Nintendo Switch Switch + Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for just $390.00
    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

    Nintendo Switch 32GB console bundled with:

    $390.00

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    • Price increased from $389.00 to $399.95 1 day 10 hours ago
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    • Price decreased from $392.00 to $389.00 1 day 20 hours ago
    • Deal first found on 22nd Nov at 05:59

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    2. Nintendo Switch Lite bundle

    The Nintendo Switch Lite is a parred down version of the classic Switch. Unable to connect to the TV, the Lite is intended entirely for handheld play. As expected, the battery life has been improved over the original Switch, and there are other benefits too, such as a classic D-pad. Best of all, the Switch Lite represents a significant price saving over the original console.

    Nintendo Switch Lite for just $199.96

    Nintendo Switch Lite 32GB console

    $199.96

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    Nintendo Switch Lite for just $199.96

    Nintendo Switch Lite 32GB console

    $199.96

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    Nintendo Switch Lite for just $199.96

    Nintendo Switch Lite 32GB console

    $199.96

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    3. Nintendo Switch extended battery life bundle

    August saw the release of a revamped version of the original Nintendo Switch. Cosmetically identical, the key difference between the new model and the older one is that the new one has significantly improved battery life. Given the choice, you’ll want to pick the new one. The easiest way to tell the difference between the models is the boxes – the new model features a predominantly red background.

    Where can I buy a Nintendo Switch?

    When it comes to finding the right place to buy a new Nintendo Switch console, most people shouldn’t have much difficulty. The hybrid console is more family-friendly than its PS4 or Xbox competitors, meaning that there’s a wide range of US retailers happy to stock Nintendo Switches. From brick-and-mortar stores like Walmart and Target to the online behemoth that is Amazon, most retailers won’t only stock the Nintendo Switch but a range of Switch bundles, too.

    When was the Nintendo Switch released?

    The Nintendo Switch launched worldwide on March 3, 2017. The console was initially only available with two choices of Joy-Con colour combinations: Neon Grey or Neon Red and Blue. Since then there’s been various limited-edition console bundles to celebrate the likes of Pokemon Let’s Go and Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Most retailers now stock the Nintendo Switch console and we’ve found the cheapest deals available to buy today – just head back up the page to our comparison table.

    How much does a Nintendo Switch cost?

    Much like the first-party software released for it, the Nintendo Switch is yet to receive any significant price drop. It generally retails as a standalone unit for $299.99, but frequent bundles with the latest games help to offset the cost for anyone looking to grab a deal when buying a new Nintendo Switch console.

    How much will a Nintendo Switch cost on Black Friday?

    Black Friday is likely to see fairly substantial discounts made to the Nintendo Switch, given that, by this point, the console will have been on the market for almost two and a half years. The console itself didn’t see a reduction to the standard $299.99 price in 2018, but there was a glut of Nintendo Switch bundles that helped to boost the package’s overall value.

    With a Nintendo Switch, you can game whenever, wherever

    When at home, you slot the Nintendo Switch into a static dock for home console gaming, and when you want to play on-the-go, just remove from the dock and attach the physical controllers. Play online or play local multiplayer and split screen. It’s a games console for every type of gamer. You can even play in table-top mode using the in-built kickstand at the back of the console.

    gaming whenever, wherever

    Third party support

    Play triple-A game titles on the Nintendo Switch

    One area that Nintendo has struggled previously is getting the support from third party developers for their devices. While there was always the Nintendo mainstay games such as Mario, Legend of Zelda and Pokemon, gamers had to go to use other games consoles for their tripl- A fix. Not anymore. Nintendo has announced a sample of the developers it will be working with, including EA, Bethesda and Ubisoft. The Switch has already had major third party games, including Skyrim, Doom, Assassin’s Creed, and we can expect to see many more!

    Nintendo Switch offers high definition gaming, powered by Nvidia

    Powered by a custom version of the Tegra processor from Nvidia, the Nintendo Switch will boast 720p definition on the portable device, with a 1080p resolution when docked. Furthermore, it will fully support Unreal Engine 4, which is quite a demanding graphics engine. While this may seem a small detail, it’s a good indication of what titles (including the Unreal-powered Rocket League) and performance we can expect to see on the Nintendo Switch.

    Powered by Nvidia

    Local Multiplayer Games

    With a Nintendo Switch, there are multiplayer games of all kinds

    Whether it’s taking on a team of strangers in Rocket League or facing off against friends sat right next to you on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the Nintendo Switch is perfect for multiplayer. The innovative design choices behind the Joy-Con controllers means that every Switch console effectively comes bundled with two separate controllers, and with the Nintendo Switch playable in kickstand mode, it can offer up to four players a chance to compete locally with minimum fuss! Of course, there’s also the option to play against others from across the world online.

    Exclusive games on the Nintendo Switch

    Nintendo have always been famed for their huge range of beloved exclusive franchises, and the Switch is no exception. Even by Nintendo’s standards, the Switch has been hugely successful in terms of exclusive titles. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was received as one of the greatest games of all time. Super Mario Odyssey saw the Italian plumber return to his 3D roots in a series of exciting new worlds. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was hailed as one of the best in the legendary series. There’s also been other critically acclaimed titles, including Let’s Go Pokemon, Splatoon 2, Mario Tennis Aces and Super Mario Party, and there’s plenty more to come too, with Metroid, Animal Crossing and others on the way.

    Zelda Breath of the Wild

    What can the Nintendo Switch do?

    At home

    At home

    Use the Nintendo Switch Dock to connect to your TV. When docked, the Switch can display games in HD 1080p resolution.

    on the move

    On the move

    Detach the console to play on-the-go. Simply slide the Joy-Cons into place and you’ve got the most powerful handheld console ever made!

    portable

    Portable

    Deploy the kickstand and play anywhere. Give a friend one of the Joy-Cons and take each other on with no need for extra controllers.

    Switch

    Switch!

    Instantly switch between home or portable systems. No need to power down or even reach a save point.

    AAA titles

    AAA Titles

    Play new games from leading AAA developers. Legend of Zelda, Mario, Metroid, Rocket League, Skyrim and more.

    revolutionary control system

    Revolutionary control system

    Modular home controller fits comfortably in your hand. Motion control gives you more ways to play.

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    It's a meee

    Classic new games for a new generation of Nintendo fans, including the first open world 3D Mario game for over a decade.

    Split screen capabilities

    Split screen capabilities

    Take a Joy-Con each and take on your friends. Enjoy beautiful 720p visuals on the Switch’s crisp, colorful screen.

    Share the fun

    Share the fun

    Snap off the Joy-Con controllers for instant multiplayer action. Additional straps come with the console for safety and comfort.

    online multiplayer

    Online multiplayer

    Connect with friends via Nintendo’s online network. Take on players from all over the world in a range of games.

    Pro Controller

    Pro Controller

    Go pro with the revamped Pro Controller for the Nintendo Switch. Enjoy a classic home gaming experience with this wireless controller.

    Cartridge based gaming

    Cartridge based gaming

    Disc-less gaming lends to shorter load times. Cartridges are also easier to carry around safely for portable gaming.

    Nintendo NX Logo

    Nintendo NX appears

    Nintendo’s late president, Satoru Iwata, confirmed that Nintendo were working on a new console under the codename “NX”. Scant details were offered at the time, but as with every new Nintendo console announcement, speculation was wild with possibilities for what the Japanese gaming giant could have in store.

    Launch date confirmed

    Over a year later, the NX’s official launch date was announced as March 2017, two years after Iwata’s original announcement. With this news, the rumor mill cranked up another notch, with speculation about what the NX would mean for both the Wii U and the DS family of handheld consoles.

    First launch title: Breath of the Wild

    Nintendo signalled their intentions behind the NX by announcing the first launch title for the system would be the newest fully fledged Legend of Zelda game, Breath of the Wild.

    The Switch is officially unveiled

    After much speculation about everything from what form the new console would take to its official name, the NX was officially dubbed the Switch in an unveiling. With the news of the name came details about the console itself, with the most striking feature being its three distinct form factors – a home console and a portable that could be played in both handheld and table-top modes.

    Switch Presentation

    Launch date confirmed

    As well as showing off the Switch a bit more, Nintendo made the eagerly awaited announcement of the Switch’s launch date at a live streamed event in Tokyo.

    Switch Launch

    Switch launches

    Amidst rave reviews and worldwide shortages, part in thanks to the incredible acclaim being received by Breath of the Wild, the Switch launched in March. Over the course of the following months, it would shatter all sales expectations as gamers the world over struggled to get their hands on 2017’s hottest new gadget.

    Big news at E3

    With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild earning rave reviews, Nintendo roll out the big guns at the annual E3 convention. As well as offering a playable version of the first sandbox Mario game in years, they also reveal the existence of new games in the Kirby, Yoshi, Pokemon and Metroid series. There’s also some surprising – and encouraging – news about cross-platform support, with e-sports favourite Rocket League coming in the next few months.

    Super Smash time

    Nintendo continued their streak of wheeling out their big hitting franchises on the Switch. March sees the announcement of Super Smash Bros, and while it’s not yet clear if it’s an entirely new game or a remaster of the Wii U version, fans of the beat ’em up series aren’t too worried!

    LABO launch

    Nintendo LABO – the latest innovation from the famously creative minds at Nintendo – launches. Using cardboard peripherals that you put together yourself, you can play games on your Switch and even create your own software programmes!

    20 million sold

    Nintendo announces that the Switch has sold 20 million units across its first 16 months. This means its sold almost 50% more than the Wii U did in its lifetime, and has almost overtaken the GameCube. The big N say they have the ambitious target to sell 20 million Switch consoles between April 2018 and March 2019, off the back of help from Pokemon and Smash Bros.

    Bigger than the GameCube

    True to form, Nintendo’s next sales announcement reveals that the Switch has comfortably outsold the GameCube’s lifetime sales of 21 million, even though the hybrid console has been around for just 18 months. The Switch’s sales numbers have the industry sitting up and taking note; analysts predict that the Switch will outsell both the Xbox One and PS4 in 2019.

    A landmark sales number

    Boosted by incredibly strong holiday sales, the Switch surpasses the 14 million unit sold mark in less than a year. The original forecast of 10 million in the year has been beaten comprehensively. More impressively, the Switch has sold in a few months more than the Wii U sold across its entire life span.

    Switch it up

    As the Switch celebrates its second birthday, rumours begin to surface that we might soon be getting treated to a console refresh. This would be about in-line with Nintendo’s past activity on handheld consoles, which they have often refreshed within the first 24 months. Quite what form the new models will take, on the other hand, is a subject of considerable debate. Some say we’ll get a ‘mini’ version, while others believe we’ll get a souped up ‘pro’ version.

    Another dimension for Mario and Zelda

    Nintendo LABO’s VR kit launches, and with it an update to both Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. You can now experience both games via the VR headset.

    Beating the best

    The N64 still holds a precious place in the memories of many gaming fans, thanks to how it brought many beloved Nintendo franchises, including Mario, Legend of Zelda and Star Fox, into the realm of 3D. However, despite only having been on the market for 25 months, compared to the N64’s 7 years, the Switch has now outsold it. The 33 million units the Switch has sold far also puts it ahead of the GameCube and Wii U, and the NES and SNES are well within its sights.

    Japan's #1

    Nintendo have always enjoyed a huge following in Japan, and they flex their muscles in May as it’s announced that the Switch has outsold both the PS4 and Xbox One in the country. This news comes despite the Xbox and PS4 having a lead of several years on the Switch, and once again underlines the fact that Nintendo have well and truly put the troubles with the Wii U behind them.

    Confirmed: New Switch Lite model on its way

    As Nintendo confirm there will be no ‘pro’ model of Switch launching in 2019, they also announce the arrival of the Nintendo Switch Lite in September. Aimed at a slightly younger audience and dedicated handheld fans, the Lite does away with the dock and detachable Joy-Cons in exchange for an all-in-one unit and a cheaper price. Three base colours are confirmed, with a fourth – a special edition Pokemon Sword/Shield tie-in – launches in November alongside the game.

    Classic Switch 2.0

    With the Lite just a month away, Nintendo quietly release an updated version of the classic Switch. Identical in every way at first glance, where this upgrade differs considerably is the battery life, which is improved by around 2 to 2.5 hours per charge. When buying, the easiest way to tell the new consoles apart from their older counterparts is the box. The new Switch has a box that features the console in front of a red background, while the older model has the console with a TV and a white background.