Updated Nov 24, 2023 - When is the best time to buy a Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite? You can look for Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals in 2023 or buy and save anytime on Back Market.
Since 2017 when the Nintendo Switch was first released, it has always cost $299 and 5 years later you can still find the exact same price on the Nintendo site for a brand new console. But that doesn't mean you couldn't find ways to save on the popular gaming device over the years.
One of the best ways to find Nintendo Switch deals is by shopping during Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Last year in 2022, shoppers took advantage of bundle deals, where they could get a new console and a pre-downloaded game for around $300. So, while it was technically the same price, you basically got a game for free, which is great, but your game choices are limited (last year we saw offerings for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Ring Fit Adventure, Animal Crossing as well as other popular $60 games).
In 2023, you can expect similar Switch deals from retailers like Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Amazon: you won't find much under $300, but you'll get bundle offers for games and accessories to go along with your new Switch usually saving you around $60-80. You might also see offers for a free 3-month subscription to Nintendo Online, which sounds nice but is actually only an $8 value.
Another option is to let everyone else find and buy the new deals, while you save on a refurbished Nintendo Switch console any time of the year. Let other shoppers stress about finding the best Black Friday offer and wait in lines during the Holidays. Instead, you can find savings on Back Market where we currently have Nintendo Switch consoles starting at $239*. This will allow you to save on 16% on a Switch and still give you the flexibility to buy the game that you prefer rather than a pre-downloaded game that you have to buy in order to get a 'deal'.
*Price on www.backmarket.com as of Nov 24, 2023
Yes and no. You'll definitely find ways to save on Holiday deals, especially if you already know you want a popular Nintendo game to go along with your Switch purchase (games like Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros, Hogwarts Legacy and Kirby's Return to Dreamland).
However, if you have other games you want to invest in and are really just looking for the best price on a Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite console, then you don't need to wait for Black Friday or Cyber Monday. You can get the best discounts on Nintendo products by shopping for used and refurbished devices on Back Market, where we ensure quality is just like new for a fraction of the price of new:
Have you ever waited weeks for a sale, only to have the item you wanted go out of stock as soon as the price drops? It's the worst. That's why we encourage you to shop anytime by offering discounts all year round, so you can rest assured you'll always get the best possible price on that item you've been eyeing.
Whether you're shopping on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or any other time of the year, you'll always be able to find discounts on the Nintendo Switch if you shop for a refurbished one. At Back Market, we only work with trusted sellers who have proven track records when it comes to repairing devices and meeting high quality standards. Every device is guaranteed to be 100% functional and each purchase is supported by at least a 12-month warranty.
If you spot a good deal on a refurbished Switch, feel free to buy it when you're ready—you can skip the Black Friday sales and still get a discount.
This year, you can expect to see similar prices for the Nintendo Switch during Black Friday as we saw in 2022. We estimate you'll find deals like this online or in-store at popular retailers:
Nintendo Switch Bundle (console + pre-downloaded Game + 3-month Nintendo Online Plan) $299 (~$69 savings)
Nintendo Switch Lite $175 (~$25 savings)
Nintendo Switch OLED $315 (~$35 savings)
All savings estimates based off of MSRP listed on Nintendo.com
Even based on these discounts, the cheapest Nintendo Switch console price is $239 ($60 savings) at Back Market. This comes with a 30-day guarantee, a 1-year device warranty and free shipping. You'll get the same guarantees on a Switch Lite for just $175 ($25 savings).
The main difference between the Nintendo Switch vs Switch Lite is that the original Switch is a hybrid that works as both a traditional home console and a portable handheld gaming system. If you want to play games on a bigger TV screen, you can plug the original Switch into a dock. The Switch Lite doesn’t have this feature, so it limits your ability to have a group game night with friends.
The Switch Lite also lacks the rumble motor, IR camera, and Joy-Cons(!) that the other Switch models have. The Switch Lite also has a slightly smaller screen. However, the Switch Lite is a fun handheld gaming console if you just want something portable and don't plan to dock it to a tablet or play games on a TV with it.
The Switch Lite is less expensive than the Switch. The Nintendo Switch Lite can also play the same games in the Nintendo Switch library as long as they support handheld mode.
If you just want a portable console to play your favorite games on, consider buying a refurbished Switch Lite. Sure, there are fewer bells and whistles, but it's all about how you plan to use it and the games you're interested in playing with a Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo Switch acts as both a home game console and a handheld, but maybe you only need something to take with you on the road.
The Nintendo Switch Lite is a more affordable option, and it's widely recognized as one of the best handheld gaming systems to date. Again, think about what you're looking for and get the best option for you (or a friend). You really can't go wrong with either Switch.
Ultimately, if you're looking for a great deal on a new Nintendo Switch, your best bet for savings is to look at Black Friday or Cyber Monday bundle deals, where you'll basically get a $60 game for free.
But those bundles aren't great if they don't include the games that you want. In that case, you're better off buying a refurbished Nintendo console from Back Market and the best part is, you don't have to wait for the Holidays. You can save today and still get a reliable gaming device for way less.