The Nintendo Switch, like most consoles during the pandemic, was once scarce. Thankfully, retailers like Best Buy, Amazon and Walmart now routinely carry the Nintendo Switch, Switch Lite, and upgraded Switch OLED model in multiple color configurations, giving those who got the chance to buy Nintendo’s versatile console.
If you’re not sure where to buy a Switch at this point, we’ve vetted the inventory and rounded up where to buy the Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo Switch Lite, and the Nintendo Switch OLED model online and in-store. We also scoured the internet for bundles that seem like a good deal, as well as discounts that may apply.
Where to buy the Nintendo Switch
Where can I buy a Nintendo Switch now?
- If you’re looking for the standalone console with red and blue Joy-Cons, you can get it for $299.99 at Amazon† Best Buy† Target† adorama† walmart† Nintendoand GameStop† Unfortunately, the model with the gray Joy-Cons is not widely available. You can buy the gray one at Nintendohowever, and at some Target locations via in-store pickup†
- The Animal Crossing: New Horizons edition of the Nintendo Switch is also available for purchase at GameStop† Target† Best Buyand Nintendo for $299.99, the usual retail price. Please note that this is a special colorway for the system and Joy-Cons, but does not include a copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons†
- If you’re not against buying a used or refurbished console, check it out GameStop and Nintendo’s Online Store, where you can often find deals on refurbished Switch consoles. At the moment eg. GameStop sells first and second generation models starting at $279.99. Note, however, that the second-generation model has a significantly longer battery life.
Where can I buy a Nintendo Switch Lite now?
The Nintendo Switch Lite has a lot in common with the standard Switch, apart from a few key differences. The Lite only functions as a portable console – meaning you can’t plug it into your TV – and it’s smaller, lighter and sturdier than its docked counterpart. The screen clocks in at 5.5-inches, it features a real D-pad and can play the same games as the regular Switch, except those that require detachable Joy-Con controllers (there are very few). Either way, it’s a great dedicated handheld for those who prefer gaming on the go.
- Many retailers currently have the Nintendo Switch Lite as a standalone console, although availability of certain colors has been scattered. If you want a Switch Lite in blue, turquoise or pinkish coral, you have retailers to choose from; walmart† Amazon† Best Buy adorama, and a handful of other retailers are selling the three colorways for $199.99, the usual suggested retail price. The gray and yellow models are a bit harder to find, and even Nintendo currently has no stock. However, you can go to the refurbished or second-hand route at GameStop if you really want those colors, but you’ll only save about $10.
- Do you like the color gray and are you a pokemon fan, Adorama has the Switch Lite Dialga & Palkia Edition for $199.99, or you can opt for a bundle with a 128 GB microSD card, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, and Pokemon Shining Pearl for $359.99.
Where can I buy a Nintendo Switch OLED model now?
The Nintendo Switch OLED officially went on sale in October for $349.99 and offers a slew of improvements, most notably a vibrant 7-inch OLED display, 64GB of internal storage, and an improved kickstand that offers greater stability. The speakers get a little louder and offer a little more clarity too, and there’s now a wired Ethernet port built right into the dock.
While supply has largely overtaken demand, the Switch OLED model may still sell out. Fortunately, both color configurations are currently available at multiple retailers.
- At the moment you can pick up the OLED model with white Joy-Cons at Amazon† walmart† Targetand Best buy at $349.99, the standard retail price. Unfortunately, the model with red and blue Joy-Cons is out of stock. We last saw it available on Amazon and Best Buyhowever, if you want to pick up the more colorful configuration.
- If you’re looking for a bundle, Best Buy also sells both the white model – like red and blue configuration — bundled with Metroid dead for $409.98, which is the same price you would pay if you bought the items individually. The retailer also sells a similar one Metroid Dread bundle that includes the console in white or red and blueas well as a Switch carrying case and screen protector, for $429.97.
What accessories should I buy for Nintendo Switch?
Honestly, the Switch comes with everything you need to get started and have fun. However, a few extra purchases can help you get a little more out of your console, and in some cases, endure the wear and tear it will no doubt endure.
First off, a microSD card helps you expand your Switch’s standard storage capacity, especially considering the download size of each game from 1GB to tens of gigabytes. At Amazon, a 400GB microSD card will currently set you back $43.99, which is 37 percent off the regular retail price. SanDisk’s microSD cards are also available for purchase in configurations with other sizes, including a 200 GB model for $25.99which is still large enough to store several titles.
Let’s quickly talk about controllers. The Switch Joy-Cons have a somewhat unconventional look. Nevertheless, the Pro Controller is a great alternative for playing most Switch games, although some Mario party titles require the Joy-Cons to play. If you are looking for a Switch Pro controller, Amazon† Gamestop, best Buyand Target they all currently have the controller available for around $69, which is the full suggested retail price.
Then buy a tempered glass screen cover. The display on the Switch and Switch Lite is covered in plastic and it begs for scratches as soon as you take it out of the box. Fortunately, you can save the heartbreak by getting an affordable, easy-to-apply glass cover from Amazon. At the moment you can pick up for example two Orzly glass screen protectors for $9.61.
If you want to play online with friends, back up your data to the cloud, and access a whole host of on-demand games from the original Nintendo and SNES console era, you’ll want a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. . To be $19.99 per year for a single user on a console or $34.99 per year for up to eight users on various consoles†
For those looking for more retro gaming, Nintendo also recently introduced the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription level, which includes access to classic Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games – as well as the DLC for Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — for an annual fee. One individual subscription costs $49.99 per yearwhile a shared family plan costs $79.99 per year† The list of available games is constantly growing, but currently includes the following: golden axe† Super Mario 64† The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, and a host of other popular titles from the heyday of both consoles.