Featured Deal: Minecraft | $24
These are the best Nintendo Switch deals for October 2020.
Between the cool weather creeping in and the never-ending pandemic, it’s prime time to find a comfy spot inside and lose yourself in a great game. Luckily, you can find some killer deals on Switch games right now, with gems like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and others on sale.
It’s also high time to grab a new controller or Ninty-certified 128GB memory card, and you’ll find those and more below in our roundup of today’s best Nintendo Switch deals. Jump on these bargains while they last!
Nintendo Switch Lite | $200
Look, we’re as surprised as anyone to see that Best Buy still has the Switch Lite console in stock as of this writing. In fact, they have all four colors right now, which we haven’t seen anywhere in ages.
The $200 price is MSRP, but given how scarce all Switch systems have been during the pandemic, now’s the time to strike: you certainly won’t find it any cheaper right now.
This is the regular retail price for the new augmented reality, physical-meets-digital Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, which lets you build a course around your home and then command an RC kart via your Switch.
Still, given the spotty availability of this new release and guaranteed hot demand through the holiday season, we figured we’d better point you towards links while we see it in stock. Best Buy has both the Mario and Luigi versions in stock as of this writing, so hop to it!
Minecraft | $24
Haven’t played the biggest game in the world and don’t know what the fuss is all about? Luckily, Amazon has the Switch version of Minecraft for 20% off right now, letting you jump into its blocky sandbox and play with the equivalent of digital LEGO bricks. The Switch version has extra perks, too, such as a Mario kingdom and character skins, not to mention the ability to play it anywhere.
You never know when you might need an extra Switch controller or two handy, whether it’s for young kids or for friends and family. Assuming you don’t want to spend large for extra Joy-Cons or Pro Controllers, PowerA has officially licensed wired controllers for half-off right now, or just over $12 apiece. There are Mario and Zelda designs, too, making them fun additions to your social gaming experience.
Yoshi’s Crafted World | $40
Yoshi’s Crafted World is a super-charming platform adventure starring Mario’s best dinosaur pal, all set in a world that looks like it’s made of cardboard, yarn, and other found materials. It’s $20 off right now at Best Buy or Amazon.
Splatoon 2 | $40
Even three years after release, Splatoon 2 remains one of the absolute best online multiplayer games on Switch. This vibrant riff on squad-based shooters has you blasting, tossing, and launching paint around levels to try and dominate the terrain, along with other other fun variations on the theme, a solid single-player campaign, and a great wave-based survival mode. Save $20 off at Best Buy or Amazon right now.
The classic SNES franchise is still alive these days, with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze capturing the essence of the originals with bold and tricky new challenges ahead of you. This game originally debuted on the middling Wii U, but it’s been enhanced for the Switch re-release. Better yet, it’s $15 off right now.
If you’re not one of the millions of Animal Crossing devotees that snapped up this perfect-for-pandemic chillfest this spring, now’s your chance. Right now, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is $10 off, which is the best you’re likely to see on a new copy anytime soon. Grab it while it lasts!
If you’re not keen on building your own levels, why not trust the experts and play the real deal? New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is an updated rendition of the Wii U original, delivering a classic-feeling side-scrolling Mario game with modern graphics.
You can play with up to four players, plus the Switch version has extra accessibility features to help younger players start playing quickly. It’s $20 off right now.
Widely regarded as the Switch’s crowning masterpiece and one of the greatest games of this generation, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launched alongside the system more than three years ago. It’s $15 off right now—a rare discount for this absolute gem.
Super Mario Odyssey | $45
Nintendo made another all-time great with Super Mario Odyssey, a larger-scale exploration of the series’ 3D branch. It has a bit more of a sandbox feel within large, open environments that are widely varied, and feels as wondrously creative as past gems like Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy. Save $15 right now.
Looking for one game that could potentially last you throughout the entire pandemic quarantine? Look no further than Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, the latest entry in the life-consuming strategy franchise, in which you build up a civilization that can last through the ages. It’s a fraction of the original $60 list price right now.
Want an eye-catching case to keep your Switch Lite console safe during travel? This PowerA Pokemon Battle Stealth case is a great pick, not only due to the explosive Pikachu vs. Mewtwo battle on the outside, but also the protection it provides and the pop-up stand feature that can prop up your Switch Lite. It’s 40% off at Amazon.
If you’re downloading games from the Switch eShop, then you’ll probably need some extra space. Luckily, the Switch accommodates affordable microSD cards, and there are even Nintendo-branded versions from SanDisk.
This official microSD card has a Mario mushroom on it and is currently on sale for $20, marked down 43%. However, if you can deal without the branding, you can grab a standard 128GB SanDisk microSD card for $16… and it works just as well.