Featured Deal: Sid Meier’s Civilization VI | $13
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 GameCube-style 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.
If you’ve been keeping an eye out for the slick Animal Crossing-themed edition of the standard Switch console, now’s the time to strike: Amazon has it in stock as of this writing. The $299 price is list for the convertible console, which works as a handheld or docks to connect to your TV, but you’re not going to find a bargain on this one.
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!
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate lives up to its boastful billing, delivering the best-ever edition of Nintendo’s franchise-mashing brawler. The sheer amount of content here is simply staggering, with 80+ playable characters, dozens of stages, stellar online play, and a big adventure mode for you to battle through. Discounts on this gem are rare, so take advantage of this $10 savings at Best Buy while you can.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 | $50
In classic Nintendo fashion, Luigi’s Mansion 3 takes an intense and adult-oriented genre (survival horror) and makes a super-charming, silly, and all-ages transformation of it. You don’t need to have played the older versions to appreciate this recent adventure, which finds the other Mario brother sucking up ghosts with his vacuum pack and trying to rescue his friends after being duped into a stay at a haunted hotel. It’s $10 off at Best Buy and Amazon right now.
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 $10 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 $26, marked down 25%. 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.
If you ask most die-hard Super Smash Bros. players, they’ll swear that Nintendo’s original GameCube controller from 2001 is the best way to play the game. Luckily, you can still get that experience on the Switch today.
PDP’s officially-licensed wired Switch controller keeps the same look and feel of the original, and is great whether you’re playing Smash or something else entirely. Right now, this Mario-themed edition is $6 off the regular price, but Amazon has several other designs at various prices.