As time continues to slip on by and we begin approaching the end of another year, there is one big thing that a lot of people will have their eye on - Black Friday 2017. If you're a Nintendo fan, the thing that may separate this year's Black Friday shenanigans from previous years is the fact that this year brought with it a brand new console in the Nintendo Switch.
For the uninitiated, Black Friday 2017 takes place on November 24th and will continue the trend of the last decade or so of retailers from around the globe offering up a huge discounts on highly desirable products like video games, consoles, tech, electronics, TVs and more, all in the name of pre-Christmas savings. Directly following Black Friday, as always, is Cyber Monday, the rather unfortunately named baby brother to Black Friday itself. Cyber Monday takes place on November 27th, 2017 and is set to see a vast array of online retailers bringing out a fresh batch of discounts once their Black Friday stock runs out.
As for Nintendo, while the Wii U failed to light the world on fire and struggled to find an audience after its release, the Switch has proven to be a game-changer for Nintendo. Since its release in March this year, the Nintendo Switch has gone on to sell above and beyond five million units, far surpassing the lifetime sales of the Wii U.
What does this mean for Black Friday 2017, though? Will we be seeing some decent discounts on Switch consoles, accessories or games and where does the Nintendo 3DS fit into all of this? Only time will tell, though based on Black Friday last year as well as some of the Nintendo deals we've seen through the year so far, we've got some ideas of what might be headed our way next month.
Update 17th November: We are barely a week away from Black Friday itself now, so deals have started making themselves known on the internet. Amazon, GAME and Argos have all kicked off Black Friday deals today, so until then we've gathered up the best Nintendo Black Friday deals we can find.
Looking for more seasonal bargains in the year's biggest online shopping day? We've also rounded up the best PS4 Black Friday deals, the best Xbox One Black Friday deals and the best PC gaming Black Friday deals, and we'll be nurturing them up to and during the day itself. You can find the best of the best on our main Black Friday 2017 gaming deals hub. Need to upgrade your TV? We've got a guide to the best 4K TV Black Friday deals, too.
With the Nintendo Switch as the company's primary focus and more games being released for the system each week, it's easy to assume that the brunt of the deals will be focused on that side of Nintendo's plans. However, given the multiple new editions of the 3DS and 2DS XL respectively that have been announced and released in the past year, Nintendo is making it perfectly clear that it hasn't forgotten about its dedicated handheld system. With this in mind, we're likely to see a litany of 3DS discounts, particularly on the 2DS XL side of things. That version of the system launched at £130 so we will likely see the price fall down nearer £100 come Black Friday.
As for the Switch itself, we most likely won't be seeing a massive discount on the console itself given that Nintendo is only recently managing to meet demand and keep the console in stock for longer than a few days at a time. With sales being consistently steady with no sign of slowing down, there would seem to be no real reason for Nintendo to offer a discount this year. There have, however, been some notable temporary discounts over the past few months - Tesco Direct has offered £20-£25 off selected tech and games consoles via a voucher on multiple occasions, which has brought the Switch down to its cheapest UK prices so far - the lowest being £255 in September.
Hunting for Nintendo Switch bundles on Black Friday
Rather than discounting the Switch, we are much more likely to see retailers offering Nintendo Switch consoles bundled up with multiple games and accessories and this is where the real money saving will be found this Black Friday. Prices will likely not drift below the console's £279 asking price but keep your eyes peeled for bundles including cases, skins and games like Splatoon 2, Mario and Rabbids, Rayman Legends Definitive Edition and Lego City Undercover - with the latter two games there has already appeared in multiple bundles since last month.
If we do see some Nintendo Switch discounts this Black Friday, you can expect them to be very limited in both time and stock, so be prepared to pull the trigger on one of these consoles at a minute's notice. You'd also be well advised to have a set of games or accessories that you want to pick up alongside your console in mind too, just in case retailers are only offering Switch consoles with extras. When thinking about accessories for your shiny new Switch, your best bets are to pick out your favourite case ahead of time since you'll definitely need one if you're planning on taking the console with you outside the comfort of your home. Better still, figure out what size Micro SD card you want to get in order to expand your Switch's storage capacity. The console's onboard 32GB will be fine for a handful of games but you're likely to find out sooner or later that more storage is a necessity.
Nintendo Switch accessories to look out for
For carrying cases, we recommend the Hori Switch Tough Case in terms of overall sturdiness and safety, although the official Splatoon 2 accessory kit comes with a case that offers a lot more style if you're a fan of the game and comes packaged with a set of screen protectors. In terms of expanded memory, getting a card with at least 128GB space is your best bet and should last you a long while. You'll also want to pick up a screen protector - our favourite is the Orzly tempered glass pack.
For a more detailed look at our recommendations, you can check out Jelly Deals for our Nintendo Switch Accessories top picks and our opinions on the best Nintendo Switch Micro SD cards you can buy right now.
If you're already a Nintendo Switch owner, you're going to be looking for discounts on the games themselves. Historically, Nintendo doesn't tend to offer discounts on its first-party titles, so expect Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey to hold on to their current prices. What's more likely is that we'll see price cuts to games like Super Bomberman R, Ultra Street Fighter 2, and very possibly even Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, as Ubisoft has control over the pricing there and may just want to get the game into as many homes as possible in time for Christmas.
Best Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals
If you find you just can't wait until Black Friday itself to pick up a Nintendo Switch console, you have a few options at the moment. If you're looking to pick up the console on its own, you can head to Amazon and do just that but bundles are a little more specific and depend on retailers and what games you're looking to pick up with your system. Here are some of the best offers around right now.
In the UK:
- Nintendo Switch (Neon) console279
- Nintendo Switch with red Joy-Cons, Super Mario Odyssey and Mario + Rabbids329.99
- Nintendo Switch (Grey) with Mario + Rabbids and Arms329.99
- Nintendo Switch with Super Mario Odyssey, red Joy-Cons, carrying case and Cappy hat339.99
- Nintendo Switch (Neon) with Lego Worlds and Rayman Legends299.99
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle36.85
- LEGO Worlds27.99
In the US:
Best Nintendo 3DS Black Friday deals
Over on the 3DS side of things, there are quite a few more options, largely due to the constantly growing backlog of different variations and limited edition 3DS and 2DS XL consoles Nintendo has been releasing over the past year. In particular, you can find the SNES and Metroid themed 3DS XL consoles on Nintendo's main site, along with some discounted prices on older models.
In the UK:
- Super Mario Odyssey and Mario + Rabbids bundle for £73.98 from Argos
- New Nintendo 2DS XL for £129.99 from Amazon UK
- New Nintendo 3DS XL SNES Limited Edition for £179.99 from Nintendo UK
- New Nintendo 3DS XL Samus Returns Edition with game and T-shirt for £219.98 from Nintendo UK
- Animal Crossing Edition 3DS with Happy Home Designer for £169 from Tesco Direct
In the US:
Of course, the only way we'll be able to tell what happens this Black Friday for sure is to wait. Rest assured, however, that we'll be here to cover every last discount, bundle and price cut as and when they happen. You may want to bookmark this page and come back closer to the time, as we'll be keeping this page updated as the weeks go on with the very best deals each week.