Now that the Black Friday chaos has been and gone for another year we can finally pause and take stock of all the Nintendo Switch deals we saw this year. As one of the most popular items over Black Friday and Cyber Monday for the last few years, there were some terrific Switch bundles to be had if you were looking for a bargain - if not a massive saving.
The funny or agonising (delete as appropriate) story of this year, though, was that we saw an even better Nintendo Switch Black Friday bundle in the days immediately after the giant sales period. This bundled the updated version of the console with a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Understandably, it sold out before we even reached the second week of December.
Now that's set the scene for what happened last year, you've got a great head start on what to look out for when the Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals start rolling out in 2020. We're still a long way off that right now, but it'll be November again before you know it so best be prepared!
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Last year's best Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals
Last year it seemed Nintendo's plan was to clear its stock of Labo Kits. The quirky cardboard creation gained hugely positive reception but it's unclear how well that translated into sales. If stock was clogging up the storeroom it's certainly been shifted now as many of the better Nintendo Switch bundles over Black Friday allowed you to add a Labo Kit for free.
There was a surprising lack of Switch bundles featuring some of the console's biggest games, too. That said, when it's still selling like mad - as evidence by recently breaking the 50m units milestone - you can see why Nintendo feels no pressure to go too over the top with bundle deals.
Over in the US, clearance of old stock was the story once again. There was the Mario Kart 8 bundle (that's the one that features the older Switch model) plus a few others featuring the likes of Starlink: Battle for Atlas. Nothing amazing, then.
Things got a little more interesting in terms of games. Many big first-party releases were reduced to their lowest ever prices, especially in the US. There were also some bargains to be found on the Nintendo eShop. Not bad for a place that seems to come with its own Nintendo tax on digital games! We found some good prices on accessories, SD cards and other extras as well.
Overall, it wasn't the most thrilling selection of Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals if you were looking for a massive discount on the console. But, all the same, if you wanted to buy one prior to Christmas you could get some decent value for your money.
What Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals do we expect this year?
Given the evidence seen in the past few years, it's probably safe to assume that the Nintendo Switch won't be seeing a massive discount over Black Friday in the year ahead. It just doesn't really seem to be Nintendo's style to go for the huge price cuts we've for the other consoles. Instead, they look to load up bundles with additional value with extra games, freebies and more - even if it is the leftover stock!
They're in such a strong position that they can take this approach, though. The Switch is selling great guns even without a price reduction, so while Sony and Microsoft fight it out the be the big dog for next gen, Nintendo is happy to sit back and let their console speak for itself.
In that case, we can most likely expect that £280 price point to stand firm - although you should get a game bundled in for free, too. Expect the likes of last year's first party hits to be the ones included, with Pokémon, Animal Crossing and Mario Kart 8 all strong possibilities.
It'll be most interesting to see how they approach the Switch Lite as well. A year on and with a different audience in mind for it, could that be the one to get a more significant discount? As an already much cheaper version of the console on the market, though, it seems unlikely to be anything massive. Perhaps it'll be another small £20 drop on the base console, while the £200 price point will come with a free game?
For more Black Friday preparation, you can also check out our guides to the best Xbox Black Friday deals and the best PlayStation Black Friday deals. With new consoles coming from both, these will be the most interesting to follow!
What date is Black Friday this year?
This year, Black Friday is on 27th November. Cyber Monday is shortly after on 30th November. Although the two have been split in the past, with the way the majority of shopping now takes place online the latter has become a little pointless. Instead, the two are basically combined into one massive shopping spree.
In fact, it almost feels like Black Friday lasts a whole month with the way retailers are starting their sales even earlier nowadays. We've seen some start way back at the beginning of the month, with the majority deciding to launch their early Black Friday deals exactly one week before the day itself. As each day draws nearer, things ramp up even more, too, so expect the Black Friday period to last at least three weeks now. Oh, joy!
How to get the best Black Friday deals?
It can be very easy to get caught up in the excitement of Black Friday and end up buying stuff you would never usually want. Why not, though? It's so cheap! However, we'd encourage you to be a little more prepared ahead of the big day so you don't end up with a whole load of tat you wish you never bought.
With that in mind, it's best to go into Black Friday with a few items in mind that you know you definitely want. Say it's a new TV or a Nintendo Switch, you can do some preparation in the days before to see what the prices have been in the past or have a look at some of the better deals from earlier in the year so you know you're getting a bargain. That's what these pages are here to help with, too, as we've covered all the good deals from previous years!
At such an early stage, we'll leave the wild speculation for there now. Who knows how the gaming landscape will change over the coming ten months. With the next-gen consoles arriving from Sony and Microsoft, too, it'll be an interesting year to follow the PlayStation Black Friday deals and Xbox Black Friday deals as well!