In a surprise twist, it was the supermarkets that had the best Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals last year. They had Switch consoles going for as cheap as £230 over the sales event - some of the lowest prices we've ever seen! Stock was quite limited though, so you'd have been lucky to grab one. What does that mean for 2021, though?
Well, with the announcement of the Switch OLED, we have already seen a price drop for the standard Nintendo Switch. It seems a likely bet that we'll see even bigger savings and better offers in this year's Switch Black Friday 2021 deals. As for Switch OLED Black Friday deals, Nintendo's output usually has a long-term demand and that applies to both consoles and games, so the incentive to discount them is minimal.
However, the best offers may be hiding on the Nintendo Switch Lite. The already much more affordable handheld-only iteration was reduced to £180 last year in a bundle with Animal Crossing New Horizons and a 3 Month Switch Online membership. Still one of the console's biggest titles, this bundle bargain may be repeated in 2021. We'll just have to wait and see in November.
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Nintendo Switch Black Friday console deals
Once the £230 Nintendo Switch we saw at Tesco, Aldi and ShopTo sold out, there really weren't that many Nintendo Switch deals over Black Friday last year. Sure, there were still some decent offers going around, but it was mostly standard Switch consoles with games or gift cards thrown in.
The Nintendo Switch Lite bundle with Animal Crossing New Horizons and Switch Online stuck around for a good while, at least. It didn't drop back to its best price of £180, but it was still very affordable at £200. Usually, that's what you'd need to pay for a Switch Lite by itself!
With the new Switch OLED coming out in just a few weeks (8th October 2021) we could see Nintendo looking to shift some of the older consoles more aggressively this year. A lot of bargain hunters will have their attention on hunting down PS5 stock and Xbox Series X stock as well, so will Nintendo have to go the extra mile to stand out?
Nintendo Switch Black Friday game deals
Nintendo always play it safe when discounting first-party games, so we're not expecting anything more beyond the usual 33 per cent off for digital titles, but big discounts on third-party games seem quite likely to reappear.
We'll be looking out for offers on Animal Crossing New Horizons, Super Mario 3D World and Breath of the Wild as some of the biggest games in recent years - especially with a sequel to the latter still in the works. It seems unlikely that some of this year's bigger releases such as Pokémon Snap and Skyward Sword HD will be reduced, but we'll keep an eye out for an offer.
Ultimately, time will tell what they've got in store but we wouldn't expect much higher discounts than last year's selection.
Nintendo Switch Black Friday accessory deals
Nintendo Switch SD cards, controllers and cases are just some of the most sought-after accessories for the console. Once again, we expect a decent selection of them to receive reductions.
We'll also be looking closely for any reductions on the Skyward Sword Joy-Cons - as long as they haven't all sold out by November! Other more standard Joy-Con variations might get a small price cut over Black Friday, so watch out for that too.
That's it for now. Hopefully, that's given you some idea of what Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals to look out for this year.
If you're more into other consoles, we've also put our thinking caps on to consider the PS5 Black Friday and Xbox Black Friday bargains that might grace us with their presence in 2021. Either way, make sure you're keeping an eye on the Jelly Deals Twitter, where we'll continue posting new offers through the year ahead.