These are the best Nintendo Switch deals available now.
Now that winter is here, 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, including a mix of recent and older releases.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl | $55-$56
The long-run tradition of remaking Pokémon games continued last year with the release of Shining Pearl and Brilliant Diamond. At the time of writing this, Shining Pearl is still a dollar more than Brilliant Diamond. BD is discounted to $55 while SP is only down to $56. I’m here to tell you this dollar is worth it for Vulpix alone, exclusive to Shining Pearl.
Little Nightmares II | $29
There’s actually a neat little gem that you may have missed floating around out there: Little Nightmares II. The first game was a wonderful, creepy puzzle platformer that got a little lost in the 2017 shuffle. With clearer skies, the sequel looks like it’ll make a bigger impact when it comes to year-end list season with its dazzling art direction that makes it look like the second coming of Limbo. It’s the kind of game that after you beat, you’ll find yourself diving through YouTube analysis videos to put together the captivating emotional story which is all told without any dialogue. You can currently get a physical copy on Nintendo Switch version for $29.
The Joy-Con is a wonderful idea, in theory, however, it trades ergonomics and practicality for versatility. It’s great that the controller can be split and in and then turned sideways to operate as two distinct controllers, but that means there are some weird limitations on both ends. Let’s face it, the four buttons as a D-pad work fine for games where the different directions are separate actions, but using it for platformers to move around is doodoo. Hori has thankfully introduced an alternative in their D-pad controller which does what it sounds like—replaces the four buttons with a proper D-pad. This one is also decked out in Zelda. You can get one right now for just $20.
Super Mario Odyssey | $40
Mario returned to 3D in this massive hit back in 2017. Super Mario Odyssey is what finally got me to get a Nintendo Switch and it’s a game that’s well worth the price of admission alone. Our mustachioed friend in overalls has never felt so good to control. Packed with several unique and thematic kingdoms to explore, with New Donk City being the standout, this game is a wonderful tribute to Mario’s history from the original Donkey Kong arcade, to his side-scrolling NES classic, to his first time in a 3D space with the N64. It also manages to be an excellent game in its own right. You can (and should) play it for just $40 which is what it is going for right now.
2020's standout Zelda spinoff Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity follows the formula of Dynasty Warriors while expanding the world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild by fleshing out its characters and lore amid big battles. The digital code is down to $40 at Amazon.
Bravely Default II | $40
Do you need another long, turn-based JRPG in your life? Of course you do! What else is going on right now!? Well, Switch owners can grab Bravely Default II, which is sure to keep you occupied for quite some time. The latest RPG from Square Enix features the game’s signature “Brave/Default” combat system, which lets players store up attacks and unleash multiple at once. There are new characters, new job classes, a new look, and so much more. If that’s up your alley, you can grab it from Amazon for $40 today. Preoccupy your brain with some grinding.
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is the latest 2D sidescroller we’ve gotten in the Mario series. While this is arguably one of the best local multiplayer options available now and certainly one of those “must have” games on the Switch, the series just gets under my skin. Not for the game itself—just that they still feel the need to tack “New” on there. It goes back to the “original” New Super Mario Bros. that released for the Nintendo DS in 2006. It was Mario’s return to form following his jump to 3D and departure from 2D in 1990. But here we are 15 years later, nearly the same amount of time from New Super Mario Bros. as it was from Super Mario World, and we still have “New” in the title. Words are supposed to mean things. Luckily, this has no effect on gameplay which I must reiterate does kick ass. You can pick up a copy for only $37.
In the nearly five years since The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild came out, this game has yet to be dethroned as the best open-world game. If you somehow still haven’t gotten around to playing what is likely the most must-own game of the generation, you’re in luck. You can grab it for just $40 right now which is pretty much as low as first-party Nintendo games ever go
Some games just can’t be played on anything other than a GameCube controller. We’re looking at you, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. If you can’t find an adapter for your old GameCube controller to use on the Nintendo Switch and you’re not an insufferable purist, give PowerA’s wireless controller a shot, which sits at $42 on Amazon right now. In addition, you can get a bundle of three in purple, black, and gray for $102.
Immortals: Fenyx Rising | $30
Ubisoft’s Immortals Fenyx Rising is an open-world adventure inspired by Greek mythology as much as it is Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It hails from the developers of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, but is tighter in focus, cartoonish in style, and pretty funny to boot. It’s more than half off at Amazon.
The brutal and beautiful Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is one of the best games you can play on your Nintendo Switch you can grab a physical copy from Amazon for $50 right now. If you’re looking for a fun platformer to play either solo co-op that’s a bit tougher than the latest Super Mario Brothers 2D sidescrollers, definitely give this ported Wii U title a shot. We don’t know how long this price will last, so don’t turn into a Cranky Kong if you miss out.