Featured Deal: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle | $19
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.
Five years later from its original release and I’m still in disbelief this game exists—a Mario game developed by Ubisoft featuring the Rabbids. Even more shocking, the game is pretty good. Really good actually. It whips. If you’re a fan of turn-based strategy games like XCOM or want to dip your toes into the genre, this is an excellent example of one and is a fantastic starting point. You play as Mario and his friends like Peach, Luigi, and Yoshi as well as Rabbid forms of each of them as you take on weird amalgamations of classic Mario enemies mixed with the Rabbids. Also, Mario has a gun.
Mario Golf: Super Rush | $55
The latest spinoff of Mario and company dipping their toes into the sports world comes in the form of Mario Golf: Super Rush. The golf controls feel great and the game is a blast to play—especially with friends. There just isn’t a whole lot to do in it. The Adventure Mode feels very cobbled together or as if they had to cut a lot of ideas coming in at around five hours to complete. The new Super Rush mode can provide some hectic fun, but if you’re like me, you’re just in it for the standard game which is real solid.
This fun little adventure is a spinoff from a set of mini-levels found in Super Mario 3D World starring Toad waddling his way through small puzzle-box levels. This game is a joy and can also be experienced in co-op. One player controls Captain Toad while the other can assist with things like providing cover fire against enemies. The game is down to just $33.
Just Dance 2022 | $25
Just Dance 2022 is jam-packed with songs I don’t know because I’m over-the-hill in terms of Top 40 hits. I’ve been listening to exclusively Japanese Breakfast lately, but I’ll rattle off some tracks included in this one and it’s up to you to figure out for yourself if I actually heard them or not (chances are no). Taylor Swift—Love Story (Taylor’s Version), 24kGoldn ft. Iann Dior—Mood, Billie Eilish—Happier Than Ever, Olivia Rodrigo—Good 4 U, Dua Lipa—Levitating, Camilla Cabello—Don’t Go Yet, and more. The game is down to $25 so have at it.
Crash 4: It’s About Time | $27
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time takes us all back to our roots. With this release, plus Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and the long-awaited sequel Psychonauts 2, I feel we may be on the cusp of a return to 3D platforming. And you can get in on the action for just $27. There are more playable characters, abilities, bosses, and worlds than ever before, so if you’re not interested in next gen right now, this is a fine way to keep busy until the games start rolling. Though for folks out there with a Series X, you’ll be happy to know the game is also optimized for your console.
Little Nightmares II | $23
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 $23.
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.
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.
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.
This story was originally published by Andrew Hayward on 04/16/2020 and updated by Joe Tilleli with new information on 02/28/2022.