Nintendo deals are hard to come by, especially on consoles. So, I want to make sure you’re getting the best possible deal when you purchase Nintendo products.
Whether it’s you or your kids playing Mario Kart, Splatoon, The Legend of Zelda, and all the rest, you should know how to get the best prices on your Nintendo consoles, games, and accessories.
1. Shop Nintendo deals on console bundles during Black Friday.
One of my favorite Nintendo deals is on Black Friday, where many retailers will sell Switch consoles with games bundled in.
Here’s an awesome bundle deal I saw for Best Buy Black Friday 2020:
Free shipping on orders of $35+
Final Price: $299.99
Why is this deal so awesome? Mario Kart 8 Deluxe retails at $60 and three months of Nintendo Switch Online would cost $12. You just saved $72!
2. Look for Nintendo deals from stores with great return policies.
When you’re searching for Nintendo sales and deals, like with any electronics, buy from stores or sites with great return policies. Let me tell you now, physical stores tend to be better as you don’t have to pay return shipping. Here’s some return policies you should be familiar with:
- The Target return policy gives you 30 days for electronics. Plus, purchases made between Nov. 1 and Dec. 25 can be returned up to 30 days after Dec. 26, extending that window into January of the following year.
- Best Buy usually has a 15-day return policy. But, between Oct. 13, 2020 and Jan. 2, 2021, the return window’s will be extended to Jan. 16, 2021.
- Walmart and Kohl’s both have 30-day return policies on electronics, like the Nintendo Switch.
- Costco has a great 90-day return policy all year. However, their gaming selection isn’t as good as Target or Walmart.
3. Download the KCL app and set up notifications for Nintendo sales and deals.
Once you install the KCL app, you’ll be prompted to select any brand names or categories you’d like to be notified of when a new deal pops up. Make sure to select Nintendo and we’ll send you all the best deals on any games or consoles we find.
4. Use the Target RedCard to get early access to Nintendo Black Friday deals and 5% off.
Target RedCard holders will get early access to special deals and offers for Black Friday, which includes Nintendo bundles and games. This is awesome, as they tend to sell out super fast. And of course, you’ll get the extra 5% off for using your RedCard!
5. Buy pre-owned consoles from GameStop.
Gamestop Refurbished Nintendo Switches are usually about $40 to $50 less than the retail price of $299.99.
If your product has any issues, return it for a refund in the first seven days. You have 30 days for an exchange.
6. Buy used Nintendo Switch games on Facebook Marketplace and join groups to trade and sell games.
Facebook Nintendo Switch Facebook Groups are a great place for trading and selling Nintendo games.
Check your local Facebook Marketplace to find people selling games and consoles in your area to avoid shipping costs.
I just looked and saw a Nintendo Switch bundle with six games and a Pro Controller for just $200. That would’ve been almost $600 new!
7. Get Nintendo deals right from their website.
Nintendo.com always has a list of deals and specials on their website that are totally worth checking out. This includes direct links to deals from retailers like Walmart, Target, and Amazon.
They also have a list of discounted games you can download directly from Nintendo online.
8. Join Amazon Prime to get release date delivery and special offers.
Release date deliveries are free for Prime members when two-day shipping is selected. Rather than waiting in line at the store for a newly released game, preorder it through Amazon and get it delivered to your home that day.
Amazon Prime members can also get access to offers like a free year of Nintendo Switch Online.
9. Trade in old games or consoles at GameStop for store credit.
Get more for your Gamestop trade-ins when you opt for store credit instead of cash. The first generation Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy-Con can be traded in for $150 store credit or $120 cash.
Gamestop also offers trade-in bonuses, like an additional $25 towards the Animal Crossing-themed Switch if you trade in your old model.
10. Use Nintendo Life to find out about all the latest games.
Nintendolife.com is a must-visit website for all Nintendo fans. There are forums for users to ask questions and help each other out and a list of all the games out now.
There’s also game reviews and news posts on upcoming Nintendo sales.
11. Save $100 if you opt for the Nintendo Switch Lite.
The Nintendo Switch Lite was released in September of 2019 as a smaller, budget-friendly option. The Switch Lite only supports games that can be played in handheld mode on the device, not ones that can be played on a bigger screen.
The Switch Lite also integrated the Joy-Cons into the main hardware, so they are not removable pieces like with the original Switch. The retail price for the Switch Lite is $199.99, $100 cheaper than the original.
12. Get Nintendo Rewards with My Gold Points.
Whenever you buy a physical or digital Nintendo game while you’re signed into your Nintendo account, you can get rewards back in the form of My Nintendo Gold Points.
Every point is basically a cent you can get off a future digital purchase. You get 1% back on physical purchases and 5% back on digital.
Basically, if you buy a game on the Nintendo eShop that’s $60, you’ll get 300 points, or $3 credit that you can use for your next game.
13. Keep up with Nintendo deals on Reddit.
If you’re looking for Nintendo Switch deals, Reddit is a great resource. The r/NintendoSwitchDeals subreddit is extremely active, and they post sales on physical games, digital games, and accessories.
The r/3DSdeals subreddit is also a good spot, but less active since it’s an older console.
14. Rent games and accessories from your local library.
Check with your local library to see if they have them at your location and check them out! Recently I found the LEGO Movie 2 video game at my library. They also had accessories like the tennis racket connectors.
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