Is Black Friday 2018 the time to buy a Nintendo Switch?

You mean you haven't bought a Switch already? Not to worry, here's a look into whether Black Friday 2018 is the right time to do so.

We’re fast approaching the annual celebration of mass consumerism that is Black Friday, and as usual there will be plenty of gaming deals on offer. Consoles, games and more will receive hefty and all-too-tempting discounts, making it tricky to resist emptying your entire bank account at once. If you’ve held off so far on purchasing a Nintendo Switch, Black Friday 2018 may seem like the perfect opportunity. In this article we’ll attempt to give you the low down on whether this year is the right time to pick up a Nintendo Switch, and let you know what deals you can expect to see in Black Friday 2018.

Is Black Friday 2018 the time to buy a Nintendo Switch?

If you’ve not picked up a Nintendo Switch yet, Black Friday 2018 will offer a cracking chance to grab one at a reduced price. It’s a stellar console well worth owning, but there are a few points worth noting which we’ve outlined below:

There have been a number of different Switch designs released © Nintendo
There have been a number of different Switch designs released. © Nintendo

Exclusives

Despite being relatively young in its console life, the Switch has an incredible list of exclusives already. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is easily the best game of an entire generation, a redefining of the open world genre that we believe everyone should experience. Throw Super Mario Odyssey, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Octopath Traveler and Super Mario Party into the mix, as well as Splatoon 2 and Mario Tennis Aces for multiplayer fans, and there’s already plenty to keep you busy on Nintendo’s hybrid delight. And that’s not counting the increasing number of WiiU titles getting re-releases on Switch. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe remains as brilliant as ever, and there are even more updated titles on the way in case you missed them the first time round.

However, one concern worth noting is that, as impressive as the Switch is, it’s no match for the power of the PS4 and Xbox One, meaning many of the multiplatform titles the other consoles receive won’t make the jump to Switch. That means demanding titles like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 simply won’t be available to you if the Switch is your only console.

Looking to the future, one big title that’ll factor into many decisions is the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on December 7. The Smash series is a console seller, and if you’re a fan you’ll need to ask yourself how comfortable you’d be holding off on Ultimate for almost a full year to save yourself a bit of cash. We’d be remiss to not also mention Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee/Pikachu which releases shortly before Black Friday on November 16, and Nintendo even has another full Pokemon RPG in the works for 2019. They might not be getting Red Dead or Battlefield, but Switch owners have plenty to look forward to over the next year.

Many Nintendo fans have been waiting a long time for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate © Nintendo
Many Nintendo fans have been waiting a long time for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. © Nintendo

The new Switch model

Probably the biggest factor that will impact your decision to purchase a Switch or not in Black Friday 2018 is that Nintendo recently announced a new Switch model is planned to release in 2019. Reportedly, Nintendo has yet to decide what new hardware of software to include in the new model, but it will play the same games as the current Switch and share the same features. An updated model is always tempting, and it’ll be sure to drive down the price of the original Switch, meaning you may be able to save a lot more cash if you hold off for one more year.

With that in mind, don’t expect this new Switch to be a large jump in the vein of the Xbox One X or PS4 Pro. Current indicators don’t point to a more powerful system, instead suggesting Nintendo may be aiming for a brighter, thinner display with longer battery life. The news that Nintendo hasn’t nailed down the details of the machine also mean we likely won’t see it until the latter end of the year, which means it could even be after Black Friday 2019, and probably won’t benefit from any deals in it.

What Nintendo Switch deals to expect in Black Friday 2018

Last year in Black Friday 2017, a wide range of outlets offered deals for the Nintendo Switch, all around the same price of $299. The console still costs that much today, and with it now nearly two years old, we expect to see a decent price drop from the likes of Best Buy, WalMart and Target. We expect to see more bundles for the console announced too, partnering it up with titles like Super Mario Odyssey or, if we're lucky, a cheaper price for the Pokemon Let's Go Eevee/Pikachu limited edition Switch.

You'll want to keep an eye out for Nintendo Switch accessories too. © Nintendo
You'll want to keep an eye out for Nintendo Switch accessories too. © Nintendo

Black Friday 2018 is also a great chance to grab yourself an extra set of Joy-Cons, a Switch Pro Controller or a new Docking Station. These items are tough to come by and very expensive, so make the most of any deals you can when you spot them. Last year Joy-Cons weren’t widely available, but plenty of third party controllers, chargers and even the Nintendo Wired Controller went on offer. This year the demand isn’t quite so high, but if you’re on the lookout for new accessories, you’ll want to make sure you’re quick.

On the whole it’s never really a bad time to buy a Nintendo Switch thanks to the excellent and unique games available for it, as well as the flexibility it provides compared to other consoles. If you’re looking to save your cash, waiting until next year could see the price drop a lot further when the new Switch model is announced, but it’s a risk that’ll mean you miss out on the likes of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokemon. You’ll need to weigh up the choice for yourself before Black Friday 2018 arrives on November 23.

Associate Editor

Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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