If you’ve had your eyes on the Nintendo Switch this Black Friday, we’d understand if you are disappointed with the official Nintendo bundle. A repeat from last year, the bundle includes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and the launch model Switch for $300. To put it plainly, it’s underwhelming. This is especially true when you consider that Nintendo released a new Switch model with better battery life a couple of months ago.
Luckily, there is a great deal on the new model Nintendo Switch at Rakuten. On Thanksgiving Day, Rakuten is discounting the Switch from $300 to $250. To get the discount, you have to use promo code THANKS20 when checking out. Unfortunately, it’s currently sold out, but it’s worth it to come back throughout the Black Friday weekend to see if it comes back.
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The new model offers 4.5 to 9 hours of battery life as opposed to the launch model’s 2.5 to 6.5 range. If you have the choice between this and the official Nintendo bundle, you should absolutely pick the new model. And hey, if you really want to buy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as well, it’s available for $50 at Amazon.
This Rakuten deal is the only straight-up discount we’ve seen on the Nintendo Switch this Black Friday. Google Shopping has a bundle that includes the console, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, and a 12-month Nintendo Switch Online family subscription for $296 ($375 value).
When it comes to the Nintendo Switch Lite, there are a few deals as well. Google Shopping has the Switch Lite for $175 right now, which is $25 off. Meanwhile, Ebay has Switch Lite bundles that include Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield for $230 ($260 value).