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We’ve found the best Nintendo Switch and lite deals to shop now

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Eleanor Jones
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<p>Here’s everything you need to know about choosing the right device and bundle for you</p> (iStock/The Independent)

Here’s everything you need to know about choosing the right device and bundle for you

(iStock/The Independent)

Since the original console launched in 2017, the Nintendo Switch has been incredibly popular with gamers of all ages – and, as such, Switch deals are extremely hard to come by.

With the ability to bringing everything from Pokémon and Animal Crossing to Mario and Zelda to life in your hands, the Switch is undoubtedly one of the brand’s most successful launches ever.

But with consistently good sales for a number of years, followed by fluctuating stock levels due to an even greater surge in demand during the pandemic, it makes sense that the brand would be reluctant to offer any major reductions. And be warned – when a discount does drop, Switches tend to sell out fast.

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However, if you’ve got your heart set on a Nintendo Switch or a Nintendo Switch lite and want to save some cash wherever you can, we have still managed to find some savings on theconsoles, accessories and games that are well worth having on your radar.

Here’s everything you need to know about choosing the right option for you, including the best Nintendo Switch deals to shop now.

You can trust our independent product selections. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections. This revenue helps us to fund journalism across The Independent.

Which Nintendo Switch should I buy?

There are currently two key versions of the Switch on sale. The first incarnation, the Nintendo Switch, is a handheld device that can also be used as a more traditional home console, allowing you to play games on your TV as well as on its built-in touchscreen.

The Nintendo Switch comes with detachable joy-con controllers that enable wireless play when the device is docked in the supplied cradle – two controllers are supplied initially, but you can have up to eight players in this mode if you purchase more separately.

It’s most instantly recognisable in its red and blue colourway – it was also previously available in grey, but this option has officially been discontinued and therefore is usually more expensive.

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The other console option is the Nintendo Switch lite: a smaller, more lightweight and more affordable console that only offers handheld play, and is therefore great for gaming on the go (not that the tablet-sized original isn’t, to be fair).

The touchscreen is smaller on the lite – 5.5in compared to the larger version’s 6.2in – but the resolution is the same, making for an impressive visual experience, whichever Switch you invest in. Both consoles also include 32GB of internal memory, which you can expand upon with microSDHC or microSDXC cards.

The Nintendo Switch lite is also available in grey, as well as fun pastel colours such as coral and turquoise.

A new version of the Nintendo Switch, rumoured to be called the Nintendo Switch pro, could reportedly drop before the end of the year. It’s said to have features including a larger, brighter screen, a better processor and an impressive battery life – but Nintendo has yet to confirm any details, so if you’re holding out for this model, you’ll have to sit tight.

The best Nintendo Switch deals

On its own, the Nintendo Switch typically retails from £279, rising to around £319.99 when part of a bundle with one game, and up to £359.99 when bundled with two. A bundle is usually the best deal as you’ll always make a saving compared to the cost of buying the game and console individually.

If you’re shopping for the larger, multifunctional Nintendo Switch, it’s also helpful to check whether the listing is for a V1 or V2 edition.

The former is the original 2017 version which has considerably worse battery life, as this was the main thing that Nintendo improved upon in the new edition, which it quietly started distributing in 2019.

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Most retailers will only stock the V2 these days, but it’s not always clear what is stocked when you’re looking at resale sites or descriptions without much detail. If you’re unsure, look to the packaging – the box for the V2 has a bright red background, and should have a serial number starting with XKW.

The Nintendo Switch lite usually starts at around £199, with bundles from £219 with selected games. As above, buying the lite with a game usually represents the best value for money.

As we’ve noted, both consoles are tricky to get hold of even at their full price right now, so here are the retailers with availability, and the best Nintendo Switch deals we’ve found this month.

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Nintendo Switch neon red and blue

Buy now £279.00, Amazon.co.uk

Nintendo Switch neon red and ‘Mario Kart 8' deluxe bundle

Buy now £319.00, Currys.co.uk

Nintendo Switch lite grey

Buy now £199.00, Amazon.co.uk

Nintendo Switch lite turquoise

Buy now £198.00, Amazon.co.uk

Nintendo Switch lite coral

Buy now £198.00, Amazon

Nintendo Switch lite yellow

Buy now £198.00, Amazon.co.uk

Nintendo Switch lite and ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons' bundle

Buy now £219.99, Very.co.uk

Nintendo Switch neon 1.1 with ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ and ‘Mario Kart 8 Deluxe'

Buy now £359.99, Very.co.uk

Nintendo Switch lite and ‘Mario Kart 8 Deluxe' bundle

Buy now £209.99, Currys.co.uk

Nintendo Switch and ‘Pokemon Shield’ bundle

Buy now £319.00, Currys.co.uk

Nintendo Switch, ‘Super Smash Bros Ultimate’ and eShop gift card bundle

Buy now £349.00, Currys.co.uk

Nintendo Switch and ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition’ bundle, neon red and blue

Buy now £319.00, Currys .co.uk

Nintendo Switch lite and ‘Minecraft’ bundle – turquoise

Buy now £209.00, Currys.co.uk

Nintendo Switch lite, ‘Minecraft’ and ‘Super Mario 3D All-Stars’ bundle – grey

Buy now £239.00, Currys.co.uk

Nintendo Switch lite Mario mega pack – grey

Buy now £299.99, Nintendo.co.uk