Amazon Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals 2024: all the best early discounts available now

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We've only got a few days left before Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals take off, but we're already seeing plenty of early savings on the shelves. While Amazon might be holding back on some of its heavier discounts, retailers like Walmart in the US and Argos in the UK are already competing with some of the lowest prices of the year. We're seeing everything from incredibly well-priced Switch Lite bundles to record-breaking discounts on games themselves, all well before the official July 16 start date.

We've been watching Prime Day gaming deals for years now, so we know how to spot truly excellent value. Not only that, but we're constantly testing new Switch games and accessories to work out which ones really are worth your cash - then watching their prices year-round. In all that time watching Nintendo Switch deals, we've picked up a thing or two about what these sales usually look like. 

That's why we're running through everything we expect to see from Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals in 2024 right here. We're taking you through the games and gadgets we expect to see the biggest savings and rounding up all our favorite early offers just below. 

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Nintendo Switch Lite | Animal Crossing: New Horizons | $198 at Walmart

Nintendo Switch Lite | Animal Crossing: New Horizons | $198 at Walmart
You can pick up a free copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons with your Nintendo Switch Lite at Walmart right now. Considering this game still regularly goes for more than $40 that's an excellent offer. 

Buy it if: 

✅ You only want to play handheld
✅ Animal Crossing is a priority game
✅ You like the turquoise model 

Don't buy it if: 

❌ You also want to play on the TV 

Price check: Best Buy: $199.99 (no game)

UK: £199.99 £186.79 at Amazon

Nintendo Switch (Renewed) | $299.99 $259 at Amazon
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Nintendo Switch (Renewed) | $299.99 $259 at Amazon
Save $40 - Amazon runs its own comprehensive Renewed program, and it's currently the best way to pick up a Nintendo Switch console. We aren't seeing any discounts that can compete with this $259 sale price right now. 

Buy it if: 

✅ You will mostly play in docked mode
✅ You want detachable Joy-Con
✅ You don't want to spend on a screen upgrade

Don't buy it if: 

❌ You will mostly play in handheld mode

Price check: Best Buy (Geek Squad): $269.99

Nintendo Switch OLED Mario Red Edition | $349.99 $339.35 at Amazon
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Nintendo Switch OLED Mario Red Edition | $349.99 $339.35 at Amazon
Save $10 - The Mario Red version of the Nintendo Switch OLED is down to $339.35 at Amazon right now, in a rare saving on the system itself. We have seen those numbers trickle down to $314.99 in May, so if you're looking for the absolute lowest price possible this is one to watch. 

Buy it if: 

✅ You will play in handheld mode mostly
✅ You like the special edition aesthetic
✅ You want a rare Joy-Con color

Don't buy it if: 

❌ You will mostly play in docked mode

Price check: Walmart: $306 (Japanese version) | Best Buy: OOS

UK: £309.99 £281.90 at Amazon

Best early Prime Day Nintendo Switch game deals

Sonic Superstars | $59.99$27.90 at Amazon
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Sonic Superstars | $59.99 $27.90 at Amazon
Save $32 - Sonic Superstars is predicted to hit price lows of around $19.99 during Prime Day proper but if you do want to get in early you'll find it for $27.90 right now. That's a couple bucks off its usual daily $29.99 rate - so there's definitely movement here ahead of next week. 

Buy it if: 

✅ You want classic Sonic action
✅ You like sidescrolling platforming
✅ You're a fan of the old games

Don't buy it if: 

❌ You prefer Sonic Frontiers-style play

Price check: Walmart: $29.99 | Best Buy: $59.99

UK: £49.99 £27.77 at Argos

Super Mario RPG | $59.99 $39.75 at Amazon
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Super Mario RPG | $59.99 $39.75 at Amazon
Save $20 - Amazon already has Super Mario RPG down the price we expected to see it over the main Prime Day sale. That means you can jump in on this $20 discount well ahead of time. 

Buy it if: 

✅ You like turn-based combat
✅ You enjoyed the original
✅ You want a 3D Mario adventure

Don't buy it if: 

❌ You want traditional platforming

Price check: Walmart: $39.75 | Best Buy: $59.99

UK: £49.99 £37.99 at Argos

Super Mario Bros. Wonder | $59.99 $47.95 at Walmart
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Super Mario Bros. Wonder | $59.99 $47.95 at Walmart
Save $12 - Super Mario Bros. Wonder is currently down to $47.95 at Walmart, for a full $12 off the original $59.99 launch price. That's impressive, what with the game beind under a year old and a pretty big headliner. 

Buy it if: 

✅ You like classic Mario platforming
✅ You want a difficult 100%
✅ You need more multiplayer games

Don't buy it if: 

❌ You'd prefer a 3D Mario game

Price check: Amazon: $56.96 | Best Buy: $59.99

UK: £49.99 £34.95 at Amazon

Pokemon Legends Arceus | $59.99 $49.99 at Walmart
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Pokemon Legends Arceus | $59.99 $49.99 at Walmart
Savve $10 - Pokemon Legends Arceus has taken a small tumble down to $49.99 at Walmart this week, with $10 off the original MSRP. We've only ever seen it $4 cheaper in the past, and that was last year. 

Buy it if: 

✅ You're new to Pokemon
✅ You like more action elements than RPG
✅ You've played a lot of Pokemon Go

Don't buy it if: 

❌ You want a classic Pokemon experience

Price check: Amazon: $49.99 | Best Buy: $59.99

UK: £49.99 £37.99 at Argos

Animal Crossing: New Horizons | $59.99 $50.97 at Walmart
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons | $59.99 $50.97 at Walmart
Save $9 - Animal Crossing: New Horizons might be an older game, but it's held its value well. It's rare to find this one on sale for less than $50, and considering other retailers can't match Walmart's current price we're taking this as a win. 

Buy it if: 

✅ You prefer cozy games
✅ You want open-ended gameplay
✅ Your friends also play

Don't buy it if: 

❌ You prefer more action

Price check: Amazon: $54.75 | Best Buy: $59.99

UK: £49.99 £36.99 at Amazon

Princess Peach Showtime | $59.99 $51.75 at Amazon
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Princess Peach Showtime | $59.99 $51.75 at Amazon
Save $8 - Princess Peach Showtime is looking pretty good at $51 this week, considering it's a fairly recent and pretty high-profile release. There could be an extra couple of dollars extra off in official Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals, but this is about as good as it's ever been. 

Buy it if: 

✅ You want a relaxing adventure
✅ You're buying for kids
✅ You want different mechanics

Don't buy it if: 

❌ You're expecting precision platforming

Price check: Walmart: $53.49 | Best Buy: $59.99

UK: £49.99 £35.99 at Amazon

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door | $59.99 $54.48 at Walmart
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Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door | $59.99 $54.48 at Walmart
Save $5 - The Thousand Year Door is a newer release, but it's also a port. While early Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals aren't too exciting on this one right now, we'd certainly recommend watching out for some extra price drops here. 

Buy it if: 

✅ You enjoyed The Origami King
✅ You like strategy gameplay
✅ You liked the original

Don't buy it if: 

❌ You didn't enjoy previous releases

Price check: Amazon: $55.90 | Best Buy: $59.99

UK: £49.99 £39.99 at Very

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom | $69.99 $54.79 at Walmart
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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom | $69.99 $54.79 at Walmart
Save $14 - We've seen Tears of the Kingdom just tip-toeing around that $50 sale price for the last few months, so this is certainly one to watch over the next few days. You're currently saving $14 at Walmart this week - a vast improvement over other retailers. 

Buy it if: 

✅ You like open world gameplay
✅ You have plenty of time to invest
✅ You enjoyed Breath of the Wild 

Don't buy it if: 

❌ You prefer classic Zelda dungeon crawling

Price check: Amazon: $64.98 | Best Buy: $69.99

UK: £59.99 £40.49 at Amazon

Best early Prime Day Nintendo Switch accessory deals

Orzly Nintendo Switch carry case | $19.99 $15.99 at Amazon Save $4 -

Orzly Nintendo Switch carry case | $19.99 $15.99 at Amazon
Save $4 - It's a smaller saving, but considering the Orzly Nintendo Switch case started life at $24.99 this is still a solid discount. We were only expecting to see this at $1 less during actual Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals as well.

Buy it if: 

✅ You want space for extra accessories
✅ You want good all-round protection
✅ You want to take games with you 

Don't buy it if: 

❌ You want as little bulk as possible 

Price check: Walmart: OOS | Best Buy: OOS

UK: £14.99 £12.91 at Amazon

Hori Mario Kart Racing Wheel Pro Deluxe | $109.99 $99.99 at Amazon
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Hori Mario Kart Racing Wheel Pro Deluxe | $109.99 $99.99 at Amazon
Save $10 - It's a smaller saving on a three-figure gadget, but this $10 discount drops the Hori Mario Kart Racing Wheel Pro Deluxe down below $100. We've seen it as low as $69.99 in the past, but that was way back in October of 2021. 

Buy it if: 

✅ You have a surface for the clamps
✅ You play plenty of racing games
✅ You also race on PC

Don't buy it if: 

❌ You're a racing games enthusiast
❌ You don't have a clampable surface

Price check: Walmart: $99.99 | Best Buy: $106.99

UK: £94.99 £89.99 at Amazon

Hori Split Pad Pro | $49.99 $42.99 at Amazon
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Hori Split Pad Pro | $49.99 $42.99 at Amazon
Save $7 - It's a smaller saving, but the Hori Split Pad Pro rarely shaves too much off its $49.99 MSRP. We have seen it as low as $40 in the past few months, but this is still a solid rate today. 

Buy it if: 

✅ You want a more comfortable grip
✅ You need extra back buttons
✅ You don't want multiple controllers 

Don't buy it if: 

❌ You need rumble
❌ You want two separate wireless controllers

Price check: Walmart: $42.99 | Best Buy: $45.99

UK: £44.99 £39.97 at Amazon

FAQ

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When will Amazon Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals start?

Amazon Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals will officially kick off on July 16 and run all the way through July 17 this year. That's when the majority of Switch offers will land on the shelves - but it's worth noting that retailers running competing sales often launch their offers in the weekend ahead of Amazon's event. We'd recommend keeping a close eye on the shelves from July 13 onwards. 

Do you need a Prime membership for Amazon Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals?

Amazon keeps its best deals back for its Prime members during its larger sales, so you will need a membership to shop the best Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals this summer. However, there are a few ways to get around this. 

First up, we see plenty of other retailers looking to steal Amazon's thunder during this period, offering their own sales and price matching the online giant at the same time. That means it's wise to keep an eye on Best Buy and Walmart in the US, and Currys, Very, and Argos in the UK - you could easily walk away with the same price as a Prime member. 

For an easier life, though, we'd recommend looking into Amazon Prime free trials closer to the time. Amazon regularly offers free trials of its service around its annual sales to drum up interest.

Get a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime

Get a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime
You'll need a Prime membership to take advantage of this year's sale, but the good news is Amazon regularly offers free trials. Time it right and you can sail through the full event without paying for the subscription at all.

What to expect from Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals 2024

Nintendo Switch deals are starting to hit the shelves more and more in the last 12 months. With Black Friday offering up some of the best bundles and even straight discounts we've seen yet, we're optimistic for this trend to continue over Prime Day. While this is a safer bet in the UK where we regularly see bundles on the shelves and cheaper game prices in general, the US might see its best round of Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals yet. 

In fact, the only console we have some questions about is the Nintendo Switch Lite. With waning stock, this cheaper handheld-only model is looking is a little thin on the ground already. That said, discounts are still popping up in both the US and UK so if supply does hold out, there will be plenty to choose from here as well. 

Nintendo Switch OLED

Nintendo Switch OLED

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If you're after the latest and greatest console, it's worth noting that we've already seen as much as $30 / £40 off the Nintendo Switch OLED over the last couple of years. Those offers came from Walmart in the US and a range of retailers in the UK (though AO held out the longest at this price). Amazon itself hasn't offered too much cash off the device (aside from a fairly permanent £15 discount in the UK), but if other retailers take the leap on the day itself, we could see some price match wars occurring here. 

That still feels quite optimistic - the truth is we're just not used to seeing such savings on a Nintendo console, or any price drops at all. We're tentatively hoping for a return to that $20 / £20 price cut, but if there are no discounts at all we'll still likely see bundle offers rolling in.

Those bundles could include latest releases - Super Mario Wonder, Princess Peach Showtime, and Mario vs Donkey Kong are all waiting in the wings for inclusion here. However, some of the best value options could be on old favorites - we've seen bundles including Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe most recently in the US. 

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch

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The standard edition Nintendo Switch console dropped down to just $259 for the first time in May a couple of years ago. While a similar discount wasn't spotted in last year's Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals, similar offers starting to edge their way onto the shelves over the holiday period could well return. That fills us with far more confidence that we're going to see some more straight price drops on this device during Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals.

When it comes to bundles, though, there's some very exciting news. Last year's holiday sales saw a massive number of bundles on the shelves, and they held onto their position. Normally these offers run out of stock pretty quickly, but we're pretty confident we'll see similar discounts come the summer.

Not only that, but we regularly see price cuts in the UK. We've already seen retailers kicking things even further down the price chain across the pond, but never at Amazon. That means we're expecting a conservative £239.99 sales price come October, but it's well worth checking in with smaller sites like The Game Collection and Base for more discounts.

We could also see the return of the Mario Kart 8 bundle that sits pride of place during Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals, and there's far more wiggle room for more games to get involved here as well. We don't see too many bundles day to day in the US, so Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals could be your first port of call.

Games

Release dates matter where Switch game deals are concerned, as these titles hold their value particularly well. In fact, we still rarely ever see discounts of more than $10 on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and that was a launch title back in 2017. First up we have new titles released within the last six months - these are the least likely to see significant discounts. Think Princess Peach Showtime and Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door. The latter is going to be tough to find on sale (we've already seen around $10 off Peach during Memorial Day sales), but its status as a port could help it out. Still, we wouldn't expect to see much more than $10 off here as well. 

Then we have relatively new games that could drop to new record-low prices now that they've spent more time on the shelves. Titles like Super Mario Wonder, Super Mario RPG, Mario vs Donkey Kong, and WarioWare Move It have all enjoyed their own price cuts in previous sales. If this year's offers are particularly competitive, we could see up to $20 off these options. 

That brings prices down from $60 to somewhere around the $40 mark - and that's where you'll likely find slightly older but bigger first party releases. Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Splatoon 3, Super Mario 3D World, Mario Odyssey, and Animal Crossing New Horizons all inhabit this space. However, it's higher MSRP means that Tears of the Kingdom has been stuck at $50 for some time. 

Of all these games, you'll find the ones we're expecting to see the most important discounts on just below.

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Accessories

Official Nintendo Switch accessories seldom drop their price tags - you can still expect to pay around $60 for a Pro Controller and $79 for a set of Joy-Con. However, third-party accessories regularly take some serious discounts over Prime Day - and there are a few you need to have on your radar. 

The first is the Hori Split Pad Pro, our top pick for the best Joy-Con alternative. The gamepads themselves hold a $49.99 / £44.99 MSRP, but you'll regularly find them on sale day to day for around $45 / £40. Last Black Friday we saw these gamepads drop to $39.99 in the US (their lowest price to date is $30, but that was just over the course of one day in August 2023). That's where we would expect them to fall come Prime Day. 

Of course, if you want to keep rumble features, we'd recommend the Nitro Deck instead. This alternative has been on sale pretty consistently for the last month or so, dropping its $59.99 / £49.99 MSRP down to $49.99 / £44.99. We have, however, seen it drop as low as $44.99 / £39.99 in recent discounts so it's well worth watching for future sales. 

We'd also recommend watching both the Genki Covert Dock and Genki ShadowCast. These are third party gadgets that open you up to big-screen play on a range of different devices while you're out and about. The former hasn't seen too many discounts so far, but could well drop for the first time over Prime Day. It's got a $59.99 MSRP in the US but that could well dip to $49.99 in the summer. That's your go-to if you're looking for a portable docking option for a TV. However, if you need to play on a slightly smaller screen (an iPad or laptop, for example), the Genki ShadowCast should be on your list. 

Thankfully, we've seen more discounts in the last few months here. The $49.99 MSRP has given way to a $44.99 coupon sale price in recent weeks, which is where we'd expect things to be in July. If we're lucky, though, those numbers could trickle down to $39.99.


Want more offers? Be sure to check out our Prime Day Xbox Series X deals and Prime Day laptop deals primers. We're also getting you prepped for this year's Prime Day PS5 deals as well.

Tabitha Baker
Managing Editor - Hardware

Managing Editor of Hardware at GamesRadar+, I originally landed in hardware at our sister site TechRadar before moving over to GamesRadar. In between, I've written for Tom’s Guide, Wireframe, The Indie Game Website and That Video Game Blog, covering everything from the PS5 launch to the Apple Pencil. Now, i'm focused on Nintendo Switch, gaming laptops (and the keyboards, headsets and mice that come with them), PS5, and trying to find the perfect projector.