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Nintendo is bundling Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with the Switch for Black Friday

Nintendo has announced its Black Friday deals, the most important of which is a $ 299.99 Switch console bundle with a free download code for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. This deal starts on Thursday, November 28 and is available at various stores. So far we've seen it confirmed in Target & # 39; s Black Friday ad, but expect it to pop up with the other big players, such as Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, and more.

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It's great to get a free game with the Switch, especially a game that is just as good as the popular kart racer from Nintendo, but this deal contains a number of small print that you care about or not. You only get the free game with the HAC-001 version of the console, the original launch model that has been replaced by a new version with a hugely superior battery life (a range of 4.5 to nine hours versus the 2.5 to 6 , 5 from the original – your claim, depending on the game).

According to countless teardowns and impressions from reviewers who have spent time with the newer version, the battery life is the main difference between the two versions. So if you plan to use it more on the go than in paired mode, you might want to consider the slightly updated console, which has the same price of $ 299, but no free game with purchase. This way you can ensure that you get the right one at your local store.

This deal could be a way for Nintendo to clean up its remaining inventory of launch units without lowering the price, but luckily the older version is no less capable and crucial no less fun to play on.


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Nintendo has a few other deals that you should know about that start on Wednesday, November 27. It costs $ 20 off the Joy-Con pairs in gray or neon blue and red colors. These usually cost $ 79, so $ 59 is a much more digestible price for an extra set of Joy-Con. If you have two sets of Joy-Con, you have enough controllers to support up to four players to participate Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Smash Bros. Ultimateand other multiplayer titles.

The Poké Ball Plus controller for use with Pokémon: Let's go Pikachu and Let's go Eevee will be $ 19.99 (usually $ 49.99).


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Nintendo also saves $ 20 on various acclaimed Switch titles. Many of the games on the list below have a lot of replay value and rarely see any form of discount, so with $ 39.99 they are an excellent value. Here is the full list of games that will see a price drop from Wednesday, November 27:

  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Super Mario party
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Splatoon 2
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus