The Nintendo Switch has been out for quite a few months now, but grabbing one is still pretty tough. Demand is high, and stock is low. And most Switch listings online are much more expensive than Nintendo's suggested retail price, making the Switch a particularly pricey console to invest in at the moment.
If you're interested in grabbing a Nintendo Switch, there are still a few solutions on the table. We've gone ahead and vetted some of the best offers on the Nintendo Switch to date, and here's what we recommend if you want to grab one before the holiday season:
ThinkGeek's Switch Bundles
If you're dying for a Switch and aren't afraid to put down an extra $100, ThinkGeek is hosting a couple Nintendo Switch bundles online that are worth checking out. Their $399.99 Mario Kart bundle just sold out, but there's also a Breath of the Wild option, which clocks out to $429.99, but features the Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition's first few volumes and the Sheikah Slate Sketchbook. Not bad.
While the extra goodies might not be everyone's choice, it's a solid deal nonetheless to get your hands on a Nintendo Switch sooner rather than later. Plus, the bundle's contents inside clock out to approximately their worth outside of a bundle, which means their deal is pretty fair compared to some of the scalpers on eBay.
GameStop's Online Bundles
Bad news out of the way first: GameStop just sold out on their Splatoon 2 bundle for the Nintendo Switch. But if you're dying for a Switch sooner over later, we highly recommend keeping an eye on GameStop's deals, which there are sure to be more of.
There's a simple reason to go with GameStop. The retailer has a pretty solid track record of selling their Nintendo Switch consoles at very reasonable prices. The Splatoon 2 bundle, for instance, is $359.99. That's literally the price of Splatoon 2 and the Nintendo Switch bundled together: no added accessories, no scalping with a higher price.
You can also order online for many of GameStop's bundles, too, so there's no need to leave the house to grab a Switch. For shoppers who want to save money and just get their dollar's worth, GameStop is worth keeping in mind.
Hit Up Offline Retailers
When in doubt, go offline. Best Buy and Wal-Mart regularly receive new shipments of Nintendo Switch consoles, as do some GameStops. If you want a Nintendo Switch at an affordable price and don't want to pay for any online shipping, sometimes the best solution is just to go in-person and pick up a Switch. Like GameStop, Best Buy and Wal-Mart usually don't mark up their Nintendo Switch consoles if you go in-store for a copy.
Before you check out Google Maps and start hitting up every single shop in the nearby area, though, do some research. Online, you can usually check store availability. And when in doubt, feel free to call up places nearby. Employees may give a firm "no" on Nintendo Switch stock, but in turn they might tell you when new shipments arrive.
If you live in a major city like New York or Los Angeles, getting clued in on new Switch arrivals can be the difference between landing a Switch in mid-August or early September.
Follow r/NintendoSwitchDeals Religiously
The best way to score a Switch is to actively search for one. Luckily, the subreddit r/NintendoSwitchDeals has you covered there.
Reddit's r/NintendoSwitchDeals tracks ongoing deals on Nintendo Switch consoles, bundles, games and accessories. Since deals tend to pop up (and abruptly close out) pretty quickly, the subreddit does a stellar job of keeping users posted about upcoming sales throughout both the online and offline marketplace. Keeping tabs on the site is a great way to score a Nintendo Switch sooner rather than later, and for a solid price at that.
The subreddit also hosts a regular local stock tracking thread, where users can check in to see whether their local city or state has new shipments at Best Buy, GameStop or other locations. So if you're a bit phone shy, feel free to check on on r/NintendoSwitchDeals. They're a great resource to see if you can buy a Switch nearby.
Those are our recommendations for grabbing a Switch. Have an idea in mind? Share with us in the comments below.