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Where to buy Nintendo Switch online in November 2021

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Where to buy Nintendo Switch online is a question a lot of gamers are asking at the moment. Faced with a shortage of chips and other global supply chain issues, Nintendo has had to cur production of the Switch by 20 per cent, which means a lot of retailers are almost permanently sold out. Whether you’re looking for the new Nintendo Switch OLED, a Nintendo Switch Lite or the original Nintendo Switch, you may be struggling to find one.

But don't fear. There are still chances to get a Nintendo Switch in time for Christmas, at least the original console or the Nintendo Switch Lite. (For the even more elusive new OLED model, see our dedicated guide to Nintendo Switch OLED restocks – Very is taking pre-orders in the UK).

Finding a Nintendo Switch does take a little legwork, or at least keyboard work checking different retailers. When a specific retailer receives restocks, they can sell out in minutes, so you might have to check a few to find a console. To help save you some time, we've put together a list below of the best retailers to try if you're wondering where to buy Nintendo Switch online, plus direct links to the best deals that were available at the time of writing (all see our guide to Nintendo Switch deals.)

Bear in mind the standard retail prices of each console to avoid being charged more: Nintendo Switch: $299.99/£259, Nintendo Switch Lite: $199.99/£199 and Switch OLED $349.99/£309. Note that some sites, including Amazon and Walmart carry stock from resellers that may include a heavy markup.

The list below shows the best places to try to buy the Nintendo Switch online in the US, with the status of stock at each as of 16 November. Skip to Where to buy Nintendo Switch online in the UK if you're on the other side of the Atlantic.

Where to buy Nintendo Switch online

Where to buy Nintendo Switch online in the US

Nintendo Switch: Animal Crossing Edition for $299 at Target

Nintendo Switch: Animal Crossing Edition for $299 at Target
Target is usually a good place to find the original Nintendo Switch. At the time of writing, it has Animal Crossing Edition in stock from $299 to buy online for delivery or pick up at various locations.

Where to buy Nintendo Switch online in the UK

£329.98

Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Bundle: £329.98 £298.99 at Amazon
Save £30.99: One of the best UK Switch deals right now is this bundle package that saves you over £30 on a console and one of the Switch's most popular games, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

£329.98

Nintendo Switch Just Dance 2022 Bundle: £329.98 £293.99 at Amazon
Save £35.99: Fancy busting some moves? Amazon also has a limited-time deal on the Nintendo Switch with Just Dance 2022, shaving 10 per cent off the price. Hurry though; this deal ends on 18 November.

£279.99

Nintendo Switch: £279.99 £259.99 at Smyths Toys
Save £20: If you want the console alone, Smyths Toys has £20 off both the black and red model or the grey model, available now. It also has the Switch Lite for £199.

Where to buy Nintendo Switch Lite online

Where to buy Nintendo Switch Lite online in the US

Nintendo Switch Lite Coral Animal Crossing: New Horizons bundle: $289 at Adorama

Nintendo Switch Lite Coral Animal Crossing: New Horizons bundle: $289 at Adorama
This bundle gives you the Switch Lite in coral with Animal Crossing: New Horizons and a SanDisk 128GB SDXC Card for storage.

Nintendo Switch Lite: Pre-order for $199 at Amazon

Nintendo Switch Lite: Pre-order for $199 at Amazon
Amazon has stock on a range of Nintendo Switch packages, but it often has a lot of options from resellers that are charging well over the standard retail price. It is however taking its own pre-orders on the Nintendo Switch Light at the official retail price.

Nintendo Switch Lite Yellow Accessory Bundle: $234.99 at Adorama

Nintendo Switch Lite Yellow Accessory Bundle: $234.99 at Adorama
Fancy a Nintendo Switch Lite with a bunch of sweet accessories thrown in? For $234.99, Adorama is offering a bundle featuring a Nintendo Switch Lite Yellow, deluxe travelling case, Hori Screen Protector and Hori Duraflexi Protector (both of which are tailored for this device).

Where to buy Nintendo Switch Lite in the UK

Nintendo Switch Lite + Minecraft bundle:  £219 at Currys

Nintendo Switch Lite + Minecraft bundle: £219 at Currys
Currys has the cool new blue-grey Nintendo Switch Lite console with the ever-popular Minecraft game available now for £219.

Nintendo Switch Lite:  £199 at Smyths Toys

Nintendo Switch Lite: £199 at Smyths Toys
Smyths Toys has the dinky Nintendo Switch Lite available now. It's only available in coral for home delivery, but other colour options are available for collection in store.

Where to buy the Nintendo Switch OLED

Launched last month, the Nintendo Switch OLED is the very latest model of the Nintendo Switch. Like the original Nintendo Switch, you can play games on it directly, or plug it into your TV via a dock. But it improves on the basic model in a number of ways, sporting a larger (7-inch), brighter and more detailed OLED screen, as well as a better kickstand, higher quality audio and an improved dock. 

As such this new model is in high demand across the world, and global supply chain issues means it’s not easy to get hold of one at all right now. You can get a head start, however, by reading our dedicated guide to where to buy a Nintendo Switch OLED.

Nintendo Switch games: the best free and paid-for options

Once you’ve managed to buy a Nintendo Switch, you’ll want to choose the best Nintendo Switch games for your console. There are a huge variety of great titles available for all three models of Nintendo Switch, covering all genres and ranging from casual to AAA. But if you want somewhere to get started, then Super Mario Odyssey, Animal Crossing: New Horizons and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are all modern classics we’d highly recommend. 

Short of cash? Then great news: there are tons of free games available too. Check out our guide to the best free Nintendo Switch games for the full lowdown.

When to expect Nintendo Switch restock 

If you’ve tried all the links above, and everyone’s out of stock of the Nintendo Switch model you're after, don’t despair. Retailers are constantly restocking to meet demand in the runup to Black Friday at the end of November. It’s worth checking back every day, or even every hour, to see if things have changed. 

If you do see a deal that you find tempting, we'd advise grabbing it quickly as we’re expecting the Nintendo Switch to be at the top of many kids' Christmas wishlists this year. With Santa's arrival fast approaching, demand is only going to rise further. Best of luck!

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Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. He is author of Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books. He was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. 

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