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Where to buy Nintendo Switch online before Christmas

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Update: Christmas may be over, and all the deals that came with it, but we've collected all the best Nintendo Switch Lite deals for you to check out.

Where to buy Nintendo Switch online is a question on the minds of many as Christmas rapidly approaches. Due to a major shortage of chips and other snags in the global supply chain, Nintendo has cut production of the Switch by 20 per cent, and that means that a lot of retailers are sold out a lot of the time – and when stock does come in, it often sells out very quickly, particularly in the US.

This all means that finding a Nintendo Switch right now takes a little legwork, or at least keyboard-work since you'll often need to check several retailers. In this guide, we aim to make that task a little easier by providing quick links to the retailers that tend to get restocks and the latest status at each, plus links to the best current deals when they're available. For very specific bundle offers, take a look at our best Nintendo Switch deals page. 

Take a look below and you should find a chance to get hold of a Nintendo Switch though – 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 and Currys have stock in the UK).

Just keep in mind the standard retail prices of each console to make sure you don't get charged more because Amazon and Walmart carry a lot of Nintendo Switches from resellers who've snapped them up and are now charging inflated prices. The regular Nintendo Switch retails at $299.99/£259, the Nintendo Switch Lite at $199.99/£199 and Switch OLED at $349.99/£309. With that in mind, read on to see where to buy Nintendo Switch online right now.

The list below covers the retailers that offer the best chance to find a Nintendo Switch online in the US, with the status of each up to date as of 8 December. Scroll down further 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

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Nintendo Switch + 12 months Nintendo Switch online: $299 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
This is perhaps the only ready deal in the US at the moment. You get the Switch plus Joy-Con handset and 12 months online membership, plus a case. US stock has been so patchy that this might not last long.

Where to buy Nintendo Switch online in the UK

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Nintendo Switch + Animal Crossing New Horizon, Minecraft + Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: £379.99 £359.99 at Very (opens in new tab)
Save £20: Probably one of the best bundle deals right now in the UK is this one from Very, which gets you a Switch console plus three super-popular games, all for under £360. Hurry, these are selling fast!

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Nintendo Switch with Ring Fit Adventure: £309.99 at Nintendo (opens in new tab)
One of the best options to get the Nintendo Switch in the UK is direct from the Nintendo Store in this bundle with Ring Fit Adventure. Both Nintendo and Amazon (opens in new tab) are offering this for £309.99.

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Nintendo Switch with Ring Fit Adventure + game: £359.99 at Nintendo (opens in new tab)
You can add another game and a case to that bundle for an extra £50. Choose from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Just Dance 2022 or Mario Party Superstars.

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Nintendo Switch Just Dance 2022 Bundle: £329.98 £288.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Fancy busting some moves? Amazon has a deal on the Nintendo Switch with Just Dance 2022. To buy these separately would actually cost just shy of £290, so the saving that Amazon's advertising doesn't seem to be true, but it's still the cheapest price you'll get for this bundle. 

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Nintendo Switch + Pikmin 3 Deluxe: £269.99 at Game (opens in new tab)
Another decent option to get a Nintendo Switch in the UK at the moment is this bundle with Pikim 3 Deluxe for just £10 more than the price of the console alone. Game has a range of bundles, including the same red/blue Nintendo Switch with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for £289.99 (opens in new tab).

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Nintendo Switch: £259.99 at Nintendo (opens in new tab)
Don't want a bundle? It can actually be quite hard to find availability on the Switch alone sometimes, but you can get it direct from the Nintendo store as well as from Amazon (opens in new tab) and Curry's (opens in new tab)(they're advertising their prices as savings, but they're the standard price.)

Where to buy Nintendo Switch Lite online

Where to buy Nintendo Switch Lite online in the US

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Nintendo Switch Lite Dialga & Palkia Edition: $199 at Nintendo (opens in new tab)
Pokemon fans will want to snap up this metallic grey edition of the Lite. The back features striking line art of the Dialgia and Palkia from the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl games in a silver-and gold-coloured finish.

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Nintendo Switch Lite: $199 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon has some availability on the Nintendo Switch Lite at the standard price, in most cases sold by third parties. Check the colours and configurations for stock.

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Nintendo Switch Lite + Metroid Dread + SD card: $293.97 at Adorama (opens in new tab)
With bundles, it can be hard to know if you're getting a good deal. Although it comes with a game and a 128GB SanDisk SD card, this price isn't amazing when you consider the Lite is supposed to retail at $199. Considering the lack of availability you might be tempted though.

Where to buy Nintendo Switch Lite in the UK

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Nintendo Switch Lite: £199.99 at Nintendo (opens in new tab)
In the UK, you can get the Nintendo Switch Lite direct from the Nintendo Store for £199. It's available in blue, coral and the metallic grey Dialga & Palkia edition.

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Nintendo Switch Lite + Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury: £239.98 at Very (opens in new tab)
If you want a game with your Switch Lite, Very has a range of bundles available. The cheapest is this option with Super Mario 3D World and Bowser's Fury. You'll need to be quick, though; stock's running low on all of the bundles.

Where to buy the Nintendo Switch OLED

Launched in October, the Nintendo Switch OLED is the 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. Best of all, it boasts a larger (7-inch), brighter and more detailed OLED screen. It also has a better kickstand, higher quality audio and an improved dock. 

With stock on the original Nintendo Switch already low in many country's it comes as no surprise that this new improved edition is even harder to get hold of. See our dedicated page on where to buy a Nintendo Switch OLED to keep up to date with stock. We're seeing no stock in the US at the moment, but you can buy the Switch OLED from Very or Currys in the UK, and even save a little on the standard price. Very has bundles from £349.98 (opens in new tab), and Currys has the OLED with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and an SD card for £369 (opens in new tab).

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. See our guide to the best free Nintendo Switch games for all the details.

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 restocking as fast as they can to try to meet demand in the runup to Christmas. 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 is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity (opens in new tab), published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.