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The Nintendo Switch OLED model is now available online

The premium Switch is here for those with quick fingers

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Nintendo’s newest hybrid console packs in a seven-inch OLED display and a few subtle enhancements.
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Update October 8th, 3:16PM ET: Best Buy has sold out of both the white and neon Nintendo Switch OLED models. Amazon has also run out of stock, though, both models did become available again for just a moment. We’ll update this post when we see more stock become available.

Update October 8th, 1:21PM ET: Best Buy is the latest retailer to launch Switch OLED consoles. You can find the selection, including bundles, right here. If you’re lucky, you might still be able to find one at Amazon. We’re still waiting on Walmart, which may be gearing up to release some. We’ll update this post as the situation develops.

The newest version of the immensely popular Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo Switch OLED model, is now available online. Check out Best Buy’s selection of consoles, which includes several bundles. Otherwise, you may still have luck purchasing one through Amazon.

So far today, they’ve popped up at GameStop, but they quickly went out of stock. It’s the same story through Nintendo’s online shop. But now Amazon has unleashed some stock of consoles. You can find the model with the white Joy-Con here, or the model that includes the neon red and blue Joy-Con here.

We’ll add more retailers throughout the day as they appear online. We’re still waiting for Walmart to join in the fun, where there are currently landing pages that are listing both the white model and the red and blue variant as being out of stock.

The Switch OLED model is the top end of Nintendo’s current console lineup, coming in at $350, while the standard Switch and portable-only Switch Lite each sit below it at $300 and $200, respectively. The new model sports a sizable screen upgrade to a larger seven-inch OLED panel that provides much better color quality and brightness. It also brings some other niceties to the Switch, such as a sturdier kickstand with improved articulation, better audio in handheld mode, and an ethernet port built into the included dock. Its internal storage got a bump from 32GB to 64GB, too, but it’s still not a bad idea to get a microSD card, like this 400GB SanDisk model for $49 at Amazon.

Based on our review, the Switch OLED may not provide enough reasons for some to upgrade from their previous Switch, since it isn’t any faster or more capable when docked. That said, first-time Switch owners or those who want the best handheld experience when they step away from the TV should consider making the jump.

Essential accessories, games, and subscriptions

If you do manage to snag Nintendo’s latest console, there are plenty of games and optional accessories we recommend picking up, including the excellent Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and recent hits like Metroid Dread. Below are a few of our favorites.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

  • $40
  • $60
  • 34% off

Taking place in a massive open world, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a much different take on the Zelda series, one that stresses exploration, experimentation, and emergent gameplay. BOTW is much tougher than previous entries in the franchise but presents multiple, unconventional ways to tackle the game’s more difficult challenges. Mastery of the game comes more from learning and exploiting the systems in the world rather than looting a bunch of sweet gear.

Years after its release, players are still discovering new wrinkles in the aging classicWhile this isn’t the most recent title to feature Link, Breath of the Wild remains an essential entry in the franchise. It offers all of the hallmarks of a traditional Zelda title, including challenging combat and puzzles, but within a gorgeous, open-world design. Read our review.

Super Smash Bros

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

  • $50
  • $60
  • 17% off

Nintendo’s latest brawler pits beloved characters from the company’s franchises (as well as plenty from outside of Nintendo’s own realms) against one another. While the high skill ceiling for this long-standing fighting franchise can be intimidating to newcomers, sucker-punching your foes as Jigglypuff has an almost universal appeal.

Since the game’s debut, the roster of fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has also expanded to include a massive list of 74 characters. Everyone from Solid Snake to Samus is here, and even lesser-known characters make an appearance (ahem, Wii Fit Trainer). Regardless of your level of skill, though, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the most fun you can have while battling your friends for bragging rights. Read our review.