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Must-have games for Nintendo Switch are discounted ahead of Black Friday

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You’ll get to know Claude if you select the Golden Deer house in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
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Now is a good time to get some Nintendo Switch games, whether you have the console or are hoping to get one soon. Best Buy and Amazon have knocked off as much as $25 off some fantastic titles that are easy to recommend, including Fire Emblem: Three Houses (my personal favorite from 2019), Splatoon 2, Mario Tennis Aces, and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. Games that don’t usually see a discount are $20 off, like The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and Luigi’s Mansion 3.

If you’d prefer opting for the digital copies of these games, the prices for them go no lower than $40 today. We’ll put those links below as well. It never hurts to serve up the reminder that, if you do plan to get a few digital downloads, you’ll likely need more space than the Switch offers. Here’s a link to an affordable 256GB microSD card at Amazon.


Games

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

  • $50
  • $60
  • 17% off

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is a remarkably deep, turn-based strategy game. While most games in this genre treat your units as disposable pawns, Three Houses forces you to become attached to these units by having specific characters lead them into battle. These characters each have their own distinct strengths, weaknesses, and personality quirks that become more apparent as you build relationships with them between missions.

This can make some missions extremely tenuous as you try to balance the benefits of bringing characters into battle, each with their own unique strengths while risking their potential death. This option can be switched off for a more relaxed experience, but this is one of the features that sets Fire Emblem apart from its peers. This latest entry in the Fire Emblem franchise is excellent for first-timers or returning fans. Its turn-based battle has never been sharper, and the characters and plot are memorable. Read our review.

Luigi’s Mansion 3

  • $50
  • $60
  • 17% off

A sequel to Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Luigi’s Mansion 3 sees players controlling the titular Luigi as he explores a haunted hotel in an effort to rescue his brother and friends. Despite only having text dialogue that's supplemented by jibberish and pantomime, this 3D platforming adventure is surprisingly witty and comical, with plenty of Nintendo’s trademark charm to go around. And while some of the puzzles can be cumbersome and the controls overly complex, there are few games like it. Not nearly enough games star the taller Mario sibling, but Luigi’s Mansion 3 proves that Luigi is more than capable of holding his own. Read our review.


Still time!

Yesterday’s deal on the Logitech G203 LightSync wired gaming mouse is still happening at Best Buy and Amazon. It’s normally $40, but you can grab the black-colored option for $15.


Lastly

For all of you lucky people who already snagged a PS5 (I’m definitely not seething with jealousy or anything), I recommend taking advantage of the deal on this one-year PS Plus subscription at Eneba.com. Normally $60 through Sony, it’s just $29 here (the default pricing might be in euros, but you can toggle it near the language settings at the top right of Eneba’s site). This is a great price if you want online multiplayer, as well as access to Sony’s Game Pass-like offering of PS4 game downloads for PS5 users.