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Some of the best Nintendo Switch games are $20 off

Some of the best Nintendo Switch games are $20 off

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Also, save on Amazon tablets and smart speakers ahead of Mother’s Day

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Whether you’re a new or not-so-new Switch owner, everyone needs some good games to play. If you want some of the best titles released for Nintendo’s console, you can get them for $20 off their full $60 price. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen these discounts, but it’s rare that these price cuts extend to both physical and digital versions of the games. So if you’d prefer to purchase a game code so you can instantly download it to your microSD card, that’s an option.

Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey

$6018% off
$49

The keystone Mario title for the Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Odyssey, doesn’t disappoint. The latest installment in the Mario franchise brings plenty of fun, new mechanics, and ample charm. Perhaps the most interesting and prevalent twist is Mario’s ability to possess just about anything in the game world, thanks to his new companion, Cappy. Inhabiting creatures and objects isn’t just hilarious — it also plays a big role in solving the Odyssey’s numerous challenges and puzzles.
Super Mario Odyssey is a game with a firm understanding of what the franchise has done well in the past and builds on it in some interesting and unexpected ways. It’s an absolute must for fans of Mario, platformers as a whole, or just about anyone who owns a Switch. Read our review.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses
$40

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.

You can find a few other Nintendo-published games like Mario Tennis Aces, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, and more discounted at Amazon, Target, and GameStop. In other Switch-related deal news, a reputable eBay seller has copies of the New Pokémon Snap for $10 off its usual price. This is a great deal since this title released last week.

New Pokémon Snap

$6035% off
$39

A sequel to the hit Nintendo 64 game from 1999, New Pokémon Snap has players traversing the Lental region taking pictures of pokémon thriving in their natural habitats.

For the lead-up to Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 9th, Amazon has discounted most of its tech, including the Fire TV Stick 4K, the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, its Echo Show smart displays, and more. Whether you’re getting Mom a gift or snagging a gadget for yourself, some of these discounts are the best prices we’ve seen yet.

$38

The Fire TV Stick 4K is a perfect streaming fit if your home is set up for Alexa or you have other Amazon devices.

Amazon is clearing out stock of its previous generation of Fire HD 8 and HD 10 tablets since a new iteration was announced last week. But so far, the best deals are on the Kid-friendly versions of the older tablets that include a protective case and a year-long subscription to Amazon Kids Plus (formerly known as FreeTime Unlimited) that provides complimentary apps, games, books, videos, and more. Normally $140, the eight-inch Fire HD 8 Kids is $90. The slightly smaller Fire 7 Kids is $60, down from $100.

kid edition
$60

Amazon’s Fire tablets designed for younger consumers. The Fire Kids Edition tablets include a colorful case that protects from general wear and tear.

If you want a capable smart display that has a motorized screen that can move to remain visible as you walk around the room, Amazon’s latest Echo Show 10 is one of your only options. At that, it’s $50 off, which matches the best price we’ve seen for this model. You can pick one up in charcoal or white with a complimentary Ring smart bulb for $200 at Amazon. Other retailers offer the same price but without the smart bulb.

$170

Amazon’s rotating Echo Show 10 has a motor within its cylindrical base that lets its 10.1-inch display spin around to find you, so you’ll always have the screen within view. It’s the best smart display for making video calls.

Lastly, time is running out to get Mom a great gift before Mother’s Day. If you need a hand coming up with ideas, let our gift guide be of assistance to you. We polled The Verge’s staff for ideas, and you’re bound to find some unconventional gifts here, if that’s what you’re after.

Treat the mom in your life with a special gift. We’ve curated several gift ideas, some of which are more out-of-the-box than you might have thought of yourself.