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The best deals on Nintendo Switch games right now

Fill out your Switch library with discounts on some of our favorite titles

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Right now, there are discounts on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and a handful of other essential Switch titles.

The Nintendo Switch is one of the most popular consoles ever released, one with an ever-expanding library of games to choose from. Odds are if a game is capable of working on the Switch’s hardware, it’s either already available or it will be soon.

Thankfully, a number of games are currently receiving price breaks if you’re looking to expand your collection, including first-gen offerings like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and remasters like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2. However, if you want to add some less conventional titles to your collection, family-first dungeon crawler Children of Morta, and the shopkeeping hack-and-slash simulator, Moonlighter, are also discounted right now.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the deals on Nintendo Switch games. In many instances, the Nintendo eShop is typically the best place to find deals on digital downloads, especially if you prefer the indie variety, but there are some exceptions where retailers will discount titles that would otherwise be full price on Nintendo’s storefront.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The latest Animal Crossing game came at a time when many of us needed it most. This sim has been a popular choice to play during the pandemic because it provides a necessary escape. Animal Crossing: New Horizons lets you go outside and enjoy life with neighbors, pick some flowers, catch a few bugs, and just relish the moment.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons lets you build and grow your own persistent island and eventually handle the overall welfare of the cast of characters that will call your island their home. By harvesting resources and trading with other islands, you’ll slowly turn the vacant island into something truly unique. 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.

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.

Kirby is just one of those characters that provides an immediate hit of serotonin just by looking at him. The latest adventure for the adorable pink monster, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, is chock-full of lighthearted whimsy, clever puzzles, and fun platforming.

It’s a familiar formula, but one that comes with a handful of new features, including two-player, couch co-op, and a “Mouthful Mode” that allows Kirby to turn into objects that are just a little too big for him to eat. Whether he’s attempting to scarf down a traffic cone or a two-door sedan, this mechanic always manages to amuse. And while the game itself may not be particularly challenging to veterans of Nintendo platformers, this doesn’t detract from what is an overall excellent Kirby adventure. Read our review.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 updates the core elements of the original Tony Hawk games into an experience fit for modern consoles. The collection is a faithful remake of the original two games, and everything from the levels to the collectibles has been translated with remarkable accuracy.

The gameplay experience is largely unchanged, but what additions have been made are certainly welcome. Some extra objectives have been added to THPS 1 levels to be more on par with what THPS 2 offers, and there are larger meta-objectives to accomplish if you want to unlock different cosmetic options. This collection is easily the best way to experience — or re-experience — these staples of gaming history. Read our review.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

  • $49
  • $60
  • 19% off

If you’re into kart racing and love Mario, there’s no better mish-mash of the two than in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Switch. The popular racing title is packed with plenty of courses and characters, and 48 new tracks are set to launch over the next two years as paid DLC. This installment in the Mario Kart franchise is essentially a souped-up version of the original Mario Kart 8 that debuted on the Wii U, with better visuals, performance, and all the DLC from the Wii U version (and then some).

While the basics of this franchise have remained largely the same over its lifetime, Mario Kart 8 represented some of the best improvements the series has seen, and its remastered port only improves on the original with new modes, kart parts, and an adorable cast of drivers.

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.

Splatoon 2

  • $50
  • $60
  • 17% off

Splatoon 2 is likely the most colorful shooter you’ll ever play. The multiplayer-focused game has players dousing maps with a variety of weaponized painting tools, ranging from paint rollers to airbrushes. It’s the perfect shooter for players that typically don’t enjoy shooters, namely because of its vivid color scheme and lighthearted approach to the genre.

While hunting down other players certainly has its benefits, victory in a given match and your personal score isn’t determined by how many players you knock out but by how much of the map you paint with your team’s respective color. This objective-based gameplay allows anyone, regardless of skill, to contribute to the success of their team. Read our review.

Mortal Kombat 11

  • $15
  • $60
  • 76% off

Mortal Kombat 11 is a title synonymous with fighting games. The same gratuitously violent, combo-based gameplay is on display here, but the latest entry in the franchise builds on that legacy by fine-tuning many of the technical elements. This makes MK11 arguably the best entry in the franchise to date, with tight gameplay that’s easy to learn and difficult to master.

In addition to the roster of 25 characters from Mortal Kombat lore, MK11 includes DLC for fighters from some unexpected IPs. So if you were ever curious about how the Terminator would fare against Rambo, this is your chance to find out. Each fighter can also be customized with different moves and gear, meaning that you’re unlikely to fight against the same character twice.

Children of Morta is Diablo with less loot and more soul. The story centers around members of a family of magic wielders, their relationships with each other, and how they work together to overcome adversity. Each family member has a unique personality and abilities, which allows them to serve as the game’s classes. The gameplay sees you taking each character into a different dungeon to gain experience and eventually defeat a boss, but story beats puncture the action at regular intervals between runs whenever you’ve hit certain goals.

In Children of Morta, the combat and gameplay are largely driven by building effective synergies between your character’s abilities and the items they find during their run. You won’t be grinding for loot, but the experience and abilities gained by each character persist between runs, offering slow but steady progress through the story.

Moonlighter is a game best described as a clever mashup of Zelda and Animal Crossing. During the day, you’ll find yourself taking on the role of a humble shopkeeper, selling wares, trading with vendors, and upgrading your store. During the wee hours of the night, however, you’ll be tasked with exploring randomly generated dungeons around the town, which nets you loot for crafting higher-quality items you can sell during the day.

The game’s dungeon crawling element will feel familiar to anyone who has played any roguelike in the past several years, with top-down combat that looks and feels like early Zelda titles. Every run you make is about delving as deep as you can to get better loot without pushing your luck, as dying causes you to lose most of your goods.

What is really surprising is how well realized the shopkeeping component is, though. While most games simply have you drop off your loot for a modest amount of gold, Moonlighter has you setting prices for individual items, negotiating them with customers, and keeping track of market trends.

Moonlighter: The Complete Edition includes the base game in addition to its expansion, Between Dimensions, and is an excellent value for anyone looking for a unique take on dungeon crawling roguelikes.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Regardless of your opinion of Ubisoft’s Rabbids, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is an amazing turn-based strategy game that owes much of its success to games like XCOM and Fire Emblem. Kingdom Battle brings the delightful cast of Mario and Co. into an isometric strategy game with a surprising amount of challenge, even for veterans of the genre.

While the game certainly shares the aesthetics of other Mario titles with its gold coins and Piranha Plants, the similarities end there. While Kingdom Battle doesn’t share the same sprawling meta-strategy layer as its peers, there’s still plenty of depth and nuance to its tactical gameplay. This makes Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle a fun and surprising addition to the genre. Read our review.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is best described as Dynasty Warriors by way of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This title shares a similar aesthetic to the 2017 hit but is drastically different in terms of its gameplay. In it, you’ll take control of a cast of familiar characters from Breath of the Wild, like Impa and Zelda, and guide them through a linear narrative that leads up to the events that precede Breath of the Wild.

You can swap between characters during battles to make use of their combos and special abilities, but you’re also responsible for directing legions of soldiers to assist you in completing your objectives. Age of Calamity provides fans of Breath of the Wild with more backstory in a game that feels wholly different but strangely familiar in the best ways. Read our review.

Bugsnax

  • $19
  • $25
  • 26% off

In addition to having a theme song that's an absolute banger, Bugsnax is a game that’s somehow equal parts adorable and introspective. It’s largely inspired by the “catch ’em all” mentality of the Pokémon franchise, but with a decidedly more human element.

As you explore the island of Bugsnax and collect creatures with names like Strabby and Hunnabee, you’ll also befriend the local population of muppet-like Wumpuses. As you learn more about these fluffy little bags of trauma and their interpersonal problems, you’ll find ways to help them out and maybe learn something about empathy along the way.

The free-running, zombie-survival simulator Dying Light is all about staying mobile, scavenging by day, and staying alive once the sun goes down. The open-world game also gives you the opportunity to practice your parkour skills in a post-apocalyptic hellscape, one that requires you to gather the materials you need to become a better zombie-killing machine.

The Definitive Edition includes all of the content that was added since the title’s launch seven years ago, and includes four pieces of story DLC in addition to 22 bundles of cosmetic unlocks.