Must-play Nintendo Switch games are on sale ahead of Black Friday — 11 deals I’d buy now

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom screenshot with a Tom's Guide deal tag
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Early Black Friday deals have arrived, and some of best Nintendo Switch games are on sale at impressively discounted prices!

If you’re looking for something new to play on your Nintendo Switch, you don’t need to wait until the sales event officially arrives in a few weeks, as the early Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals are pretty strong this year. Several of my favorite Switch games are on sale right now including The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Persona 5 Royal

As there are so many reduced Switch games to choose from, I’m rounding up my top picks below. And be sure to check back later if you’re after a specific title as I’ll be updating this article with freshly discounted Nintendo Switch games as Black Friday rapidly approaches. 

Best early Black Friday Switch game deals

The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom: was $69 now $57 @ Amazon

The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom: <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=45724&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2FLegend-Zelda-Breath-Wild-Nintendo-Switch%2Fdp%2FB097B2YWFX%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $69 now $57 @ Amazon
Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is the highly-anticipated sequel to Breath of the Wild, and it doesn't disappoint. Step back into the world of Hyrule, and embark on Link's most perilous quest to date. You'll need to master new abilities such as Ultrahand and Fuse on a quest to unravel the mystery of what happened to Princess Zelda and defeat the sinister Ganondorf.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope: was $59 now $19 @ Amazon

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope: <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=45724&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2FMario-Rabbids-Sparks-Hope-Nintendo-Switch%2Fdp%2FB09742H73B%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $59 now $19 @ Amazon
The sequel to 2017's Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Sparks of Hope once again reunites the residents of the Mushroom Kingdom with the zany Rabbids. This time the unexpected allies are venturing into the stars for an intergalactic adventure. Offering colorful strategy combat, and plenty of planets to explore, <a href="https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/mario-rabbids-sparks-of-hope" data-link-merchant="tomsguide.com"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is one of the most overlooked games on the entire Nintendo Switch platform. 

Persona 5 Royal: was $59 now $47 @ Amazon

Persona 5 Royal: <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=45724&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2FPersona-5-Royal-Standard-Nintendo-Switch%2Fdp%2FB0BF9L5CK8%2F%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $59 now $47 @ Amazon
<a href="https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/persona-5" data-link-merchant="tomsguide.com"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_self">Persona 5 Royal is part turn-based RPG and part high-school simulator. You play as a new student who has recently moved to Tokyo. Soon you discover the ability to transverse a strange alternate reality and form The Phantom Thieves in an effort to fix the corrupt society around you. Just be warned, Persona 5 Royal will consume all your free time once it gets its hooks in. 

Bayonetta 3: was $59 now $43 @ Amazon

Bayonetta 3: <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=45724&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2FBayonetta-3-Nintendo-Switch%2Fdp%2FB072MK1CLN%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $59 now $43 @ Amazon
One of the most delightful and bizarre games on the Switch, <a href="https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/bayonetta-3" data-link-merchant="tomsguide.com"" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">Bayonetta 3 skews a bit older than standard Nintendo fare. In this innovative sequel, you'll take control of the smart-talking witch Bayonetta as she punches, kicks, shoots and sashays her way through more than a dozen chapters of balletic battles against a variety of eldritch foes.

Splatoon 3: was $59 now $49 @ Amazon

Splatoon 3: <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=45724&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2FSplatoon-3-Nintendo-Switch%2Fdp%2FB09T5SJQGV%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $59 now $49 @ Amazon
Splatoon 3 is the freshest entry in Nintendo's colorful squid-based shooter series. Venture to the Splatlands, a new sun-soaked region filled with activities and new gear to unlock. Play online in intense 4v4 battles, enjoy the wonderfully creative single-player campaign, or team up with friends in the Salmon Run co-op mode.  

Lego Star Wars The Skywalker Saga:&nbsp;was $59 now $24 @ Best Buy

Lego Star Wars The Skywalker Saga: <a href="https://shop-links.co/link?skuId=6352427&publisher_slug=future&exclusive=1&u1=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2Flego-star-wars-the-skywalker-saga-standard-edition-xbox-one-xbox-series-x%2F6352427.p%3FskuId%3D6352427&article_name=Best%20Star%20Wars%20game%20deals%20for%20May%20the%204th%20%E2%80%94%20Jedi%20Survivor%20gets%20its%20first%20discount%20%7C%20Tom%27s%20Guide&article_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.tomsguide.com%2Fdeals%2Fbest-star-wars-game-deals-for-may-the-4th-save-on-ps5-nintendo-switch-and-more" data-link-merchant="shop-links.co"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $59 now $24 @ Best Buy
Return to a galaxy far, far away in the biggest Lego Star Wars game to date. Experience the entirety of The Skywalker Saga in plastic-brick form and collect more than 300 playable characters as you smash everything in sight. From The Phantom Menace through The Rise of Skywalker, this is the ultimate retelling of the greatest sci-fi saga ever told.  

Sonic Frontiers: was $59 now $31 @ Amazon

Sonic Frontiers: <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=45724&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2FSonic-Frontiers-Nintendo-Switch%2Fdp%2FB0BB13V163%2F%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $59 now $31 @ Amazon
Sonic Frontiers is the Blue Blur’s latest adventure, and it’s something of a departure from previous games. This time around, Sonic explores five distinct islands in a big open world, rescuing his motley crew of friends as he goes. The game has tight controls and varied gameplay, and the story is better than you might expect.

Ni No Kuni Wrath of the White Witch: was $49 now $22 @ Amazon

Ni No Kuni Wrath of the White Witch: <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=45724&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2FNi-Kuni-Wrath-White-Nintendo-Switch%2Fdp%2FB07SR1KX3T%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $49 now $22 @ Amazon
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a delightful game that combines the animation style of the legendary Studio Ghibli with the monster-hunting gameplay of Pokemon. You play a young boy named Oliver on an adventure to save a strange other world from sinister forces and recuse his mother in the process. Ni No Kuni is one of the most charming games on Nintendo Switch. 

Octopath Traveler 2: was $59 now $39 @ Best Buy

Octopath Traveler 2: <a href="https://shop-links.co/link?skuId=6522076&publisher_slug=future&exclusive=1&u1=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2Foctopath-traveler-ii-nintendo-switch%2F6522076.p%3FskuId%3D6522076&article_name=hawk-article-name&article_url=hawk-article-url" data-link-merchant="bestbuy.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $59 now $39 @ Best Buy
Octopath Traveler 2 is set in the fantasy world of Solistia, where you play as eight unique travelers each with their own unique adventure. But these paths will eventually crossover and intersect in surprising ways. Packing stunning visuals that fuse retro pixel art with 3D animation, this sequel to the 2018 original is designed to be approachable for newcomers and franchise veterans. Plus, there's a meaty free demo if you'd like to try the game out before buying. 

Super Mario Maker 2: was $59 now $39 @ Walmart

Super Mario Maker 2: <a href="https://goto.walmart.com/c/1943169/565706/9383?subId1=hawk-custom-tracking&sharedId=hawk&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.walmart.com%2Fip%2FNintendo-Super-Mario-Maker-2-Nintendo-Switch-U-S-Version%2F367896025" data-link-merchant="walmart.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $59 now $39 @ Walmart
If you're getting through Mario games faster than Nintendo can make them, then this is the game for you. Build your own levels in the style of several different 2D Mario games, share them online and then test out others.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus: was $59 now $47 @ Walmart

Pokémon Legends: Arceus: <a href="https://goto.walmart.com/c/1943169/565706/9383?subId1=hawk-custom-tracking&sharedId=hawk&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.walmart.com%2Fip%2FPokemon-Legends-Arceus-Nintendo-Switch%2F777262048" data-link-merchant="walmart.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $59 now $47 @ Walmart
This slightly different take on the classic monster-hunting formula throws you back in time to find one of the most elusive Pokémon while also braving a wilder version of a familiar world. 

Rory Mellon
Entertainment Editor (UK)

Rory is an Entertainment Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on gaming and streaming. When he’s not reviewing the latest games, searching for hidden gems on Netflix, or writing hot takes on new gaming hardware, TV shows and movies, he can be found attending music festivals and getting far too emotionally invested in his favorite football team.