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Where to buy Nintendo Switch online — these stores have stock

Where to buy Nintendo Switch
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Where to buy the Nintendo Switch — it's the question every gamer wants to know. Unfortunately, Nintendo Switch manufacturing has taken a massive hit as a result of the pandemic. There is some good news, however. Nintendo states that production is back up to pre-COVID-19 levels, which means buying a Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite should get much easier. And with ongoing 4th of July sales, we're hoping some retailers have Switch stock soon. 

In the meantime, we're listing the stores where to buy Nintendo Switch at its regular retail price. (Keep in mind you can still find Switch deals on accessories and games). In addition, we're also rounding up the best spots to buy the Nintendo Switch Lite. Both consoles are in high demand, but in extremely low stock. 

Editor's Note: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite consoles are currently sold out. Currently, Best Buy has the very limited stock of the Nintendo Switch Lite for $199. QVC also has a Nintendo Switch Lite bundle for $369. It includes Animal Crossing and accessories.

Where to buy Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo Switch Lite: for $199 @ Best Buy
Best Buy has the very limited stock of the Nintendo Switch Lite for $199. It's only available in turquoise. View Deal

Nintendo Switch Lite w/ Animal Crossing: $259 @ Best Buy
Best Buy also has limited stock of the Nintendo Switch Lite bundled with Animal Crossing. It costs $259, which is exactly what you'd pay if you purchased these items separately. However, it's a hard-to-find bundle that will sell out fast. View Deal

Nintendo Switch Lite w/ accessories: $369 @ QVC
Nintendo Switch Lite inventory is at an all-time low. However, QVC has this bundle, which includes the Switch Lite, Animal Crossing, headphones, and more. Just keep in mind, the handheld normally retails for $199 alone. View Deal

Refurb Nintendo Switch Lite: $194 @ Best Buy
It's getting harder and harder to find the Nintendo Switch Lite. However, Best Buy has very limited stock of the Nintendo Switch Lite (in gray only) for $194.99. This model is a Geek Squad-certified refurbished model. View Deal

Where to buy Nintendo Switch Lite

The Nintendo Switch Lite has been slightly easier to find in stock than then Nintendo Switch. You can usually find it at Best Buy, Target, or GameStop. Just keep in mind that it sells out fast and the coral color is the hardest console to find. The Editor's Choice handheld sports a comfortable design, stellar game library, and is more travel-friendly than the OG Switch. In our Nintendo Switch Lite review, we felt the Switch Lite had a more sturdy design, whereas the Switch feels more like a display with two controllers on the side. 

Where to buy Nintendo Switch —  Nintendo Store

The Nintendo Store is back online! Prior to the pandemic, the Nintendo Store was a great source for new and refurbished Nintendo Switch consoles. However, the store had been shutdown since about April. (It came back online on July 1). Earlier this week, it had stock of refurbished Nintendo Switch consoles for $259. (They've since sold out). Meanwhile, the Nintendo Store at eBay — another great source for consoles — is still temporarily closed. We'll update our post when it reopens.

Where to buy Nintendo Switch —  Refurbished models

If you can't find a new Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite, your next best bet is to opt for a refurbished model. As with any refurbished purchase, you'll want to verify the console's warranty, who backs the warranty, and how long your device is covered. Meanwhile, Best Buy has had fluctuating inventory of the Geek Squad refurbished Switch Lite on sale for $194. It's only $5 off, so go with this option only if new inventory is out of stock. 

Where to buy Nintendo Switch — When to expect new stock

Reports indicate that Nintendo is actively working on refreshing its Switch inventory. However, COVID-19 outbreaks throughout Asia have led to a surge in demand for Nintendo Switch consoles. Nikkei reports that Nintendo is looking to increase Switch production by about 10% compared to the 20 million it made in 2019. The best advice on where to buy Nintendo Switch is to simply be patient and check our story daily as we monitor new inventory. 

Where to buy Nintendo Switch — holiday shortages

Nintendo Switch shortages might stick around till the holidays. A new report indicates that Nintendo is still struggling with Switch manufacturing due to government-imposed lockdowns in Malaysia and the Philippines. The former is Nintendo's source for printed circuit boards, whereas the latter provides passive components. So while we may see new inventory show up over the summer, we may face Switch shortages again come the holiday shopping season. And given that there were zero Switch deals on July 4th, we think the same will hold true for Amazon Prime Day. In other words, you should buy that Switch console when you see it