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Where to buy Nintendo Switch online — these stores have stock

Where to buy Nintendo Switch
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It's been months since the pandemic started, yet gamers are still wondering where to buy Nintendo Switch consoles. Unfortunately, there's still a massive Switch shortage and both the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite are hard to find. 

The good news is that at least once or twice a week the consoles appear in stock at various retailers. We've found that GameStop, Target, and Best Buy are the best places to look if you're wondering where to buy Nintendo Switch consoles. 

So we're listing all the stores where to buy the 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 where to buy Nintendo Switch Lite. 

Editor's Note TL;DR: Here's where to buy the Nintendo Switch right now: Amazon has stock of the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite at their regular retail price of $299 and $199, respectively. Meanwhile, Target has the Nintendo Switch Lite for $199. Finally, Amazon has the hard-to-find Ring Fit Adventure for $79.  

Where to buy Nintendo Switch — Prime Day discounts

Amazon Prime Day is fast approaching and while we'd love to see discounts on the Nintendo Switch, inventory is still very low. And given that there were no Switch discounts on July 4th or Labor Day, we think the same will hold true for Prime Day. In other words, you should buy that Switch console when you see it

Where to buy Nintendo Switch Online

Ring Fit Adventure: $69 @ Amazon
Hurry! The Ring Fit Adventure is now in stock and on sale at Amazon. Add it to your cart and the price drops to $69 ($10 off). The Ring Fit Adventure is a fun peripheral for Switch owners who want to burn some calories while playing games. If it sells out, Best Buy also has it in stock for $79.View Deal

Nintendo Switch: $299 @ Amazon
Hurry! Amazon has stock of the Nintendo Switch console for $299. That's list price, but it's rare for Amazon to have it in stock at that price. View Deal

Nintendo Switch Lite: $199 @ Amazon
Amazon also has stock of the Nintendo Switch Lite in Coral and Yellow for $199. We expect stock to vanish rapidly, so get this while you still can. View Deal

Nintendo Switch: $299 @ Best Buy
Wondering where to buy the Nintendo Switch? Wonder no more! Best Buy has stock of the Nintendo Switch console for $299. That's list price, but they're the only retailer offering that price right now. (If it sell out, check back later in case stock is replenished). View Deal

Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing: $299 @ Best Buy
The elusive Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing Special Edition console is currently in stock at Best Buy. This does not include the game, but instead features an Animal Crossing-inspired design. View Deal

Nintendo Switch Console Bundle: $429 @ Adorama
Adorama has a variety of Nintendo Switch bundles in stock from $429. The $429 bundle gets you the console along with Paper Mario and a microSD card. Other bundles include different games. View Deal

Nintendo Switch Lite: $199 @ Target
Target has stock of the Nintendo Switch Lite in various colors (including the hard-to-find Coral) for $199. View Deal

Nintendo Switch Lite: for $199 @ Best Buy
Best Buy has very limited stock of the Nintendo Switch Lite for $199. Select colors have been coming in and out of stock all morning.  View Deal

Nintendo Switch Lite bundles: from $349 @ QVC
Nintendo Switch Lite inventory is at an all-time low. However, QVC has a few Nintendo Switch Lite bundles starting at $344. Just keep in mind, the handheld normally retails for $199 alone. 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

Where to buy Nintendo Switch (inventory fluctuating)

Nintendo Switch Lite: $199 @ GameStop
GameStop has Nintendo Switch Lite consoles in stock for $199. Only select colors are available. (Currently, turquoise, gray, and yellow are in stock). View Deal

Nintendo Switch Bundle: $374 @ GameStop
GameStop has multiple Nintendo Switch bundles on sale for $374. The bundles — which were on sale for $404 last week —include the console, a game, and a screen protector. The featured game includes Mario Kart 8, The Legend of Zelda, or Super Smash Bros. These are the only Switch bundles currently in stock. View Deal

Nintendo Switch Lite: for $199 @ Amazon
Amazon has very limited stock of the Nintendo Switch Lite for $199. Only the yellow model is in stock at this price. 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 turquoise only) for $194.99. This model is a Geek Squad-certified refurbished model. View Deal

Nintendo Switch Lite Bundle: $269 @ Adorama
Adorama has limited stock of the Nintendo Switch Lite bundled with the Nintendo Deluxe Travel Case and a pair of earbuds. The bundle costs $269.99. View Deal

Where to buy Nintendo Switch Lite

The Nintendo Switch Lite has been slightly easier to find in stock than the Nintendo Switch. You can usually find Nintendo's handheld 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 April. (It came back online on July 1). Last month, 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. 

When to expect new stock

Reports indicate that Nintendo is actively working on refreshing its Switch inventory. 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.