Update October 8th, 3:16PM ET: Best Buy has sold out of both the white and neon Nintendo Switch OLED models. Amazon has also run out of stock, though, both models did become available again for just a moment. We’ll update this post when we see more stock become available.
Update October 8th, 1:21PM ET: Best Buy is the latest retailer to launch Switch OLED consoles. You can find the selection, including bundles, right here. If you’re lucky, you might still be able to find one at Amazon. We’re still waiting on Walmart, which may be gearing up to release some. We’ll update this post as the situation develops.
The newest version of the immensely popular Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo Switch OLED model, is now available online. Check out Best Buy’s selection of consoles, which includes several bundles. Otherwise, you may still have luck purchasing one through Amazon.
So far today, they’ve popped up at GameStop, but they quickly went out of stock. It’s the same story through Nintendo’s online shop. But now Amazon has unleashed some stock of consoles. You can find the model with the white Joy-Con here, or the model that includes the neon red and blue Joy-Con here.
We’ll add more retailers throughout the day as they appear online. We’re still waiting for Walmart to join in the fun, where there are currently landing pages that are listing both the white model and the red and blue variant as being out of stock.
The Switch OLED model is the top end of Nintendo’s current console lineup, coming in at $350, while the standard Switch and portable-only Switch Lite each sit below it at $300 and $200, respectively. The new model sports a sizable screen upgrade to a larger seven-inch OLED panel that provides much better color quality and brightness. It also brings some other niceties to the Switch, such as a sturdier kickstand with improved articulation, better audio in handheld mode, and an ethernet port built into the included dock. Its internal storage got a bump from 32GB to 64GB, too, but it’s still not a bad idea to get a microSD card, like this 400GB SanDisk model for $49 at Amazon.
Based on our review, the Switch OLED may not provide enough reasons for some to upgrade from their previous Switch, since it isn’t any faster or more capable when docked. That said, first-time Switch owners or those who want the best handheld experience when they step away from the TV should consider making the jump.
Nintendo Switch OLED model (black and white) $350 The Nintendo Switch OLED model packs in a bunch of subtle refinements, including a seven-inch OLED display, improved audio performance, and a better kickstand. $350 at Best Buy $350 at Nintendo
Nintendo Switch OLED model (neon red and neon blue) $350 The classic neon red and neon blue color scheme for the new Nintendo Switch OLED model. It has a seven-inch OLED display and other improvements, but includes the familiar, vibrant Joy-Con designs introduced with the original Switch. $350 at Best Buy $350 at Nintendo
Essential accessories, games, and subscriptions
If you do manage to snag Nintendo’s latest console, there are plenty of games and optional accessories we recommend picking up, including the excellent Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and recent hits like Metroid Dread. Below are a few of our favorites.
Metroid Dread $60 Launching alongside the Switch OLED model, Metroid Dread is the fifth mainline entry in Nintendo’s storied franchise. The 2D side-scroller is a direct sequel to Metroid Fusion of 2002 for the Game Boy Advance. $60 at Amazon $60 at Best Buy
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild $41 $60 32% off Years after launch, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild remains a masterpiece. It offers all of the hallmarks of a traditional Zelda title, including challenging combat and puzzles, but within a gorgeous, open-world design. $41 at GameStop $44 at Best Buy
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate $40 $60 34% 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 each other. $40 at Best Buy
Nintendo Switch Online Individual Membership (one year) $20 A premium online service for Nintendo Switch owners, allowing you to play online with friends and access cloud saves in addition to a slate of retro games released in the NES and SNES eras. $20 at Amazon $20 at GameStop
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller $59 $70 16% off The full-size game controller is designed for the Nintendo Switch and is a more comfortable alternative to the Joy-Con controllers. $59 at Walmart $70 at Amazon
Nintendo Switch Carrying Case and Screen Protector (white) $20 The latest Switch carrying case from Nintendo. Its white and black design matches the new Nintendo Switch OLED model, and it comes with an adhesive screen protector. $20 at Amazon $20 at Best Buy
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