Now is a golden time to buy a console for your summer vacation. Amazon sells the standard Nintendo Switch with blue and red Joy-Cons for a new lowest price from $260, or $40 below the official sticker. That’s $20 better than a February Woot deal, and a discount big enough to easily use the savings to buy a microSD card for storing additional games.
The regular Switch may not have the eye-catching screen of the OLED model, but the fundamentals that make the system so enjoyable remain intact. This is a console that you can use both handheld and on your TV, without making too many compromises. The current revision offers a lot of battery life. Most importantly, after five years, the Switch now has a massive catalog of hits ranging from launch-era titles like Breath of the Wild to recent successes such as Metroid Dread† You won’t run out of games on a long road trip.
You are probably already familiar with the limitations. The Switch isn’t as powerful as dedicated TV consoles like the PS5 or the comparably priced Xbox Series S, so you won’t get 4K or some of the more visually demanding games on the market. And while you may not want to miss the Switch OLED’s display, you should also do without the improved standard and dock-based Ethernet connection. At this price point, though, it’s an easy choice if you want a two-in-one device or just don’t want to pay a high premium to play current games.
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