Nintendo sale discounts Mario, Zelda, and other top Switch games

A number of recommended Nintendo Switch games are on sale today

Ars Technica

Earlier this week, we highlighted an excellent deal on Nintendo Switch Online memberships. Today’s Dealmaster is headlined by a range of discounts on Nintendo Switch games, including several titles we’ve recommended in the past. The deals are currently available at several retailers—including Amazon, Target, Walmart, GameStop, Best Buy, and Nintendo’s own eShop—and primarily apply to digital codes, not physical cartridges.
Among the sale’s highlights is Hades, which is discounted to $17.49, the lowest price we’ve tracked for the Switch version of the stylish roguelike we named the best game of 2020Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, the adorable XCOM-style RPG whose sequel was announced at E3 this past week, is down to $10The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the modern classic whose sequel was also teased at E3, is down to $42.

Other first-party games like Paper Mario: The Origami King and Fire Emblem: Three Houses are also discounted, as are notable indies like the roguelike Dead Cells, the hard-as-nails run-and-gunner Cuphead, the puzzle game/trolling simulator Untitled Goose Game, and the hardcore Metroidvania Hollow Knight, among many others. You can see our full list of recommended offers from the sale below; not everything is the cheapest it’s ever been, but each of our picks is priced lower than its typical going rate on the Switch.

While some of the deals here are only available on Nintendo’s eShop, we’ll also note that buying a digital game on sale from an outside retailer will net you more Gold Points—Nintendo’s rewards currency that can be used toward future eShop purchases—than buying from Nintendo directly, since the eShop treats those codes as if they were purchased at full MSRP. Through the eShop itself, your Gold Points are 5 percent of whatever price you paid for a given game, so buying at a discount gives fewer points back.

In any event, our deals roundup has plenty more on offer, including early Prime Day deals for various Amazon services and Echo devices, discounts on Philips Hue smart bulbs and wireless headphones, Apple’s latest back-to-school sale, and much more. You can check out our full curated list below.

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Top 10 deals of the day

The roguelike <em>Hades </em>was our 2020 Game of the Year.
Enlarge / The roguelike Hades was our 2020 Game of the Year.

Supergiant Games

Nintendo Switch deals

The charming and accessible tactical RPG <em>Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle</em>.
Enlarge / The charming and accessible tactical RPG Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.


The 4th-gen Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker.
Enlarge / The 4th-gen Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker.


Amazon Prime Day 2021 early deals

  • Prime members only: Audible Premium Plus 4-month membership for $27.80 ($6.95/month) at Amazon (auto-renews at $14.95/month after first four months—normally $60).
  • New subscribers + Prime members only: Amazon Music Unlimited 4-month membership for free at Amazon (auto-renews at $8/month after first four months, three months free for non-Prime members—normally $24).
  • Amazon Kindle Unlimited 6-month membership for $47.86 at Amazon (24-month for $143.80, 12-month for $80.30—normally $60).
  • Prime members only: Amazon Echo Dot (2020, 2-pack) smart speaker for $49.98 at Amazon (use code: PDDOT2PK—normally $85).
  • Prime members only: Amazon Echo (4th gen, 2-pack) smart speaker for $119.98 at Amazon (use code: ECHOPRIME—normally $180).
  • Prime members only: Amazon Echo Show 5 (2019) smart display for $44.99 at Amazon (normally $65).
  • Prime members only: Amazon Echo Buds wireless noise-canceling earphones for $79.99 at Amazon (normally $120).
  • Prime members only: 2-month memberships for various streaming services for $0.99/month at Amazon (auto-renew enabled with purchase).
  • 50-inch Toshiba C350 Fire TV (2021 model) 4K LED TV for $359.99 at Amazon (normally $470).
The gorgeous 2D action-platformer <em>Ori and the Will of the Wisps</em>.
Enlarge / The gorgeous 2D action-platformer Ori and the Will of the Wisps.


Xbox Deals Unlocked E3 2021 sale

The third-person action game <em>Control</em> won our 2019 Game of the Year award.
Enlarge / The third-person action game Control won our 2019 Game of the Year award.

Remedy Entertainment

The virtual Western epic <em>Red Dead Redemption 2</em>.
Enlarge / The virtual Western epic Red Dead Redemption 2.
The stunning PS5 remake of the action-RPG classic <em>Demon's Souls</em>.
Enlarge / The stunning PS5 remake of the action-RPG classic Demon’s Souls.

Sony Interactive Entertainment / Bluepoint Games

Other video game deals

The supremely well-written RPG <em>Disco Elysium</em>.
Enlarge / The supremely well-written RPG Disco Elysium.
The Razer Huntsman Mini is a good choice for anyone in need of an ultra-compact mechanical gaming keyboard.
Enlarge / The Razer Huntsman Mini is a good choice for anyone in need of an ultra-compact mechanical gaming keyboard.


Gaming accessory and service deals

The newest MacBook Air is eligible for Apple's 2021 Back to School sale.
Enlarge / The newest MacBook Air is eligible for Apple’s 2021 Back to School sale.

Lee Hutchinson

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Lenovo Yoga 9i 2-in-1 laptop—Intel Core i5-1135G7, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $799.99 at Walmart (normally $950).
  • Apple Mac Mini (2020) mini desktop PC—Apple M1, 8GB RAM, 256GB for $599.99 at Amazon (discount seen at checkout—normally $670).
  • 32-inch LG 32GK650F-B gaming monitor—2560×1440, VA, 144 Hz, FreeSync for $296 at Amazon and BuyDig (normally $350).
  • Samsung SSD 980 (500GB) NVMe M.2 PCIe 3.0 internal SSD for $59.99 at Samsung, Amazon, and Adorama (normally $71).
  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8-core/16-thread desktop processor for $399 at Amazon and B&H (normally $440).
  • Apple Back to School Sale: get Apple AirPods true wireless earbuds + 20% off AppleCare with purchase of select Mac and iPad products at Apple.
Roku's latest budget-level 4K media streamer, the Roku Express 4K+.
Enlarge / Roku’s latest budget-level 4K media streamer, the Roku Express 4K+.

TV and home entertainment deals

  • Apple TV 4K (32GB) 4K HDR media streamer for $169.98 at Amazon (normally $179).
  • Roku Express 4K+ 4K HDR media streamer for $29.99 at Amazon and Target (normally $40).
  • Roku Ultra (2020) 4K HDR media streamer for $69 at Amazon and Target (normally $90).
  • 48-inch LG CX (2020 model) 4K HDR OLED TV for $1,249.99 at Amazon and Best Buy (My Best Buy account required—normally $1,450).
  • 48-inch LG C1 (2021 model) 4K HDR OLED TV for $1,399.99 at Amazon (normally $1,600).
  • 55-inch LG C1 (2021 model) 4K HDR OLED TV for $1,599.99 at Amazon and Target (normally $1,800).
  • 65-inch LG GX (2020 model) 4K HDR OLED TV for $2,096 at Amazon (normally $2,400).
  • 75-inch Sony X950H (2020 model) 4K HDR LED TV + $100 Visa gift card for $1,998 at BuyDig and Amazon (no GC at Amazon—normally $2,650).
The Apple Watch Series 6.
Enlarge / The Apple Watch Series 6.

Corey Gaskin

Electronics deals

  • Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm, Red) smartwatch for $319.99 at Amazon (normally $350).
  • Apple iPad Air (64GB) 10.9-inch tablet for $549 at Amazon and B&H (normally $570).
  • Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Bluetooth noise-canceling headphones for $59.99 at Amazon (clip $20 coupon—normally $80).
  • Jabra Elite 85t wireless noise-canceling earphones for $179.99 at Amazon (normally $215).
  • Jabra Elite 85h Bluetooth noise-canceling headphones for $155.22 at Amazon (normally $225).
  • Jabra Elite 45h Bluetooth on-ear headphones for $69.99 at Amazon (normally $90).
  • Beats Flex Bluetooth in-ear headphones for $39.99 at Amazon and Target (normally $45).
  • Kobo Libra H2O ebook reader for $149.96 at Rakuten Kobo and Walmart (normally $170).
  • Logitech Ergo M575 wireless trackball mouse for $40.49 at Target (normally $48).
  • Fitbit Charge 4 activity tracker for $99.95 at Amazon, Kohl’s, and Walmart (normally $130).
  • CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 (4GB) Starter Pro Kit—Raspberry Pi 4 (4GB RAM), aluminum case, Samsung EVO+ (64GB) microSD card, power supply, USB-C power switch, micro-HDMI to HDMI cable (6ft) for $94.99 at Amazon (clip $15 coupon—normally $110).
Eufy's Indoor Cam 2K takes crisp video on the cheap.
Enlarge / Eufy’s Indoor Cam 2K takes crisp video on the cheap.

Jeff Dunn

Smart home device deals

The Tile Pro is a capable Bluetooth tracker.
Enlarge / The Tile Pro is a capable Bluetooth tracker.

Jeff Dunn

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

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