1. When is the best time to buy a Switch?
  2. How can I find the best deals?
  3. What accessories are recommended that do not come with the Switch in the box?
  4. Better to buy games in digital format or physical?
  5. Are there models that I should avoid?

Other advice is helpful too.

Edit: I live in the United States.

2 months ago*

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  1. Since it rarely ever goes on sale, any time.
  2. Depends on where you live. Most countries have price aggregation sites for most anything sold on the internet legally.
  3. Pro controller.
  4. Personal preference. If you are into Day 0 purchases, physical tends to be unlocked faster.
  5. I do not know of any.
  6. Make sure to get Bayonetta 2.
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No switch here, but I second the Bayonetta 2 suggestion. First game was tons of fun lol

2 months ago
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  1. Whenever you find a good discount.
  2. I just look out for deal notifications on major gaming news sites. That's how I found mine for just over $200, not long after launch.
  3. It comes with everything you need really. You may consider grabbing a screen protector and a carrying case for travel protection.
  4. I would say physical. The console has very limited storage space, so physical helps conserve that. Although, you can always add more storage with a microSD card later on if you decide to go digital.
  5. You can look here for variations. To the best of my knowledge, all the models are the same aside from color.

Other advice: Breath of the Wild should be your first game purchase.

2 months ago
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I have no idea but you might wanna add where you live in your post for people to help you.

2 months ago
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best time to buy would be after the new switch is released

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Only thing I'll add is never get a first gen model. They have problems with docking to TVs generally. though if you are lucky, they tend to be cheaper because you are getting a secondhand(Usually). Someone I know had that problem and 'repairing' would have costing him an extra $180 to get it 'fixed'.

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Do you know of a way to verify if it’s first gen? I got my switch used from a friend and everything has been working (including the dock). I half assume that if I haven’t had issues yet I’m okay, but I’m curious.

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Not sure. You have to ask around. The only reason why I know his is first gen batch was because he got it during release week when it first came out. Probs one of the first few production batches. Should be fine if you get one from a later batch. Even following online instructions failed to get it working, and he even tried with multiple TVs (And some 'compatible' PC screens).

2 months ago
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I’m likely okay but will do some digging. Appreciate the tip!

2 months ago
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If you still have the box, you can check the number on the back. IIRC, if the number is below XAW1007xxxxx, it's first gen. XAW is the american version. A means America. W rest of the world.
I could be wrong, though, it's been a while since I checked.

There is nothing wrong with being first gen. The only difference is that first gen can be "unlocked", in case you wanna pirate games.

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Awesome, thanks for the pointer!!

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AFAIK Nintendo (first party) stuff doesn’t go on sale often. So buy anytime. I just recently got a switch myself and I feel digital is the way to go. It’s just more convenient than swapping the cartridge, and at least where I live a 128gb microsd card was $20. You could probably even find cheaper. I wouldn’t worry about storage, the system had 32 gb and Mario Kart (currently my only digital title) is 7 gigs. With a sd card you’ll be totally fine. As far as accessories, I’d suggest a Pro and or GameCube controller. Perhaps another set of joycons as well. I’ve seen little controller shaped holders for single joycons that are cool but not really necessary imo.

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The only advice I can give is not to buy one for now.
There aren't many games worth playing that aren't also for the pc/other consoles. Most of the exclusives are fun games, but not worth the price of the console (and the 60-70$ price tag).
Just wait when a lot of new exclusives come out and buy it in the lowest price possible, since nintendo will probably make a switch 2.0 and the old one will drop in price.

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Totally disagree. IMO the best games overall are the nintendo-exclusives. Had more fun with Zelda alone, than with everything which was released on PC. If you're into JnR you wont find anything better than Mario. Couch Coop? Name anything which is more fun than Mario Kart. Fighting? Smash Brothers. You're right if you're into Egoshooters or Strategy, but for the rest I recommend Switch and I doubt there will be a Switch 2.0 soon. Also Nintendo Products are very stable in pricing. I don't think that it will be significant cheaper within the next year

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Except zelda every game that you named was a party game, of course they are meant to be fun with other people. But all those fun games burn out pretty soon, unless you're for example a dying fan of smash or you constantly play smash with friends.
For single players game there isn't much to buy and play, I only can name a few that are exclusives like zelda and xenoblade, and while zelda is a fun game, it's only one compared to all the hundreds on ps4/pc you could find more fun/good/exciting/etc.
Switch is for now a party game console, and I think most people prefer buying a console that has a large amount of games over a bunch of party games exclusives+some gems.

For the switch 2.0, could be happening and couldn't be happening, since they said they were thinking about it, and then dismissed it. But that's happened with the old console too (wii - wiiU, 3ds-new 3ds) so it's better to think they will do something like it.

Also the nintendo products that are very stable in price is a minus point. Doesn't feel nice that even after years games don't drop much if not 10$-20$ starting from 70$. Nintendo is just greedy and knows that people will still buy them after years at a high price.

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Mario Odyssey isn´t a Party game, but for your other Points as everything it is a matter of taste. I´m fine with my PC (have over 2700 games for it, also those AAA-games) but mostly I get stucked to my switch, because games there are different, while PC/PS4/Xbox games are very similar. And I can take my switch to nightshift and Play what I started in docked mode. In just my opinion (you may have a different one) Nintendo games are unique and got, I don´t know how to Name it, maybe a Soul, what I miss mostly at other games. And I played Zelda last year more than all my PC and XboxOne games alltogether.

2 months ago
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Maybe you should wait for the slim version, apparently "is coming".
The only extra stuff you'll need is a micro sd card for storage if you buy digital or some physical games that require external storage, like Doom and LA Noire.

2 months ago
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Can't answer the other ones, but for the 4th one: Breath of the Wild. Best Zelda game I've ever played (And I have played basically 80% of them). Also, recommend buying Smash Bros Ultimate, i'm having a lot of fun, and it's great to play with friends!

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The only tip i leave you is to buy the "normal" micro sd from sandisk and not the "nintendo switch sandisk official sdcards", they are exacly the same but the box is different so +10-20$ you'll pay for the "official"

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The console has a memory expansion slot in the form of an SD card?

2 months ago
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Yes. It’s located where the kickstand is, which I don’t love. But godfeeling is right, and microsd card will work. Don’t pay extra for a Nintendo stamped one. I got a basic one off amazon and it works like a charm

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Yup and you'll need if you plan to have a few games :)! Just make sure you buy one with 1mb/s of reading, here in the EU a sandisk 128gb for for about 30-35$

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I'm using the Switch without any accessory and from what I've seen there's not a really must-have, joy-cons are fun and confortable if your hands aren't too big but I guess the pro controller it's a good purchase since it works on Steam too (I've read). I personally like physical games but if you don't like having boxes or cartridges around it's better to buy digital for which you'll most likely need a high capacity mSD card. While prices are almost always the same for physical and digital, digital purchases give way more Gold points that you can use to buy other games and if the game is more than one year old, physical copies won't give any point as they expire.

2 months ago
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I just bought mine, so let me give you some advice:

  1. It never goes on sale, but you can do what I did an buy a second-hand Switch. I paid ~150 with Mario Odyssey. Just do some research before buying one.
  2. Nintendo Switch Deals is great for digital and to get physical copies if you're from the US. If you wanna buy digital always check this site. The switch has no region locks, so buy where it's cheaper.
  3. A screen protector. The dock sucks. It is made out of cheap plastic and it scratches both sides of the screen. Maybe a controller, if you wanna play Smash or Splatoon 2 competitively. People talk about SD card, but if you don't buy digital games very often, it's not needed. I got a thumb grip because I find it a bit small for my hands.
  4. I buy digital when it's cheap (got Mario + Rabbids for $18) or I plan to keep playing the game for a very long time. When I just wanna beat the story, I get a physical copy in order to sell/trade after I'm done with it. Nintendo games don't lose value. If you buy them for $60, you can always sell them for $40-55, even years after release.
  5. No

Get Breath of the Wild. It's an amazing open world game. Definitely one of the best games I've ever played. Mario Odyssey is a lot of fun as well. I also enjoyed Mario + Rabbids a lot more than expected. I haven't finished Octopath Traveller yet, but it's been REALLY good so far.

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It has some kind of region lock. A friend had the physical US version of Splatoon 2, he wanted to buy the DLC but his account was on a different region so it didn't work. Wasted money and I think he couldn't even get a refund.

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DLC has to be from the same region you bought the main game, but I was just talking about the real games. I've bought games from Canada, South Africa, Japan, Russia and Mexico. I never had a problem.

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If you love RPG and Manga, you must try Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

I don't know for US, but in France, Amazon have the lowest price for physical version of game (most of time it even cheaper than nintendo eshop digital version)

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