The best Nintendo Switch deals we expect on Amazon Prime Day 2020 — plus 2 early deals live now

By Kevin Webb

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Amazon Prime Day 2020 will deliver thousands of deals to Amazon Prime members once again, and it might be the best way to get your hands on this year's hottest video game console, the Nintendo Switch.

The Switch has been the bestselling gaming console during a record-setting year for video game sales, drawing in millions of new players with its unique portable design. The more advanced PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will be released later this fall, but exclusive Nintendo franchises, like "Super Mario," "Pokemon," and "The Legend of Zelda," will continue to make the Switch a hit for years to come.

Increased demand during the COVID-19 pandemic has made the $300 Switch hard to find, but don't be surprised if Amazon has set some aside for Prime Day. The $200 Switch Lite has been somewhat easier to find, with bundles offered in your choice of grey, yellow, turquoise, and coral. Keep in mind that the Switch Lite cannot connect to another display, so if you want to play on your living room TV, don't settle for a Switch Lite.

We'll be keeping an eye on Nintendo Switch deals during the weekend, and on October 13 and 14 when Prime Day officially launches.

However, when the time comes, you'll need an Amazon Prime subscription. A Prime subscription goes for $13 a month or $120 annually. Amazon Prime subscribers have lots of benefits that are included with the service, most importantly the free two-day shipping on many items, the ability to stream Amazon Prime Video, and much more.

This post will be updated as new sales start, so check back regularly. For more Prime Day coverage, you can follow all the best Prime Day tech deals here.

Amazon Prime Day doesn't officially start until October 13, but you can already find Amazon discounts on Nintendo Switch games, like "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate," "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" and "Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze." Current sales on Switch cases and accessories include a wireless Switch Pro Controller for $24 and a $25 carrying case on sale for $13.

Standard Switch consoles are currently out of stock, but a Switch Lite bundle with a 128GB SD card is available for $225. The deal only saves about $10, but the Switch Lite has been difficult to find outside of these sorts of bundles.

Amazon has confirmed that several Nintendo Switch titles will be on sale for up to 33% off during Prime Day, though we're not sure which yet.

Annual subscriptions to Nintendo Switch Online with a 128 GB SanDisk MicroSD card will also be 36% off during Prime Day. Nintendo Switch Online usually costs $20 per year and provides access to dozens of classic Nintendo games, many of which were included with the $80 Super Nintendo Classic in 2017.

Demand for Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite consoles has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic so don't expect many to be in stock on Prime Day. The Switch is rarely discounted below $300 but we could see console bundles that offer multiple games or Switch accessories at a lower price.

Last year's Prime Day deals included a Switch bundle with a $35 Nintendo eshop card for $300. Amazon's competitors frequently bundle the Switch with a $60 game during Black Friday and other major sales, so the Prime Day deal might not necessarily provide the best value for a Switch bundle if you can wait a few weeks.

We also saw slight discounts on popular Nintendo Switch games, like "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" and "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe," and can expect more of Nintendo's hit titles to show up on sale this year.

Nintendo offers two versions of the Switch — the $300 standard console and the $200 Switch Lite. Both consoles run the same games, but there are some key differences with the hardware.

The standard Switch has two removeable "Joy-cons"  that can be used as controllers, and can be connected to a television. The Switch Lite's controls cannot be removed from the screen and it cannot use the Switch dock to connect to a larger TV or monitor. This also means that games that require the Joy-cons for motion control, like "Super Mario Party," will require a separate controller with the Switch Lite.

The difference in size has some other impacts, too. The Switch Lite has a 5.5-inch screen while the standard Switch has a 6.2-inch screen. The standard Switch's battery can last for up to nine hours, while the Switch Lite tops out at seven hours.

If you're looking for more Nintendo Switch buying advice and discounts year-round, be sure to read our roundup of the best Nintendo Switch deals and our various Switch buying guides: