Nintendo of America has announced a range of Black Friday deals, including a Mario Kart hardware bundle and several software promotions.
The headline hardware offer is the same as it was for Black Friday 2020 – a Nintendo Switch console with a download code for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and a three-month Nintendo Switch Online subscription for $299.99.
The hardware bundle will be available at participating retailers beginning on November 21 and while supplies last.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch
As it did in 2019 and 2020, Nintendo is also knocking $20 off the suggested retail price of a selection of games, which will be available for $39.99 from November 21-27.
They include The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Splatoon 2, Super Mario Maker 2, Paper Mario: The Origami King, Kirby Star Allies, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Astral Chain and Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit will also be available at a suggested retail price of $59.99 (normally $99.99) and Ring Fit Adventure will be available at a suggested retail price of $54.99 (normally $79.99).
A range of Black Friday Nintendo eShop deals will be announced in the coming weeks.
Nintendo of America said in September that it had “no plans” to cut the price of the Switch after the company’s European arm reduced the cost of the console earlier that month. The platform holder said it had lowered the distribution price of the standard Switch in Europe partly in preparation for October’s launch of the Switch OLED model.
Nintendo said last week that Switch has shipped 92.87 million units. The company expects the system to overtake Wii (101.63 million units) to become its best-selling console platform before the end of its fiscal year in March 2022.
However, Nintendo also said it had cut its annual Switch shipment forecast by 6%, from 25.5 million units to 24 million units, “because of the change in our production plan due to the effects of the global semiconductor shortage”. Nevertheless, the company has claimed it won’t be able to meet demand for the console this holiday season.
Nintendo also said it’s still internally discussing the concept and launch timing for its next gaming system.