If you’re wondering where to buy the Nintendo Switch, you’re not alone. Nintendo Switch stock has been scarce over the last few months, with the US seeing a particular dry spell with nothing on the shelves for weeks. The same can’t be said for the UK, however, as we’re seeing flashes of new stock popping up at a number of retailers over the past weeks. Amazon, Currys, and Very have all offered Nintendo Switch deals recently, so keep checking back if you’re feeling the itch. Scroll down for retailers that still have the console in stock in the US and UK.
Why does the Switch keep selling so fast? It’s partly because people have been stuck indoors a lot lately, but it’s also because supplies have reportedly been challenging. Read on for more of what we know about the Switch, and when we expect it to come back into stock.
Check out our Nintendo Switch bundles and deals page for an around-the-clock update on how the console’s supplies are doing, but you’re much more likely to find a Switch Lite out there right now than the base Switch.
Where to buy Nintendo Switch now: here’s the last remaining Switch and Switch Lite stock
If you’re looking for the full, dockable Nintendo Switch console in the US and Australia, you will have to wait. Stock has completely dried up. In the UK, though, Amazon still has limited models available.
If you’re looking for where to buy a handheld-only Nintendo Switch Lite, you may be in more luck. There’s still a little stock across US, UK and Australia for you to take advantage of, but grab one now if you want it. We’ll keep refreshing this page when we find stock.
Nintendo Switch Lite | Gray| $199.00 at Amazon
Amazon has the handheld-only Switch Lite back in stock, if you’ve been waiting to find the console by itself for the right price. Be fast, because it could easily sell out again. The turquoise model is also available, though shipping slightly later. View Deal
Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing edition | Animal Crossing: New Horizons | £319.99 at Very
The Animal Crossing version of the Nintendo Switch is back in stock at Very, with a downloadable copy of New Horizons included as well. This is a hot item, so you’ll need to move fast to grab yours.
Nintendo Switch | Pokemon Shield | £319.99 at Very
Or, if you’re more into battling the bugs you find, check out this Pokemon Shield Nintendo Switch bundle now available at Very. Move fast, though, this will likely sell out incredibly quickly.
Nintendo Switch Lite | £199 at Very
You can find the Nintendo Switch Lite console by itself at Very for its usual £199 price. That’s a fantastic offer considering supply is so low and demand rising by the day. You’ll find the standard colours available here, as well as plenty of bundle deals outlined below.
Nintendo Switch Lite bundles | From £229 at Currys
Currys is now offering Nintendo Switch Lite game bundles after a stock refresh earlier this week. That means you can grab titles like The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for delivery now.View Deal
Nintendo Switch Lite: Amazon Australia – AU$282
In Australia, Amazon’ has some stock back on hand for the handheld-only Nintendo Switch Lite in yellow, grey, turquoise for AU$282, which is easily the best price we’ve seen since before the whole ‘self isolation’ thing kicked off. If you desperately want a Nintendo Switch and can’t wait for the regular version to get back on shelves, the Nintendo Switch Lite is your best bet.
Nintendo Switch Lite: Kogan – AU$329
Kogan still has plenty of Nintendo Switch Lite units in stock, though they’re slightly more expensive than Amazon’s offering at AU$329. Not the cheapest deal, but at least it’s not higher than the usual RRP. That price is available now across the yellow, grey and turquoise editions of the handheld. Additionally, you can also pre-order the new coral edition at the same price (releases April 24).
Why is the Nintendo Switch selling out?
It’s a combination of a few factors: the global pandemic has led to a rush of people buying the console to fill their hours indoors, which isn’t surprising. At the same time, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has released, a long-awaited game and a massive crossover hit that’s captured the imaginations of a wider, mainstream audience. The Switch has been regularly selling out for a while now. This has just exacerbated the issue.
In addition, back in February, Bloomberg posted a report warning that a potential bottleneck with component supplies coming out of China (caused by coronavirus) would see stock dry up as soon as April. If the reasoning mentioned in that report was correct, it looks like they were pretty on the money with the timing, except stock looks like it’ll be gone even faster than that.
“Nintendo Switch hardware is selling out at various retail locations in the US, but more systems are on the way. We apologize for any inconvenience,” is what Nintendo told THR in a statement. So, more stock is on the way. But when will you you be able to buy a Nintendo Switch?
When will the Nintendo Switch be back in stock?
The situation is hard to predict given that Nintendo has reportedly faced supply line issues over the current health crisis, but Nintendo intends to make 10% more consoles than it did in 2019 to help meet the increase in demand (assuming its supply lines can keep up_. A Nintendo representative told Nikkei, though, that it can’t be sure how many Switch units will be supplied as it procures parts for the console.
Our prediction? The Switch will be hard to get hold of all year, but we’d be surprised if we see many more new units released as parts of the world are in lockdown. We’re hopeful we’ll see the Switch more readily available in the summer months.
Again, this is just our best guess, but you can be guaranteed that when the Switch does come back, folks will be rushing to claim the new consoles. It’s very likely to sell out again.
In the meantime, our advice is to avoid being gouged by third-party sellers who are inflating the price. $299.99/£279.99/AU$469 is the MSRP/RRP for the regular Switch, while $199.99/£199.99/AU$329 is the price for the Switch Lite. Paying above that isn’t worth it unless you’re picking up a bundle with games and accessories.
Where to buy Nintendo Switch when stock returns
As soon as those consoles hit that warehouse, retailers are going to want to get them on the shelves. And you can bet they’ll be flying into delivery trucks just as quickly. If you hear word that the Nintendo Switch is back in stock in the US, Amazon and Walmart will be your best bet.
With massive warehouse inventories, speedy delivery, and quick checkout processes, these retailers are primed to pick up your Nintendo Switch order ahead of the queue. Plus, in all our time covering Nintendo Switch bundle deals, these stores have consistently won out in value, meaning you’re more likely to grab some extras for your cash.
In the UK, Currys and Game are likely to offer the first bundles of the pack, though don’t underestimate the power of Argos same day delivery if you want your console now. We’ll likely see the best prices come out of Currys, who are normally reluctant to increase the cost of the console as demand reaches its peak, and if you’re looking for the fastest checkout times to secure yours before everyone else, you’ll want to keep an eye on Amazon as well.
If stock has already been wiped clean at these retailers by the time you get there, you’ll still be left wondering where to buy a Nintendo Switch. Luckily, plenty of non-tech retailers stock the Nintendo Switch as well, so you’ll have luck with John Lewis, Jacamo and Studio among others.
In Australia, Amazon is likely your best bet, though it’s worth keeping an eye on other online stores, such as Kogan and eBay. While it might take a while, big retailers such as JB Hi-Fi and Big W are also likely to receive new stock, and game retailers such as EB Games and The Gamesmen are also expected to get more units soon.
Don’t leave yourself wondering where to buy a Nintendo Switch on the day, get prepped now and you have every chance of bagging one when the masses flock to the shelves.
Right now, you’re more likely to find a Switch Lite than you are a regular Switch, but stock is still selling out fast. Here’s a quick price comparison chart for the Switch Lite:
And here, you’ll find a quick price comparison chart for the Switch itself.
We’ll keep you updated on the Switch’s stock levels.