Update: Despite having no discount whatsoever, the $450 Nintendo Switch starter bundle at GameStop is now sold out, which just goes to show how high demand is for the console right now. The Switch Lite starter bundles are still available. We’ll update this story if we see the Switch bundle back in stock.
Original story follows.
The Nintendo Switch is currently seeing a major shortage, the likes of which we haven’t seen since its release in 2017. People are clamoring to get their hands on the console, most likely due to being stuck inside because of the coronavirus pandemic as well as the timely release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The $300 console is currently sold out pretty much everywhere, unless you’re looking to pay $400 or $500 for the system on its own. However, GameStop is now offering “starter bundles” for the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite–unfortunately, if you’re interested in just the console by itself, you may end up with a bunch of stuff you don’t want.
The Nintendo Switch with red and blue Joy-Cons (new model) is bundled with a physical copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, and a code for $20 Eshop credit. The entire bundle sells for $450, which happens to be the exact value of all the items in this bundle. It’s disappointing there’s not even a slight discount for buying all of these items together. In fact, when you consider that the Pro Controller is regularly on sale for $59 at Amazon, the bundle is about $10 more than you might pay for all these items separately. The catch, of course, is that the Nintendo Switch can’t easily be bought for $300 on its own anywhere right now. So if you’re looking to get your hands on this console and are even remotely interested in Animal Crossing, this is still a solid choice, considering the circumstances.
According to the GameStop listing, the Nintendo Switch starter bundle will ship by April 30. These days, many non-essential goods are seeing major delays in delivery, so a guaranteed ship date of April 30 isn’t terrible. You won’t be charged for your order until the bundle ships.
The Switch Lite is still in stock at a few retailers, but GameStop also has some starter bundles available for the smaller, handheld-only system. The Switch Lite starter bundles include Animal Crossing: New Horizons, $20 Eshop credit, and screen protectors. The bundles are available for $290; once again, that’s the exact value of the items included. Three Switch Lite colors are available as bundle offers: Yellow, Turquoise, and Gray. The Switch Lite bundles ship within 24 hours, according to the listings.
According to Nintendo, Switch consoles will be restocked in the near future, but there’s no word on exactly when that will be. “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,” Nintendo told GameSpot in an email statement. Hopefully, we start seeing the system back in stock at retailers soon.