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It’s Black Friday time, that annual celebration of consumer culture that has surely extended at least into the week surrounding Thanksgiving, and really into early November into December. Which isn’t a bad thing, particularly if you’re in the market for some games consoles. It’s a good time, in particular, to buy a Nintendo Switch, which comes bundled with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the usual $299.99, representing about a $60 value unless you’ve lost your mind and don’t want to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. There’s a thing you should know, however: you’ll want to buy more stuff.
If you’re looking for a bargain on the Switch, this is something you should know. Expect that $299.99 price to go up quite quickly once you start looping in some accessories. There’s nothing all that wrong with the Switch as it stands. It plays some of the best games in recent memory with grace and style, and it’s capable of playing those games right out of the box. It has its shortcomings, however, most of which can be overcome by forking over cash.
To start with, you’ll likely want a memory card. The internal memory on the Switch is anemic at 32 gb, and if you’re either planning on downloading a fair number of games or just don’t want to be burdened with the possibility of losing those tiny little game carts, you’re going to need something more substantial. An SD memory card is what you’ll need for that, and the Switch-branded 128 gb version will cost you $34.99. You might want more, depending.
And then consider the fact that you’ve just bought Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, perhaps the finest local multiplayer game on the market today. Are you really going to stop at 2 Joy-Cons? Four would be better, and those extras will set you back a little less than $70.
Of course, you might want to do single-player gaming too, and you might want something a bit more comfortable than the Joy-Cons attached to the grip. The Pro controller might run around $45, for a third party, $60 on Black Friday for the official one.
Travelling on an airplane or spending a lot of time playing in tabletop mode? Consider a charging kickstand, because you can’t charge it while using the standard kickstand. That will be something like $20. Maybe a case? An external battery pack? You get the idea.
None of these things are absolutely necessary to using your Nintendo Switch, but mark my words: you will buy them. If you’re buying this for a kid, your kid will want them. A fully-kitted out Switch is one of the slickest gaming systems you can own, but it doesn’t come cheap.
So that’s what you should know about any sort of deal on the Switch: consider that $299.99 the introductory price, and not just for the usual software-related reasons. The Switch is a magnet for accessories, and you’ll find yourself spending more money than you think on it.
Update: This article has been amended with the difference between third-party and 1st party pro controllers.black, Deal, Friday, Nintendo, Switch, warning