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The weekend’s best deals: Nintendo Switch New Year’s sale, Apple Watch, and more

The weekend’s best deals: Nintendo Switch New Year’s sale, Apple Watch, and more
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Ars Technica

Happy weekend, and welcome back to another Dealmaster. Our latest roundup of the best tech deals we can find is topped with a handful of deals on Nintendo Switch digital games. the Mario The manufacturer runs extensive “New Year’s Sale” in its online online store, with many of the most popular discounts at third-party retailers like Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Walmart and Humble replicated. While the sale doesn’t include price cuts on some of the more popular Switch games – there is none ZeldaAnd Smash Bros.And animal crossing, or Mario Kart Here — the discounts still cover a variety of games we love and have already been recommended here at Ars. We’ve curated a list of standout deals from sale below, but among the special highlights are the mischievous delightful deals Untitled goose game Dropped to 10 dollars, while the switch port of refreshing and charming puzzle Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker It dropped to $28. club games, which collects 51 innocently fun mini-games that include different play styles, is also on sale for $28. Many easy recommendation ports, including the world-acclaimed RPG, are also discounted in disco the ParadiseAnd Witcher 3, And Divinity: Original Sin 2, on the wonderful tetris effect, a chaotic first-person shooter Eternal torment. Additionally, there are a handful of deals on smaller independent islands that we’ve highlighted in previous guides, including action-adventure and moody game. Olija, comedian and genre-scroller ProphetThe satisfactory roguelite dead cells.

Now, many of the multiplatform games on sale here can often be had for less on other hardware, and Nintendo still charges a bit more than we’d like for first-party games in years in particular. (Games like Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze And Super Mario Maker 2 It’d ideally be available for a virtual $40 these days, not just when they’re on sale.) However, if you’re willing to pay Nintendo’s usual premium for interchangeability, all the deals we’ve curated are well below their usual street prices, and most are either at the lowest price. We tracked it down for the Switch or at least very close.

Also note: If you don’t already have an eShop Gift Credit, it may be worth buying with a digital code from a third-party retailer where applicable, since you’ll get the full amount of “Gold Points” – Nintendo’s reward currency for buying eShop games, which you can Then use them on future purchases — even if you paid less at Amazon, Target, or something like that. Either way, though, if you recently picked up a new key during the holidays and need things to play with, there are some good opportunities to stock up here. Nintendo says the sale will run through January 16th.

If your gaming backlog is already full, though, our roundup also has deals on Microsoft’s high-end Xbox Elite console, the Apple Watch Series 7’s GPS + Cellular variant, gaming headsets and USB-C chargers we love, and more. You can take a look at our full report below.

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Today’s special deals

  • New Year’s Nintendo Switch Sale: Several Discounted Switch games at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Humble, Walmart, and Nintendo eShop
  • 12 Months Online Nintendo Switch Family Membership + SanDisk MicroSDXC Card for Nintendo Switch (128GB) for $35 ($57) at Best Buy (the package appears in the cart)
  • RavPower RP-PC144 2-Port USB-C Wall Charger (30W Total, 20W USB-C PD) + 3-Foot USB-C to Lightning Cable for $16 ($30) in RavPower (use the code: DNL44)
  • Microsoft Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 for Xbox / PC for $140 ($155) at Walmart, Amazon
  • HyperX Cloud Alpha Gaming Headset for $60 ($80) in Best Buy
  • Wacom Intuos Artboard for $40 ($70) at Amazon, Best Buy
  • A ring fit for adventure (Switch) for 55 dollars ($70) on Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop
  • Apple Watch Series 7 (45mm, GPS + Cellular, Stainless Steel Case) for $629 ($745) on amazon
  • Google Nest Mini (2nd Generation) Smart Speakers for $25 ($35) at Target, Best Buy
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Video game deals

  • Club Games: 51 World Classics (Switch) for $28 ($35) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Humble, and Nintendo eShop
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Switch) for $28 ($35) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Humble, and Nintendo eShop
  • Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) for $42 ($50) at Amazon, Target, Humble, Best Buy, and Nintendo eShop
  • Untitled goose game (Switch, PS4) for 10 bucks ($20) at Amazon, Target, Humble, Best Buy, Nintendo eShop, and PSN
  • Theology: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition (Switch) for $35 ($50) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Humble, and Nintendo eShop
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  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Switch) for $11 ($15) at Amazon, Target, Humble, Walmart, and Nintendo eShop
  • Tetris Effect: Online (Switch) for $27 ($37) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Humble, and Nintendo eShop (also on Game Pass)
  • Great Ace Lawyer Records (Switch) for $30 ($37) at Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Nintendo eShop
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Switch) for 10 bucks ($18) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Humble, and Nintendo eShop (also on Game Pass)
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Switch) for $35 ($50) at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Humble, and Nintendo eShop (also on Game Pass)
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  • A ring fit for adventure (Switch) for 55 dollars ($70) on Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop
  • take two (computer) for $17 ($30) in Green Man Gaming
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (computer) for Free ($20) on Amazon (Prime users only, also on Game Pass)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox) for $20 ($30) at Target, Best Buy, and GameStop
  • Final Fantasy VII Intergrade Remake (PS5) for $35 (55 dollars) in the target
  • NieR Automata: Yorha Edition Game (PS4) for $15 ($25) in GameStop
  • Scarlet Nexus (PS4, PS5 and Xbox) for $25 ($35) at Amazon, GameStop (also on Game Pass)
  • 13 Guardians: Aegis Rim (PS4) for $20 ($30) in GameStop
  • Yakuza: Like a dragon (PS5, PS4 and Xbox) for $20 ($35) in GameStop
  • Celeste (PS4) for 5 dollars ($15) on PSN
  • lonely mountains: downhill (PS4) for $11 ($18) on PSN (also on Game Pass)
The Apple Watch Series 7 isn't a huge upgrade over the Series 6, but if you use an iPhone, we still consider it the best smartwatch you can buy.
Zoom / The Apple Watch Series 7 isn’t a huge upgrade over the Series 6, but if you use an iPhone, we still consider it the best smartwatch you can buy.

Cory Gaskin

Electronics Deals

It's not cheap, but the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller is well built and comes loaded "forefront" Features, including interchangeable D-pads, pressure-sensitive triggers, customizable thumb sticks, multiple settings profiles, wireless charging, USB-C and Bluetooth connectivity.
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Sam Machkovech

The SanDisk Nintendo Switch microSD card works fast and reliably, no matter if you're using it with a physical Switch console.
Zoom / The SanDisk Nintendo Switch microSD card works fast and reliably, no matter if you’re using it with a physical Switch console.

Jeff Dunn

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