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Buyer Beware: Nintendo Switch Black Friday Deal has a Nasty Surprise

Gaming article by Robert N. Adams on November 8, 2019 at 6:48 AM
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Fine Print Puts A Downer on Mario Kart 8 Bundle

Black Friday will be here in just a few weeks and that means a lot of cool things are going to be heavily discounted. A Nintendo Switch Black Friday bundle has been announced, but it might not be the best deal on closer examination.

Nintendo announced the bundle via a press release. Starting on November 28, 2019, select retailers will offer up a bundle that includes the Nintendo Switch and a download code for Mario Kart 8 at the price of $299.99 or your regional equivalent.

 

While this isn't any lower than the standard retail price for the Nintendo Switch, the inclusion of Mario Kart 8 in the bundle makes it a particularly tantalizing pick, although it is the same one that was featured last year. Well, it would, if it weren't for one particular downer noted in the fine print.

Nintendo Switch Black Friday Mario Kart 8 Bundle Zoomed

 

The Fine Print of the Nintendo Switch Black Friday Bundle

Zoom in on the box image and you'll see the catch:

Includes Nintnedo Switch console [model HAC-001], battery life ranges from about 2.5 – 6.5 hours. Visit: support.nintendo.com/switch/battery

Heading off to the page support.nintendo.com/switch/battery leads to a breakdown of the different Nintendo Switch models (which are rather confusingly named):

 
  • For Nintendo Switch model number: HAC-001 [product serial number begins with "XAW"], the battery life is approximately 2.5 to 6.5 hours.
  • For Nintendo Switch model number: HAC-001(-01) [product serial number begins with "XKW"], the battery life is approximately 4.5 to 9 hours.
  • For Nintendo Switch Lite model number: HDH-001, the battery life is approximately 3 to 7 hours.

While the Nintendo Switch Black Friday bundle might seem like a good deal on its face, you're going to be getting the older model of the console with a battery life that's 2–2.5 hours shorter than the newer HAC-001(-01) model, as Nintendo is seemingly using the Black Friday deal to get rid of their old HAC-001 stock

The catch for this deal might be a bummer, but there are still some great chances to pick up some cool Nintendo Stuff at a discount for this year's Black Friday sales: a number of Nintendo Switch games will be priced at $39.99, $20 off of their MSRP — and there's no bad news in the fine print, either.

What do you think of the NIntendo Switch Black Friday bundle? Are you disappointed that it doesn't contain the newer edition of the console? Let us know in the comments below!

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Robert N. Adams

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!