Nintendo’s Switch OLED is available today at Best Buy

by 24USATVOct. 8, 2021, 4 p.m. 18
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Update October 8th, 11:42AM ET: It seems like Nintendo’s stock of Switch OLED consoles has depleted for the time being, though other retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, and Amazon may gearing up to release some more. We’ll update this post as the situation develops.

The newest version of the immensely popular Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo Switch OLED model, is now available online. So far, they’ve popped up at GameStop, but they quickly went out of stock. Though, a few Verge staffers have found success buying one through Nintendo’s online shop. The key to their success was persistence and patience (and a lot of refreshing that seems hopeless, until it’s not), and of course, you’ll need to login to your Nintendo account to make the purchase there.

We’ll add more retailers throughout the day as they appear online. Best Buy is one of the few retailers so far that hasn’t released its launch day stock of Switch OLED consoles, so maybe keep that page open and ready. The same goes for Walmart, where there are currently landing pages for both the white model and the red and blue variant.

The Switch OLED model is the top end of Nintendo’s current console lineup, coming in at $350, while the standard Switch and portable-only Switch Lite each sit below it at $300 and $200, respectively. The new model sports a sizable screen upgrade to a larger seven-inch OLED panel that provides much better color quality and brightness. It also brings some other niceties to the Switch, such as a sturdier kickstand with improved articulation, better audio in handheld mode, and an ethernet port built into the included dock. Its internal storage got a bump from 32GB to 64GB, too, but it’s still not a bad idea to get a microSD card, like this 400GB SanDisk model for $49 at Amazon.

Based on our review, the Switch OLED may not provide enough reasons for some to upgrade from their previous Switch, since it isn’t any faster or more capable when docked. That said, first-time Switch owners or those who want the best handheld experience when they step away from the TV should consider making the jump.

If you do manage to snag Nintendo’s latest console, there are plenty of games and optional accessories we recommend picking up, including the excellent Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and recent hits like Metroid Dread. Below are a few of our favorites.

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