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Nintendo Switch OLED pre-order: know when Best Buy and GameStop will sell it

When will the Switch OLED pre-order at Best Buy, GameStop and other US retailers go live? Follow our expert Nintendo Switch OLED pre-order ...

When will the Switch OLED pre-order at Best Buy, GameStop and other US retailers go live? Follow our expert Nintendo Switch OLED pre-order Twitter tracker Matt Swider, who will send you an alert when the new Nintendo Switch OLED model is in stock – if you follow his Twitter account and turn on notifications.

Click on this image to follow and the bell icon to turn on notifications. Best Buy and GameStop have a pre-order page ready in the US, but we're waiting for the add-to-cart button light up. Note: it's going to be very difficult to buy this after the pre-order, according to our analysis.

► When? Where? Follow our Nintendo Switch OLED pre-order Twitter tracker Matt Swider for notifications and live updates.

Nintendo Switch OLED tweet by restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider

(Image credit: Twitter / Matt Swider)

Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders are getting underway in the UK and Australia, just one day after the surprise reveal this week. That means you can already put your name down for the new console in certain stores, and we expect to see more Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders creeping in in the US very shortly. 

At $349.99 / £309.99 / AU$539, the new Nintendo Switch OLED price is $50 / £40 more expensive than the original model, but packs a larger OLED display, a new kickstand and a LAN supporting dock. Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders have kicked off in the UK, but we're still seeing placeholders at retailers like Best Buy in the US. The Nintendo Switch OLED model will release on October 8, 2021.

You'll find all the latest updates on Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders just below, with a range of retailers already stacking the shelves.

Nintendo Switch OLED price: key facts

  • Nintendo Switch OLED price: $349.99 / £309.99 / AU$539
  • Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders: live in the UK and Australia, awaiting in the US
  • Release date: October 8, 2021 
  • Features: 7-inch OLED display, new kickstand, LAN port

Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders in the US

The Best Buy Nintendo Switch OLED pre-order is 'Coming soon', according to the product page that's already live (but the add-to-cart button is grayed out). There's a GameStop Switch OLED pre-order page, too, hinting of an imminent sale ahead of the October 8 release date. Both stores will sell it for the MSRP $349.99 – no bundle required. We're now seeing pre-orders from other countries in time zones ahead of the United States, so it's only a matter of time.

Nintendo Switch OLED retailers in the US haven't shared the date and time for the pre-order of the console. It's already available to pre-purchase in other countries, so we should see American retailers turn on that add-to-cart button soon.

The fact that Best Buy and GameStop already have Switch OLED pages up is a good sign. We haven't seen Amazon, Walmart or Target do the same just yet, but our exclusive restock sources should come in handy, especially when knowing the Walmart Switch OLED pre-order date ahead of time. We often get a heads-up from the world's largest retailer and tweet about it in advance.

If you want to be one of the first to find out when Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders go live, click on this example of a Matt Swider Nintendo Switch OLED tweet. When he has a tweet with a siren, that means it's in stock and a link will be included. Make sure you follow and turn on notifications.

Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders in the UK

The UK is seeing a range of retailers going ahead with their Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders already, with Game and Smyths Toys leading the charge. This early wave means we're likely to see more retailers jumping into the ring soon, so you'll find all the shops likely to carry stock just below. 

It's worth noting that both Game and Smyths Toys still have stock allocations available, though we're not sure how long that waiting list runs and considering chip shortages across the industry we wouldn't recommend waiting too long to pounce. 

Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders in Australia

So far, Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders are already live in Australia at EB Games and JB Hi-Fi, and it's expected that more retailers will follow shortly. 

EB Games and JB Hi-Fi have the new Nintendo console listed for AU$539, with both retailers offering it in the two available colour options – White and Neon.

Additionally, EB Games is also offering the new Nintendo Switch OLED at the reduced price of AU$299 when you trade-in your current Nintendo Switch console (excludes Nintendo Switch Lite).

The Nintendo Switch OLED pre-order is crucial - here's why

There's a very good reason to pre-order the Nintendo Switch OLED today (or whenever it actually becomes available to buy), and that's because it's going to sell out in a matter of minutes – maybe seconds. We've seen the ongoing chip shortage affect other consoles in 2021, which is why we constantly have to run PS5 restock news stories – it's still in demand several months later.

And if you think the Switch OLED model is a minor Nintendo Switch upgrade (you're not alone) and it won't be sold out (that's wrong), then you have to realize that before all of these shortages came to a head and when the original Nintendo Switch seemed long in the tooth, the four-year-old Nintendo console was still selling out every Christmas. That's four Christmases in a row.

In other words, if you want to buy a Nintendo Switch OLED, do it now. There's going to be unprecedented demand for it in 2021 and yet a finite supply of consoles. Plus, the Nintendo Switch OLED price is $349, hardly a barrier to entry for a gift in 2021.

The people who aren't going to be able to buy this console on October 8 through December 31 are the people who hesitate on the pre-order, according to our expert opinion. Cue the Nintendo Switch OLED restock chaos that will soon ensue.

When will the Nintendo Switch OLED pre-order start?

Nintendo Switch OLED retailers in the US haven't shared the date and time for the pre-order of the console. It's already available to pre-purchase in other countries, so we should see American retailers turn on that add-to-cart button soon.

The fact that Best Buy and GameStop already have Switch OLED pages up is a good sign. We haven't seen Amazon, Walmart or Target do the same just yet, but our exclusive restock sources should come in handy, especially when knowing the Walmart Switch OLED pre-order date ahead of time. We often get a heads-up from the world's largest retailer and tweet about it in advance.

There's a good chance we'll have to keep updating a Nintendo Switch OLED tracker for all stores in the US, as demand will surely outstrip supply into 2022.

What is the Nintendo Switch OLED price?

The Nintendo Switch OLED price is $349.99 / £309.99 / AU$539, $50 more than the MSRP of the original Nintendo Switch model. Previously rumored 4K docked upscaling, Nvidia graphics, and an enhanced CPU were putting estimates at $399 / £379 - a tidy $100 / £100 price increase on the previous model that made a lot of sense. 

Without these additional features, a $50 / £50 / AU$90 increase is still good going for an OLED display (provided the battery has also been enhanced to keep up and extend over the original launch model), even if we were expecting to see a little more under the hood for our cash here. The original Nintendo Switch launched at $299 / £279 / AU$469 and just managed to undercut the PS4 and Xbox One's prices at the time.

Will Nintendo Switch game prices rise?

Nintendo had reportedly asked its developers to make upcoming games 4K-ready, adding to rumors that a new console would offer UHD resolution. The announcement itself didn't make any note of this 4K upscaling, but besides that, if this information does prove to be correct, it's worth noting that we're unlikely to see a major price split in the catalog. 

As with the New Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo has in the past restricted the list of compatible titles on its new generations. Thankfully, it doesn't look like this will be the case here. Not only would Nintendo be facing pressure from a backward-compatible market in Microsoft and Sony, but developers are (if the rumors prove correct) already working to make sure their current games will run on the new console. 

However, there are more costs associated with a game running at higher specs, and while backward compatible titles may not rise in price, we could see a slight inflation on later releases. 

After a new console right now? You'll find all the latest Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite prices just below.



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