If you’re new to the Nintendo Switch, or maybe you’re buying for someone who needs a boost for their game library, it’s always wise to buy the console’s best games. when they are on sale, as they rarely do. Best Buy lists several games that I consider must-have experiences for $20 off, both in physical and digital formats. Other retailers, like Amazon and Walmart, are also sticking to price cuts. Even better, there’s a range of games included in this sale, suitable for people who want a shooter, a turn-based strategy game or a good old Mario 3D platformer.
Super Mario Odyssey is an inviting and delightful twist on the traditional 3D Mario game, giving Mario a disposable cap to greatly expand his move set and possess items to move around levels. If you’re tired of open-world games that have many goals, it can be refreshing to play this, where your only goal is to jump, climb, and collect shiny objects.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the turn-based tactical title I mentioned earlier. The game basically has two parts: one that looks like a spin on a Personage game, where you build relationships with your student-turned-warriors, and the other part sees you take on enemies in interesting battles that never outstay their welcome.
Splaton 2 is a quirky and unique third-person shooter where you play as squid-like humanoids throwing paint at each other. This game has smart weapons (much like Ratchet & Clank), and similar to Super Mario Odysseyits story mode offers a simple structure, letting you zone in on your way to the goal (which in this game’s case shoots a lot of enemies).
And, of course, you should buy The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It was released at the same time as the Switch, but as my colleague Sam Byford wrote on the game’s fifth anniversary, it set the bar high as the immersive open-world action game that Competing titles have struggled to achieve. If you’re a Zelda fan, you’ll probably swallow some, but new players should have a good time too.
Amazon is, once again, selling its third-generation Echo Dot smart speaker for next to nothing, with a few strings attached. You can get the charcoal-colored speaker for $1 as long as you’ve never owned an Echo device on your Amazon account and as long as you sign up for a month of its Amazon Music Unlimited service, which costs $7.99. $ per month for Prime members and $9.99 per month for non-members.
Your total will add up to $8.98 at checkout if you’re on Prime or $10.98 for non-Prime members. And, just so you know, the streaming service subscription will be set to automatically renew every month, so keep that in mind.
A three-pack of wireless outdoor cameras from Blink costs $159.99 at Amazon and Best Buy, down from the usual cost of $249.99 for the bundle. This price drop corresponds to the big discount that took place in mid-February. These cameras run on AA batteries, and the company claims you’ll get two years of use before you need to replace them.
The camera system includes a free 30-day trial to Blink’s subscription that lets you record, view, and save clips. It costs $3 per month per camera after that or $10 per month for unlimited cameras. Alternatively, if you prefer a local storage solution, you can pick up the Blink Sync Module 2 for $34.99, which can save clips and photos from up to 10 Blink cameras.