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Black Friday 2018: Nintendo Switch Mario Kart bundles, 2DS and Labo deals

This year's Black Friday Nintendo Switch bundle will get net you Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for free. Also -- Labo is cheap!

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Looking for an excellent deal on the Nintendo Switch? Lucky for you, Black Friday deals are here, the time when everything's on sale. There are discounts, but they come with a catch. Most are contingent on you wanting Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

There is one very important exception, though. Today at 12:00 p.m. PST, Daily Steals via Facebook will have a deal on the console for just $179.99. They will likely sell out in minutes as it is the lowest price ever for the console, but if you get there right on time, you might have a shot. (And within five minutes, it's already sold out!)

Besides the Daily Steals deal, the only Black Friday promotions around Nintendo's popular console are bundles with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe included for $300. You have your choice of retailers, but that's Nintendo's bundle of choice. The bundle will be available at the following stores: Target, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon and GameStop.

All of these deals don't start until Thanksgiving week, but Walmart's discount appears to start first: online deals begin Nov. 21, 7 p.m. PT. Note also that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.

For now, then, it's a five-way tie. But keep checking this post, because we'll be updating it if and when we spot a better deal. (If you already have, share it in the comments!)

Here's the deal: you get a free copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe when you buy the Switch at TargetWalmart, Amazon or Best Buy, all of which will be selling it at the regular $300 price. Granted, the game is a $60 value, so if you were planning to buy it anyway, it's not unlike getting the console for $240. 

Nintendo Switch bundle with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, $299 (save $60)

The Nintendo Switch is normally $299 by itself. But Target, Amazon and nearly all other big retailers will have a bundle that includes the system's best party game, a $60 value, basically for free.

$299.00 at Target Nintendo Switch review

Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart Deluxe bundle

Play on your big-screen TV or on the go with the Nintendo Switch and with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as part of the package, you can hit the racetracks immediately.

$299.00 at Best Buy Nintendo Switch review

Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart Deluxe and another $50 on top

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But, if you pick up a Switch at GameStop starting at 9pm ET Wednesday, you get an additional bonus. By purchasing the Mario Kart Switch bundle at GameStop, you get an additional $50 store credit, no questions asked. That's almost a new full-priced game, or a bundle of excellent downloadable titles, just for getting the same bundle you'd pick up elsewhere.

$299.00 at GameStop

Nintendo is having a couple of non-Switch bundles for the holidays as well. The Super Mario Maker Edition of the 2DS will be available at all the stores the Switch bundle can be found. The bundle includes a Mario Maker-themed design, with the game preinstalled.

Then there's the Nintendo Labo bundle, which you'll find exclusively at Best Buy.

Nintendo Labo Bundle: $99 (save $51)

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The Nintendo Labo Robot Kit (typically $80) and the Labo Variety Kit ($70) can be purchased together at Best Buy for $99 from Nov. 4 to Dec. 1. The Robot Labo Kit is also $20 off if you purchase it alone.

See at Best Buy Nintendo Labo Review

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