Can’t find a Nintendo Switch? Here’s what to buy instead
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If you're one of the thousands of gamers who've been trying to get their hands on a Nintendo Switch console in recent months, you already know that Animal Crossing New Horizons in March, a sharp increase in demand due to quarantine game play and the shut down of assembly plants, these popular units have experienced a serious shortage. According to Daniel Ahmad, a Niko Partners senior analyst who recently spoke to International Business Times about the situation, it's a trend that's likely to continue through the end of the year's second business quarter.
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If you're sick of sifting around the third-party sellers and price hikes in the meantime, however, you can still find the Nintendo Switch Lite—the Switch's cheaper cousin—at a few reliable retailers. The biggest difference between the two consoles is that the Switch Lite is solely a handheld console (similar to a Nintendo DS), so you'll lose out on the ability to hook up to your TV and play party games. But if you're more interested in solo play and want to spend less, we think the Switch Lite is a great option—especially in these trying times.
To help you get your game on, we've rounded up all the retailers where you can find the Nintendo Switch Lite and will continue to update this list as the consoles go in and out of stock.
Where you can buy Nintendo Switch Lites
- Get the Nintendo Switch Lite for $199
- Get the Nintendo Switch Lite With Animal Crossing Game and Accessories at HSN for $389.99
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Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.