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Where to buy the Nintendo Switch OLED in the UK: Stock updates from all the major retailers

The Independent
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In 2019, rumours of a new, beefed-up Switch had begun making the rounds on the internet. There were whispers that Nintendo was developing new components for an upgraded console. The Nintendo Switch “pro”, as the fans dubbed it, would get 4K support and a 1080p screen, the reports said , and it would be unveiled at the E3 gaming expo in 2021.

But when Nintendo’s E3 showcase came and went, without even a whiff of any new hardware – let alone an upgraded Switch console – gamers started to give up on the rumours of the next-gen device ever coming true.

Au contraire. On 6 July 2021, three weeks after E3 ended, Nintendo surprised us all by announcing the Nintendo Switch OLED console. While it isn’t exactly the sparkly new, heavily-rumoured pro console, there is still a lot to get excited about. The new OLED model features a larger screen, enhanced audio, an improved dock and sports an all-new colourway – you can read our full review of the Switch OLED now.

It isn’t the first follow-up Nintendo has developed for the wildly popular original Switch (£252.95, Amazon.co.uk ), which was first released in 2017. Two years ago, the company debuted the Nintendo Switch lite, a handheld-only version (£214.99, Amazon.co.uk ). You can read our round-up of the best games consoles to find out how they differ.

The Switch OLED launched on 8 October and is available to buy at most gaming and electronics retailers. The console is quickly being snapped up by eager customers and, yes, likely stock scalpers as well. Although stock was extremely sparse through November, things picked up in time for Christmas. Now we’re into 2022 and the Switch OLED is widely available, as our list of retailers below explains.

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Where to buy Nintendo Switch OLED in the UK:

  • Very : In stock now – delivery within one working day
  • Amazon : In stock now – next-day delivery
  • Argos : In stock now – same day collection and next day delivery
  • Nintendo Store : In stock now – delivery in one to two days
  • Game : In stock now – next day delivery available
  • Smyths Toys : In stock now – next-day delivery and in-store collection available
  • Tesco : Check your local store for in-store stock
  • Simply Games : In stock now – next-day delivery available
  • Currys : In stock now – only available as a bundle, next-day delivery optional
  • ShopTo : In stock now – next day delivery available
  • AO :Out of stock, back soon
  • Asda : In stock now – standard delivery
  • Studio : In stock now – standard delivery
  • BT Shop : In stock now – delivers in 1-3 working days

How to buy the Nintendo Switch OLED in the UK

Like Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo has been impacted by the global chip shortage. But in the console’s first month of release, the Switch OLED was available in abundance, contrary to the PS5 and Xbox series X when they were first launched.

While the restock horizon for the Switch OLED was a little dire in October and November, things improved throughout December and now there are plenty of retailers with the console in stock.

On 18 January, Nintendo warned customers about unintentionally buying consoles from fake websites that were impersonating its homepage . With scammers looking to profit off desperate console hunters, we’d always recommend double-checking a link to ensure you’re buying from a legitimate website. You’re safe with the retailers on this page, though.

Amazon

On 15 July, pre-orders for the Nintendo Switch OLED went live at Amazon (£309, Amazon.co.uk ). After selling out in mid-August, the retailer found more stock in the back of its pocket on 30 November. Although it came in and out of stock during the run-up to Christmas, the console is now readily available.

Currys

Currys went live with the Nintendo Switch OLED on 21 September, priced at £309 ( Currys.co.uk ). As of mid-January 2022, the Switch OLED is available at Currys, but only as part of a bundle – and most of the bundles are sold out.

Game

On 7 September, Game finally went live with a bunch of Nintendo Switch OLED bundles and standalone consoles. You can buy a white Nintendo Switch OLED with a copy of Animal Crossing New Horizon or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for £349.99 ( Game.co.uk ). The console is also available to buy on their own, without any games, for £309.99 ( Game.co.uk ). As of mid-January 2022, the console is in stock at Game.

Argos

Argos went live with the Nintendo Switch OLED standalone on 15 August, but it had already sold out by the end of the day.

As of mid-January 2022, the console was in stock and available in black with red and blue Joy-cons, or white matching controllers (£309.99, Argos.co.uk ).

Smyths Toys

At Smyths Toys the Switch OLED is available in white or black (£309.99, Smythstoys.com ), or as part of a two-game bundle with Animal Crossing and Super Mario 3D World (£344.99, Smythstoys.com ).

Simply Games

Simply Games is offering the Nintendo Switch OLED console at a slightly lower price than most other retailers (£299.85, Simplygames.com ) and it’s available with free next-day delivery too.

Very

On 13 July, Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders went live at Very (£309.99, Very.co.uk ). It last restocked the console on 8 November with new Pokemon: Shining Pearl and Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond (£399.97, Very.co.uk ) and Metroid Dread (£349.98, Very.co.uk ) bundles.

On 13 November, more Nintendo Switch OLED bundles with Super Mario 3D World , Bowser’s Fury , Mario Kart 8, Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Mario Party Superstars were added to the retailer’s website.

The console is now back in stock and available on its own or as part of several one- and two-game bundles. All are offered with free delivery.

Nintendo Store

On 13 September, Nintendo went live with standalone Switch OLED consoles and a raft of Switch OLED bundles, including one with Metroid Dread and a hard carrying pouch (£359.99, Nintendo.co.uk ), and others with The Legend of Zelda, Mario Golf, Super Mario 3D World and more. See them all here .

Currently, the Nintendo store has a lot of Switch OLED stock available for delivery within one to two days, ranging from the console on its own, to a wide range of bundles with games and carry cases.

ShopTo

ShopTo went live with the Nintendo Switch OLED in early September. It restocked the console on back order on 18 November, priced at £309.85 ( Shopto.net ). Although stock ran dry initially, as of mid-January the console is available on its own or as part of a wide range of game bundles.

Tesco

Tesco doesn’t list the Nintendo Switch OLED online but the retailer regularly replenishes stock in-store. We would recommend popping in to your local Tesco megastore to find out if it has any consoles available.

BT Shop

The BT Shop listed the Nintendo Switch OLED online on 20 January 2022, four months after the console was first released.

When is the Nintendo Switch OLED released and how much will it cost?

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The Nintendo Switch OLED was released on 8 October, 2021. The release date coincided with the launch of the new Metroid Dread (special edition £64.99, Game.co.uk ) game. The Switch OLED has an RRP of £309.99, but can be found for slightly less at some retailers (£299.85, Simplygames.com ).

What are the Nintendo Switch OLED’s specs?

The Nintendo Switch OLED isn’t the massive upgrade we were hoping it would be. It isn’t a major update to the original console, and doesn’t have many of the standout features that were rumoured to be on the Nintendo Switch “pro”.

The flagship upgrade of the new OLED device is kind of in the name – it’s the organic light emitting diode display, of course. If you don’t know what OLED is, it’s a massive upgrade from LCD. Instead of relying on a backlight to produce the picture, the picture will be produced from light emitted from each individual pixel, giving you higher contrast levels.

Nintendo has also increased the size of the display, bumping it up from 6.62in to 7in. It should make those long handheld sessions less taxing on the eyes. On top of that, Nintendo has enhanced the audio, improved the dock by adding in a wired LAN port – for those who need faster gaming speeds – and increased the internal storage from 32GB to 64GB.

Sadly, there’s no 4K TV support when docked or even a 1080p display, as widely rumoured, plus the battery is the same size as it is on the original Nintendo Switch. The processor doesn’t seem to have been updated either.

There are two colourways to choose from: a new white version, which features white Joy-con controllers, a black main unit and a white dock, and a neon red and blue version, which is the same as the original neon model, featuring neon red and neon blue Joy-cons, a black main unit and a black dock.

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