Black Friday 2018: Here Are The Best Switch Game Deals On The Nintendo Eshop

Nintendo has now finally launched its Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale on the Eshop. The digital sale runs between now and November 28 at 9 AM PT (12 PM ET). And while you won’t find as many titles on sale on the Eshop as you will on the PlayStation Network or Xbox Live, the deals that are available tend to be on particularly fantastic games.

We’ll look at the highlights of the sale in the pages ahead, but check out the full list of discounted games for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 2/3DS for even more discounts. Buying many of these Eshop games will earn you My Nintendo Gold Points, which you can use to purchase eligible digital content from the Eshop (one Gold Point equals one cent) or redeem for various rewards.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for in the Eshop Black Friday sale, you have plenty of other discounts to consider at other retailers. You can check out our full rundown of all the best Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals, which covers games, accessories, and hardware. Or, if you’re looking to buy a gift this holiday season for the Nintendo fan in your life, you can take a peek at our Switch game gift guide and our Switch accessory gift guide.

Also be sure to check out the rest of our Black Friday roundups. We have links to all the best deals on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC, as well as on TVs, movies, and a whole lot more. Let’s start saving some money.

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In our 9/10 Celeste review, Oscar Dayus wrote, “It’s a testament to convincing writing and ingenious design that after playing Celeste I felt like I’d been on the same journey as Madeline. Her struggle is one made easy to empathize with, her low points painful to watch, and her high notes exhilarating to experience. Her tale is delicately told and beautifully illustrated, confidently coalescing with the satisfying, empowering game it lies within. Not bad for a game about climbing a mountain.”

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

In our 6/10 Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy review, Peter Brown wrote, ” It’s easy to imagine how a dyed-in-the-wool Crash fan will fall in love all over again via the N. Sane Trilogy, but if you’re experiencing Crash for the first time–or the first time in a while–it might pain you to realize that Crash’s original adventures aren’t as inventive or surprising as they were 20 years ago.”

Dead Cells

In our 9/10 Dead Cells review, Daniel Starkey wrote, “Dead Cells is a phenomenal effort to blend together some very disparate genres into a tight, cohesive whole. It’s one of the better examples of how to remix ideas without losing their individual strengths.”


In our 7/10 Doom review for Nintendo Switch Peter Brown wrote, “If you can stand to look at a lesser version of Doom’s once captivating world, you’ll find that the game plays well enough on Switch so long as you’ve got a TV in front of you and a Pro Controller in hand. There’s nothing else like it on a portable system, but be prepared to face a handful of compromises, especially if you’re used to playing on other platforms.”

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

In our 8/10 Skyrim on Switch review, Kallie Plagge wrote, “The original version of Skyrim is still an immense, engrossing RPG, and the quality, number, and variety of its quests makes it as easy to become lost in its world as ever. With the addition of Zelda-themed gear that’s actually useful–and the fact that you can play anywhere–the Switch version of Skyrim is a great excuse to revisit a much-loved RPG.”


In our 5/10 FIFA 19 Switch review, Oscar Dayus wrote, “FIFA 19 [is] a playable, competent game of football encased in a package of outdated modes and lacking the controls and features you really want.”

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD

In our 7/10 Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD review, Justin Clark wrote, “All these things have been admirably translated, in a way far less intimidating to newcomers and logistically fascinating to veterans. You get the parts of that experience that count the most towards the narrative from Pocket Edition, and the gameplay, rudimentary it may be, has been as elegantly streamlined as possible to obtain that experience. This is still, ultimately, Final Fantasy XV, and while there’s a lot of the game that you might want out of Pocket Edition, there’s an argument to be made that this version of FFXV will serve you just fine.”

The Messenger

In our 8/10 The Messenger review, Alexander Pan wrote, “The Messenger takes the best parts of the action-platformers it takes influence from and reinterprets them well. With clever writing, well-designed levels, and balanced difficulty curve, the game continuously hooks you with enticing skill-based challenges and satisfying payoffs. Your character might have an immediate imperative to delivering a world-saving scroll, but the journey there is definitely one to savor.”

NBA 2K19

In our 7/10 NBA 2K19 review, Michael Higham wrote, “It’s impressive that the game of basketball has translated to controllers and screens in the way it has. If you want to immerse yourself in the sport and culture, NBA 2K19 has you covered with a breadth of content. But even that has its limitations after several years of iterations. Although those willing to grind for everything will eventually get rewarded, the system of VC still comes off as exploitative. But there’s a lot of fun to be had in NBA 2K19 despite its flaws, especially if you have a strong love for the sport.”

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove includes the core game, plus three expansions, two of which are already available, with the third scheduled to release in 2019. In our 7/10 Shovel Knight review, Tom McShea wrote, “No matter which era it had been released in, Shovel Knight would have been embraced. Its inherent charms are timeless. Shovel Knight is a good reminder that game design does age but can never die and that simple mechanics can still be immensely satisfying.”

Sonic Mania

In our 9/10 Sonic Mania review, Matt Espinelli wrote, “Sonic Mania methodically uses its sentimental appeal to great effect, but in the process, it heals the wounds inflicted by its most disappointing predecessors and surpasses the series’ best with its smart and interpretive design. An excellent 2D platformer, Sonic Mania goes beyond expectations, managing to be not only a proper evolution of the series’ iconic formula, but the best Sonic game ever made.”

South Park: The Stick of Truth

In our 7/10 South Park: The Stick of Truth review, Kevin VanOrd wrote, “South Park: The Stick of Truth is not the second coming of role-playing games, so if you come seeking Jesus, you’ll be disappointed by the veritable second-rate televangelist you find in His place. But it’s as funny as the merry tune of Stratford, and more enjoyable than Butters’ favorite game, Hello Kitty: Island Adventure.”


In our 9/10 Thumper review, Peter Brown wrote, “It sounds odd to claim that a lack of consistently original music wouldn’t be a major problem for a rhythm game, but music isn’t the point. Thumper thrives due to the way it marries speed, simple controls, and mesmerizing atmosphere. It’s far more convincing in VR, where you’re enveloped in the game’s space and free of distractions from the outside world, but it shouldn’t be ignored by those without the appropriate hardware. Thumper, no matter how you play it, is too good to miss.”


In our 9/10 Undertale review, Tyler Hicks wrote, “Without spoiling the many ways it will screw with your expectations, it isn’t possible to truly capture how wonderful Undertale is. You wouldn’t know it with a passing glance, but it’s one of the most progressive and innovative RPGs to come in a long time, breaking down tradition for the sake of invention, with great success.”

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

In our 8/10 Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus review, Kallie Plagge wrote, “As long as you’re able to play the entire game in docked mode, The New Colossus is the same fantastic game it is on other platforms. It runs well and, despite some minor visual compromises, it still looks pretty good. Handheld mode is unfortunately far less optimized, and the Joy-Cons simply don’t feel as good to use as the Pro Controller. If Switch is your only way to play it, The New Colossus is absolutely worth your time–just not on the go.”


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