Confession: I’m a 42-year-old mom, and I use the Nintendo Switch that my husband and I bought “for the kids” every single day. In fact, I’m not exaggerating when I say that it was one of the best investments we’ve ever made for our family as a whole. We bought our Nintendo Switch when it was first released in 2017; at the time, my kids were 12, 9, 8, and 5. We chose the Switch because Nintendo had so many kid- and family-friendly titles, and my kids loved games like Mario Kart, Super Mario Odyssey, and Splatoon. We bought them Just Dance, which they also loved … but which I loved more, and have played 6 mornings a week since then (it’s a phenomenal workout, and the World Dance Floor mode where you compete against players worldwide gets me super hyped up, even if it is a little embarrassing that my username is literally just “Mom.” I didn’t initially realize it would be public, okay?).
As they’ve grown and their tastes have changed, they’ve consistently used the Switch. From Minecraft to Pokémon to Fortnite, they’ve always found something to play (and when they aren’t playing, they’re using the Switch to watch YouTube). During the pandemic, we got gleefully sucked into Animal Crossing: New Horizons like everybody else. And now that my kids are mostly teens, ranging from 17 to 10, it gets harder and harder to get them excited about family time — until the Switch gets involved. They still love to play Super Mario Party with good ol’ Mom and Dad, and we’ve recently discovered the Jackbox Party Packs that feature all sorts of fun and hilarious games (some are definitely more adult themed, but not all) that have brought a new enthusiasm for family game night. And if you have teenagers in the house, you know that enthusiasm for anything family-related is priceless.
I’ve bought my kids many things over the years, and I can honestly say that no other toy, gadget, or gizmo has been used for as long, or grown with them as much, as our Nintendo Switch. So while it may be on the pricier side up front, we have without a doubt gotten our money’s worth throughout the years.
Of course, just because it’s worth the investment doesn’t mean we don’t all love to save some cash whenever we can. (Preferably lots of money!) And just in time to get a jump on holiday shopping, HSN has an amazing deal on a Nintendo Switch bundle. Folks, it’s $100 off right now!
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Nintendo Switch OLED with Accessory Kit
This bundle comes with all the Nintendo Switch basics — the console itself with a crisp OLED display, the dock, Joy-Con controllers, straps, and grip; power cord and HDMI cable. But you also get the extra goodies that help keep your Switch protected and connected: dual charging dock, protective case, wired earphones, 6 extra thumb grips, a type-C cable, and a 7″ glass screen protector — plus a Family Game & Services Elite 2 Software Voucher.
Nintendo Switch OLED in White w/Mario Kart 8, Accessory Kit & Voucher
You can also get this exact bundle with the addition of MarioKart 8 Deluxe, which is also 100 bucks off right now. This set has everything you or your kiddos could possibly need — Joy-Con controllers, straps and grips, a dual charging dock, EVA case, silicone case, wries headphones, thumb grips, screen protector and so much more. It’s truly the best bang for your buck.
Nintendo Switch Console — Animal Crossing Edition
For those of us who are still slightly obsessed with Animal Crossing (*raises hand*), or those who want to be, there’s also a super-adorable Animal Crossing-themed Switch console — and it comes with the game! Oh, and did I mention it’s on big sale too?
The Nintendo Switch makes the perfect family gift. I say that as someone whose own household Switch gets as much use as the microwave around these parts, and has for years. So if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck this upcoming holiday season, you really can’t find a better present — or a better deal.