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The best Black Friday Nintendo Switch gaming deals, from Mario Golf to Pokémon

  The best Black Friday Nintendo Switch gaming deals, from Mario Golf to Pokémon See EW’s guide to the 29 top deals this year. Fans of the Mario series will find fan-favorites like Yoshi's Crafted World, Luigi's Mansion 3, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Super Mario 3D All-Stars included in the sales. Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which counts celebrities like Serena Williams and Awkwafina as fans, is marked down by $10, and recent launches — like Mario Golf: Super Rush and WarioWare: Get It Together — are up to 20 percent off.

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Black Friday is fast approaching with TV, PC gaming, and entertainment tech deals popping up everywhere you look, and those who have been eagerly awaiting sales for Nintendo, Xbox, and PlayStation can finally start shopping as well.

Read on for all you need to know about early Black Friday gaming deals. © Microsoft; Sony; Nintendo Read on for all you need to know about early Black Friday gaming deals.

Most notably, Nintendo has launched its Black Friday bundle today, and shoppers can find the Nintendo Switch with red and blue Joy-Cons, a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and a three-month membership to Nintendo Switch Online for just $299. It would typically cost $368 to have all three, making the bundle a 19 percent discount and the only time all year when Nintendo buyers can find the Switch remotely marked down.

PlayStation deals are live for Black Friday — here are the 24 best deals

  PlayStation deals are live for Black Friday — here are the 24 best deals Like Marvel’s Avengers, Far Cry 6, Star Wars Jedi, and FIFA 22 for up to 76 percent off. Amazon and Walmart have the best PlayStation gaming deals, and newly released titles like Far Cry 6, Just Dance 2022, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, and Tales of Arise for the PS5 are as much as 58 percent off. Prices start at just $20 for the new console's games. PS5 owners aren't the only ones with deals to shop.

Xbox and PlayStation fans finally have good news, too: Walmart has announced restock times for the PS5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S happening this week ahead of Black Friday. Read on for all you need to know about scoring a Nintendo Switch, a PS5, and an Xbox Series X or S — plus the 29 best deals on popular video games below.

Early Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals

Nintendo announced that its Black Friday bundle is dropping today, Nov. 21, and EW has narrowed down its buying links at Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy. Hurry if you want one — the company's yearly bundle always sells out faster than you can say "It's a me, Mario!"

Walmart's drop doesn't go live until 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT tomorrow, Nov. 22, according to its Black Friday ad, so make sure to return tomorrow when the launch takes place.

Nintendo's profit drops from last year's pandemic boom

  Nintendo's profit drops from last year's pandemic boom TOKYO (AP) — Japanese video game maker Nintendo's profit dropped 19% in the first half of its fiscal year from the previous year, when it received a big lift as people stuck at home by the coronavirus pandemic turned to its products. Kyoto-based Nintendo Co. reported Thursday a 171.8 billion yen ($1.5 billion) profit for the April-September period, down from 213 billion yen in the same period the previous year. Fiscal half sales slipped 19% to 624 billion yen ($5.5 billion). It did not break down quarterly numbers.

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Buy it! Nintendo Switch Black Friday 2021 bundle, $299.99 at amazon.com, walmart.com, bestbuy.com

Classic Nintendo Switch games are also marked down by $20 to just $39.99 each, including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, and Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. But if you want to stock up on some newer titles, grab Mario Golf: Super Rush, Just Dance 2022, and Mario Party Superstars. Even Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit that turns your living room into a miniature Mario Kart race course is $40 off right now.

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, $39.99 (orig. $59.99) at amazon.com or walmart.com
  • Just Dance 2022, $29.99 (orig. $49.99) at amazon.com or walmart.com
  • Mario Party Superstars, $54.99 (orig. $59.99) at amazon.com
  • Mario Golf: Super Rush, $49.94 (orig. $59.99) at amazon.com or walmart.com
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, $49.94 (orig. $59.99) at walmart.com
  • Luigi's Mansion 3, $49.94 (orig. $59.99) at walmart.com
  • Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, $40.99 (orig. $59.99) at walmart.com
  • Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, $44.90 (orig. $59.99) at amazon.com
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons, $50.99 (orig. $59.99) at amazon.com
  • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Luigi Set, $59.99 (orig. $99.99) at bestbuy.com
  • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Mario Set, $59.99 (orig. $99.99) at bestbuy.com
  • Ring Fit Adventure, $69.88 (orig. $79.99) at amazon.com

Early Black Friday PlayStation 5 deals

Rejoice, PS5 fans: Walmart has announced it'll be restocking the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT tomorrow, Nov. 22. See landing pages to the consoles below, and while there is no news so far on Amazon or Best Buy's availability, you can refresh the links below for potential restocks.

discovered in Australia: This PS5 hides a small secret

 discovered in Australia: This PS5 hides a small secret The PlayStation 5 is in short supply around the world. An object that has now been sent from Portugal to Australia was brought a surprising fund of the federal police there. © mkfilm / shutterstock The ensured PS5 was not only white from the outside. The latest console of Sony is so scarce that the Japanese manufacturer has even launched a lottery for potential buyers, as it is still not possible to send a console in a timely manner to all interested parties.

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Buy it! PlayStation 5, $499.99 at walmart.com, amazon.com, or bestbuy.com

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Buy it! PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, $399.99 at walmart.com, amazon.com, or bestbuy.com

Many PS5 or PS4 players can already save on best-sellers like Far Cry 6 and Madden NFL 22 as well as new releases like Riders Republic. Impressively, Just Dance 2022 is even at its lowest price in the past 30 days, now just $30 for the PS4 and $42 for the PS5 at Amazon. Fans of Netflix's popular documentary Formula 1: Drive to Survive can get F1 2021 with Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc, and Max Verstappen on the cover for just $28.

  • Far Cry 6, from $39.99 (orig. $59.99) at amazon.com or walmart.com
  • Just Dance 2022, from $29.99 (orig. $49.99) at amazon.com or walmart.com
  • F1 2021, from $27.99 (orig. $59.99) at amazon.com or walmart.com
  • Madden NFL 22, $39.99 (orig. $69.99) at amazon.com
  • Tales of Arise, $39.99 (orig. $59.99) at amazon.com
  • Outriders Day One Edition, $19.93 (orig. $39.99) at amazon.com
  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla, from $36.68 (orig. $59.99) at walmart.com
  • Riders Republic, $29.99 (orig. $59.99) at amazon.com

Early Black Friday Xbox Series X, S, and One deals

Xbox fans will be jumping in the air like PlayStation gamers as Walmart has also announced restocks for the Xbox Series X and S at the same time, 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT tomorrow, Nov. 22. You'll want to keep these shopping links below handy — Xbox Series X and S have been just as elusive as the PS5 and the new Nintendo Switch OLED model.

Blue Jays deny Mets' request to interview Mark Shapiro

  Blue Jays deny Mets' request to interview Mark Shapiro Blue Jays ownership recently denied the Mets’ request to interview Toronto president/CEO Mark Shapiro as part of New York’s ongoing front office search.A Shapiro pursuit would’ve always been a longshot, not too dissimilar from New York’s earlier unsuccessful runs at A’s executive vice president Billy Beane and Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns. Shapiro has paired with general manager Ross Atkins to run baseball operations for the Jays since 2015, and he inked a five-year contract extension this January.

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Buy it! Xbox Series X, $499.99 at walmart.com, amazon.com, or bestbuy.com

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Buy it! Xbox Series S, $299.99 at walmart.com, amazon.com, or bestbuy.com

The Microsoft system's players will have tons of games to save, too — Just Dance 2022, Far Cry 6, FIFA 22, and Sonic Colors Ultimate: Launch Edition are just some of the games on sale right now at Amazon and Walmart. Even better, shoppers can get a three-month membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate that gives you access to more than 100 games on sale at Amazon.

  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate: 3 Month Membership, $37.99 (orig. 44.99) at amazon.com
  • Just Dance 2022, $29.99 (orig. $49.99) at amazon.com or walmart.com
  • Madden NFL 22, $39.99 (orig. $59.99) at amazon.com or walmart.com
  • FIFA 22, $27.99 (orig. $59.99) at amazon.com or walmart.com
  • Far Cry 6, $39.99 (orig. $59.99) at amazon.com or walmart.com
  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla, $19.99 (orig. $59.99) at amazon.com
  • Sonic Colors Ultimate: Launch Edition, $19.99 (orig. $39.99) at amazon.com
  • Life is Strange: True Colors, $34.99 (orig. $59.99) at amazon.com
  • Riders Republic, $29.99 (orig. $59.99) at amazon.com

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  • 35 of the best tech deals you can shop ahead of Black Friday

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Senior VP of player personnel Jason McLeod leaving Cubs .
McLeod, whose contract is up at the end of the month, “declined an offer to remain with the Cubs.” McLeod may not be a household name, but he’s been an instrumental part of baseball’s recent history. © Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports Theo Epstein was hired to be the Cubs’ president of baseball operations in October 2011, with McLeod and Jed Hoyer coming along two weeks later. The trio, who had all previously worked together in Boston, helped build the recent Cubs dynasty that broke the century-old curse with their 2016 World Series championship.

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