It’s a new year, so it’s time for a new Dealmaster. Today’s roundup of the best tech deals we can find is headlined by a nifty bundle for Nintendo Switch owners at Best Buy. Right now, if you buy a 12-month Family Membership to Nintendo’s Switch Online service at its usual cost of $35, you can get a 128GB SanDisk microSD card thrown in for no extra cost. The latter should appear automatically in your cart.
We highlighted a similar deal last June, but if you need to top off your Switch Online membership and your Switch could use the extra storage space, this is still a nice opportunity. In general, Switch Online isn’t quite as essential to enjoying the Switch as competing services from Sony and Microsoft are for their consoles, but it’s still required to play online multiplayer in a variety of popular games (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate among them), and it allows you to back up your game save data to cloud servers. A subscription also provides access to a number of emulated classic NES and SNES games. You don’t get access to the more recently supported N64 or Sega Genesis titles with this subscription tier, but that might be for the best anyway.
Just note that this deal applies to the Family Membership, which is designed to cover benefits for up to eight different Switch users in a designated “family group.” If you’re just looking for a Switch Online membership for yourself, you can still get a 12-month Individual Membership for $20, but this deal is a bit less appealing.
We’ve recommended the bundled microSD card in a past guide to the best Nintendo Switch accessories. It’s a UHS-I card that isn’t the fastest you can buy, but it’s more than sufficient for managing Switch games and data without delays. It has proven reliable after multiple years of use in our testing, and it’s officially licensed by Nintendo and comes with a lifetime limited warranty. It has retailed for roughly $22 online in recent months, so that’s the amount you’re saving with this deal. Since it’s easy to quickly use up the Switch’s 32GB of internal storage, adding any microSD card is more or less essential for those who may have received a new console for the holidays.
If you’re all set on the Switch front, our roundup also has leftover PC gaming sales from our last Dealmaster, plus discounts on Philips Hue lights, the entry-level iPad, a recommended HyperX gaming headset, and more. While the pace of deals has understandably slowed now that we’re past the holiday season, you can still catch a number of discounts we approve of below.
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