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  1. WiiMiiSwitch

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    Switch games are expensive, even when used or on sale. Does anyone have tips to get them cheap. Thanks,
     
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  2. Lacius

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    There's an obvious solution if you're Switch is RCM exploitable.
     
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    Let me guess piracy. Sadly, i'm ipatched.
     
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    If it's on 4.1.0 and has never connected to the internet, it is still hackable. It is also hackable with the proper modchip installed.
     
  5. WiiMiiSwitch

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    Even lower, 2.3.0
     
  6. Lacius

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    If it's on 2.3.0, it's not ipatched. You can also use Caffeine to hack it.
     
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    Check slickdeals.net every day. Slickdeals is a sale/deal aggregator where people post deals that they have found. I've seen most first party titles for $40 in the past year, and many third party titles have been on sale for ~$20. It will require patience though and you might not buy from a store you have been to before. The sales also tend to be based on a store having too much stock and usually only last a day or too. Sometimes Nintendo will have a digital sale too, which usually gets posted there too.

    Outside of that, you could try to stack store rewards. Best Buy used to be the best because you could stack the 20% off from game pass with the 5% off from the credit card. But now game pass is gone, so it's not much better than Amazon and their 5% off credit card. Best Buy does still run some deals for elite rewards members like 10% off on a certain day or a $20 gift certificate when you spend $200 on the card outside of Best Buy.

    Finally, you can try to buy used. If there is a local used game store, it will have better prices than Gamestop. Online, there is ebay, but there could be other smaller marketplaces with better prices.
     
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    Nintendo based consoles tend to see games hold their price. Have done for as long as I have been following things (late gameboy and start of gameboy color where I was heading down shops and the like consistently). This goes even more so when there are only a handful of games worth playing and not much new coming out.

    Solutions are indeed to sail the high seas, watch deal sites like a hawk for anything going bankrupt or liquidating stock, playing with coupons, see what desperation in the second hand market might bring or wait a few years for the Switch to die (but not yet be old enough to be retro) and buy then.

    Desperation in the second hand market can be a fun one. Unlike the tools I normally buy you are not going to find many little old widows selling off stuff for nothing just yet (give it a few years for the NES set to start dying off).
    You will however find a great many bored mothers that sell things her brat children have not touched for a few months and spurned lovers where someone made a swift exit and left some goodies behind. They often don't care and just want shot of something. The trouble tends to be the usual want the earth set ("he paid hundreds for this, got to be worth [insert total of ebay session]") but you get that everywhere (and thus just a cost of doing business) but more that they are all about those bundles ("get it out of my sight" sort of thing). This means you then get to liquidate a Switch (if it is hackable then great, if not then maybe parts, and if it is clean enough then that is an option) and probably a bunch of cash in games of films and cartoons. Do it right though and the price for games you actually want (they tend to also be the ones to buy all the big games too) is far lower.
    As with most nice markets things are somewhat saturated (there are many of those with a few hundred they can afford to have tied up in games for weeks at a time) leaving you little room to knock prices down, and you will have to go to places where such people are at. This tends to mean local facebook selling groups, whatever you local free classifieds service is (craigslist, gumtree, Kijiji... whatever it is) and all the other places where the lowest rungs of business society hang out at, ebay is rare for a bundle but can also happen, don't think I have ever seen Amazon and would not really expect to.
    Not my idea of a good time but a decent way of getting good games for less and a decent little earner for some people.
    If flea markets, jumble sales, yard sales and car boot sales are still a thing around you then could be worth a spin, but you might have to get up early there and also ask people questions if it is outside their houses so they can run into the attic to grab things.
     
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    Once again, used games are still expensive
     
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    I always get games physical because you can find them cheaper, try dekudeals, it will show you the cheapest prices
     
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    For all who not want/able to pirate here in germany the only possible way to get cheaper games are sales or second hand market. I think in the US they there are options like craigs list or what it is called? maybe someone is selling the game not for 50 bucks but instead for 35. No other way is known by me.
     
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    This thread is over, please don't comment anymore
     
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    Physical.

    I got Bloodstained:Ritual of the Moon for 14€ and it's awesome.
    (Fifa20 for 20€ and BurnoutParadise for 19€.. but they are EA, so.... ignore them)

    Aside that:
    Set wishlist alerts on dekudeals.
    (Great website)

    As for firstparty titles:
    It depends..
    AgeOfCalamity was 40€ at Saturn (German retailer)
    AnimalCrossing and MK8D were 45€ for me both, even today (but someone gifted me them for xmas and bday.. )I'd never pay as much for a game.. ever again [Dang you Hypetrain KHIII]

    [consumerzombieopinion]
    Strangely enough.... the switch is my first gaming devicewhere I have an actual backlog.
    eShop deals make the cavemen instincts tingle I guess
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    It depends...
    Nintendo 1sts and 2nds:
    Absolutely

    Third party games: Not as much
     
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    Get used stuff from Gamestop...This thread will never be over...
     
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    I SAID THE END IS THE END NOW QUIT IT
     
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    there's ebay kleinanzeigen here (formally known as kiji).
     
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    You can always look on Craigslist too. People sell all kinds of things.
     
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    Junk third party might drop like a stone but anything good there tends to hover at the higher prices than their respective efforts on other devices, even if not quite as much as you might expect to drop on mario kart/smash brothers/zelda/mario platform.

    Granted good third party switch games... I take your point.
     
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    Piracy 100%. Depending where you live, sometimes release dates get muddled and you can get screwed over. Super Mario 3d World on switch just got leaked early, by pirating it and purchasing later you can maximize playtime and reduce costs while still supporting the creators if you so choose
     
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    - OP asks question
    - Helpful users give different answers, all of which are feasable
    - OP dislikes answers and promptly gets mad

    Tale as old as time
     
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