The best Special Edition Nintendo Switch models out there

The best Special Edition Nintendo Switch models out there

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    Animal Crossing: New Horizons

  • Split image of Animal Crossing New Horizons and Mario Red & Blue Switch Consoles
    Nintendo is known for releasing plenty of Special Editions for all their consoles and handhelds, naturally, the Switch is no different with a wide collection of different versions of the system having been released since it first launched in 2017. There are currently 14 different Special Editions of the Switch, with each being linked to a specific game release.

Release Date: 03/20/2020
Special Features: Switch, Dock, Joy-Cons, Straps
The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch launched alongside the game itself in March 2020. The game itself became one of the best-selling on the system within months, having 32 million units in 2020.

Monster Hunter Rise

It features a dock depicting Tom Nook and his nephews, as well as a pair of pastel-colored Joycon. The Switch itself has a unique pattern on the backplate depicting various symbols from the game.

Release Date: 03/26/2021
Special Features: Switch, Dock, Joy-Con
Released alongside the latest mainline Monster Hunter game, the Monster Hunter Rise Switch features a black dock embossed with one of the Monsters from the game in gold.


Mario Red + Blue

Release Date: 02/12/2021
Special Features: Switch, Dock, Joy-Con, Straps, Case, Joy-Con Grip
This Mario-themed Switch was revealed alongside Super Mario 3D World’s new mode, Bowser’s Fury. It includes a Mario-themed carry case, as well as the plumbers iconic blue and red color scheme. The Switch, Joy-Con, and dock are all Mario red, with the Joy-Con grip being blue. The Joy-Con straps are red and white, with the adjuster being yellow, representing the pins on Mario’s overalls.

Super Mario Odyssey Release Date: 10/27/2017
Special Features: Joy-Con
One of the earliest Special Editions celebrated the release of Super Mario Odyssey, the latest 3D Mario to be released. Compared to most Special Editions, this one is rather lackluster, featuring a pair of Mario Red Joy-Con and nothing else.

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Some versions of the system came with a digital copy of the game, whereas the Japanese edition came bundled with a physical copy. The North American and Japanese versions included a Mario-themed carry case too. 10
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu / Eevee

Release Date: 11/16/2018
Special Features: System, Dock, Joy-Con, Straps
This cute Pokemon-themed Switch was released alongside Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu / Eevee, and depicts the two title Pokemon on the system’s dock. The Switch backplate features silhouettes of the two as well, with a few Pokeballs scattered amongst them. The Joy-Con are colored to match the two Pokemon, and the Joy-Con straps are beige and dark brown to complete the Eevee and Pikachu-themed color schemes. A copy of the game is included too.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Release Date: 11/16/2018
Special Features: Dock, Joy-Con
To mark the release of the biggest ever Super Smash Bros, Nintendo produced this Special Edition Switch complete with a pair of Joy-Con that feature the iconic Smash Bros symbol. The Switch dock has some of Nintendo’s most famous characters on it, including Mario, Samus, Link, and Kirby.

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