Walmart, GameStop, Target, and Best Buy all track Nintendo Switch’s OLED inventory

Walmart, GameStop, Target, and Best Buy all track Nintendo Switch's OLED inventory

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  • The Switch OLED comes in two color variants: one with white Joy-Con controllers and a white dock, and one with the traditional red-and-blue color scheme. Though both versions are prone to selling out quickly, the white model seems to be the more popular due to its sleek new look. During restocks, the red-and-blue version tends to stay in stock longer than its white counterpart, so keep that in mind.

  • It hasn’t been simple to buy a Nintendo Switch OLED in recent weeks, and it’s only going to get more difficult as we approach the Christmas season. The new Nintendo Switch is only accessible during refill events, during which the system is available for a limited time. Because shops don’t always advertise when or where these Nintendo Switch restocks will take place, it’s not always clear where or when they’ll take place. Thankfully, CNET is on your side. Here’s how to get your hands on one this season, according to our best advice:

While there had been rumors of a new Switch console with 4K visuals and major performance upgrades, that’s not what we got with the Switch OLED. This new Nintendo Switch has a slightly larger 7-inch OLED display while delivering the same 720p resolution when not in its cradle and 1080p visuals when connected to your television. Despite the increased screen size, your favorite Joy-Cons are still compatible with the console.

Only buy from official retailers; if you see someone selling this console on Twitter it’s almost assuredly a scam.
Be sure to read the whole order page, as many retailers have started implementing two-stage purchasing systems to stop bots from placing the order instead of a person. Best Buy, for example, has you click “Buy” once to join the queue, and then you must wait for the button to light up again to actually add the console to your cart.

While we haven’t seen many Switch OLED restocks lately, it’s possible retailers have been stocking up for the holiday season rush. With that in mind, here are a few tips to keep in mind if you’re on the hunt for a Switch OLED.

Don’t give up right away! If something happens to your preorder and you’re unable to complete the transaction, keep refreshing. Retailers have been intentionally releasing stock in small quantities to discourage bots from buying.
Seconds count when these consoles drop, so we recommend having an account set up on retailer’s websites so you can bypass entering your payment info and jump straight to check-out.

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