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Grab A GameCube-Style Wireless Controller For Your Nintendo Switch For $27

Dealmaster also has offers for Fire tablets, Hulu credit, Macs, and more.

Today’s Dealmaster is headed up by a deal on PowerA’s Wireless GameCube Style Controller for the Nintendo Switch. Normally retailing in the $37-40 range, it’s currently down to $27 on Amazon.

The catch is that only the yellow, Pokemon-themed variant is available at this price, but this is still the lowest price we’ve seen for the gamepad outside of a very brief drop to $25 during Amazon’s Black Friday sale last year.We’ve tested and recommended this controller as part of our guide to the best Nintendo Switch accessories.

As its extremely direct name suggests, the point here is to replicate the gamepad that came standard with Nintendo’s old GameCube console.

For the most part, PowerA’s controller does that: it has the same asymmetrical face buttons, thin handles, well-balanced weight, and crisp “C-stick” from years ago, with the Switch’s menu buttons added on.

This layout has been a favorite of Super Smash Bros. players in particular, and it generally serves its purpose with Super Smash Bros. UltimateBut it should also have appeal as an affordable alternative to Nintendo’s Switch Pro Controller, as it’s much less cramped than the Switch’s stock Joy-Cons and comes with an actual d-pad.

There are some caveats worth noting, though. While the PowerA pad does support the same motion controls as the Pro Controller, it lacks any of Nintendo’s HD rumble functionality.

Its triggers still aren’t analog, and its hard plastic chassis, while comfortable, certainly doesn’t feel premium. It also runs on AA batteries instead of a rechargeable unit, though it does get roughly 30 hours of juice at a time, which is decent.

All of this is to say that the controller is a much better buy when it’s available at this sale price than when it’s closer to its $50 MSRP. If you’re into the GameCube feel, want a roomier controller for playing Switch games on the TV, and don’t mind look at Pikachu every now and then, it’s worth considering.

If you’re all set, though, we also have deals on Amazon’s Fire tablets, USB-C chargers, the Ars-approved game Control, and more. You can check out the full list for yourself below.

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Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Apple Mac Mini (late 2018) mini desktop – Intel Core i3-8100B, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD for $629 at B&H (normally $729).
  • Apple MacBook Air (2020) laptop – Intel Core i3-1000NG4, 13.3-inch 2560×1600, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Magic Keyboard for $949.99 at Amazon (normally $999).
  • AMD Ryzen 9 3900X desktop processor – 12-core/24-thread for $418.89 at Walmart and Amazon (normally $470).
  • WD Black SN750 (500GB) internal NVMe M.2 SSD for $69.99 at B&H (normally $79.99).
Enlarge / Control is a third-person shooter game with style in spades.Remedy

Video game deals

Enlarge / The PowerA GameCube Style Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch, here in its Pikachu-themed variant.

Gaming deals

Enlarge / Anker’s SoundCore Flare speaker.Jeff Dunn

Audio deals

  • UE Boom 3 portable Bluetooth speaker for $79.99 at Google Shopping (normally $120).
  • Klipsch The One II home Bluetooth speaker for $186.98 at Amazon (normally $250).
  • Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless noise-cancelling earphones for $198 at Walmart and Amazon (normally $228).
  • Anker Soundcore Flare portable Bluetooth speaker for $39.99 at Amazon (clip $10 coupon – normally $55).
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Electronics deals

  • Select Prime users: Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K HDR media streamer for $24.99 at Amazon (discount seen at checkout – normally $49.99).
  • Prime only: Amazon Fire HD 8 (16GB, ads) tablet for $49.99 at Amazon (normally $79.99).
  • Prime only: Amazon Fire HD 10 (32GB, ads) tablet for $99.99 at Amazon (normally $149.99).
  • Prime only: Amazon Fire 7 (16GB, ads) tablet for $39.99 at Amazon (normally $49.99).
  • 7.9-inch Apple iPad Mini (64GB) for $349.99 at Amazon (normally $384).
  • Apple Watch Series 5 (40mm, Gold + Pink) for $349.99 at Amazon (discount seen at checkout – normally $384).
  • OnePlus 7T (8GB RAM, 128GB) unlocked smartphone for $499 at OnePlus (normally $599).
  • Google Pixel 3a (64GB) unlocked smartphone for $299.99 at Walmart and Amazon (normally $365).
Enlarge / The Logitech Crayon stylus.Logitech

Accessories and miscellaneous deals

  • $100 Hulu e-gift card + $15 Best Buy e-gift card for $100 at Best Buy (normally $115).
  • Apple Silicone Case (Product Red) for iPhone XS Max for $19.99 at Amazon (normally $32).
  • Aukey PA-D5 USB-C wall charger – 2x USB-C PD, 63W total, 60W USB-C PD single-port for $28.49 at Amazon (clip 5% coupon – normally $45).
  • Prime only: Aukey PA-D2 USB-C wall charger – 2x USB-C PD, 36W total, 30W USB-C PD single port for $17.49 at Amazon (clip 20% coupon and use code: MI8BRRGF – normally $26.99).
  • Amazon FreeTime Unlimited 1-year Family Plan membership for $19.99 at Amazon (select from drop-down menu – normally $69).
  • Logitech Crayon stylus for iPad for $34.99 at Verizon (normally $55).
  • Anker PowerPort I USB desktop wall charger – 60W total, 30W USB-C PD, 4x USB-A for $32.99 at Amazon (clip $17 coupon – normally $49.99).
  • Anker PowerWave Pad and Stand Qi wireless charger bundle – 10W Galaxy/5W iPhone, no AC adapter for $20.99 at Amazon (use code: DMA32524 – normally $28.99).
  • RAVPower FileHub Plus wireless travel router + portable battery – 2.4GHz, 6000mAh, SD for $24.99 at Amazon (clip $5 coupon and use code: WD030E3U – normally $41.99).

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