Welcome, welcome, welcome to a weekend of sales that are more than likely guaranteed to bleed your back accounts completely dry. Gamers take heed: there have been what can only be described as an epic butt load of new games to discover throughout the course of 2010 and 2011. These have been years of both quality and quantity.
Because of that, the Black Friday sales set to kick off once everyone’s turkey has been thoroughly ingested are absolutely bonkers.
We’ve decided to gather some of the weekend’s best deals from a smattering of North American retailers. While it would be impossible to create an all-encompassing list, this one should do the trick when it comes to saving money.
Ah, by the way, I have a favor to ask of you… If you’re looking to help out your fellow deal-seeking gamers and you know of a killer deal we didn’t include, write up a comment for the world to see below this story. We all love saving money, so your sharing would be wonderful.
We’ll be breaking this guide up into two separate categories: system deals and software deals. In the software section, we’ll only list the cheapest deal for each game.
This console may be entering its twilight, but that means there’s a large library of great software to dive into should you want to pick it up for the first time. Not every entry in this console’s catalogue is a must-own, as is the case with all systems, but some of this generation’s best efforts stand here. Plus, more strong games are on the horizon as well. In fact, this holiday season will see the Wii welcome the next chapter in Link’s epic adventure with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
Sam’s Club and Walmart are both selling blue Wiis for $99. Sears will have a black version of the console bundled with both New Super Mario Bros. Wii and the Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack for $134.99.
Of all the systems going on sale during the course of Black Friday, the Nintendo 3DS bundles probably represent someof the sweetest deals. Gamers will be able to pick up Nintendo’s recently up-and-coming handheld on the cheap with what’s quickly become the absolute best game for the system: Super Mario 3D Land. Nintendo has a big lineup planned for the Nintendo 3DS; while early adopters may have been hurt by an absence of quality software, the system is set to get some fantastic games over the course of the next year or so.
Best Buy is selling a Cosmo Black 3DS bundled with Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and a Flame Red 3DS bundled with Super Mario 3D Land for $179.99 each (Target has the same Flame Red 3DS deal). Kmart will offer a Flame Red 3DS bundled with Super Mario 3D Land for $169.99.
Owning a PlayStation 3 these days is one of the best decisions you can make as a potential console gamer. Unlike the system’s launch, the PS3 currently enjoys some of the best industry exclusives being released. Buying the PlayStation 3 will get you access to franchises like Uncharted, Resistance, Killzone, LittleBigPlanet and Ratchet & Clank, to name a few, so you now you’ll have tons of quality gaming ahead if you pick one up. Moreover, you’ll be buying a fantastic Blu-ray player.
Most retailers are running, essentially, the same exact deal for this console. It’s an official holiday bundle that Sony’s put together especially for the season. Best Buy, Sears, Target, Walmart and GameStop are all selling a 160GB PlayStation 3 bundled with LittleBigPlanet 2 and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One for right around $199.
This handheld is basically knocking on death’s door. It has been, quite honestly, for practically the last year. However, much like the Wii, the PSP has garnered a relatively impressive software lineup over the last several years. While Sony’s PS Vita is literally right around the calendar’s corner (releasing in February of 2012), those that don’t mind playing with last-generation tech will probably get a kick out of this portable and the games it offers. What’s more is that the Black Friday sales have it for pretty cheap.
Walmart and Kmart are both selling the PSP-3000, the latest model, for $99.99. The system is not bundled with any software, but games can be picked up on the cheap.
Much like the PlayStation 3, the Xbox 360 is a fantastic console to own. Sure, folks like to line up behind each piece of hardware and swear up and down that it’s either the best thing known to man or a hunk of plastic that’d only be better if it were on fire, but we assure you that there’s really no system that’s entirely bad to purchase. Take a look at the software lineup, figure out which console features fit your needs, give each a try in store and make your choice. There’s no such thing as being wrong here, it all comes down to preference.
Sam’s Club and Best Buy will sell a black 250GB console bundled with Fable III and Halo: Reach for $199.99. GameStop is offering a black 250GB console bundled with a Kinect sensor, Carnival Games and Kinect Adventures for $399.99. Kmart is selling a black 4GB console for $149.99 as well as a black 4GB console bundled with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for 1$199.99. Walmart will sell a black 4GB console bundled with Gears of War 3 and a $50 gift card for $199.99. Toys ‘R Us is selling a black 4GB console bundled with a Kinect sensor for $199.99.
- Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (360, PS3) – Best Buy – $34.99
- Forza Motor Sport 4 (360) – Best Buy – $34.99
- Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (360, PS3) – Kmart (5-11am on Friday Only) – $34.99
- Resistance 3 (PS3) – Sam’s Club – $37
- Batman: Arkham City (360, PS3) – Best Buy/Walmart – $29.99/$28
- Battlefield 3 (360, PS3) – Best Buy/Walmart – $29.99/$28
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution (360, PS3) – Best Buy – $29.99
- Gears of War 3 (360) – Best Buy/Walmart – $29.99/$28
- Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (PS3) – Best Buy – $29.99
- RAGE (360, PS3) – Best Buy – $29.99
- Need 4 Speed: The Run (360, PS3) – Best Buy – $29.99
- Madden NFL 12 (360, PS3) – Best Buy/Walmart – $29.99/$28
- ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection (PS3) – Kmart – $29.99
- inFamous 2 (PS3) – Walmart – $28
- Killzone 3 (PS3) – Walmart – $28
- FIFA Soccer 12 (360, PS3) – Walmart – $28
- Dance Central 2 (360) – Best Buy – $24.99
- Kinect Sports: Season Two (360) – Best Buy – $24.99
- Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster (360) – Best Buy – $24.99
- Driver: San Francisco (360) – Kmart (5-11am on Friday Only) – $19.99
- Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii) – Best Buy – $14.99
- DiRT 3 (360, PS3) – Best Buy – $14.99
- Homefront (360, PS3) – Best Buy – $14.99
- Final Fantasy XIII (360, PS3) – Best Buy – $14.99
- Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions (360, PS3) – Best Buy – $14.99
- God of War III (PS3) – Kmart/Walmart – $14.99/$15
- Heavy Rain Director’s Cut (PS3) – Kmart – $14.99
- Epic Mickey (Wii) – Walmart – $15
- Tetris Party Deluxe (Wii) – Best Buy – $7.99
- Call of Duty: World at War (360, PS3) – Best Buy – $7.99
- Medal of Honor (360) – Kmart (5-11am on Friday Only) – $9.99
- Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (360) – Kmart (5-11am on Friday Only) – $9.99
- BioShock 2 (360) – Walmart – $10
- Yakuza 4 (PS3) – Walmart – $10
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