Hardware deals headline Black Friday sales

$200 PS3 and Xbox 360 Kinect bundles lead the pack of holiday discounts; Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City, Gears of War 3, and Uncharted 3 drop below $30.

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Black Friday, the unofficial kickoff to the holiday shopping season in the US, usually yields good deals on a range of hardware and software. This year looks no different, with retailers offering price breaks on all the major consoles and some of the latest big releases.

While Black Friday deals typically vary by store, most advertised deals on the PlayStation 3 are boiling down to the same package for the same price. Retailers including Best Buy, Kmart, Walmart, and GameStop are all offering the 160GB PS3 holiday bundle containing the system, Little Big Planet 2 Special Edition, Ratchet & Clank All 4 One, and 30 days of PlayStation Plus for $200 on Friday. Current 160GB PS3 bundles sell for $250. Additionally, the PSP-3000 will be selling for $100 at Walmart, Kmart, Meijer, and Toys R Us, a $30 discount off its standard price.

$200 for a 160GB PS3 bundle with two games is reason to give thanks.

The Xbox 360 is also on deep discount starting this Friday with a wider variety of specials varying by retailer. At Toys R Us, Radio Shack, and Meijer, $200 will get consumers 4GB Kinect bundles (usually priced at $300). GameStop and Kmart will have base 4GB console packages for $140 (ordinarily $200), and those looking for a $200 option without Kinect can grab a 250GB holiday bundle with the system, Fable III, Halo: Reach, and three months of Xbox Live Gold at Best Buy and Sam's Club (standard price is $300).

With the Wii U expected next year, this will be the Wii's last holiday on shelves as Nintendo's main home console. Retailers are marking the occasion by dropping prices to a single C-note, with Walmart and Sam's Club both offering blue Wii consoles for $100.

The Nintendo 3DS will also be available bundled with a game at reduced prices this week. The new Super Mario 3D Land and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time bundles will be going for $180 at Best Buy, and Target will have the same deal on the Mario offering. Kmart, Meijer, Sears, and more will be offering these bundles at their regular $200 price, with $10 to $30 of store credit included.

For those who already have systems, there will be a number of software deals as well. Many recent high-profile titles will be going for less than $30 at various retailers. The under-$30 club includes Batman: Arkham City at Best Buy and Walmart; Battlefield 3 at Best Buy, Walmart, and Meijer; Gears of War 3 also at Best Buy, Walmart, and Meijer; and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception at Best Buy.

Many of the aforementioned retailers open at midnight on Friday, November 25, but times may vary by region and location. A more comprehensive list of game deals can be found at CheapAssGamer, and flyers detailing a larger swath of offerings from various retailers can be seen at BFAds.

Discussion

116 comments
GamerFader
GamerFader

I picked this up at black friday last year at walmart lol

lolnation
lolnation

The PS3 bundle is so awesome!

ShambyIzaZK
ShambyIzaZK

i bought the xbox 360 bundle with halo reach and fable 3

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

Picked up the limited edition Zelda 3DS bundle at BB for $179. Also picked up a bunch of other non-game-related stuff for family members, so overall the deals were worth the hassle and headache. Was tempted by some of the good game deals, but I already have plenty of stuff to play and not enough time to play it. With that said, if BB would've had Skyrim for under $30, I probably would've picked it up. LOL!

JOKER677
JOKER677

How many people were killed or injured? never report that

zpluffy
zpluffy

In black friday I bought: HP 2311 'LED' 5ms(23'') for 119.99; PS3 bundle 199.99; NIKON S8100 149.99; Battlefield 3 (360) 29.99; FIFA 34.99; and TURTLE BEACH X12 for 39.99. I camp at 6 at best buy; people went crazy, but I'm was small and fast; and I also did my research where all my items gonna be and planned the best route. Applying strategy in black friday can give you a major advantage.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

battlefield 3 is sold out EVERYWHERE on all consoles. so is nba2k12. i wanted that too but i wound up getting skyrim for 15 bucks! this week, we can say battlefield won in sales, and so did skyrim! i went to best buy, target, and gamestop and modern warfare 3 was still on shelves! best buy had like 25 copies for all systems! call of duty may win the war for now, but this weekend battlefield took it! YES!

motang
motang

Placed an order for Arkham City for $30! Excellent deal.

Gen007
Gen007

Yup and i didnt even have to go out thanks to amazon. Those lighting deals were on point.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

There were some great deals out there on Dark Friday, it's just whether you want to go out, and brave the madness!

BrunetteGuard07
BrunetteGuard07

You didn't have to go out and brave the crowds. Just about all those deals were online. bfads.net rocks :)

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I never really cared to go out and brave the Black Friday crowds, but some of those deals are pretty good. I would loved to have picked up UC3 and Batman:Arkham City for that price! Oh well, still have Skyrim,Dead Island,BF3,Rage, etc., to play for now, so I guess I'll have to wait:(

GamerYnoX
GamerYnoX

@user_pt - I'm from PT and I usually buy at play.com. Games are cheaper and it's free delivery. That is if you don't mind waiting a week for the game to arrive.

Sturm_ng
Sturm_ng

@Balo_the_Gamer We do have deals but, if you factor in the the price difference with the exchange rate close to 1$US for 1$CAN and the tax difference (7% highest in the US and 13% in Canada), you still get a better deals in the US. Now, it is not worth the money to go to the US just for a PS3 but, if you are planning on buying a lot on gifts for this holidays season; buying in the US will save you a lot of money.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Are there any tragic stories already?

Balo_the_Gamer
Balo_the_Gamer

@chilly-chill, we Canadians got some good deals too. Check Future Shop, BestBuy, Wal-mart and Gamestop.

kinstar2002
kinstar2002

The real question is why wasn't Skyrim 30 bucks? :(

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

"Hardware deals headline Black Friday sales" ...Shock

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

Kmart...... got a PS3 controler for 35.00... wow its great =^)

sweet_jcs
sweet_jcs

Could not find any $200 PS3 Holiday bundles, but then again I didn't go out until 2pm.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Picked up Gears of War 3 for $30. They showed up sold out online but someone opened up a plastic crate full that was half raided when I got there at 9am.

Jebril
Jebril

@Megavideogamer Other than the fact that most of the games on it are on the 360, and I don't care too much for the PS3 games and if I wanna play LBP or any decent exclusive I can go over to my friend's house. Thanks fanboys I'll save myself 200 dollars and 6 hours waiting in line.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

i got skyrim and battlefield 3. my friend got the playstation 3. i loe the xbox but i will get a ps3 in a few months. just not now. too many games i have not finished on my xbox yet!

CyanideTonic
CyanideTonic

I got the ps3 bundle to replace my old one and I love it

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

There is no reason not to have Playstation 3 now.

Son_of_Bmore
Son_of_Bmore

Awesome now if this my country had more jobs so I culd have the money 4 these deals

Triton
Triton

Great deal now everyone will have both systems and end the pointless fan-boy debates. lol

pisoni94
pisoni94

theres not one shop here on the island i live on that sells freakin games and consoles, life here is lame

rome_tx
rome_tx

Just got me a PS3 bundle. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. But then again I didn't go to WalMart. I'm already hearing war stories on the chaos there.

Varalys
Varalys

nice i was able to get gears of war 3, arkham city and kinect sports season 2 all for just 75 bucks! hate the crowds but love the deals my xbox will be happy with new software =) wish i could have gotten battlefield 3 and forza 4 but they got sold out before i could get them!

Flint247
Flint247

Xbox Live 3 months for $8 at Best Buy! :D :D

BrunetteGuard07
BrunetteGuard07

Some of these sales started late yesterday. Was able to get the PS3 bundle and Uncharted 3 very early this morning. :)

EPaul
EPaul

Just pre-ordered the 200 ps3 bundle on amazon. I love black friday

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

Check online for better deals on some of the bundles. Amazon is taking pre-orders for the $200 PS3 bundle; tax-free leads to about $16 worth of savings in most states. BestBuy.com also has the same deals as their stores, cheaper than even store-advertised for PS3 Move Mayhem bundle. From what I've seen, going to the actual store in the cold for game shopping is for chumps this Black Friday. Most deals were available online starting earlier today, but some of the most popular are sold out already.

sulaymanqazi
sulaymanqazi

lol last year on black friday, there was a fight over a coffee table. im gonna pack my video recorder this time around.

sulaymanqazi
sulaymanqazi

thumbs up if your staying up for black friday!

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

I envy you big time, US guys...

KoRniTo
KoRniTo

You guys in US are so lucky. Enjoy and long live play!

daub11
daub11

i might think of getting a ps3 but i guess i have to wait until the prices go down in order to buy one.

Hig1134
Hig1134

I held off on Batman: AC because so many awesome games came out around that time. I'm gonna hunt down a copy on Friday. That's just an excellent price to pay for a recent AAA title. Joy!

user_pt
user_pt

BF3, MW3, uncharted 3 are all at 70 euros here in portugal (thats almost 95 us dollars), a ps3 is 280 euros (375 us dollars). why don't we get awesome prices as well??

user_pt
user_pt

man, stores don't do this in Europe... you americans are really lucky...

Masoodahmedkk
Masoodahmedkk

Im from Asia, and I have to say. You guys are very lucky.

skii85
skii85

Lucky americans.. us aussie still getting ripped off with overly priced consoles and games

Godyssey
Godyssey

Oh my... Why are you people not playing Skyrim?!?!?!

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

Shoulda waited on Batman and Gears I guess...

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

It's depressing to think I paid over double that on the PlayStation 3's initial release. Not that I minded at the time though :D

Codester_41
Codester_41

@Robotech_vfx Sorry, you guys ain't got a black friday. That's how the boogers picked.

Robotech_vfx
Robotech_vfx

What about us guys here in Europe??? Will our retailers drop the prices of gaming for us?