$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.
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.
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.
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 $30, I probably would've picked it up. LOL!
In black friday I bought: HP 2311 'LED' 5ms(23'') for 119.99; PS3 bundle 199.99; NIKON S8100 149.99; Battlefield 3 (360) 29.99; FIFA 34.99; and TURTLE BEACH X12 for 39.99. I camp at 6 at best buy; people went crazy, but I'm was small and fast; and I also did my research where all my items gonna be and planned the best route. Applying strategy in black friday can give you a major advantage.
battlefield 3 is sold out EVERYWHERE on all consoles. so is nba2k12. i wanted that too but i wound up getting skyrim for 15 bucks! this week, we can say battlefield won in sales, and so did skyrim! i went to best buy, target, and gamestop and modern warfare 3 was still on shelves! best buy had like 25 copies for all systems! call of duty may win the war for now, but this weekend battlefield took it! YES!
There were some great deals out there on Dark Friday, it's just whether you want to go out, and brave the madness!
You didn't have to go out and brave the crowds. Just about all those deals were online. bfads.net rocks :)
I never really cared to go out and brave the Black Friday crowds, but some of those deals are pretty good. I would loved to have picked up UC3 and Batman:Arkham City for that price! Oh well, still have Skyrim,Dead Island,BF3,Rage, etc., to play for now, so I guess I'll have to wait:(
@user_pt - I'm from PT and I usually buy at play.com. Games are cheaper and it's free delivery. That is if you don't mind waiting a week for the game to arrive.
@Balo_the_Gamer We do have deals but, if you factor in the the price difference with the exchange rate close to 1$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.
@chilly-chill, we Canadians got some good deals too. Check Future Shop, BestBuy, Wal-mart and Gamestop.
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.
@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.
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!
theres not one shop here on the island i live on that sells freakin games and consoles, life here is lame
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.
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!
Some of these sales started late yesterday. Was able to get the PS3 bundle and Uncharted 3 very early this morning. :)
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.
lol last year on black friday, there was a fight over a coffee table. im gonna pack my video recorder this time around.
i might think of getting a ps3 but i guess i have to wait until the prices go down in order to buy one.
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!
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??
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
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