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Comprehensive Black Friday Video Game Deals List

November 19, 2011 Written by Heath Hindman


The day after American Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year, which has become known as Black Friday. Retailers fighting to claim the swarms of shoppers means deals for those early, determined, and lucky enough to score. Here’s a comprehensive guide to finding the absolute best deals to clearing your shopping list or satisfy your own gaming desires, while spending as little as humanly possible.

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AMAZON

Amazon.com is updating all the time, changing up its deals on the fly and announcing more and more as Black Friday inches closer. Check out the site’s Video Game Deals page for constantly updated info. That place will have sales that last only a couple of hours, so if you’re an Amazon kinda shopper, keep your eye on it.

Even now, the list includes:

Action Heroes Bundle: buy 2, get 1 free
Cabelas Bundle: buy 1 get 1 free
Call of Duty Bundle: buy 3 for $80
EA Sports Bundle: buy Two, get 1 free
Starcraft II with free Battlechest
World of Warcraft Bundle: buy 3 for $80

BEST BUY:

To avoid the crowds, you might be advised to do your Best Buy shopping online rather than in the store, because not only are the majority of Best Buy bargains carbon-copied to the online market, but the store is offering free shipping for online orders, now through December 27. Then again, if something becomes listed as “Out of Stock,” you’re up the creek, whereas in the store you always have the option of giving some old lady the Sweet Chin Music and grabbing her copy of Rage for yourself. I don’t endorse it, I’m just saying it’s a realistic option.

PS3 and Xbox 360 Multiplatform Deals (discounts apply to both versions of the games)

Assassin’s Creed Revelations – $34.99
Batman Arkham City – $29.99
Battlefield 3 – $29.99
Call of Duty Black Ops – $29.99
Call of Duty World at War – $7.99
Dirt 3 – $14.99
Disney Universe – $29.99
FIFA Soccer – $34.99
Final Fantasy XIII – $14.99
Homefront – $14.99
Madden NFL 12 – $29.99
Need for Speed The Run – $29.99
NBA 2K12 – $34.99
Rage – $29.99
Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions – $14.99
Toy Story 3 – $7.99
The Sims 3 Pets – $24.99
X-Men Destiny – $29.99

PS3 Exclusive:

Playstation 3 160GB Console Bundle w/ Ratchet & Clank All 4 One & LittleBigPlanet 2 – $199.99
Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception – $29.99

Xbox 360 Exclusive Deals:

Kinect Sports Season 2 – $24.99
Xbox 360 250GB Holiday Bundle w/ Fable III & Halo Reach & 3 Month Xbox LIVE – $199.99
Xbox 360 Kinect – $99.99
Xbox LIVE 3 Month Gold Membership – $7.99
Xbox 360 Wireless Controller – $39.99
Turtle Beach X12 Wired Headset – $39.99
Dance Central 2 – $24.99
Gears of War – $7.99
Gears of War 3 – $29.99
Just Dance 3 – $24.99
Kinect Sports Season 2 – $24.99
Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster – $24.99
UFC Personal Trainer – $24.99
Wipeout In The Zone Kinect – $24.99

Wii Deals:

Animal Crossing City Folk – $14.99
Cabelas Big Game Hunter 2012 – $29.99
Go Vacation – $14.99
Jeopardy – $7.99
Pac Man Party – $7.99
Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure Mega Pack – $79.99
Survival Shadows of Katmai – $29.99
Tetris Party Deluxe – $7.99

3DS/DS Deals:

Ultimate Starter Kit for 3DS – $9.99
Flaming Red 3DS Bundle w/ Super Mario 3D Land – $179.99
Cosmo Black 3DS Bundle w/ Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – $179.99
Madden NFL Football – $14.99
Scribblenauts (DS) – $7.99
The Sims 3 – $14.99

GAMESTOP

Gamestop knows that gamers love to show up at midnight for stuff, so the store will be opening at 12:00 am, just as it officially becomes Black Friday. The sky, appropriately, will still be black, matching the theme. My heart? The same.

If you’re outside of Asia, you were probably wearing bell-bottoms and colored glasses last time you played PSP, but the ‘Stop has some deals for the little bugger, almost certainly for the last or next-to-last Christmas ever.

Holy crap, a couple of PSP Deals:

Buy 2, get 1 free on all pre-owned products (Friday the 25th through Sunday the 27th)
4GB PSP Memory Stick Pro Duo – $14.99 (Valid Friday the 25th Only)

PS3:

PS3 160GB Console Bundle w/ Ratchet & Clank All 4 One & LittleBigPlanet 2 – $199.97
Dualshock 3 – $34.99 (Friday the 25th Only)
buy 2, get 1 free on all pre-owned products (Valid through Nov. 27)
Battlefield Bad Company 2 – $9.99 (Friday the 25th Only)
Battlefield 3 – $39.99 (Valid through Nov. 27)
Borderlands Game of the Year Edition – $19.99 (Friday the 25th Only)
Cabela’s Big Game Hunter 2012 w/ Gun – $59.99 (Friday the 25th Only)
Call of Duty Black Ops – $34.99
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 – $34.99
Driver – $19.99
Duke Nukem Forever – $9.99 (Valid through Nov. 27)
Dynasty Warriors 7 – $29.99
FIFA Soccer 12 – $39.99 (Valid through Nov. 27)
Grand Theft Auto IV – $9.99 (Friday the 25th Only)
God of War III – $14.99 (Valid through Nov. 27)
Heavy Rain – $14.99 (Valid through Nov. 27)
Jane’s Advanced Strike Fighters – $29.99
L.A. Noire – $19.99
Madden NFL 12 Hall of Fame Edition – $59.99 (Valid through Nov. 27)
Medal of Honor – $9.99 (Friday the 25th Only)
Madden NFL 12 – $39.99 (Valid through Nov. 27)
MAG – $14.99 (Valid through Nov. 27)
Need for Speed: The Run – $39.99 (Valid through Nov. 27)
NCAA Footbal 12 – 39.99 (Valid through Nov. 27)
Ratchet Clank Future: A Crack in Time – $14.99 (Valid through Nov. 27)
Rayman Origins – $39.99
Resident Evil 5 – $19.99
Rocksmith – $49.99
Sonic Generations – $29.99
Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition – $19.99
The Sims 3 Pets – $29.99 (Valid through Nov. 27)
Uncharted 2 – $14.99 (Valid through Nov. 27)
Venetica – $9.99 (Valid through Nov. 27)

Nintendo Wii:

Nintendo Wii Blue Console Bundle w/ New Super Mario Bros & Super Mario Galaxy Soundtrack CD – $149.99
Wii USB Charge Station – $9.99
buy 2, get 1 free on all pre-owned products (Valid through Nov. 27)
Rayman Origins – $29.99
Go Vacation – $19.99
LEGO Harry Potter – $9.99
Cabela’s Big Game Hunter 2012 w/ Wii Zapper – $39.99 (Friday the 25th Only)

Nintendo 3DS/DS:

3DS Mario Kit – $14.99
buy 2, get 1 free on all pre-owned products (Valid through Nov. 27)
Battles Ninjago – $9.99
Cooking Mama 4 – $19.99
LEGO Batman – $9.99
LEGO Harry Potter – $9.99
Rayman 3D – $14.99
Wipeout The Game – $14.99
Zhu Zhu Princess – $9.99

PC:

Buy any Sims 3 PC Game, get 1 free
World of Warcraft – $19.99
World of Warcraft: The Lich King – $19.99
Warcraft Battlechest – $9.99

K-MART

For whatever reason, people don’t seem to associate K-Mart with great deals on games, but let me tell you from experience, that place can provide you with some sweet deals. I once got GameCube’s Baten Kaitos II for $8 and the PS2′s Taiko Drum Master with the drum for $15 (was selling for over 50 on eBay at the time). Those weren’t even during holidays. Black Friday, which the store cheerfully renamed “Blue Friday” for whatever reason, is a time especially packed with hot deals.

The trick is that some deals only apply till 11:00 a.m., dubbed a “Doorbuster.” Those are marked where necessary.

PS3 and 360 Multiplatform game deals:

Battlefield 3 – $34.99 (until 11:00 am)
Call of Duty Black Ops – $29.99
Driver San Francisco – $19.99 (until 11:00 am)
FIFA Soccer 12 – $39.99 (until 11:00 am)
Madden NFL 12 – $39.99 (until 11:00 am)
Medal Gear Solid HD Collection – $34.99 (until 11:00 am)
NCAA Football 12 – $39.99 (until 11:00 am)
Need for Speed The Run – $39.99 (until 11:00 am)
Rage – $29.99

PS3 Exclusive deals:

Dualshock 3 Controller – $34.99
God of War III – $14.99
Heavy Rain – $14.99
ICO & Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection – $29.99
Killzone 3 – $29.99
Uncharted 2 – $14.99

Xbox 360 Exclusives (not all of which are exclusive games, I mean exclusive deals. Maybe there’s extra stock laying around?)

Xbox 360 Wireless Controller – $39.99
Xbox LIVE 3 Month Gold Card – $14.99
Xbox 360 4GB Console – $149.99
Xbox 360 Kinect Sensor – $99.99
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – $14.99
Dance Central 2 – $29.99
Enslaved – $9.99 (until 11:00 am)
Forza 4 – $39.99
Gears of War 3 – $39.99 (until 11:00 am)
Gears of War Triple Pack – $14.99
Kinect Sports 2 – $29.99
Medal of Honor – $9.99 (until 11:00 am)
Michael Jackson The Experience – $24.99 (until 11:00 am)
Transformers – $14.99

Wii Exclusive Deals:

Go Vacation – $14.99
Top Shot Arcade 2 Pack – $17.99 (until 11:00 am)
WWE All Stars – $14.99 (until 11:00 am)
Wii Wave controller – $4.99

DS/3DS Exclusive Deals:

Tangled – $9.99 (until 11:00 am)
Transformers – $14.99

K-Mart ShopYourWay Rewards members are eligible for the following:

PlayStation 3 Holiday Bundle – $199.99 (until 11:00 am)
Includes Ratchet & Clank All 4 One & LittleBigPlanet 2 Special Edition

Nintendo DSi – $149.99 + $25 Gaming Coupon (Becomes available on SATURDAY, not Friday. That’s how they getcha.)

“Flaming” Red Nintendo 3DS plus Super Mario Land 3D – $179 + $25 Gaming Coupon (until 11:00 am)


TARGET


Target will be opening at midnight on Friday and putting a bullseye on:

PS3 and Xbox 360 Multiplatform Deals:

Battlefield 3 – $37
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – $59.99, but comes with a $10 Gift Card (also applied to PC version, and this for some reason is the store’s only advertised PC game deal so far)
Madden NFL 12 – $27
Need for Speed: The Run – $27
Rayman Origins – $59.99, but comes with a $10 Gift Card

PS3 Exclusive Deals:

Playstation 3 160GB Console Bundle w/ LittleBigPlanet 2 & Ratchet & Clank – $199.99 (does like, everyone have this?)
PS3 Dualshock 3 Controller – $39
Resistance 3 – $27

Xbox 360 Deals:

4GB Xbox 360 Console – $139.99
Xbox 360 Kinect Sensor – $99.99 (Includes Kinect Adventures, The Gunslinger, Fruit Ninja Kinect, and Wipeout)
Xbox 360 Controller – $39
Xbox LIVE 3 Month Gold Card – $10
Dance Central 2 – $27
Gears of War 3 – $27
Forza 4 – $27
Just Dance 3 – $39.99 + $10 Gift Card
Kinect Sports Season 2 – $27

Wii Deals:

Wii MotionPlus Remote with Wii Play Motion – $39
Disney Universe – $15
Epic Mickey – $15
Game Party – $5
Happy Feet 2 – $15
iCarly – $5
Just Dance Kids 2 – $15
Rayman Origins – $49.99, comes with a $10 Gift Card
Shaun White Snowboarding – $5
Sonic and the Secret Rings – $10
Zumba Fitness – $39.99, comes with a $10 Gift Card

3DS/DS Deals:

Nintendo 3DS Bundle with Super Mario 3D Land Game – $179.99
Cars 2 – $15
Hello Kitty Big City Dreams (DS) – $5
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D – $39.99, comes with $10 Gift Card
Spongebob Squigglepants (DS) – $15
Zhu Zhu Pets – $10
Zoobles – $15

TOYS R US:

Talk about getting the jump on the competition, Toys R Us is starting Black Friday while it’s still technically Thursday, at 9:00 pm. The store won’t even close between then and 10:00 pm on Friday.

PS3 Deals:

PS3 160GB Console w/ 2 Games (Ratchet & Clank All 4 One & LittleBigPlanet 2) – $199.99 + Bonus Wired Controller
Radium Wireless Controller for PS3 – $20.99
Buy 1 “Select Game,” get another Select Game for $5
Select PS3 Games include:
Battlefield 3
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty Black Ops
God of War III
LittleBigPlanet
Need for Speed: The Run
Madden NFL 12
NASCAR 12
Phineas & Ferb
Rage
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
The Sims 3
Uncharted 2

Xbox 360 Deals:

Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Console – $199.99 plus $10 Gift Card
Holiday Kinect Sensor Bundle (3 games) – $99.99
Xbox LIVE 3 Month Gold Membership Card – $12.99
Wireless Controller – $29.99
Afterglow Controller (for coke addicts?) – $17.99
Buy 1 “Select Game,” get second Select Game for $5
Select 360 Games include:
Battlefield 3
Big League Sports
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Dance Central
Forza 4
Gears of War 3
Kinect Sports
Kinect Sports Season 2
Kung Fu Panda 2
Madden NFL 12
NASCAR 12
Need for Speed: The Run
Rage
Sims 3

There are also BOGO deals for Wii and DS that are entirely shittacular, such as “buy Adventure Camp, get Madagascar Kartz for $5.” Wow, fun….

WAL-MART


Uncle Sam — Walton, not the army guy — has some amazingly cheap PS3 stuff.

PS3 Exclusive Deals:

PS3 160GB Console Bundle – $199.99, comes w/ Rachet & Clank All 4 One and LittleBigPlanet 2
Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011 – $15
God of War III – $15
Heavy Rain – $15
inFamous 2 – $28
Killzone 3 – $28
LittleBigPlanet – $15
Pure – $10
Shrek Forever After – $10
Uncharted 2 – $15
Yakuza 4 – $10 (This is an offer you can’t refuse)

PS3 and 360 Multiplatform Deals:

Battlefield 3 – $28
Batman Arkham City – $28
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – $15
Call of Duty Black Ops – $28
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days – $10
Madden NFL 12 – $28
NASCAR 2011 – $28
Transformers Dark of the Moon – $28

Xbox 360 Deals:

Xbox 360 4GB Console w/ Gears of War 3 & 3 Month Xbox LIVE – $199 + $50 Gift Card (Available only Friday at midnight, for a limited time)
Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Console – $199 + $50 Gift Card
Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle – $99
Xbox LIVE 3 Month Subscription Card – $12
007 Quantum of Solace – $10
Bioshock 2 – $10
Dance Central 2 – $15
Gears of War 3 – $28
MX vs. ATV Alive – $15
Kinect Sports Season 2 – $15
UFC Undisputed 2010 – $10

Wii Deals:

Nintendo Wii LE Blue Console – $99.96
Nintendo Wii “Select Games” – $19.96 Each (Lineup includes Mario Super Sluggers, Super Paper Mario, Mario Strikers Charged, Super Mario Galaxy)
Wii Remote Plus – $39.96
Bakugan Battle Brawlers – $10
Cars 2 – $28
Deal or No Deal – $10 (I wish there were a Black Friday version of this game)
Epic Mickey – $15
Game Party 2 – $10
How to Train Your Dragon – $10
Just Dance 3 – $28
Lego Batman – $15
Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 – $15
Michael Jackson: The Experience – $28
Rio – $15
The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword LE w/ Music CD & Gold Wii Remote Plus – $59.96
Shaun White Snowboarding – $10
Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz – $10
Toy Story 3 – $15
Wheel of Fortune – $15
Wii Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure Starter Pack – $49.96

RADIO SHACK
Radio Shack isn’t offering a whole lot, but it does have a PS3 160GB Bundle for $199.99 (usually $249.99), which comes with a $20 Gift Card. The pack includes Little Big Planet 2, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One and a 30-day pass to PlayStation Plus.

We’ll also be keeping our eye on things here at PlayStation LifeStyle and updating this list as often as possible between now and Black Friday. If you spot a deal we didn’t, shout out here in the comments and we’ll post it up! Shop safe, everyone.