Dell has what’s probably the best bundle offer on the Xbox One this Black Friday.
The Black Friday sales bonanza (which is now officially bleeding over into the surrounding days) is one of those rare times when game consoles, retail titles, and gaming accessories are available en masse at prices below the often-strict MSRPs set by the manufacturer.
If you’re not relishing the thought of sifting through dozens of advertisements to find the best deals, we’re here to help with this handy primer on some of the best deals out there. In every case, quantities will probably be limited, so be sure to get to the store (or Web browser) early if you want to catch the best deals, and be sure to call ahead or check the website to see when the doors are opening. Also note that some deals are only available in-store and not through the website: check with the retailer.
Both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One are being offered at their lowest prices ever this Black Friday weekend. Starting Thursday and going through Cyber Monday, the 500 GB versions of both systems can be had for $299 at all major online and brick-and-mortar retailers, down from their normal prices of $350.
At that price, the PS4 comes bundled with Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and the Xbox One with either Gears of War: Ultimate Edition or The Lego Movie Videogame. All other Xbox One bundles are also being offered for $50 less than their normal price during the promotion.
If you pick the right retailers, though, you can get an even better deal on a new console. Dell’s website probably has the best bundle offer on the Xbox One: for $299 you get the Gears of War system bundle plus a copy of Fallout 4 and an extra controller. This deal is available in “limited quantities” as an “online doorbuster” starting at 6pm Eastern Thanksgiving Thursday on Dell’s website.
If you get in line early enough for Best Buy’s 7am opening on Friday, you could even get a cheap HDTV with your Xbox One console. Best Buy’s $500 doorbuster bundle comes with The Lego Movie Game and a 40-inch, 1080p Samsung HDTV. Best Buy will also have an Xbox One bundled with the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot, as well as Rise of the Tomb Raider and an extra controller for $350 starting at 5pm on Thanksgiving Day.
Other retailers are throwing in some free gift cards with their discounted consoles. Supermarket chain Meijer is offering a $50 gift card for your next visit if you buy either a PS4 or Xbox One bundle at $300. Target will throw in a $60 gift card with the purchase of an Xbox One bundle, while Wal-Mart is giving a $30 gift card with the Xbox One instead (Wal-Mart will also give rain checks for the gift card offer if they sell out within an hour of their 6pm opening on Thursday).
On the Nintendo side, Walmart, Target, Hastings, and Meijer all have the 32GB “deluxe” Wii U with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Splatoon for $249 (regularly $279)—and Meijer’s deal comes with a $30 gift card, to boot.
If you’re in the market for a portable system, the New Nintendo 3DS XL will be available for $180 (regularly $200) at Toys R Us, Target, Best Buy, and Meijer (with a $20 gift card at Meijer). If you’re OK with the “old” 3DS XL (which is missing some fancy new features), Amazon and Wal-Mart will have it bundled with the excellent Super Mario 3D Land for $129.
If you have kids that are into games that utilize collectible figurines, Black Friday is your chance to get a big collection at a small price. Here are the best deals on a few major titles:
- Disney Infinity Star Wars 3.0 Starter Pack: $37 at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club ($40 at Best Buy, Toys R Us, and Kohl’s)
- Disney Infinity 3.0 Characters: $9 at Wal-Mart (2 for $15 at Dollar General)
- Lego Dimensions Starter Pack: $65 at Toys R Us ($70 at Meijer and Hasting’s; $75 at Best Buy)
- Skylanders Superchargers Starter Pack: $35 at Target ($37 at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club)
- Skylanders Superchargers vehicles and characters: $9 at Wal-Mart
- Skylanders Swap Force figures: $5 at Five Below
Good deals on other console gaming accessories:
- Nintendo eShop cards: 15% off list price at Best Buy
- Nyko controller Charge Base for PS4/Xbox One: $10 to $15 at Meijer
- PlayStation Camera: $29.99 at Best Buy
- PlayStation Plus 3-month subscription card: $10 at Wal-Mart ($5 w/ some game purchases at Best Buy)
- PS4 wireless controller: $40 at Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Meijer, and GameStop
- Tritton Kama headset (PS4 or Xbox One): $25 at GameStop
- Turtle Beach XO One headset (Xbox One): $40 at Best Buy
- Xbox One wireless controller: $40 at Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Meijer, and Kohl’s
Across the major retailers there are literally hundreds of games being offered at some discount over the Black Friday period. Here are just a few of the most compelling offers we found.
- Angry Birds Star Wars for 3DS: $1 at Toys R Us
- Assassin’s Creed: Unity: $8 at Wal-Mart
- Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate: $35 at Target
- Battlefield 4: $15 at GameStop
- Battlefield Hardline: $15 at Wal-Mart
- Batman: Arkham Knight: $25 at Target
- Bloodborne: $20 at Best Buy and Target
- Call of Duty: Ghosts: $1 at Toys R Us ($8 at Best Buy and Wal-Mart)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 3: $40 at Best Buy
- Destiny: The Taken King: $35 at Target
- Dying Light: $15 at Wal-Mart
- Evolve (PS4): $10 at GameStop
- Forza Motorsport 6: $35 at Best Buy
- Gears of War: Ultimate Edition: $20 at GameStop
- Guitar Hero Live (w/ guitar): $59 at Target ($70 w/ free Microphone at Best Buy)
- Just Dance 2016: $25 at Best Buy and Target
- Mario Kart 7: $15 at Target
- Metal Gear Solid V: $35 at Best Buy and Target ($40 at GameStop)
- Rare Replay: $15 at Wal-Mart
- Rock Band 4 (Band in a Box set): $200 at Target
- Splatoon: $35 at Best Buy
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: $25 at Best Buy
- The Witcher III: Wild Hunt: $30 at GameStop
- Titanfall: $8 at Wal-Mart
- Until Dawn: $20 at Best Buy
- Wolfenstein: The New Order: $15 at Best Buy
Target is offering a $15 gift card with the purchase of any one of seven games at their normal prices: Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Halo 5: Guardians, Super Mario Maker, Splatoon, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Forza Motorsport 6 and Rory Mcilroy PGA Tour.
At Best Buy and Hastings, all pre-owned games will be sold at buy two, get one free pricing. At Toys R Us, a selection of over 200 games will be available at two-for-$25 pricing.
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