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Nov 272015

Updated for Cyber Monday: Amazon is having a 15% off sale on select new releases and pre-orders, which means you can get games like Kingdom Hearts III with a discount. One-day only, go quickly!


Avoid the Black Friday madness and still get some great video game deals!

Amid the chaos of all the other Black Friday/Cyber Monday video game ads you’ve probably seen, I decided to narrow mine down by focusing on three major points:

  • They are on sale (obviously)
  • You can buy them online
  • I recommend them


I don’t have all of these consoles yet, but I’ll get them eventually.

Wii U

While it isn’t priced as cheaply as the in-store sales, the best Wii U deal is the Smash/Splatoon bundle selling for $279.99 at Toys R Us. (It currently appears to be ship-to-store only.)

If the Super Smash Bros. and Splatoon bundle doesn’t interest you, the next best online deals are:

  • Mario Kart 8 Bundle – $299.00 at Amazon
  • Mario Maker Bundle – $299.96 at Walmart


To me, the PS4 has more to offer in terms of upcoming games rather than current releases, but if you’re ready to move on to Sony’s next console, the best offer I’ve seen is the 500 GB PS4 bundled with a physical copy of the Nathan Drake Collection, $299.00 on Amazon.

(The Amazon page also includes bundles with the Nathan Drake Collection + Fallout 4 or Star Wars: Battlefront for $358.88.)

Xbox One

The Xbox One seems to have the best bundle deals this year, with the best deals coming straight from the Microsoft Store.

  • 500 GB Gears of War: Ultimate Edition bundle + a $60 gift code and a free game for $299.00 at Microsoft
  • 1 TB Holiday Bundle (Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Rare Replay, & Ori and the Blind Forest) + a $60 gift code and a free game for $349.00 at Microsoft

I find the holiday bundle the most alluring, because Rare Replay includes 30 Rare games (including some of my favorites, like Banjo-Kazooie) and Ori is supposed to be very good.

Also, if you play Gears online before the end of the year, you get the Xbox 360 Gears of War games for free, so that bundle potentially comes with even more games.

The $60 gift code + free game offer applies to every bundle sold at the Microsoft Store, although the free game options appear to be only Sunset Overdrive and Rare Replay. (I don’t understand why you’d want a free copy of Rare Replay with the bundle that includes Rare Replay.)

If you don’t want to buy straight from Microsoft, you can also find these consoles at Amazon, but without the bonus offers:

  • 500 GB Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle for $299.00 at Amazon
  • 1 TB Holiday Bundle (Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Rare Replay, & Ori and the Blind Forest) for $349.00 at Amazon.


I love my Nintendo 3DS, but if you don’t have one or need to replace yours, the best deals seem to be the New Nintendo 3DS for $179.99 at Amazon (limited time) and the Nintendo 2DS for $79.00 at Walmart.

PS Vita

PlayStation Vita deals are harder to find than the rest, probably because many people have forgotten about it. The best one I’ve found is this sale on Ebay: a PS Vita Slim for $154.99 with free shipping.

Know of any more good console deals? Share them in the comments!

Square Enix

Before we move on to discuss specific recommended games, I want to recommend Square Enix’s entire store.

While most stores have the Black Friday video game deals you might expect, Square Enix cut prices on just about everything, including physical copies of old games. Many of them are sold out now, but if you add your name to the waiting list, you might be able to get great deals like Chrono Cross for $4.50.

If my review of Kingdom Hearts interested you, the 1.5 Remix is only $8.00 from Square Enix.

The SE Store has $8 shipping, so take that into consideration when checking on deals.

Recommended Games

All right, now it’s time to look at the best deals on games I personally enjoy, recommend, and maybe even reviewed.

  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy – $20.09 at the Nintendo eShop
  • Psychonauts – $0.99 at Steam
  • Hatoful Boyfriend – $2.49 for the PC version at Steam, or $5.00 for the PS4/Vita version at PSN plus an additional 10% off your PSN order with the code FH24P5BDR6
  • Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix – $8.00 at Square Enix
  • Alien: Isolation – $12.49 at Steam
  • The Witcher Adventure Game – $2.99 at GOG.com
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent – $4.99 at Steam
  • Dragon Age: Origins – $7.49 at Steam
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – $14.99 at Origin
  • Cthulhu Saves the World & Breath of Death VII – $0.50 at Steam


Finally, Amazon is having a special promotion where you can get 30% off the price of a book.

This is your chance to get a good deal on one of the books I’ve recommended here before, like the Witcher novels or Poison Study.

There are a lot of deals out there today, and I’m bound to have missed some. What are the best online Black Friday/Cyber Monday video game sales you’ve found this year?

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  14 Responses to “Best Online Black Friday Video Game Deals”

  1. “I love my Nintendo 3DS, but if you don’t have one or need to replace yours,” I feel targeted.

    That Wal-Mart 2DS’s description is apparently from the Nintendo DS Electric Blue one. yikes

    If I buy a 2DS, buy a bigger SD card, and do a system transfer, does everything transfer over? Including Streetpass stuff?

  2. If it’s a blank SD card, then can I use it for other things?

    …including maybe the New 3DS XL?

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