The Piki Geek Guide to Black Friday, Part 1: Wal-Mart & Best Buy


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This year will mark my eighth year for participating in Black Friday Madness. Some people call me a “seasoned veteran” while others call me “goddamn stupid”. Whichever side of the spectrum I truly fall under, just know that I’m here to spread the savings.

So far, two of the bigger gaming juggernauts, Wal-Mart and Best Buy, have released their ads in an attempt to get you circling each and every goodie you could possibly want. Unless you already have the games listed, they’re definitely worth checking out. Hit the jump to see an in-depth look at each store.

Let’s start off with Wal-Mart’s deals.

  • $200 for a 320 GB PS3 with Little Big Planet 2: Special Edition as well as Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One. This also will include a free 30 day membership to PlayStation Plus
  • Their Xbox 360 deal is by no means terrible either. An Xbox 360, 4GB, 1 controller, 3 month XBox Live Gold Subscription Card, Kinect Adventures all for $200. What makes this deal sweeter is the $50 gift card that is thrown in with it.
  • On Walmart.com you will be able to get a 4GB Xbox, with Gears of War 3, a 3-Month Xbox Live Card for $200. What makes this deal sweet is the fact that it comes with a $50.00 Walmart.com eGift card!
  • Finishing the console trio is their Wii deal which is a bare-bones Wii console in a ‘limited edition’ color: blue. It’s not much but for only $100, it’s not bad for a bare-bones buy.
  • One of the better deals, is $60 for the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword with Music CD and Gold Wii Motion Plus Controller. It’s only $10 less than retail, but for a new game that hasn’t be released at the time this was written, that’s not bad.
  • As for the specific games, there isn’t much of the $10 games to warrant a ‘deal’ outside of Yakuza 4 (maybe).
  • When looking at the $15 games, things get more interesting. There’s God of War III, What LOOKS to be the Director’s Cut of Heavy Rain, Uncharted 2: Game of the Year Edition, and Epic Mickey that warrant your consideration.
  • The $28 games are where things get really interesting. Batman: Arkham City, Gears of War 3, Battlefield 3, Infamous 2, Killzone 3, Madden 2012 are (somewhat) new releases offered here for less than half the retail price.

To check out the rest of the deals, check out the ad scan below.

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Next up is the electronics behemoth known as Best Buy. Perhaps the absolute best aspect of Best Buy’s sale is that they continue their tradition of having every single thing is available online Thanksgiving Day to grab more customers, best Buy has also granted us free shipping on all orders from now until December 27th. So, let’s dive right into the good parts:

  • Best Buy starts off by offering several newly released games at the ‘Door Buster’ price of $30: Batman: Arkham City, RAGE, Madden 2012, Battlefield 3, Uncharted 3, Need for Speed 3: The Run.
  • Best Buy has several $8 and $15 games but for what’s listed with the ad… it’s not much. HOWEVER, more of these games will be listed on www.bestbuy.com/BFGameDeals when these deals go live.
  • Not content with listing $30 games as just Door Busters, Best Buy is also offering Call of Duty: Black Ops and Deus Ex: Human Revolution with that deal too.
  • Perhaps their biggest deals come from their $35 games which will include Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, NBA 2K12, and FIFA Soccer 2012 and Forza Motorsport 4.
  • For $200, you can snag a 250GB Xbox 360 with Fable III and Halo: Reach. It will come with one controller, a headset, and a 3-month Gold subscription to Xbox Live.
  • $100 will net you an Xbox 360 Kinect sensor which will include Kinect Adventures, The Gunstringer and Fruit Ninja video games.
  • For those holding out for a 3DS, you may want to take notice. They are offering two bundles for $180 each. One includes a special “Flame Red” 3DS with Super Mario Land 3D and the other will include a “Cosmo Black” 3DS and Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The deals aren’t spectacular but they are good for people who want a 3DS and/or a collector’s edition.

Once again, for the full list, check out the ad-scan we’ve included for you guys.

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If you don’t want to have to be forced to write any of these deals down like a savage, then there are other sites out there to help. I found www.blackfriday.info and www.black-friday.net to be the best sites out there as they both let you sign up and receive e-mails when stores release their ads. They also will let you create wish lists that are separated by store, so you can keep all your crazy shopping straight.

Lastly, Amazon.com is notorious for matching all of the deals that every store lists. Considering they usually give free trails for their Amazon Prime service (which is free shipping regardless of item cost) and no tax (depending on the state), they’re going to be one I’m keeping an eye on.

When other stores drop some news, we will be sure to continue our Black Friday Guide.

Your Comments

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    boisson said Nov 13th 2011 6:57 AM

    I await the day – and the prospect of Steam discounts – with much anticipation.


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