Black Friday 2017: Best Xbox, PS4 and Nintendo gaming deals
Looking for sweet deals on game consoles and video games? You've come to the right place.
Sean HollisterSenior Editor / Reviews
When his parents denied him a Super NES, he got mad. When they traded a prize Sega Genesis for a 2400 baud modem, he got even. Years of Internet shareware, eBay'd possessions and video game testing jobs after that, he joined Engadget. He helped found The Verge, and later served as Gizmodo's reviews editor. When he's not madly testing laptops, apps, virtual reality experiences, and whatever new gadget will supposedly change the world, he likes to kick back with some games, a good Nerf blaster, and a bottle of Tejava.
. It's nearly here, and that means big deals on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo at all the usual suspects: GameStop, Best Buy, Target, Walmart and more.
But you don't want to dig through giant lists of deals at every single retailer, right? That's what this guide is for. Here, we're highlighting just the very biggest, best console and video game deals we've seen so far. Less browsing, more playing. Yes? Let's go!
Update, Nov. 23: Most of these deals should be live now, and we've got some killer new deals from Target and Amazon in the mix. Amazon deals in particular are selling out fast, FYI.
PlayStation 4 for $200
Let's start with a bang. Practically every major electronics retailer will sell the PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB for just $200 -- a full $100 less than you'd have typically paid previously.
Here's where you can get it for that price on Nov. 23 or 24, and a few other wrinkles to look out for:
That's right: For basically the first time since launch last November, Sony's souped-up, 4K TV-friendly PlayStation 4 Pro will see a substantial discount. Normally, the system costs $400, but you can get it for $350 starting Thanksgiving -- maybe with a free game!
That's not as big a discount as the PlayStation, since you've been able to find Xbox One S bundles for $250 for many months now, particularly since Microsoft made that price cut official in June. And it appears the $190 price won't always include a free game, unlike the $250 bundles.
But many retailers are sweetening the pot even further with a wide variety of offers. Here are the ones we've spotted:
Update, Nov. 22: Microsoft's best Black Friday bundles appear to be sold out, and are now $30 more expensive. Perhaps they'll return to their deal price on Black Friday itself.
We're not seeing any deals on the more powerful Xbox One X.
Nintendo 2DS Zelda Edition for $80
So... Nintendo isn't really discounting any of its consoles this Black Friday. (You might be able to actually find the Nintendo Switch for its normal $300 price, but it won't be cheaper.)
That said, this limited-edition Nintendo 2DS handheld, with a preinstalled copy of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (typically $40 by its lonesome), sounds like a pretty killer present for a young gamer this holiday, especially since they won't need to spend any time downloading it on Christmas morning. It's new for Black Friday this year.
Need an extra wireless gamepad? Practically every retailer under the sun will sell you a Sony DualShock 4 (for your PS4) or an Xbox One Wireless Controller for $40 -- which is between $5 and $20 less than you'd pay previously, depending on whether you typically wait for sales.
So many retailers are offering that deal I won't bother to link them, but for the sake of convenience here's Amazon (PS4, XB1).
Here are some other hardware items that might pique your interest, though:
Pre-owned Xbox 360 for $0 after mail-in rebateat GameStop
Razer four-piece keyboard, mouse, headset and mousepad bundle for $100 at Walmart (normally $200)
The games of Black Friday
And now, the moment you've been waiting for: the opportunity to fill your shelves with even more games you'll never have time to play! (Wait, maybe that's just me.)
Either way, this Black Friday is bringing us some deep discounts on a surprisingly huge number of titles, including many full price games that were just recently released. (We're marking those in bold.)
You'll also find a number of boxed titles for $25 at Target (including Super Mario Maker, Super Smash Bros 3DS and Yoshi's Woolly World) and some for $30 at Walmart.
Windows and other PCs
The Steam Autumn Sale just went live on Nov. 22, as did a companion sale by Good Old Games. More info here.
The Evil Within 2 for $30 (normally $60)
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War for $36 (normally $60)
Rainbow Six: Siege for $7.50 (normally $15)
The Witness for $16 (normally $40)
Again, this isn't an exhaustive list of every game deal -- just the ones that caught our attention for being surprisingly good deals (or really good games). Hit me up on Twitter if you see a killer deal I missed.
When do these deals go live?
Unless otherwise specified:
Best Buy: Stores open 5 p.m. Thursday Nov. 23, close 1 a.m., open Friday Nov. 24 at 8 a.m.
BestBuy.com: Deals go live Thursday Nov. 23 (no time specified)
Target: Stores open 6 p.m. Thursday Nov. 23, close midnight, open Friday Nov. 24 at 6 a.m.
Target.com: Deals go live "early the morning of Thanksgiving or when stores open at 6 p.m."
Walmart: Stores open 6 p.m. Thursday Nov. 23
Walmart.com: Deals go live Friday Nov. 24 (no time specified)
GameStop: Stores open 4 p.m. Thursday Nov. 23
GameStop.com: Deals go live 10p.m. PT Wednesday Nov. 22
Toys R Us: Stores open 6 p.m. Thursday Nov. 23
ToysRUs.com:Deals go live 9 p.m. PT Wednesday Nov. 23
Kohl's: Stores open 5 p.m. Thursday Nov. 23
Kohls.com: Deals go live 10 p.m. PT Monday Nov. 20, doorbusters at 10 p.m. PT Thursday Nov. 23
Newegg: Deals go live 1 p.m. PT Monday Nov. 20, doorbusters not till Thursday Nov. 23