The recently released PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles are among the most sought after items for gamers this Black Friday, but getting your hands on one won’t be easy.
The PS5 ($499) and Xbox Series X ($499) sold out during the pre-order phase ahead of their early November release dates. Some retailers will have a small number of the coveted consoles for sale in time for Black Friday, but don’t expect a bargain. They’ll go for regular price.
According to a press release, GameStop will have limited stock for in-store purchases only starting at 7 a.m. Nov. 27.
Best Buy will also have a limited number available online only, on Nov. 27 so keep their PS5 page handy.
The best Black Friday gaming deals this year, however, will come from Nintendo, with bundles for their popular Switch system, which has also been hard to find.
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What gamers are looking for this season
Gamers like Eli Heger, co-founder of Built by Gamers, an esports organization based in Phoenix, are eyeing the new PS5 more than anything else this Black Friday. Heger said the titles available for PS5 give it the edge over the new Xbox platform, in her opinion.
“I’m leaning more towards the PS5 because of the exclusive games, it’s better quality and has better game selections,” Heger said.
The Sony platforms features exclusive games like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which can only be played on PS4 and PS5.
While there won’t be any discounts on the new consoles, you can catch some Black Friday game deals including significant price drops on Switch games and the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077.
Here’s a guide for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and beyond if you have video games on your shopping list.
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Nintendo Switch deals
One of the best deals this Black Friday is the Nintendo Switch bundle deal for $299.99 at Nintendo.com.
The bundle comes with a Nintendo Switch system, a download code for the digital version of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game and a three-month membership to Nintendo Switch Online. The Switch system alone is ordinarily the same price as this bundle.
Other Nintendo Switch deals include:
Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!: Explore the Kanto Region to catch wild Pokémon and battle other trainers, gym leaders and team Rocket. $29.99 (was $59.99) from Nintendo.
Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee!: Partner with Eevee to catch wild Pokémon and battle other trainers, gym leaders and team Rocket. $29.99 (was $59.99) from Nintendo.
The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild: Explore Hyrule in this edition of the popular series. $44.99 (was $59.99) from Amazon
Rayman Legends: Play with up to four players in the fifth title in the Rayman series. $14.99 (was 29.99) from Best Buy.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Explore and create a paradise on your own deserted island. 49.99 (was 59.99) at Best Buy.
Minecraft Dungeons Hero Edition: Check out this latest update of the best-selling game of all time. $19.99. (was $29.99) from Nintendo.
Super Mario Odyssey: A new adventure for Mario and Cappy. $44.99 (was $59.99) from Amazon.
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller: $22.94 (was $39.99) from Amazon.
Nintendo Joy-Con Pair: $69.99 (was $79.99) from Amazon.
PS5/XBox game deals
Cyberpunk 2077: One of the most anticipated games of the year, Cyberpunk 2077 is a role-playing game that takes place in the dystopian Night City, an open world with six different regions. Players become cyberpunks, technology-enhanced mercenaries that battle to make a name for themselves in the Night City streets. The release of the game was pushed back to Dec. 10 but you can still save on the preorder. $49.99 (was 59.99) from Amazon.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: The 12th major installment in the Assassins Creed series, “Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla” recounts an alternative history of the Viking invasion of Britain. $49.99 (was $59.99) from Amazon.
Madden NFL 21: Play shoulder to shoulder with your favorite teams in the latest installment of the long-running NFL series. The game includes a new Face of the Franchise career mode and The Yard mode for old school football gameplay. This includes a free PS5 upgrade if you have the PS4 version. $26.99 (was $59.99) from GameStop.
NBA 2k21: If basketball is more down your alley, this NBA simulator game has a new lineup of top 10 players with LeBron James leading the pack. $26.99 (was $59.99) from GameStop.
Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate: The next chapter of this iconic franchise features the voice of Sylvester Stallone and Mileena shows off her vicious smile in the new trailer of this game. Packed with new cringe-worthy fatalities Mortal Kombat 11 also has new characters including Rambo. $44.99 (was $59.99) from Amazon.
Ghost of Tsushima: This action-adventure game developed by Sucker Punch Productions follows Jin Sakai, a samurai on a quest to protect Tsushima Island during the first Mongol invasion of Japan. $39.99 (was $59.99) from GameStop.
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