Black Friday is mere days away, and if you're looking to buy gaming gifts without putting too big of a dent in your bank account, here are some must-see sales coming to a big box retailer near you.
*Note: Sale prices for each of these items may not display until 11/23.
Xbox 360 4GB with Skylanders bundle
Walmart's Skylanders bundle is probably one of the most compelling deals this Friday. It's appeal is less about the inclusion of Skylanders Spyro Adventures (though that will be great for some), and more about the fact that this is probably the least you'll pay for an Xbox 360 this holiday season.
Xbox 360 4GB model with Kinect
$199, Sam's Club, Target, others
The $199 4GB model of the Xbox 360 doesn't include a harddrive, which makes this system a no-go for people who want to download games or movies from Xbox Live. However, pair this Xbox with a free Kinect camera (which doesn't require storage space) you're in for a motion-controlled gaming experience at a nice price.
$199, Best Buy
If you want to buy an Xbox with plenty of room to download games and other media, this deal's for you. Best Buy's bundle includes an Xbox 360 with 250 GB, a wireless controller, headset along with a copy of Microsoft's driving game, Forza, and a download code for Skyrim.
Nintendo Wii with Wii Sports
The Nintendo WiivU is arguably the hottest game gift this holiday season, but if you don't want to drop $300 or more to buy one, you can score the classic Wii for under $100. Sears will also be throwing in Wii Sports, which is a great way to counteract that caloric splurge known as Thanksgiving. Other outlets will be offering the Wii hardware, sans Wii Sports, for $89, but it's worth spending that extra $10 to get a game that will get the entire family playing together.
PlayStation 3 Bundle
$199 at Wal-Mart, Best Buy, others
Sony's PlayStation 3 will also be available for less than $200, and this bundle includes the slim PS3 with 250 GB storage, plus collections of Uncharted and Infamous games. We'd be hard pressed to think of a better way to break in a new PS3 than with Uncharted's scruffy hero, Nathan Drake. Note: Toys R Us will have the 250 GB PS3 for the same price, but with an AirFlo controller instead of the games.
Sony PlayStation Vita
$199 at Best Buy, Target, Toys R Us and others.
Sony's most recent handheld system doesn't have many system-selling games, but it's hard to deny that this is one impressive piece of hardware. This veritable Swiss Army knife of a gadget includes a touch screen, back touch panel and can be used to play games, watch movies via Netflix, listen to music and share your innermost thoughts on Twitter. A game is include as well, though that varies by retailer -- Lego Batman 2 at Target and Call of Duty at Toys R Us.
Wii U Games
Buy one, Get 40% off second game, Toys "R" Us
If you can manage to get your hands on a Nintendo Wii U (which sold out on launch day), Toys R Us has a great deal on WiiU games -- buy one, get the second one for 40% off.
Assassin's Creed III
$34.99, Best Buy
Assassin's Creed III, Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 comprise the holy trinity of must-have console games this holiday season. Halo and CoD aren't likely to be candidates for deep discounts, so be sure to snap up this stealth game with a Civil War backdrop for $35, down from $60. It's a steal.
Epic Mickey 2
Mickey Mouse and pals are back for another new adventure on, well, almost every game console.
Just Dance 4, XCOM, Borderlands 2, and other games
Walmart slashes 50% off some of the biggest games this year. This is great way to check out games that, at full price, might not be first on your must-play list.
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