Here are the best Black Friday gaming deals

Here are the best Black Friday gaming deals

Mario and Bowser race to get their Black Friday deals.

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It’s that time of year again. The pumpkins have all been smashed, the peppermint is in the mocha, and all Mariah Carey wants for Christmas is you (and her fat royalty check from Columbia Records). The pre-season holidays is officially upon us, with deals and discounts on a ton of games, consoles, and accessories. Here’s a quick look at some of the best Black Friday 2022 gaming deals.

The Nintendo Switch bundle includes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe free

A Nintendo Switch bundle shows Mario Kart 8 Deluxe included for free.

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Although Nintendo does not discount the console itself, some retailers will have a package of $300 including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and a three-month subscription to Switch Online at no additional cost. The multiplayer racer is Switch’s best-selling game for a reason, and with a steady stream of new DLC courses throughout this year and next, gaming has never looked better. The deal is set to go live November 20 in stores and online and will likely sell out quickly.

Nintendo will also hold a temporary sale by dropping $40 off the price of Mario Kart Live: Home Track sets, and discount on a bunch of other games. Although the full list has yet to be revealed, we know it will include 33% off WarioWare: Unite! and Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brainand up to $20 off Animal Crossing: New Horizons, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wildand other Switch hits.

The full list of Nintendo discounts is here.

The Xbox Series S is $50 off

And the Xbox Series S sits in front of a green screen.

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The Xbox Series S won’t be the hottest console this holiday season, but it could definitely end up being the best deal. Normally $300, Microsoft sells it directly and through retailers for just $250. Some of the consoles even come with a free Xbox Stereo Headset Bundle, which normally costs an extra $60. New owners can take advantage of the $1 per month introductory price for Game Pass. And if you want to buy a second Xbox controller, they’re currently $20 off.

Microsoft is also offering discounts on a bunch of first-party digital games. Forza Horizon 5 is $39, Infinite Halo is $30, and Speeds 5 is $13. Here are some other highlights:

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – $20
  • Batman: Arkham Knight – $4
  • Control – $9
  • cyberpunk – $30
  • Death Loop – $20
  • FIFA 23 – $42
  • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga – $30
  • Madden NFL 23 – $35
  • NBA 2K23 – $35
  • Persona 5 Royal – $45
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 – $10
  • Resident Evil 3 – $10
  • Scarlet Nexus – $15
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – $6
  • Tales of Arise – $24
  • The Witcher 3 – $10
  • The wonders of Tiny Tina – $30

The full list of discounted Xbox Series X/S games is here.

PS5 DualSense is $20 off

DualSense PS5 controllers sit in front of a universe background.

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Unsurprisingly, Sony isn’t offering any specials on the PS5 console itself. Its current God of War Ragnarök and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 the bundles will save you $10 on the PS5 and those respective games, but also go fast. If you need a new PS5 DualSense, you’re in luck. Normally $70, the controller is now down to $50 across the full range of color variants, including Cosmic Red and Midnight Black. PS Plus subscriptions are also currently 25% off on all three tiers.

The deals are much better on the gaming front. 2022 Forbidden Horizon West is already $30 off, while The Last of Us Part I, released just over the summer, is $20 off. Here are some of the other great gaming discounts:

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem – $48
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – $20
  • cyberpunk – $25
  • Death Stranding Director’s Cut – $20
  • Demon’s Souls – $30
  • Destiny 2: Witch Queen – $20
  • Dying Light 2 – $30
  • FIFA 23 – $42
  • Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut – $30
  • Gotham Knights – $42
  • Grand Theft Auto V – $20
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits – $20
  • Madden NFL 23 – $35
  • NBA 2K23 – $35
  • Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart – $30
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 – $10
  • Return – $30
  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales – $20

The full list of discounted PS4 and PS5 games is here.

Two great VR games are free with one Meta Quest 2

A Meta Quest 2 is laid out on a table next to images of Resident Evil 4 and Beat Saber.

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Metaverse Evangelist Mark Zuckerberg hiked the price of the Meta Quest 2 VR headset earlier this year, but you can still get it for cheap in a current Black Friday bundle. It comes with beat the saber and Resident Evil 4, with the 128GB plan priced at just $350. All the soaking on Horizon Worlds aside, it’s a good deal.

GameStop and other stores have their own sales

Box art from Elden Ring shows a warrior collapsing under the weight of Black Friday sales.

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Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the early highlights of physical game discounts at major retailers:

  • Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes – $40 (Amazon)
  • Responsible for F1 2022 – $30 (best buy)
  • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga – $30 (best buy)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection – $20 (target)
  • Saints Row – $40 (target)
  • elderberry ring – $35 (Walmart)
  • sound borders – $35 (Walmart)
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo – $25 (GameStop
  • Battlefield 2042 – $10 (GameStop)
  • Pokémon Sword and Sheld – $40 (GameStop)
  • Pokemon Shiny Diamond and shiny pearl – $40 (GameStop)
  • Pokemon Snap – $40 (GameStop)

Gaming headsets are also discounted

A gaming headset hangs in a cyberpunk future.

Image: Razer

Do you look light years away when you duet Fortnite? Still using that unique headphone pack that came with the original PS4? It might be time to upgrade. So far, some of the best budget gaming headsets are already on sale, with more discounts likely to follow. The Razer Barracuda X is half price at Best Buy for $50, while the HyperX Cloud Alpha is $55 at Amazon. Microsoft, meanwhile, is taking $40 off the high-end SteelSeries Arctis 9 X for Xbox Series X/S.

Dive into the world of mechanical keyboards

A mechanical keyboard lights up in preparation for the upcoming Overwatch 2 rave.

Image: Corsair

All the cool kids click their loud mechanical keyboards and rave about the RGB lights. If you want to see what it’s all about, the Corsair K60 is a great budget entry point, and the Pro with Cherry switches is currently half-marked and just $55 at Newegg.

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