It’s that time, once again, when shoppers around the world prepare to brave the crowds in search of bargains. The Black Friday festivities are mostly based in crowded stores, though plenty of deals can also be hunted down online. For gamers, it’s often a time of year for stocking up on goodies ahead of the festive season; the official day is on 25th November with promotions all through the weekend, but a number of discounts have started early.
From a Nintendo perspective this festive season has a few big hitters. One of which is the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition, which has unfortunately been difficult to track down after initial stock sold through; more is promised. Pokémon Sun and Moon is also big news, and as a result 2DS and 3DS bundles and deals are sure to be prominent. On top of that, game discounts and neat merchandise will be ever-presents for Nintendo.
We’ve started to compile some of the best deals and most useful links for Black Friday so far; at the moment some of these are just inexpensive rather than conventional deals, but we’ll be updating frequently as the day approaches. You’ll find handy broader retail links after the individual deals, and on the day itself we’ll be providing links to top deals from the Black Friday ads as they go live online. Bear in mind that some of these are affiliate links, so a small percentage of sales may go to Nintendo Life.
We’ll be updating this guide up to Black Friday (article was originally published on 18th November), and then every few hours once more discounts go live and pick up speed.
3DS Hardware Bundles
2DS Hardware Bundles
Wii U Games
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Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition – Will I Be Able to Get One?
If you want a NES Mini all hope is not lost, but it’s going to be difficult. More stock roll-outs are expected through December, so it’ll be a case of keeping vigilant and being ready to pounce. The Nintendo of America Twitter account will hopefully be quick with any stock announcements, and when retailers give advance warning we’ll share news.
Don’t give up yet!
2DS or New Nintendo 3DS? Which is the Best Deal?
For the most part the ‘original’ 3DS and 3DS XL aren’t seen too often nowadays, though some XL models may be available at bargain prices.
The choice of whether to go for a New Nintendo 3DS model is about convenience, primarily. If you have amiibo and enjoy those features, New systems are ideal with their in-built scanner, whereas the older 3DS XL and 2DS require an accessory to use the figures and cards. Aside from that the main benefits of the New 3DS (that are actually used) are improved 3D stability, making it far more effective than older models, and slightly quicker performance with eShop downloads.
If you can live without those extras or are buying for a young gamer in particular, the 2DS is a bargain option. With a recommended price of $79.99 and deals / bundles taking it lower, it strips away the 3D effect and clamshell design but delivers a sturdy and solid bit of kit.
Is It Still Worth Buying a Wii U?
There’s no getting away from the fact that the Wii U is close to its end, effectively discontinued and with only one major game still to come; The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will also be on the new Nintendo Switch, it must be said. If you can find a Wii U in a firesale, though, there’s reason to consider it.
The back catalogue has some fantastic games, and in terms of local multiplayer in particular no other current-gen system offers as much high quality gaming. It’s backwards compatible with your Wii games, and also uses Wii Remotes and other last-gen controllers. For families or Nintendo fans that skipped it up to know, a cheap Wii U can deliver a lot of belated thrills.
When Is Black Friday 2016?
The big day is set for Friday, 25th November – a day after Thanksgiving in the US. That said, there are pre-Black Friday deals, especially online; we’ll report some of the better deals in news articles. Cyber Monday is also a time for discounts, which will take place on Monday, 28th November.
Looking for PS4 bargains? Our buddies at Push Square can help you with their US Black Friday PlayStation Deals guide.
As always, point us to any great deals that are missing, and we’ll update this guide right up to and during the big day as more discount deals go live.