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The best deals of Black Friday 2011

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1. Walmart – Sale begins THURSDAY at 10 p.m.

Like many of the other retailers listed below, Walmart has the fantastic PlayStation 3 console bundle – which includes a 160GB console, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, and LittleBigPlanet 2: Special Edition – for $199.96. Also at that price is the Xbox 360 bundle with a 4GB console, the Kinect sensor, and Kinect Adventures, but that purchase also earns you a $50 gift card in the process. And though we know everyone and their mom (and sister, aunt, and grandmother) already owns a Wii, Walmart does have a pretty sleek-looking exclusive blue version of the revised model for $99.96. It's a shockingly eye-catching update to a five-year-old console, and seemingly only available at Walmart.

The retailer also has a deal on the PSP core system for $99.96, which starts on 8 a.m. on Friday (later than the other deals). Additionally, the Walmart flier advertises an online-only deal (starting 12:01 a.m. on Friday) for an Xbox 360 4GB console with Gears of War 3 for $199.96, which also comes with a $50 eGift card.

2. Best Buy – Sale begins at midnight

Best Buy also has the PlayStation 3 160GB bundle, which sells for just $199.99 despite including Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One and LittleBigPlanet 2: Special Edition. At least 12 of these can be found at each store, but don't be surprised if they're gone in a heartbeat. Best Buy also has a nearly-as-sweet deal on the 250GB Xbox 360 console, which comes with a headset, Fable III, a download code for Halo: Reach, and three months of Xbox Live Gold service for $199.99. And the Kinect sensor with Kinect Adventures, Fruit Ninja Kinect, and The Gunstringer is $99.99.

Also notable at Best Buy are the two new Nintendo 3DS bundles – one with Super Mario 3D Land and a Flame Red 3DS, the other with The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time 3D and a specially designed black 3DS – for $179.99 each. Just six of each are guaranteed per store, though, so get there super early if you're eyeing one of these must-have bundles.

3. Target – Sale begins at midnight

Target has the same PlayStation 3 bundle as Walmart and Best Buy, for the same $199 price tag. However, the retailer does have a leg up with its Kinect sensor bundle – which includes the three standard games plus a bonus copy of Wipeout 2 for $99 – but it's only advertising the Super Mario 3D Land Nintendo 3DS hardware bundle for $179.99. No word on whether the Zelda 3DS bundle is also available at that price.

4. Toys R Us – Sale begins THURSDAY at 9 p.m.

Though Toys R Us has a similar slate of console deals as the other retailers, many of the packages include unique perks that might pull you in. For example, the $199.99 PlayStation 3 160GB console with the two games also comes with a free third-party wired controller here, while the $99.99 PSP core system also comes with your choice of Wipeout Pure or Ape Escape: On the Loose. However, the Xbox 360 4GB bundle with the Kinect sensor and Kinect Adventures for $199.99 only comes with a $10 gift card – while Walmart serves up a $50 gift card – and the Nintendo 3DS bundle with Super Mario 3D Land is only discounted to $189.99, though it does come with a special bobblehead stylus.

5. Meijer – Sale begins at 4 a.m.

A $99 Wii console headlines Meijer's console offerings, though the ad shows a black version of the original model accompanied by a Wii Remote Plus, so it's not entirely clear what you're getting here. Otherwise, the same PlayStation 3 160GB bundle seen elsewhere is $199 here, the PSP core system is $99.99, and if you buy a Nintendo DSi XL for $169.99, you'll get a $30 coupon for a future Meijer purchase. Plus, all accessories for Nintendo handhelds are 50 percent off.

6. Sears – Sale begins at 4 a.m.

Though the Sears videogame deals aren't so remarkable, its console offerings are a little better. The same PlayStation 3 160GB bundle seen nearly everywhere else is also $199.99 here, and the Nintendo 3DS bundle with Super Mario 3D Land sells for the same price, albeit with a $10 gift card included. Both of those deals are good for Friday, while the extended two-day deals include the black Wii bundle with New Super Mario Bros. Wii for $134.99, the Xbox 360 4GB console with Kinect for $209.99, and the Kinect sensor on its own for $99.99.

7. GameStop – Sale begins at midnight/5 a.m.

GameStop also has the PlayStation 3 160GB bundle seen elsewhere for $199.97 all weekend (while supplies last, which they won't), along with an Xbox 360 4GB console (no bundle) for $149.99 on Friday and Saturday. And its Kinect sensor – with The Gunstringer, Fruit Ninja Kinect, and Kinect Adventures – weighs in at $109.99, about $10 higher than other places. It's not the greatest lineup of hardware deals, but then again, GameStop lets you trade in games and consoles to knock extra dollars off those totals. But who wants to bother with that on Black Friday?

8. Kmart – Sale begins THURSDAY at 6 a.m.

As with the game deals, Kmart is notable more for being open on Thanksgiving from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (in most states) than it is for advertising a lot of stunning console deals. Leading the pack is an Xbox 360 4GB console with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for $199.99, with a minimum of four per store. Kmart also has the PSP core system for $99.99, though without a pack-in game. Members of the store's ShopYourWay plan earn a $35 gaming coupon with the purchase of a Wii, or a $25 coupon by buying a Nintendo 3DS or DSi XL, but regular shoppers aren't privy to those deals – and the coupons have to be used on Friday, which means Kmart visits on back-to-back days. Yikes. Kmart does have Sony's wireless PS3 headset for $74.99, though, as well as the Kinect sensor for $99.99.

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  • Kerime - November 26, 2011 12:38 p.m.

    If you still want to and are military, head to your local military base because they'll price match anything. It's sick.
  • Y2Ken - November 25, 2011 6:33 a.m.

    The UK stores are starting to do deals, but they aren't the best. Amazon UK has been selling stuff cheap all week, but it's mainly been stuff which presumably wasn't shifting a lot, like the Black Eyed Peas "experience".
  • inkyspot - November 25, 2011 4:32 a.m.

    I should've being paying attention. I could've gotten Gear 3 for 30 bucks, damn it.
  • bamit11 - November 24, 2011 10:17 a.m.

    should have added that if you buy Arkham City for $28 at walmart, it comes with arkham asylum for free. 2 games for $28 count me in.
  • TRcommander - November 24, 2011 9:37 a.m.

    For those of you in texas, the best deal is at H-E-B plus. $99 for a new 3ds. only black friday sale i've seen for it yet
  • profile0000 - November 24, 2011 8:34 a.m.

    I have all the games I want, it's a better TV I need!
  • db1331 - November 24, 2011 7:39 a.m.

    Just bought the Zelda 3DS bundle online from Best buy for $179.99, and free shipping.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - November 24, 2011 7:23 a.m.

    Kinda weird to see Meijer has good deals, normally they're shit.
  • lemur - November 24, 2011 5:05 a.m.

    other then resistance 3 being $37 I don't see anything I'm interested in. I think I'll stick with steam.
  • Canvas_Of_Flesh - November 24, 2011 4:32 a.m.

    There aren't a whole lot of Wii deals this year. With the arrival of Skyward Sword I thought I'd finally take the plunge and get a Wii. Then I found out that Skyward Sword doesn't have an alternative for people that hate motion controls, so that kind of fell through.
  • Burdmayn - November 24, 2011 5:36 a.m.

    I'm not normally an advocate for motion controls but Skyward Sword proves that they can work well and add to the experience. I highly recommend finding a way to try the game out before condemning it. If you were already considering a Wii I wouldn't let ignorance be the deciding factor against one. You'll only be missing out on a great experience!
  • wolfboy20 - November 23, 2011 11:34 p.m.

    I'm getting Sonic Generations from GS....no way in hell i'm ignoring that deal..
  • krpiper - November 23, 2011 8:57 p.m.

    The Kmart ad is the Thanksgiving DAY sale, not the Black Friday sale.
  • D0CCON - November 23, 2011 7:32 p.m.

    This was the first year I knew about this stuff before the article. It sounds like I'll be getting some stuff on my Christmas list now, with Gears 3, Forza 4, Uncharted 3, and Resistance 3 being well represented across Walmart and Target (which is where my mom already said she was going to get me some stuff). Also, since Walmart is offering a $99 Kinect with Fruit Ninja and Gunstringer, it sounds like the family will be getting one (my family is interested in working out with it) so that means I can pick up Dance Central 2 for $15 (and maybe, MAYBE Kinect Sports 2).
  • trinidadbermudez - November 23, 2011 7:25 p.m.

    Thanks
  • buttfaceninja - November 23, 2011 7:23 p.m.

    Does anybody know exactly what time the Best Buy deals get started online? Im assuming its midnight when the store opens but im not sure.
  • plurality - November 23, 2011 7:13 p.m.

    Also gamesradar, Gamestop is doing a PS3 160GB with Little big planet 2 and Ratchet and clank (the newest one i think) for $200, and buy2get1 free on any pre-owned games. Source: i work there
  • plurality - November 23, 2011 7:24 p.m.

    I messed up bad didnt see second page
  • jmcgrotty - November 26, 2011 1:27 a.m.

    Why didn't you just edit your original statement, then? Oh, that's right. No edit feature at Gamesradar.com *Peers at the website and sighs*