Black Friday 2012 deals - A gamer's guide to the best holiday sales

WAL-MART – Sale starts Thurs @ 8pm

Wal-Mart has always been a Black Friday behemoth, and this year doesn't look to be any different. There's nothing that really separates it from the pack in terms of console deals, but with a ton of games marked down to $25, $15, and $10, you can bet that electronics section is going to be crawling.

Systems / Bundles

  • Xbox 360 4GB Skylanders bundle: $149
  • Xbox 360 Kinect Dance bundle: $229 (online - Thanksgiving)
  • PS3 160GB Superslim bundle w/ Infamous Collection and Uncharted Dual Pack: $199
  • Wii Console: $89
  • DSi XL: $99.96 (colors vary by store)


We've done our best to identify the individual titles in Wal-Mart's ad and which system they're being advertised for in our list below. That said, just because it appears for one system, doesn't mean it won't be available for others. We will update if an official list goes public. In the meantime, here's what we've spotted in Wally's print and online ads so far.

  • Games for $10: 007 Legends, Batman: Arkham Asylum - Game of the Year (PS3), Batman: Arkham City (360), Cabela's Survival (PS3/360), Call of Duty: World at War (PS3/360), Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3/360), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Game of the Year (PS3/360),  Darksiders (PS3), Dead Island (PS3/360), Game Party in Motion (360), Gran Turismo 5 XL Edition (PS3), L.A. Noire: Complete Edition (PS3/360), Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 (360), Lego Batman (360), LittleBigPlanet 2 (PS3), Ratchet & Clank All 4 One (PS3), Saints Row 2 (360), Super Smash Bros., The Sly Collection (PS3), SOCOM 4 (PS3), and UFC Trainer (360).

  • Games for $15: Angry Birds Trilogy (PS3), Borderlands Game of the Year Edition (PS3), Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3/360),  Dance Central 3 (360), Fable: The Journey (360), Forza Horizon (360), God of War Saga (PS3), Just Dance 3 (Wii), Kinect Sports: Ultimate Collection (360), LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (PS3/360/Wii), Mario Power Tennis (Wii), Mario Super Sluggers (Wii), Max Payne 3 (360), MBL 12: The Show (PS3), Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition (PS3/360), Spec Ops: The Link (PS3/360), Super Mario Galaxy (Wii), Super Paper Mario (Wii), Uncharted 3 (PS3), Wii Play Motion, Wii Play Sports, and Wipeout 2 (Wii).

  • Games for $25 Battlefield 3: Premium Edition (360), Borderlands 2 (PS3/360), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360), Dishonored (360), FIFA Soccer 13 (360), Just Dance 4 (360/Wii), Kinect Star Wars (360), LittleBigPlanet Karting (PS3), Madden 13 (PS3/360), Medal of Honor Warfighter (PS3), NBA 2K13 (360), NCAA Football 13 (360), Need for Speed: Most Wanted (360), Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii), Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (PS3/360), The Amazing Spider-Man (PS3/360), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (360), Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (PS3/360), Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (360), Twisted Metal (PS3), Wipeout 3 (360/Wii), WWE 13 (PS3/360), XCOM: Enemy Unknown (PS3/360). Zumba Fitness (Wii), and Zumba Fitness 2 (Wii).

  • DS Games for $29.96: Mario Kart DS, New Super Mario Bros., Pokemon Black Version 2, and Pokemon White Version 2,

Other Games

  • Assassin's Creed 3 (PS3/360): $38.96
  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Wii): $24.96


  • PS3 DS3 Controller: $39.96
  • Skylander Starter Pack (Wii): $38.96
  • Wii U-Draw Game Tablet: $10
  • Xbox 360 Wireless Controller (white): $39.96
  • Xbox 360 Wireless Headset: $25
  • Xbox LIVE 3-month membership: $11.96


  • Smash_Bro - November 12, 2012 2:12 p.m.

    Perhaps I was expecting too much, but these sales really aren't as good as I thought they'd be...
  • tehtimeisnow - November 12, 2012 2:15 p.m.

    prety soon u wont even have to deel with black firday for videoganes cuz within the next yaer or 2 digital disturbutoin will completely take over and u wont even b able 2 by any boxed games
  • ZhaneEndrick - November 12, 2012 2:57 p.m.

    Ugh, Black Friday. This year I'm actually advocating the use of a more accurate name for it: November Fool's Day. Spread the word.
  • D0CCON - November 12, 2012 5:04 p.m.

    $8 for Dead Island GOTY and $9 for Max Payne 3 are sure-fire buys, but there isn't a ton here for me (although those two games combined are still cheaper than the one $20 copy of LA Noire that I got last Black Friday).
  • D0CCON - November 12, 2012 5:04 p.m.

    And Steam will likely have some good stuff.
  • Marteo Broter - November 12, 2012 5:14 p.m.

    Maybe I'll bite on Forza Horizon for $15 from walmart, if it's still in stock by the time I wake up. Which it probably won't.
  • FierceVoltage - November 12, 2012 6:22 p.m.

    You said the PS3 bundle at Toys R Us is 129.99 but the ad says 199.99?
  • FierceVoltage - November 12, 2012 6:24 p.m.

    Lego Batman: Arkham City?
  • winner2 - November 12, 2012 6:27 p.m.

    Personally I don't think the prices are worth the hassle. Crazy fuckin bitches everywhere on black friday. I remember someone got charged with attempted murder of a fetus last year for beating up a pregnant lady for a toy or something.
  • Fox_Mulder - November 12, 2012 9:25 p.m.

    Awesome. Wal-Mart's got X-COM for $25 and AC 3 for $40. Wal-Mart is the devil, but I'll have to bite the bullet.
  • ObliqueZombie - November 13, 2012 8:33 p.m.

    *Sits back in chair, awaits Steam/GMG/GoG/Impulse sales*
  • letric5 - November 14, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    What ever happened to Halo 4 for like $35 bucks. Seriously Microsoft no love for Black Friday apparently you and 2K Games don't want a reduced price Black Friday deal of Halo 4 or Borderlands 2 for 360 seriously now. Honestly if somebody is willing to get up at 12 am. I believe they deserve a copy of any game they could possibly want for basically half price. Also don't forget you have to get into a line to get into the store at like 4 pm the previous day also. If you can survive that I gotta hand it to you, you kind of deserve a copy of any game for a reduced price honestly.
  • letric5 - November 14, 2012 3:33 p.m.

    I really don't want to go through all the hassle of Walmart just to get Borderlands 2 though. Just might have to bite the bullet here though seeing as Best Buy will not have it also apparently Gamestop is not doing any Black Friday console deals or anything as of now.
  • CrashmanX - November 15, 2012 12:20 p.m.

    I'm curious if Steam is going to do any Black Friday sales. Seeing Borderlands 2 everywhere for $35 and less makes me really tempted to pick it up, but I don't want it for consoles. Gotta have it on PC.
  • Person5 - November 15, 2012 3:07 p.m.

    For 95% of everything I want I'll just wait, maybe wake up at the crack of noon, and get to work on Steam. The sales there will probably be better than anything you find at Wal Mart. Maybe find a cheap copy of Forza Horizon for my xbox online (who goes to stores anymore?) and maybe a 3DS game to help justify its purchase.
  • ZuzuPachulia - November 23, 2012 1:34 a.m.

    I dunno, im not seeing lots of those amazon games
  • ZuzuPachulia - November 23, 2012 1:37 a.m.

    Ack, nvm. Never saw they actually DID have a whole schedule. Thought it was just speculation

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