Games are expensive, and that's never been truer than in 2022: Sony first-party games have increased across the board, and some third-party publishers like 2K and Activision are following suit. The next-gen consoles have now been on the market for more than a year, and while PS5 and Xbox Series X are still hard to get, if you've got one, you've probably got a renewed appetite for buying new games. This is an expensive hobby.
On this page you'll find a regularly updated list of the best gaming deals in Australia, ranging consoles, games and peripherals. While it's true that games are getting more expensive, it's also true that there's never been more retail competition in Australia: trusty outlets like JB Hi-Fi and EB Games now have Amazon Australia to contend with, not to mention eBay, Big W, Target, and a range of other online outlets. We'll do our best to ensure that the prices published here are the very lowest you can get, though we'll be avoiding secondhand goods and grey market key sellers.
Without further ado:
This week's highlights
God of War Ragnarok for PS5 (pre-order)
AU$124.95 AU$98 at Amazon
Ahead of the November 9 release of God of War Ragnarok, Amazon Australia is selling copies of the big PlayStation exclusive for 22% off the RRP. Given how expensive first-party PS4 / PS5 games are nowadays, this is probably the cheapest we'll see it for a while.
Pokémon Scarlet / Violet (pre-order) |
AU$79.95 AU$48 at Amazon
This is a remarkable 40% discount on this year's big Pokemon games, ahead of their November 18 release. Nintendo first-party games don't get discounts this steep very often, so to see this discount before the games are even released is quite special indeed. Choose from Violet or Scarlet.
Metroid Dread |
AU$79.95 AU$45 at Amazon
A big discount on one of the highlights of 2021, which is sure to please Metroid fans, even if our reviewer pointed out its "frustrating boss battles and cumbersome controls". This 39% discount is rare, so if you've been waiting on a price drop to jump in, now's the time.
Nintendo Switch OLED model |
Save on the suavest Switch yet, which only a couple of months ago was a little hard to get in Australia. That doesn't seem to be the case right now, so you might as well fire off an order while the going is good - assuming you don't mind the lack of meaningful spec upgrades. This has been as cheap as AU$448, but this price is still well below RRP. Via Amazon.
Nintendo Switch console | AU$399 (usually AU$469.95)
The Nintendo Switch price has varied quite a bit lately, mostly due to continued high demand and the component shortage problem affecting the whole industry. So this ain't the best price in history but it's still under the RRP. This discount applies to both the neon blue and red model, as well as the more reserved grey version.
Nintendo Switch Pro-Controller | AU$89 (usually AU$99.95)
A passable discount on the Switch's Pro-Controller, though it's regularly cheaper to the tune of AU$79. You're probably going to want this if you're a heavy docked user - especially if you love platformers (it's got a superior D-pad) and first-person shooters (it's got better analog sticks).