Early Black Friday 2021 gaming deals: games, accessories, and more

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Gamers are served up all kinds of great deals throughout the year. It’s not uncommon for recently released games to drop as much as 20 percent off in the first few months of release or to snag the occasional one-off deal on a controller or headset. But Black Friday and Cyber Monday are something special — a chance to get in on the year’s best offers all at once.

Like 2020, the holidays in 2021 are a bit peculiar, what with the ongoing pandemic and chip shortage. There’s no shortage of games and accessories, but fewer consoles are available for first-time buyers to gift, which means the opportunities to get one are very rare and very popular. Some retailers have even taken to charging subscription fees that offer you a boosted chance of getting a console, but even those aren’t a guarantee.

We’re splitting up this roundup by platform, so find the one you’re shopping for, and enjoy the deals. We also have a catch-all guide to the best early Black Friday deals, if you happen to be shopping early.

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Nintendo Switch deals

There are a shocking amount of great deals on Switch games, and several retailers are offering the same $40 price for physical and digital editions of popular, first-party titles. In addition to games, there are notable discounts on games and accessories.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is $40 at GameStop and Amazon (originally $60)

Astral Chain is $40 at GameStop and Amazon (originally $60)

Paper Mario: The Origami King is $40 at GameStop, Amazon, and Best Buy (originally $60)

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is $40 at GameStop, Best Buy, and Amazon (originally $60)

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is $40 at GameStop and Best Buy, or $35 at Amazon (originally $60)

Splatoon 2 is $40 at GameStop and Amazon (originally $60)

Kirby Star Allies is $40 at GameStop and Amazon (originally $60)

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is $37 at GameStop, Amazon, Best Buy (originally $60)

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is $40 at GameStop and Best Buy (originally $60)

Super Mario Odyssey is $38 at Best Buy (usually $60)

Hades is $20 at Walmart (usually $30)

BioShock Collection is $15 at Amazon (usually $40)

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The excellent Backbone One is $15 off for the first time.

Mobile deals

For iPhone users, you can pick up the Backbone One controller for $15 off its usual price. Normally $100, it’s currently $85, and comes with a three-month trial to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. This controller works with its own app, turning your iPhone into more of a gaming console. It’s compatible with a wide range of iPhones, however, make sure to check the box that says “Add iPhone 13 Pro & Pro Max Adapter,” if you own one of Apple’s latest that has a thicker camera array.

Also for iPhone (or iPad) owners, several of Annapurna Interactive’s great titles are discounted, including Florence, Flower, Telling Lies, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Journey, and more.

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PlayStation 5 deals

While you might not be able to find a PS5 console in time for the holidays (fingers are crossed for you, though), you can at least stock up on games and accessories that would normally cost you more than they do right now. Keep in mind that all of the deals below (with the exception of the digital games from the PlayStation Store) are the disc versions of the games, requiring the $500 PS5 console that has a disc drive. Here are the best deals currently running:

Hades is $20 at Amazon, Target, and Walmart, or digital via PlayStation (usually $30)

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is $30 at Target, Amazon, and Best Buy (originally $60)

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is $45 at Best Buy, or digital via PlayStation for $47 (usually $70)

Demon’s Souls is $40 at GameStop, Target, and Best Buy, or digital via PlayStation (originally $70)

Deathloop is $30 at Target and Best Buy, or digital via PlayStation (usually $60)

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition that includes a remastered version of 2017’s Marvel’s Spider-Man is $50 at Best Buy or digital via PlayStation (originally $70)

Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut is $50 at GameStop, Best Buy, and Target (originally $70)

Resident Evil Village is $20 at GameStop, Best Buy, and Target (originally $50)

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is $50 at Best Buy, or digital via PlayStation (originally $70)

Mass Effect Legendary Edition is $25 at GameStop and Walmart (usually $60)

Far Cry 6 is $25 at Target (originally $60)

Returnal is $50 at Best Buy and Target, or digital via PlayStation (originally $70)

Death Stranding Director’s Cut is $40 at Best Buy (down from $50)

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Xbox Series S and Series X deals

Compared to PlayStation 4 and 5, Microsoft’s Xbox consoles have fewer first-party exclusives. But there’s a hidden trick up the Xbox’s sleeve: all of those first-party games that you might normally pay $60 or $70 for are tucked behind a monthly subscription Game Pass Ultimate (of course, you can still pay full price for games if you want). There are still great deals below, but check out Game Pass for the full scope of what’s available for your Xbox.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is $30 at Target, Amazon, and Best Buy (originally $60)

Far Cry 6 is $35 at Target and Amazon (usually $60)

Riders Republic is $30 at Target or $25 at Amazon (originally $60)

Mass Effect Legendary Edition is $25 at Amazon or $28 at Best Buy (usually $60)

Lost Judgment is $30 at Amazon (originally $50)

Life is Strange: True Colors is $35 at Amazon (originally $60)

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PC deals

Deals on PC games, so far, haven’t been as good as we’ve seen for console games. We’re keeping an eye out for more deals, though, and you should expect more to drop throughout the week.

Until December 1st, New World (Amazon Games’ new MMO) is $30 at Amazon and Steam.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is supposed to drop in price by 35 percent on Steam, but that deal hasn’t ticked on yet.

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VR deals

Several retailers are including $50 gift cards with the 128GB Oculus Quest 2, which is still selling at its regular $300 price. This includes Best Buy, Newegg, Amazon (with offer code OCULUS50 at checkout), Costco, Target, and Oculus itself. Walmart is offering a similar deal, though, in lieu of a gift card, it’s including the zip-up case as a complementary goodie without changing the $300 price.

This gift card promo happening at several retailers extends to the $400 headset that doubles the storage to 256GB, which includes a $50 gift card as well. Just note that you’ll earn a gift card to the retailer where you purchased the Oculus Quest 2 unless you buy it from Oculus directly. In that case, you’ll get $50 of credit to use on games purchased digitally through the Oculus Store.

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