America’s favorite discount shopping extravaganza ‘Black Friday‘ is almost upon us once again, and this year the nation’s stores are opening up even earlier than usual. Pencilled in for November 29th 2013, this annual Thanksgiving Day hangover will play host to hordes of eager (and angry) shoppers, as each one attempts to take advantage of the biggest and best in seasonal deals.
Jumping the gun on this year’s monstrous spend-fest, GameStop unintentionally (or maybe intentionally) unveiled their roster of one-day deals for 2013 earlier this week, thanks to an unauthorized leak of the company’s 12-page gaming manifesto. Typically released around mid-November, the newspaper-alike catalogue lists dozens of discount deals, with highlights including:
- 250GB Xbox 360 Slim w/ Halo 4 and Tomb Raider ($199.99)
- 250GB PS3 Slim w/ Batman: Arkham Origins and The Last of Us ($199.99)
- PS Vita Walking Dead Bundle ($199.99)
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Special Edition 3DS XL Bundle ($219.99)
- Assassin’s Creed 3 ($14.99)
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag — PS3, Xbox 360 ($39.99)
- Battlefield 4 — PS3, Xbox 360, PC ($29.99)
- Beyond: Two Souls ($39.99)
- BioShock Infinite ($19.99)
- Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition ($29.99)
- Call of Duty: Ghosts — PS3, Xbox 360, PC ($49.99)
- Diablo 3 – PS3, Xbox 360 ($39.99)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition ($29.99)
- FIFA 14 ($39.99)
- Halo 4 Game of the Year Edition ($29.99)
- Just Dance 2014 — PS3, Xbox 360, Wii ($19.99)
- Killzone: Mercenary ($19.99)
- Madden NFL 25 ($39.99)
- NHL 14 ($39.99)
- Payday 2 – PS3, Xbox 360 ($19.99)
- Saints Row IV ($29.99)
- Splinter Cell: Blacklist ($24.99)
- Street Fighter X Tekken ($9.99)
- WWE 2K14 – PS3, Xbox 360 ($39.99)
With the lure of massed and moneyed patrons banging down store doors, retailers have responded in recent years, by introducing increasingly bizarre and non-traditional trading hours. Despite outcry over the commercialisation of Thanksgiving, not to mention the requirement that some workers must forcibly miss out on the typically sacred holiday, more chains than ever before are entering into the two-day arms race.
While certainly irksome to traditionalists, many gamers will rejoice at the news that software carrying stores such as Walmart and Toys ‘R’ Us are extending their Black Friday availability. For a full list of participating gaming retailers, see below.
- Walmart (w/ newly reduced shipping costs) — opens 8pm Thanksgiving Day (Nov 28th 2013)
- BestBuy — opens 12 midnight Thanksgiving Day/Black Friday (Nov 28th/ 29th 2013)
- Toys ‘R’ Us — opens 9pm Thanksgiving Day (Nov 28th 2013)
- K-Mart — opens 5am Black Friday (Nov 29th 2013)
- Gamestop – opens 12 midnight Thanksgiving Day/Black Friday (Nov 28th/ 29th 2013)
Will you be in line this Holiday season, or is web-based buying the only way to go? Which Gamestop discounts are already catching your eye? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to keep up with all the latest gaming news right here on Game Rant.
‘Black Friday‘ arrives on November 29th 2013, with participating retailers appearing throughout the United States, select regions of Canada and online in the UK.
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