It's that time, once again, when shoppers around the world prepare to brave the crowds in search of bargains. The Black Friday festivities are mostly based in crowded stores, though plenty of deals can also be hunted down online. For gamers, it's often a time of year for stocking up on goodies ahead of the festive season; the official day is 25th November (today!), but discounts arrive over the broader Black Friday 'weekend'.
From a Nintendo perspective this festive season has a few big hitters. One of which is the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition, which has unfortunately been difficult to track down after initial stock sold through; more is promised. Pokémon Sun and Moon is also big news, and as a result 2DS and 3DS bundles and deals are sure to be prominent. On top of that, game discounts and neat merchandise will be ever-presents for Nintendo.
We've compiled some of the best deals and most useful links for Black Friday so far; we'll be updating frequently. You'll find handy broader retail links after the individual deals - bear in mind that some of these are affiliate links, so a small percentage of sales may go to Nintendo Life.
We'll be updating this guide every few hours as the discounts pick up speed.
3DS Hardware Bundles
- New Nintendo 3DS Super Mario Black Edition - $99.99 @ Best Buy
- New Nintendo 3DS Super Mario Black Edition - $99.00 @ Walmart
- New Nintendo 3DS Super Mario White Edition - $99.99 @ Best Buy
- New Nintendo 3DS Super Mario White Edition - $99.99 @ Amazon.com
- New Nintendo 3DS Super Mario White Edition - $99.00 @ Walmart
- Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition - $59.99 @ Amazon.com
- Nintendo New 3DS XL Special Edition: Lime Green (Amazon Exclusive) - $199.99 @ Amazon.com
- Nintendo Galaxy Style Nintendo New 3DS XL Console - $245.88 @ Amazon.com
2DS Hardware Bundles
- Nintendo 2DS - Electric Blue with Mario Kart 7 - $79.99 @ GameStop
- Nintendo 2DS - Crimson Red with Mario Kart 7 - $79.99 @ GameStop
- LG 55UH7700 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model) - $997.00 @ Amazon.com
- Samsung 40" Class LED 2160pSmart 4K Ultra HD TV - $299.99 @ Best Buy
- Samsung 65" LED 2160p Smart 4K Ultra HD TV - $899.99 @ Best Buy
- Samsung 55" LED 2160p Smart 4K Ultra HD TV - $549.99 @ Best Buy
Wii U Hardware
- Nintendo Wii U 32GB Mario Kart 8 (Pre-Installed) Deluxe Set - $297.99 @ Amazon.com
- Bravely Second: End Layer - Nintendo 3DS - $19.99 @ Amazon.com
- Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D - Nintendo Selects (Nintendo 3DS) - $15.00 @ Walmart
- Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright (3DS) - $24.99 @ Amazon.com
- Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest - $24.99 @ Best Buy
- Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest - Nintendo 3DS - $29.99 @ Amazon.com
- Mario Kart 7 (3DS) - $18.61 @ Amazon.com
- Metroid Prime: Federation Force - $29.73 @ Amazon.com
- Monster Hunter Generations - Nintendo 3DS Standard Edition - $29.99 @ Amazon.com
- Pokémon Omega Ruby - Nintendo 3DS - $25.00 @ Amazon.com
- Pokemon Alpha Sapphire - Nintendo 3DS - $25.00 @ Amazon.com
- Pokemon Sun & Moon (Nintendo 3DS) - $39.99 @ GameStop
- Pokemon X (3DS) - $19.99 @ Amazon.com
- Pokemon Y (3DS) - $19.99 @ Amazon.com
- Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse - Nintendo 3DS - $33.99 @ Amazon.com
- Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker - Nintendo 3DS - $22.11 @ Amazon.com
- Stella Glow - Nintendo 3DS - $32.12 @ Amazon.com
- Tales of the Abyss - Nintendo 3DS - $26.00 @ Amazon.com
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D - Nintendo Selects (Nintendo 3DS) - $15.00 @ Walmart
Wii U Games
- Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD with Wolf Link amiibo - $48.00 @ Walmart
- LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Wii U Standard Edition - $19.99 @ Amazon.com
- Minecraft: Wii U Edition for Nintendo Wii U - $19.99 @ Toys R Us
- NES Remix Pack - Nintendo Selects (Wii U) - $15.00 @ Walmart
- Pikmin 3 - Nintendo Selects (Wii U) - $15.00 @ Walmart
- Pokken Tournament - Wii U - $48.99 @ Amazon.com
- Splatoon - $35.00 @ Amazon.com
- Splatoon (Wii U) - $35.00 @ Walmart
- Super Mario All Stars - Nintendo Selects (Wii U) - Walmart.com - $15.00 @ Walmart
- Super Mario Maker for Nintendo Wii U - $39.99 @ Toys R Us
- Super Smash Bros. - Nintendo Wii U - $35.00 @ Amazon.com
- Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE - Wii U Standard Edition - $41.31 @ Amazon.com
- $50 Nintendo eShop Prepaid Card - $42.50 (Nov 24-26) @ Best Buy
- Pixel Mario (Modern Colors) - $4.99 @ Walmart
- Mario Classic Color 30th Anniversary Series amiibo - $4.99 @ Walmart
- amiibo Girl [lime green] - $7.00 @ Amazon.com
- Waddle Dee amiibo - Nintendo 3DS - $4.41 @ Amazon.com
- King Dedede amiibo - Nintendo 3DS - $7.06 @ Amazon.com
- Lucas amiibo (Super Smash Bros Series) - $5.96 @ Amazon.com
- Nintendo Super Smash Bros Series Mario Classic Color Amiibo - $7.05 @ Amazon.com
- Celeste amiibo (Animal Crossing Series) - $6.44 @ Amazon.com
- Nintendo Falco Amiibo - Wii U - $8.45 @ Amazon.com
- Inkling Boy amiibo (Splatoon Series) - $8.24 @ Amazon.com
- Blathers amiibo (Animal Crossing Series) - $6.66 @ Amazon.com
- NES Classic Edition Carrying Case - $19.99 @ Amazon.com
- N64 Wired Classic Controller - Clear Green - $7.99 @ Amazon.com
- New 3DS XL Case for Nintendo New 3DS/ New 3DS XL - Hard Travel Protective Shell - $12.99 @ Amazon.com
- The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia - $23.37 @ amazon.com
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Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition - Will I Be Able to Get One?
If you want a NES Mini all hope is not lost, but it's going to be difficult. More stock roll-outs are expected through December, so it'll be a case of keeping vigilant and being ready to pounce. The Nintendo of America Twitter account will hopefully be quick with any stock announcements, and when retailers give advance warning we'll share news.
Don't give up yet!
2DS or New Nintendo 3DS? Which is the Best Deal?
For the most part the 'original' 3DS and 3DS XL aren't seen too often nowadays, though some XL models may be available at bargain prices.
The choice of whether to go for a New Nintendo 3DS model is about convenience, primarily. If you have amiibo and enjoy those features, New systems are ideal with their in-built scanner, whereas the older 3DS XL and 2DS require an accessory to use the figures and cards. Aside from that the main benefits of the New 3DS (that are actually used) are improved 3D stability, making it far more effective than older models, and slightly quicker performance with eShop downloads.
If you can live without those extras or are buying for a young gamer in particular, the 2DS is a bargain option. With a recommended price of $79.99 and deals / bundles taking it lower, it strips away the 3D effect and clamshell design but delivers a sturdy and solid bit of kit.
Is It Still Worth Buying a Wii U?
There's no getting away from the fact that the Wii U is close to its end, effectively discontinued and with only one major game still to come; The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will also be on the new Nintendo Switch, it must be said. If you can find a Wii U in a firesale, though, there's reason to consider it.
The back catalogue has some fantastic games, and in terms of local multiplayer in particular no other current-gen system offers as much high quality gaming. It's backwards compatible with your Wii games, and also uses Wii Remotes and other last-gen controllers. For families or Nintendo fans that skipped it up to know, a cheap Wii U can deliver a lot of belated thrills.
When Is Black Friday 2016?
The big day is set for Friday, 25th November – a day after Thanksgiving in the US. That said, there are pre-Black Friday deals, especially online; we'll report some of the better deals in news articles. Cyber Monday is also a time for discounts, which will take place on Monday, 28th November.
Looking for PS4 bargains? Our buddies at Push Square can help you with their US Black Friday PlayStation Deals guide.
As always, point us to any great deals that are missing, and we'll update this guide right up to and during the big day as more discount deals go live.