Christmas Cheat Codes – An Engaged Family Gaming guide to Black Friday

Christmas Cheat Codes - An Engaged Family Gaming guide to Black Friday

Here we go folks! You asked… and I have delivered.

I combed the web for some of the best deals in family gaming. Below is a list of deals available on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, and the weekend beyond at several major retailers.

If you are going to be braving the stores on the busiest shopping day of the year, then this list should help you draw up your battle plans!


– Starting Thursday 6pm (see flyer for details)

PlayStation 3 12gb console – $149

Xbox 360 4gb (No kinect) – $99

Nintendo 2DS – $99

RCA Dual Core Android Tablet – $49 (1 hr in stock guarantee)

  • This tablet isn’t going to be anything to write home about. But, it will play tablet games, and watch Netflix well enough. This might not be a bad idea if your kids are asking for a tablet, but you aren’t quite sure you want to jump on the iPad mini.

Nabi 2 7” tablet – $99

LeapFrog LeapPad 2 – $54

Disney Infinity OR Skylander’s Swap Force Starter pack – 38.96

Video games priced at $10, $15, $25, $34

  • The images on the flyer are tough to see, but there are usually several displays with dozens of games to choose from.

Board games priced 8.88 or 3.88

  • Note: Gator Golf is 3.88. That is outright robbery!

Best Buy

– Starting Thursday 6pm

WiiU Black Friday Bundle : $319.97

  • Includes Deluxe WiiU console, NintendoLand, and two Mario and Luigi themes WiiMotion Plus controllers.

3DS Luigi’s Mansion Handheld Bundle: $149.99

Skylander’s Swap Force Starter Pack: $49.99

Video Games priced $11.99, $14.99, and $29.99

Skylander’s Swap Force single characters: Buy 2 Get 1 Free


– Starts Thursday 8pm

Video games priced at $10, $15, $25, $35

Free $10 Gift card with purchase of Just Dance 2014 and Mario and Luigi Dream Team (3DS)

Xbox 360 4gb Kinect Bundle – $189.99

  • Includes Kinect Adventures and Kinect Sports

Skylander’s Swap Force single characters and accessories: Buy 2 Get 1 Free

Disney Infinity Starter Pack: $49.99

Select “new” board games: 25% off

“Classic” Board games: $5

Toys R Us

– Check their flyer as many deals are time sensitive

Xbox 360 E 4GB with Kinect Holiday Bundle: $199.99

  • Includes Halo 3 for Xbox 360. This isn’t a “family friendly” game by any means, but the deal with worth it even without the game. Although it doesn’t make the bundle even better for families who have older children (or parents) who enjoy video games but missed out on the Xbox 360.

WiiU Skylander’s Swap Force Bundle: $249.99

  • If you are looking to get a WiiU AND get in on the Skylander’s phenomenon then this is probably the best priced option for you.

Nintendo 3DS Luigi’s Mansion Bundle: $149.99

Skylander’s Swap Force Starter Pack: 50% off

LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer: $39.99

LeapFrog Leapster GS Explorer: $29.99

Board games priced at $5, $8, and $10 (and other price points)

Disney Infinity Figures, Power Discs, Accessories: Buy 1 Get 1 50% off

Skylander’s Swap Force Starter Pack: $49.99

Skylander’s Giants or Skylander’s Spyro’s Adventure Starter pack (3DS): $9.99 with purchase of 3DS XL

  • Keep in mind that the Swap Force figures will not work with these older games. The figures show what game they will work near the bottom of their packaging.

R” Super Buy Video games: Buy 1 Get 1 for $1

  • There are tons of games to choose from. But, a lot of them are bargain bin games for a reason. If the game isn’t on your child’s list do yourself a favor and look it up on on your smart phone while you are waiting in line and make sure it isn’t rated too horribly.
  • When in doubt: LEGO branded games and “Classic Game Collections” are a decent stand-by. They may not be “perfect,” but they aren’t as likely to be terrible as some unknown titles.

Skylander’s Giants and Skylander’s Spyro’s Adventure Figures: Buy 1 Get 1 Free

  • This is a great deal for parent’s looking to pick up older figures to help enhance their kid’s collection.
  • If you a parent who plays with your child, then I would make sure to dig through these piles to try and find a Whirlwind figure. Whirlwind is unique because it has a healing ability available once you level it up enough. This is great for helping your kids muscle their way through difficult levels.

Skylander’s Swap Force Single Character Packs: Buy 1 Get 1 70% off

All Video Games: Buy 1 Get 1 40% off


– Starts Friday at Midnight

GameStop has NUMEROUS gaming deals. I can’t list them all (because I would just be typing out their flyer), but I will highlight the deals that I think are the best of the best for families.

PS Plus 1 Yr Membership – $29.99 (Friday only)

  • This is a great deal for people who own a PS3, a PSVita, a PS4 or any combination of those three. The free games every month are worth FAR more than the $50 that is usually charged.
  • Families with younger kids might not get to take full advantage of this deal, but families with older children or parents who play games should get a TON of value out of this purchase.

Used Products – Buy 2 Get 1 Free

  • GameStop is known for their used games, and their buy 2 get 1 promotions are a great time to pick up some great games without breaking the bank.

Pre-Owned Nintendo DS Lite – $39.99

  • The 3DS is all the rage in recent years, but the Nintendo DS is one of the best selling consoles of all time. As a result there are a lot of games available for sale. If you bought one for your child and they are looking for an inexpensive replacement (or if you are looking for one for yourself) then this is a great deal.


(Thanks to a reader for the submission!)

Thanksgiving (6AM – 5PM)

BOGO Board Games Leap Pad Ultra $149.99 (+$20 in Member Points)

Leap Pad Games – BOGO XBox 360 – $179.99

New Games – $20 off

3DS $149.99 ($20 Member Points)

Games for 3DS and other platforms on sale (Can’t read it!)

Friday(6AM-Noon) –

Select PS3 Games $10-$20 off

2 DS – $119.99

$15 off Featured 2DS Games

Innotab 3S Sophia the First Bundle – $79.99

$15 for Tabletop Pool or Foosball

50% off Select Board Games (Angry Birds, Apples to Apples, Rock ‘Em Socke ‘Em Robots)

Swap Force Starter (Wii/WiiU) – $49.99

Buy two get one free SWAP Force figures

Disney Infinity Starter (All Platforms) – $59.99

Buy two get one free Infinity figures

Just Dance Kids 2014 (Wii/XBox360) – $19.99

Big Lots

(Thanks to another reader for the submission!)

(6AM Friday) –

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ Calling All Turtles or Hasbro® Funglish™- $10

Yahtzee Cassic – $7

Chutes and Ladders or Don’t Break the Ice – $10

My First Uno® or Phase 10® – $5

Disney® Duck, Duck, Mouse – $13

Golden Tee Golf – $20

Assorted Xbox 360/Wii/PS3/DS Games – $18.88 (Including: Batman™ Arkham City for PS3™, Super Mario Galaxy™ For Wii™, Plants vs. Zombies™ For Nintendo DS™,Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection™…)


I can’t have caught everything! Sound off in the comments if there is a deal I didn’t find!

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