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The Nintendo Black Friday 2016 Survival Guide

by Donald Theriault - November 23, 2016, 10:49 am PST
Total comments: 22

Let's hope our US viewers don't go too deep into the turkey coma.

With the United States celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, the unofficial kickoff to the holiday shopping season known as Black Friday is about to kick off. But is there much worth going for in a relatively light year for Nintendo overall?

The eShop is going to have its deals - as of press time, the cyber deals have already kicked off for North America. But there's some deals to be had for both hardware and software, including the game-free New 3DS releasing just in time. We've sifted through ads upon ads to find the best deals, and encourage you to check back here or on @Nintendo_NWR on Twitter as we beam out late-breaking deals from the likes of Amazon.

Talkback

ejamerNovember 23, 2016

Great White North edition is, predictably, underwhelming... but the $99 US New 3DS console is still exciting news.
A couple of the digital sales look appealing also; Mega Man Legends (3DS) in particular.

Leo13November 23, 2016

Does anyone know if the $25 Twilight Princess includes the wolf Link Amiibo?

rygarNovember 23, 2016

I'm disappointed, I wish Nintendo would follow the lead of the physical retailers on their eshop sales. I had about $150 put aside for discounted games but now I'm not going to spend any of it. I'm questioning my commitment to only buying digital games given the Amazon/Bestbuy/Target sales, but I really like the idea of having everything in one place.

Quote from: Leo13

Does anyone know if the $25 Twilight Princess includes the wolf Link Amiibo?

I don't know for sure, but I will say that I have never seen this game new without the wolf amiibo packed-in.

ejamerNovember 23, 2016

Quote from: rygar

I'm disappointed, I wish Nintendo would follow the lead of the physical retailers on their eshop sales. I had about $150 put aside for discounted games but now I'm not going to spend any of it. I'm questioning my commitment to only buying digital games given the Amazon/Bestbuy/Target sales, but I really like the idea of having everything in one place.

I'm can't imagine doing that, because I'm way too cheap.  Buying physical goods is almost always cheaper (although it doesn't seem like that should be the case) and allows me to trade or sell anytime later.  I understand the convenience aspect, but can't get past how lousy the value is...

pokepal148Spencer Johnson, Contributing WriterNovember 23, 2016

Quote from: ejamer

A couple of the digital sales look appealing also; Mega Man Legends (3DS) in particular.

Only Capcom would pretend to cancel Mega Man Legends 3 and then stealth release it 5 years later when everyone forgot about it.

ejamerNovember 23, 2016

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A couple of the digital sales look appealing also; Mega Man Legends (3DS) in particular.

Only Capcom would pretend to cancel Mega Man Legends 3 and then stealth release it 5 years later when everyone forgot about it.

Legends, Legacy. All the same to me.


(Not really. I'd argue that Legacy is a much better game, since I love old-school NES action games.)

rygarNovember 23, 2016

I get you ejamer, I'd definitely go physical for the savings if I had a console, but I like only having the single unit since it's portable. It's not so much for now as for posterity.

rygarNovember 24, 2016

Ended up going online to BestBuy and bought Y for $20 and an eshop card. Figured I could be being a little OCD about the all-digital, especially considering I already have X. I'll stack the gift card discount with the MyNintendo reward for Xenoblade Chronicle 3D and get Moon too.

NeoThunderNovember 27, 2016

3DS and 3DS XL only support SDHC cards and do not support larger SDXC cards. The 200 gig card you show is an SDXC card. From what I could find 32 gig is the largest SDHC card out there

The 3DS doesn't officially support SDXC, but if the card is formatted correctly it will work. I've got a 64 GB SDXC in mine right now.

pokepal148Spencer Johnson, Contributing WriterNovember 27, 2016

An SDXC card formatted to a FAT-32 file system can be supported by the 3DS (I personally use a 64gb SD card for my 3DS) but even then very few people will ever need more than a 32gb card.

ejamerNovember 28, 2016

For Canadians, there is a pretty good price on Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE from Amazon.ca today - it's down to $35 CAD which is the lowest price I've seen (in this country) by a large margin.  If you don't have it already and like RPGs, it's definitely worth trying.

NeoThunderNovember 28, 2016

Well, I bought a 64 gig SDXC card and was unable to format it to fat32. Just a heads up for others out there

You'll probably need to use a different application to do it. The tool I used was MiniTool Partition Manager and it's free.

rygarNovember 28, 2016

In the past year or so I've upgraded my New 3DS XL to a Sandisk 32GB SD card and a Samsung 64GB MicoSD card. I followed these directions both times and used the same program Shaymin posted for the micro: http://lofi-gaming.org.uk/blog/2015/01/15/upgrading-your-3ds-sd-card/

It didn't work the first time because I tried to copy by dragging the files into the folder. It worked when I copied and pasted with keyboard commands.

Mop it upNovember 29, 2016

Quote from: ejamer

(Not really. I'd argue that Legacy is a much better game, since I love old-school NES action games.)

Well sure, a game that exists is better than one that was never released!

KhushrenadaNovember 29, 2016

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Quote from: ejamer

(Not really. I'd argue that Legacy is a much better game, since I love old-school NES action games.)

Well sure, a game that exists is better than one that was never released!

Not for some fans. Metroid Dread > Federation Force. Star Fox 2 > Star Fox Zero. DK Bongo Blast > Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. Paper Mario: Sticker Star pre-Miyamoto table flip > Paper Mario: Sticker Star actually released product. Project H.A.M.M.E.R. > Any Nintendo IP Sequel game.

The evidence is clear. Non-existent games are better and more fun.

ejamerNovember 29, 2016

Quote from: Khushrenada

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Not for some fans. Metroid Dread > Federation Force. Star Fox 2 > Star Fox Zero. DK Bongo Blast > Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. Paper Mario: Sticker Star pre-Miyamoto table flip > Paper Mario: Sticker Star actually released product. Project H.A.M.M.E.R. > Any Nintendo IP Sequel game.

The evidence is clear. Non-existent games are better and more fun.

Shades of: "A delayed game is eventually good, a bad game is bad forever"?

rygarDecember 01, 2016

So thanks to the BestBuy deals and MyNintendo Rewards I ended up with Y, Moon, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D and a $20 eshop balance for about $105. I was ready to spend more if a Birthright deal appeared today to coincide with the game awards, but considering I just picked up hundreds of hours, I'm fine holding off for the time being.

Mop it upDecember 01, 2016

Quote from: Khushrenada

Star Fox 2 > Star Fox Zero.

I probably should have used different terms. Star Fox 2 is different from those other examples in that it does exist, just unreleased. I've played the most complete beta available, and it's actually a pretty neat game... better than Star Fox 1 and probably is better than Zero...

KhushrenadaDecember 02, 2016

I probably should have said non-released instead of non-existent myself but I accept your apology. Can't Beat Khush!

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