Once again, it's nearly that time of year when we'll all be looking to give instead of get. However, that doesn't mean you can't be frugal about the opportunities presented to you heretofore by the established retailers and purveyors of fine electronic goods. In fact, there are many specialists in the video game hobby sales space looking to offer you the best bargain so that you may keep your coiffer as close to unimpinged upon as is humanly possible in the day and age of the modern man.
What we're trying to convey to our digital constituents out there is that these Black Friday 2014 deals below are as close to the best you'll be able to find in the realm of video games. So worry not about pinching the proverbial penny, these merchants of the magnificent have already taken it upon themselves to ensure no expense will be too hearty for the holidays.
iPad Air 2
$100 Off All Models
There are multiple Black Friday iPad deals going down, but Best Buy is the only place cutting prices on every single model of the all-new iPad Air 2 by $100. That means you can get a 16GB wi-fi version for $399, making it the cheapest option available, even it it only is from 5PM Thursday through 1AM Friday.
Nintendo 3DS XL with Mario Party Island Tour
Plenty of Nintendo 3DS XL bundles are going to be available at a wide variety of retailers this holiday, but Kohl's bundle is by far the cheapest. Even if it doesn't come with the most popular game, you can't beat that price, which will be available from 6PM Thursday through 1PM Friday.
Nintendo 3DS XL New Super Mario Bros. 2 Gold Bundle
Available from 6PM Thursday through close of business on Friday, Walmart will have this 3DS XL bundle available for a really great price. At three whole cents cheaper than Kohl's, and available for a bit longer (while supplies last), you can't go wrong with this deal.
PlayStation 4 with Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us Remastered
The most popular PlayStation 4 bundle of the 2014 holiday is available at a wide variety of retailers, which should make tracking down this deal relatively easy. Packed with two HD remasters of two of 2013's biggest games, you can't go wrong with the deal at this price.
PlayStation 4 with Lego Batman 3 and LittleBigPlanet 3
If a PlayStation 4 with such adult-themed games isn't really up your alley, but you still are hoping to get one, this more kid-friendly bundle should suit your needs. Unfortunately, unlike the other PS4 package, it's only available at Toys 'R Us starting at 5PM on Thursday.
PlayStation 3 with Lego Batman 3 and Sly Cooper Collection
PlayStation 4 might not be something you're ready for yet, and that's okay. You can still find some good deals on the PlayStation 3 as well. For instance, this Lego Batman 3/Sly Cooper Collection from Gamestop for just $269.99.
Wii U with Super Mario 3D World, Super Smash Bros., Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze, and Nintendo Land
A 32GB Wii U with four games, including one of 2014's most anticipated titles, is hardly anything to sneeze at. While the offer is only a $50 savings, this is also one of the few Wii U deals being offered this season. Can't imagine Best Buy will be able to keep this one in stock, so you might want to act fast if you intend on picking it up starting on Thursday at 5PM.
Xbox One with Assassin's Creed Unity and Assasin's Creed IV Bundle
Like the GTAV/Last of Us PlayStation 4 bundle, this Xbox One Assassin's Creed set is the most available and popular choice for the Microsoft system. Multiple retailers are offering the exact same price point, so you should have an easier time getting a hold of this package than some of the other deals presented on Black Friday.
Xbox 360 with Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Though the games included are by now dated, getting an Xbox 360 with a 500GB HD with two titles for $199 is still a good deal. That said, you'll have to be quick if you want to grab it, as GameStop will only be offering the deal through Nov. 29.
Skylanders and Disney Infinity Figures
Sure to be one of the hotter stocking-stuffers of the season, both Disney Infinity and Skylanders figures will be in high demand. While most retailers are offering slight discounts, Walmart's $9 individual figure price point is the lowest you'll be able to find through Black Friday for both Disney's and Activision's toys.