Christmas is coming early: now is the time to buy gifts for your gamer

Christmas is coming early: now is the time to buy gifts for your gamer

“It’s June,” you say. “Who starts shopping for Christmas in June?”

“Smart people,” I say. “That’s who.”

At least if you have a gamer in the house (you can buy Christmas presents for yourself too, right?). Major game retailers are running some major sales on usually expensive, highly coveted games and consoles, and being in the right place at the right time is the name of the game (see what I did there? I’m sorry) in scoring (I’ll stop) a deal.

But a new console will also be coming out, and it is so highly coveted that right-place-right-time maneuvering will likely be the only way to lay hands on it before Christmas for the original $79.99.

Nintendo Classic SNES console

Nintendo just announced the September 29th release of a new mini Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) console that looks exactly like the old-school original.

Mini Super Nintendo fits in your hand


We wants it.

AND it will come pre-loaded with 21 of the best, most nostalgic titles from the 90s, including a never-before-released Star Fox 2.

21 retro games will be preloaded on the SNES mini


We NEEDS it.

It comes with an HDMI cable to connect to modern TVs, two controllers with extra long cords, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

My precioussssss.

Nintendo assures its customers that production for this limited-edition console will exceed that of the over-desired, under-produced Classic NES released last year. However, stocks are expected to sell out within minutes of release, and those who want to buy one will have the best chances with a pre-order, which is expected to open soon. Even the pre-order is expected to get dicey, so keep your antennas up.

Major game retailer sales right now

Playstation is running a Mid-Summer sale now through 7/11 includes titles for PS3, PS4, and PS Vita.

Titles include:

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (5.99: 70% discount)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (35.99: 40% discount)
  • Rachet & Clank (9.99: 50% discount)
  • God of War III Remastered (5.99: 70% discount)
  • The Last of Us (4.99: 50% discount)
  • I Am Bread (3.89: 70% discount)

That list is just a tiny taste of what is available. For the whole enchilada, visit the PlayStation store.

Gamestop wanted in on the summer game heat, so they are running some bundle sales on older consoles with games, including:

  • Xbox 360 Call of Duty Blast from the Past Bundle– $79.99 ($50 discount). Comes with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Black Ops, Modern Warfare 2 and 3.
  • Xbox One Shooter Blast from the Past Bundle– $179.99 ($20 discount). Comes with Star Wars Battlefront and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
  • PS3 Call of Duty Blast from the Past Bundle– $139.99 ($40 discount). Comes with Call of Duty: Black Ops, Black Ops II, Ghosts, Advanced Warfare and Modern Warfare 3.

There are several deals also on Wii and Wii-U consoles.

And of course, Steam’s Summer Sale is still going full…you know. Whether your gamer prefers digital or disk formats, console or PC, PlayStation, Xbox, or Nintendo, now is the time to snag some gifts!