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Best Time to Buy: Video Games on Sale

By Aaron Crowe, dealnews writer

Gamers have an insatiable appetite for new video games. And since last week we talked about discounted video game systems to buy, we thought now would be a good time to point out some video games that are bargains.

Some of our options are pre-orders for video games that won't be out for a few months. Other aren't hot, new releases, but are popular games that can still keep your gaming mojo going. Remember, sometimes these deals expire fast, so be sure to check them before buying. These deals were valid as of early Tuesday morning:

Duke Nukem Forever
Amazon.com is taking preorders for Duke Nukem Forever, from 2K Games, for Xbox 360 or Playstation 3. A $10 Amazon Video Games credit drops the price to $49.99, or the lowest total price we could find for either platform by $10. Shipping is free. Amazon also offers the same deal for the Windows version. The game is scheduled for release around June 14.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 for Wii
A few years ago before Tiger Woods' marital troubles, it was difficult to find his golf video games in stores because they were selling out so fast. Then he got divorced. We don't know if his comeback will result in high sales for his newest game, EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters for Nintendo Wii, but if you don't want to take a chance that it will be hard to find, you can order now from Amazon.com for $46.99 with free shipping. The deal includes a $20 Amazon credit, which will be applied to your account within two days of your order shipping. If you use the credit, that's the lowest total price we could find by $7.

Best Buy sale
Best Buy has three fun video games on sale for $19.99 each: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II for Nintendo Wii, Rock Band 3 for Xbox 360 or Playstation 3, and Green Day: Rock Band Plus for Xbox 360. Shipping is $2.99, or free in-store pickup. The $20 price is the lowest we could find by at least $2.

Nintendo 3DS games
The Nintendo 3DS is the latest handheld video game to enthrall the masses, and Walmart is selling two games for it that are at opposite ends of the gaming spectrum.

For $39.96, Walmart is selling Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition for Nintendo 3DS bundled with a $10 Walmart eGift Card. It's the lowest current price we could find for such a bundle by $9. Walmart is also selling Super Monkey Ball for Nintendo 3DS for $29.96, the lowest total price we could find by $8. Shipping for either game is 97 cents, or free site-to-store pickup.

Computer games
For PC and Mac game downloads, Valve is selling the game Amnesia: The Dark Descent for Windows and Mac, for $9.99. It's the lowest total price we could find for a physical copy of the game by $10.

For a blast to the past, TellTaleGames.com is giving away for free the first of a five-episode series of downloads of Back to the Future: Episode 1 for Windows or Mac. It's $9 off and the best deal we could find.

 Aaron Crowe is a freelance journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has worked as a reporter and an editor for newspapers and websites. Follow him on Twitter — @AaronCrowe.

Photo Credit: Amazon.com.

DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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There have been almost WEEKLY STEAM deals for the last few months! Current deal is $10 for some uber-scary-horror game whose name escapes me. Direct2Drive had a sale the other day on some choice war games (Rome: Total War complete, I think?) Anyway - I think the only deals we'll be getting from Doc Crowe are on bargain bin titles for the Atari 2600 and Colecovision.

Can you teabag somebody in Yar's Revenge? I think not.
The best PC game deals (by far) are the Steam sales, especially those around Christmas, where you can often buy entire collections of games for 70-90% off retail prices. PC Gamers love Steam and the convenience it offers. The fact that you can snag games from their deals section just makes it that much better.
Now, now, you guys are being too harsh. The best time to buy video games IS when they're on sale. You just misinterpreted the title of the article. I'm sure Mr. Crowe would agree as he's teabagging your shotgunned face in with his mad skilz. Other than that, your comments are right on.
"Gamers have an insatiable appetite for new video games."

Shock and awe! Me thinks Mr. Aaron Crowe's video game experience is limited to playing his son's Wii, by the looks of him.

Mr. Crowe - check out a few gaming sites (i.e. http://www.cheapassgamer.com) for better source material.
Also, you don't even talk about when the best time to buy is!?

Further, STEAM deals are the hotness, and must be watched. Also, there is a sharp curve where used games get cheap, about 8 months after release, this would have all been much more interesting to analyze & report on.
You missed a TON of deals - like Gamestop's sale, and Amazon's price-matching of those games, as well...Just Cause 2 for $19.99 - yes, please! Oodles more...