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Cheap Games Consoles

Christmas Bargains 2012

Top deals on Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo 3D

This is a rundown of all the top current games console deals. If you've seen a better deal, please post in the discussion and we'll add it here.

Please note offers are subject to availability as stocks are constantly coming and going, so don't hang about.

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Nintendo Wii

The most family-oriented of the consoles, Nintendo's Wii appeals mainly to casual gamers rather than the hardcore, who are more likely to opt for an Xbox or PS3.

However, with the Wii U due for release, you can expect the orginal Wii to drop in price. It may be worth holding off for a while.

  • Wii MArio and Sonic at the Olympic Games console £95.99 at Amazon*
  • Pre-order Nintendo Wii U 8GB basic pack, white £248

The cheapest Wii U console you can currently order is at Tesco* at £248

 

The pack includes 8GB white Wii U console, white Wii U gamepad, white Wii U gamePad stylus, Wii U AC adapter, Wii U gamepad AC adapter and high speed HDMI cable.

It is unlikely this console will be reduced any time before Christmas considering how long it took for the original Wii to be discounted. You can also play most games from the original console on this one, so you don't need to buy new gaming software.

In terms of computing and graphics power, the Wii lags well behind the other two, but this isn't an issue since its appeal is in the innovative controllers and instant playability rather than fancy visuals.

 

Microsoft Xbox 360

  • Xbox 360 250GB, 3 games (incl Black Ops 2) & 13 mths Live, £189.
    This HMV in-store offer is a cracker. The RRP of the bundle is £320 if you bought the items separately.

    - 250GB console
    - 13 months Xbox Live (gold) (usually £30)
    - Skyrim
    - Call of Duty Black Ops 2 (usually around £43)
    - Forza 4

    Move quickly if you want this one. HMV says there are plenty, though one store we checked only had one. Forumites have reported you can exchange Call of Duty Black Ops 2 for Halo 4, if you prefer.
  • 250GB Xbox console for £100 or 250GB console with Kinect for £200

We've heard rumours that Morrisons is selling the basic 250GB console for £100. It's a great deal but it's not confirmed. Only a handful of forumites have reported getting one, so don't make a special trip.

The Kinnect alone is worth about £80, so you'd be paying about £120 for the console, which is pretty good. Kinects are rarely reduced.

  • Xbox 360 4GB- £139.99 delivered

If you want a basic 4GB console, Amazon* is cheapest. 4GB is a small amount of storage but is fine if you don't want to save much to your console and will mostly use it to watch films. However the deals above give a huge amount more for only a little more cash. Upgrading later on can cost a lot more than splashing out initially.

About the Xbox 360

Still very much the hardcore gamer's console, the 360 offers the most games as well as top-quality graphics. Remember there are some added costs if you play games online.

The 360 recently launched Kinect; a control mechanism which uses your body as the controller, dispensing with buttons and joysticks entirely. Buying one separately will cost in the region of £100 so if you're planning to buy an Xbox and thinking of getting one, picking up a bundle could be worthwhile.



Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS can cost up to £140, though we've found it a bit cheaper.

  • Nintendo 3DS XL £160 (poss £150)

For an extra £30, you can get the newer 3DS (the XL) in black*, blue* or red* at Tesco. It's been reduced by £15 from £175 to £160. Again, you can use the code TDX-WRKT if you're new to Tesco Direct. The screen is 90% larger than the Nintendo 3DS and it has a better battery life.

  • Nintendo 3DS XL £160

Amazon also has the 3DS XL at £160, with free super saver delivery and a greater range of colours, including blue*, red* and silver*. You'll also get a £10 promotional gift certificate added to your account to spend on selected Amazon fashions.



Sony PS3 Slim

The PS3 is the most expensive of the consoles, though prices have dropped with the launch of the sleeker and more energy efficient slim version (pictured).

The only console that doubles as a true high-def media player owing to its Blu-ray drive, it also offers a large hard drive as standard.

  • 12GB PS3 Super Slim £150. Get it from Amazon* including delivery. You'll also be able to add a game for £15, such as Skyrim (RRP £27) or Battlefield 3 (RRP £29.99), as well as getting a £10 promotional gift certificiate to your account to spend on selected Amazon fashions.
  • 500GB PS3 Slim with GT5: Academy Edition and Uncharted 3: Game of the year edition. £224 Zavvi* has already reduced this bundle by £70 and with our blagged £5 off console code MSE5 you can get this for £224. Delivery's free.




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Planning to play online? Watch out for added costs.

Many games now allow you to compete with other players over the web, so you can test your mettle on the world stage. Online gaming access is free for Wii and PS3 owners, but costs £40/year (can be had for £35) for Xboxers.


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