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Doing something this Easter weekend? Well delay that, because you may want to check out the PlayStation Network store's new 99-cent flash sale, which puts a buttload of games on sale of just short of a dollar.
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Get a 55% discount on a 12-month Xbox Live subscription, 85%
discount on Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and 75% off on Worms Ultimate Mayhem! Cyberpunk lovers
can buy Deus Ex: Human Revolution for â‚¬1.99, fans of long range combat can try their skill in
Sniper: Ghost Warrior for â‚¬1.99. Gamers can also kindly support Save the Children charity event
and get Rogue Legacy for donations over $3.5.
Hark, what is that sound? That's the sound of money not flooding out of your wallet. It's a sound that comes with sales, like the one currently going on at the RightStuf. The retailer's current big sale features titles from Maiden Japan, Section 23 Films, Sentai Filmworks, basically anything that used have something to do with ADV. Titles are being sold at 40 percent off MSRP. Highlights include Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Complete Collection on Blu-ray for $59.99, The Familiar of Zero Season One on Blu-ray for $35.99, Another Complete on Blu-ray for $41.99 and a ton more. The sale ends March 7, 2014.
Man, these are some pretty solid prices. A bunch of the pre-orders are significantly less than Amazon, which usually has the best prices for BDs. Even if you have Amazon Prime, the prices for a lot of these titles will be cheaper. If you've been holding off on getting stuff from any of the included companies, I say dive in now!
Take advantage of a sale on digital manga being offered by VIZ Media's all-ages imprint Perfect Square, running now until February 28th. Titles such as Hello Kitty: Delicious! (reviewed), Uglydoll: Eat Dat!, and all of their Pokémon books are discounted. Some volumes are brought down by just US$1 from the already reduced digital price, while others are marked all the way down to US$1.99.
If you've been meaning to try any of the awesome books that Perfect Square offer, now's a great time to grab a few. Don't let the "all-ages" rating fool you into thinking you're above enjoying them: VIZ Media have some truly fantastic, talented, and experienced artists, writers, and others working on their PS titles.
If you're big on boys love, or just feel the occasional urge to stock up on some yaoi, Viz Media has got you covered. Their specialized Yaoi-centric manga imprint, SuBLime -- oh, the BL is capitalized... I see what they did there -- is celebrating their second anniversary and have partnered with the popular online retailer Right Stuf to offer everyone 50% off select bundles for a limited time. The list only extends to certain print editions, and includes titles such as Awkward Silence, His Favorite, Punch Up!, select works from Yaya Sakuragi, and more. Click here for a full list.
The 50% off extends only to the bundled packages, however individual print editions of each of these series are available for just $6.76, each. That's actually 48% off the MSRP, so you're still getting a pretty good deal if you'd rather pick and choose. Just keep in mind that all these titles are rated 'M' for mature, and probably for good reason. To call some of the content questionable would be putting it mildly.
Viz Media have announced that from now through January 15th, all of the manga titles purchasable at Viz Manga (or on the VIZ Manga app) are 20% off. This includes such titles as Naruto and One Piece, Hana Kimi, Magi, Honey and Clover, Ouran High School Host Club, Boys Over Flowers, Nana, Ruroni Kenshin, and Toriko.
For those who are a few volumes behind, or in other cases, well-stocked except for a few missing teeth on your shelf, this is a nice sale to get all caught up. The store boasts over 2,000 volumes of manga in total, and there's sure to be something for everyone. If nothing else, maybe this is a great opportunity to get that one friend or family member to try starting a new series.
Briefly: here's a great Nintendo 3DS deal you should jump on ASAP! Best Buy has the excellent Fire Emblem: Awakening for only $14.99 on their online shop. As of this writing, their online stock has sold out, but you can still nab it via in-store pickup! Even Best Buy's pre-owned price isn't this good ($24.99). Of course, you can get it digitally too, but the sale price doesn't apply there.
Fire Emblem: Awakening is definitely one of the best strategy games on the 3DS (although I never had the time to finish it), plus I love the art for it -- especially that cover. It's such a cool, striking design. If you want to own that design, you should act quick!
Any Fire Emblem fans out there? Prior to trying Awakening, the most I could say about my relation to the series was that I liked to play as Marth in Smash Bros. Oops.
It's still Black Friday weekend, and with Cyber Monday right around the corner, there's plenty of savings to go around. While most consumers have kept their eyes glued to Amazon's amazing lightning deals, I've been digging around looking for the best deals on some of our favorite anime. It just so happens that Amazon is currently selling many of the Studio Ghibli titles, both DVDs and some Blu-rays, for nearly half off.
Some of the more popular titles listed include favorites like Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, and so on. It's a pretty big list and while you might already own a fair amount of these films yourselves, many of these titles would make awesome gifts for family or friends. In fact, I finally have a niece I'm buying for this year, and I can't really think of a better way to introduce her to anime. Any of these, and I'm pretty sure she'll be a fan for life.
Crunchyroll is currently holding their Black Friday sale, once again knocking an impressive 50% off their one-year subscription plans. For the rest of the weekend an all access membership, which grants access to their vast library of anime, manga and Korean dramas, will only cost you $69.99 and comes with $15 worth of credit to be used at their online store. If you'd rather just subscribe for the anime, it's just $49.99 for the year.
Some of you will note that the price has gone up since last year's Black Friday sale, but the increase can likely be attributed to the addition of digital manga. Whether or not their current selection truly warrants the additional fee is certainly debatable. Still, if you're not huge on manga to begin with, the savings being offered are considerable enough. Unfortunately, as has been the case for the past month, you can't gift memberships through the site. As it stands, the only way to really do that at this point would be to purchase a gift card through Amazon, and unlike the official site, those remain full price.
It's less than a day and a half until Black Friday, the shopping day that will likely break you. Sure you'll save a couple of bucks, but you'll likely get pushed and shoved and, in some cases, engage in fisticuffs over a cheap electronic item.
FUNimation is joining in on the shopping festivities, according to a blog post on their website. Starting at 9am on Friday, you'll be able to get a bunch of sweet deals, like:
One Piece Collection 1-8 for $139.92 with code STRAWHAT
And it's not just games from the Final Fantasy line, but a lot of titles are on sale at the Square-Enix online store. Many of the titles on sale are going for about 50% off retail, which means you can buy a copy of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance for $15 or Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together for $10. Still it is neat to see Final Fantasy XIV for the PC at $15 already. Or you could buy yet another copy of Final Fantasy VII for $5, I wouldn't judge. The list of games on sale is long and also includes plenty of non-Japanese games, like Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days; because it's a great gag gift to give to Dog Days fans. Strangely enough, the Hitman: Absolution SD figures are also on sale at 50% off. I guess that makes sense because so is Hitman: Absolution (only $15 for the Professional edition). Another thing you could do is try out Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light and see what the big deal is for the upcoming spiritual-sequel, Bravely Default.
The sales will end on Monday, so this is a great thing to keep in mind if you are out shopping on Black Friday. Gotta get the best info so you don't end up impulse-buying something more expensive! Or you can use it to beat the rush, since buying at home is what pros do these days. I'm going to assume the existing deal with free shipping will stack, if you order over $100 worth of things--that would be a sizable haul.
As many brave individuals prepare for the harsh ordeal known as Black Friday, Atlus is creating a special fusion that will summon a few games for the PS3, PS Vita, and 3DS at a reduced price! Best of all, this sale applies to both physical and digital titles!
Joining Atlus' team of discounted games, Demon's Soul, Dragon's Crown, Odin Sphere, Stella Deus, Persona 4 Arena, Persona 4 Golden, and Shin Megami Tensei IV are waiting to be taken home. In other words, you are getting a great opportunity to check out some of Atlus' glorious titles that have gracedourhearts.
If anything, you might want to take advantage of this offer before Atlus calls off the Sales Arcana in December. To those who are interested in the discounts, you can check out the full list of games that are on sale in the section below!
Ace Attorney 5 got an English release recently, but maybe you are not caught up on the series. Finding the DS releases of the first three games might take some effort and maybe you carry your iPhone around more than your 3DS. Good news. You can snag the HD trilogy for $4.99 right now. That’s the first there games with updated graphics for less than what? A cup of coffee? The individual games go for more if you buy them separately. This is a great deal.
I have been playing it myself and it's easy to say that the iPhone is an even better platform for these games. The touch controls work just like you’d expect, and playing it in the vertical mode allows for easy one handed investigations. If I had a complaint it’d be that it is still in the non-iPhone5 resolution, but I hardly notice it in general.
The download is free and the first two episodes can be played without spending any money, but this is a Thanksgiving sale. If you’re interested, I’d grab it now. Five bucks gets you a lot of content.