Today’s edition of the Dealmaster is heavy on gaming deals: surfing the ongoing wave of PC game discounts from Steam’s summer sale, we also have a new batch of PlayStation and Switch deals from GameStop’s midyear sale, which began on Monday and runs through July 10.
While many of the deals in this latest promotion aren’t worth the plunge—and while GameStop, the company, continues to be a bit of a meme—we have found numerous offers worth noting, which we’ve rounded up for you in our video games deals section below. As of this writing, many of the offers have also been price-matched at Amazon, if you already pay for a Prime membership and would prefer to shop there.
Among the standout offers here are Switch exclusives Super Mario Odyssey and Fire Emblem: Three Houses for $35 each. While these aren’t the absolute lowest discounts we’ve seen in either game’s case, discounts below $40 for first-party Switch games have been rare outside of Black Friday season. Odyssey remains one of the better entries in the Mario library, while Three Houses is a tense tactical RPG couched in a surprisingly layered (if deeply anime) political thriller. Note that GameStop says these two deals will only last through July 6, after which they’ll bump back up to a more typical sale price for $40.
Beyond that, the sale also includes a bundle we first saw on Amazon Prime Day, which pairs Nintendo’s Switch Lite console with a recommended 128GB SanDisk microSD card at no extra cost. (Keep in mind the new “OLED model” Switch that was just announced.) We’re also seeing new lows for the Ars-approved Switch exclusive Monster Hunter Rise and the mixed reality kart racer Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. If you’ve managed to grab a PS5, a number of relatively recent games for Sony’s console are at lower-than-usual prices as well, including the hardcore roguelike Returnal, the Demon’s Souls remake, the breezy Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and the assassination sandbox Hitman 3.
There are several more notable discounts beyond those below, including a few smaller discounts on Switch games we’re seeing from outside GameStop’s sale. And if your gaming backlog is already overflowing, our deals roundup also has discounts on Nest thermostats, board games we like, recent Apple Macs, and Roku streamers, among other gadgets.
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Top 10 deals of the day
Laptop and desktop PC deals
- Apple Mac Mini (2020) mini desktop PC—Apple M1, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $599.99 at Amazon (discount seen at checkout—normally $665).
- Apple MacBook Air (2020) laptop—Apple M1, 13.3-inch 2560×1600, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $899.99 at Amazon (normally $960).
- Apple MacBook Air (2020) laptop—Apple M1, 13.3-inch 2560×1600, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD for $1,099.99 at Amazon (discount seen at checkout—normally $1,165).
- Dell Inspiron 14 (5410) laptop—Intel Core i7-11370H, 14-inch 1080p, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD for $749.99 at Dell (normally $950).
- Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 2-in-1 laptop—Intel Core i3-10110U, 13.3-inch 1080p, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC for $321.24 at Amazon (normally $390).
- HP Chromebook x360 14c (CA0053DX) 2-in-1 laptop—Intel Core i3-10110U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 64GB eMMC for $429 at eBay and Best Buy (normally $549).
- 32-inch Dell S3221QS curved monitor—3840×2160, VA, 60 Hz, FreeSync for $349.99 at Dell (normally $390).
- 27-inch Dell S2721D monitor—2560×1440, IPS, 75 Hz, FreeSync for $199.99 at Dell (normally $235).
- Apple Back to School Sale: get Apple AirPods true wireless earbuds + 20% off AppleCare+ with purchase of select Mac and iPad products at Apple.
Video game deals
- Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Luigi Set, Mario Set) for $74.99 at Amazon and GameStop (discount seen at checkout—normally $100).
- Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (Switch) for $19.99 at GameStop (normally $30).
- Saints Row: The Third—The Full Package (Switch) for $17.99 at Amazon and GameStop (normally $30).
- Immortals Fenyx Rising (Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox) for $23.99 at Amazon and GameStop (normally $33).
- Celeste (Switch) for $4.99 at Nintendo eShop (normally $20).
- Returnal (PS5) for $59.99 at Amazon and GameStop (normally $70).
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5, PS4) for $39.99 at Amazon and GameStop (normally $50).
- Demon’s Souls (PS5) for $49.94 at Amazon, GameStop, and Walmart (normally $70).
- The Nioh Collection (PS5) for $39.99 at GameStop (normally $65).
- Scarlet Nexus (PS5, PS4, Xbox) for $49.94 at Amazon, GameStop, and Target (normally $60).
- Hitman 3 (PS5, Xbox) for $33.99 at GameStop (normally $50).
- Metro Exodus: Complete Edition (PS5) for $29.99 at Amazon and GameStop (normally $40).