Physical games are easier to resell, great for collectors, and often have better deals

We're at a retail turning point as digital sales are becoming more and more prevalent. However, physical copies of games are often better because various retailers often have better deals than digital stores do. Plus, physical games are easy to resell when you're done, and are great for collectors who like tangible copies. There are also rumors that both Best Buy and Walmart are planning to discontinue the sales of physical media in 2024, which might extend to video games. Regardless, the number of Black Friday deals going on now increases the chances of finding specific video games selling at a low price. 

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Best Xbox Series X|S games

There are plenty of awesome video games for Xbox Series X or Series S consoles, but these are the biggest hits that you should definitely consider adding to your library. Many of them are on sale for Black Friday. 

Starfield | $69.99now $54.99 at Best Buy ($15 off)

Starfield | was $69.99 now $54.99 at Best Buy ($15 off)

Bethesda's latest space adventure allows players to travel between distant planets and solar systems while trying to unravel a mystery regarding what could be alien technology. Players make decisions and the way they play determines important outcomes. 

💰Price check$54.99 at Amazon | $23.99 at Xbox [Digital]

✅Perfect for: People who love Bethesda games like Skyrim or Fallout and want to explore space.  

❌Avoid it if: The idea of vast space exploration sounds daunting.

🔍Our experience: Starfield review

🤔 Why Best Buy: My Best Buy memberships get free 2-day shipping, 60-day return windows, and more.

Microsoft Flight Simulator | $59.99now $35.99 at Best Buy ($24 off)

Microsoft Flight Simulator | was $59.99 now $35.99 at Best Buy ($24 off)

Flight Simulator has been an incredibly popular game ever since it released. Players get to fly a number of different planes and other aircraft while taking into account weather and other challenges in very realistic environments. 

💰Alternate deal$42.98 at Walmart 

✅Perfect for: Flight game enthusiasts or those who love detailed simulators. 

❌Avoid it if: The idea of flying planes around a realistic world isn't appealing. 

🔍Our experience: Flight Simulator review

🤔 Why Best Buy: My Best Buy memberships get free 2-day shipping, 60-day return windows, and more.

Halo Infinite | $59.99now $14.99 at Best Buy ($45 off)

Halo Infinite | was $59.99 now $14.99 at Best Buy ($45 off)

The latest entry in the Halo series once more follows Master Chief, this time as he works to fight against the Banished who's leader previously left him stuck in space. In addition to the main campaign, there's also free multiplayer which gets regular updates to keep things interesting. 

💰Price check$47.64 at Walmart | $23.99 at Xbox [Digital]

✅Perfect for: Halo fans or people who love competitive multiplayer and FPS games.

❌Avoid it if: You specifically want to play the multiplayer, which is free to anyone with an Xbox account.

🔍Our experience: Halo Infinite review

🤔 Why Best Buy: My Best Buy memberships get free 2-day shipping, 60-day return windows, and more.

Forza Horizon 5 | $59.99now $29.99 at Best Buy ($30 off)

Forza Horizon 5 | was $59.99 now $29.99 at Best Buy ($30 off)

Take the wheel while driving the car of your dreams and explore gorgeous environments in Mexico. There are hundreds of cars to unlock in this open-world racing game. As we said in our Forza Horizon 5 review, this is "the unchallenged champion of open-world racers." 

💰Price check$37.99 at Walmart | $29.99 at Xbox [Digital]

✅Perfect for: People who love cars and exploring open-world environments.

❌Avoid it if: Racing games aren't your thing.

🔍Our experience: Forza Horizon 5 review

🤔 Why Best Buy: My Best Buy memberships get free 2-day shipping, 60-day return windows, and more.

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor | $69.99now $34.99 at Best Buy ($35 off)

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor | was $69.99 now $34.99 at Best Buy ($35 off)

We called this a must-play in our Star Wars Jedi: Survivor review. Cal Kestis is one of the few Jedi who wasn't killed when Emperor Palpatine executed Order 66. Now he's made it his mission to fight the empire as much as he can without getting caught. Along the way, he'll improve his Force abilities, explore various planets, encounter familiar Star Wars species, and meet plenty of new characters. It's a fun and somewhat challenging experience for any Star Wars fan.  

💰Similar deal: $34.99 at Amazon | $41.99 at Xbox [Digital]

✅Perfect for: Star Wars fans or people who like Dark Souls-inspired combat and RPG adventuring.

❌Avoid it if: You prefer a more chill gaming experience.

🔍Our experience: Star Wars Jedi: Survivor review

🤔 Why Best Buy: My Best Buy memberships get free 2-day shipping, 60-day return windows, and more.

Best Nintendo Switch games

A white Nintendo Switch OLED in its dock.  (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / Windows Central)

It's honesty hard to succinctly list the best Nintendo Switch games since there are so many to choose from. However, these are the titles that above others you really ought to have if you don't already. 

Super Mario RPG | $69.99now $57.60 at Walmart ($2.39 off)

Super Mario RPG | was $69.99 now $57.60 at Walmart ($2.39 off)

Super Mario RPG is a remake of an often-forgotten SNES classic of a similar name. This is a turn-based RPG Nintendo made in collaboration with Square Enix that follows the core Mushroom Kingdom characters as they work to defeat baddies who have taken over Bowser's castle and aim to control the world. It's one of the most faithful remakes I've ever played and had me smiling the entire time with its updated cutscenes and visuals. 

💰Similar deal: $56.90 at Amazon | $56.99 at Best Buy

✅Perfect for: Mario fans and people who like simple turn-based RPGs. 

❌Avoid it if: You don't like repetitive turn-based battles.

🤔 Why Walmart: Walmart Plus memberships get access to early Black Friday deals, exclusive membership prices, free shipping, and more.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder| $69.99now $58.16 at Walmart ($1.83 off)

Super Mario Bros. Wonder| was $69.99 now $58.16 at Walmart ($1.83 off)

This is likely the most popular Nintendo Switch game requested this year and one that I've absolutely enjoyed playing. It follows the same side-scrolling multiplayer format of previous Mario Bros. titles where you are out to defeat Bowser. However, it shakes things up in fun ways you never expect if you touch a Wonder Seed. Pipes might move around, players could be turned into Goombas, or other mechanics can change. It's a very entertaining couch co-op game for everyone to enjoy.

💰Similar deal: $59.99 at Best Buy | $59.99 at Amazon

✅Perfect for: Friend and family co-op sessions and those who love playful sidescrollers.

❌Avoid it if: You're not a fan of platformers.

🤔 Why Best Buy: My Best Buy memberships get free 2-day shipping, 60-day return windows, and more.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild | $59.99now $30.00 at Walmart ($29.99 off)

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild | was $59.99 now $30.00 at Walmart ($29.99 off)

Breath of the Wild is several years old at this point, but it won multiple Game of the Year awards in 2017 when it came out and has continued to astound people with its complicated physics mechanics. You're on a quest to save Princess Zelda in a world where you were defeated 100 years before. Everything is in ruins and it's up to you to explore and set things right again. 

💰Similar deal: $34.99 at Best Buy | $39.99 at Amazon

✅Perfect for: People who love open-world exploration and vibrant worlds. 

❌Avoid it if: You don't like the idea of weapon management since weapons break frequently.

🤔 Why Best Buy: My Best Buy memberships get free 2-day shipping, 60-day return windows, and more.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom | $69.99now $55.89 at Amazon ($14.10 off)

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom | was $69.99 now $55.89 at Amazon ($14.10 off)

This sequel to Breath of the Wild released earlier this year and against all odds actually managed to be just as exciting as the original if not more so. Link and Zelda discover a dark force hidden beneath Hyrule Castle and must work to defeat it. Along the way, Link uncovers new powers that let him combine objects, pass through ceilings, and much more. The map is similar to the first one but with several deviations and new places to go to. It's incredibly fun to play and will keep you entertained for hours.

💰Similar deal: $60.00 at Walmart | $69.99 at Best Buy

✅Perfect for: Breath of the Wild fans and people who love building things. 

❌Avoid it if: You think you might be turned off by it having a similar map to the first game.

🤔 Why Best Buy: My Best Buy memberships get free 2-day shipping, 60-day return windows, and more.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons | $69.99now $49.10 at Walmart ($10.89 off)

Animal Crossing: New Horizons | was $69.99 now $49.10 at Walmart ($10.89 off)

You might remember that Animal Crossing absolutely exploded in popularity just as the pandemic started in 2020. That's because this is a super laid-back simulator that centers around maintaining and customizing a small patch of an island getaway. You can go fishing, upgrade your home, interact with your cute animal neighbors, and more all while paying off your debt to a small raccoon-like creature.

💰Similar deal: $56.90 at Amazon | $56.99 at Best Buy

✅Perfect for: People who like chill games and simulators. 

❌Avoid it if: You prefer games with fast-paced action.

🤔 Why Best Buy: My Best Buy memberships get free 2-day shipping, 60-day return windows, and more.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate | $69.99now $51.99 at Walmart ($8.00 off)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate | was $69.99 now $51.99 at Walmart ($8.00 off)

Smash is the ultimate competitive couch co-op game since it allows up to eight players to duke it out in multiplayer from one screen. There are characters from several different game franchises to play as and each has unique moves and abilities for you to master. It's a game that often comes out whenever my family comes by. 

💰Similar deal: $51.99 at Amazon | $55.99 at Best Buy

✅Perfect for: Multiplayer fun for up to eight players from one screen. 

❌Avoid it if: You don't like beat 'em up games that require remembering different button combos.

🤔 Why Best Buy: My Best Buy memberships get free 2-day shipping, 60-day return windows, and more.

Why I prefer physical media

Best Buy is apparently discontinuing the sale of physical media in 2024, which might or might not extend to video games. (Image credit: Windows Central)

I personally prefer to collect physical copies of games so I'm pretty sad to see that not only is Best Buy planning to discontinue the sales of physical media in 2024, but it's rumored that Walmart is too. This may or may not extend to video games, but it's possible that it does. Still, with the state of purchases increasingly becoming more and more digital, it makes sense that retailers will stop carrying physical copies of games at some point. I've already noticed that Walmart isn't carrying physical versions of some of this year's biggest games.

There are plenty of reasons to go digital, but physical games are really nice because they are often sold at better discounts since you can shop around at different stores rather than being stuck to one digital store. True, places like Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy also sell digital versions of games, but these aren't as likely to go on sale as the physical copies do. Then if you're done with a physical game, you can sell them once you're done, which is something you can't really do with digital games. Plus, collectors like me can hold onto them to build up nice displays. 

The good news here, though, is that Walmart and Best Buy are offering great discounts on their video game inventory, including the best Xbox games and best Nintendo Switch games. This even applies to some brand-new titles.

Thing is, this means it's a good idea to grab any physical games you might want while they're in stock because there's no guarantee that Best Buy, Walmart, or other retailers will be replenishing their physical copies before the holidays. At any rate, good luck deal hunting. I hope you can find all of the games you're looking for at low prices.

Best Buy Plus and Walmart Plus FAQ

What do you get with a Best Buy Plus membership?

Best Buy Plus memberships are $49.99 a year and give members free standard shipping, free two-day shipping, exclusive membership prices that are lower than public prices, and an extended 60-day return window. Additionally, you gain protection plans for your purchases, 24/7 tech support, and 20% off repairs.

What do you get with a Walmart Plus membership?

Walmart Plus memberships are unlocked by paying $98 a year or $12.95 a month. Members get access to early deals, free shipping, grocery delivery with no delivery fees, Paramount+ streaming, free flat tire and road hazard repair, and access to limited-time offers. 

Rebecca Spear
Editor and Reviewer

Self-professed gaming geek, Rebecca Spear, is one of Windows Central's editors and reviewers with a focus on gaming handhelds, PC gaming, and laptops. When she isn't checking out the latest games on Xbox Game Pass, PC, ROG Ally, or Steam Deck; she can be found digital drawing with a Wacom tablet. She's written thousands of articles with everything from editorials, reviews, previews, features, previews, and hardware reviews over the last few years. If you need information about anything gaming-related, her articles can help you out. She also loves testing game accessories and any new tech on the market. You can follow her @rrspear on X (formerly Twitter).