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The 4th of July is a day for jingoistic mythmaking and summer merriment. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate it than by grilling food, watching things explode, and ordering a bunch of cool stuff online that you totally don’t need but will still be really awesome to have.

Commerce was a key driver of dissatisfaction with the crown when a bunch of American colonies originally told England to fuck off, so it makes sense that shopping remains a core ritual at the heart of celebrating the nation’s founding. Independence Day is a great time to buy a car or a refrigerator, but you’re not here for any of that. Instead, I’ve rounded up an eclectic mix of 4th of July gaming deals and culturally adjacent curios that happen to be discounted right now. Check them out. It’s what George Washington would have wanted.

Best Nintendo Switch Game Sales

The eShop is currently running a few sales through July 14, including the Recollection Collection Sale and Devolver Digital Summer Sale. Capcom also has a publisher sale running through July 7. There’s a wide-array of great games for cheap. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Hogwarts Legacy: $30 (50 percent off)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge: $16.24 (35 percent off)
  • Sonic Mania: $8 (60 percent off)
  • Persona 5 Royale: $30 (50 percent off)
  • Dave the Diver: $14 (30 percent off)
  • Unicorn Overlord: $42 (30 percent off)
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy: $16 (60 percent off)
  • BioShock: The Collection: $10 (80 percent off)
  • Terra Nil: $15 (40 percent off)
  • Pepper Grinder: $10 (33 percent off)
  • Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection: $30 (50 percent off)
  • Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers: $20 (50 percent off)
  • Capcom Fighting Collection: $16 (60 percent off)
  • Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection: $10 (66 percent off)
  • The Messenger: $5 (75 percent off)

Best PS5 Game Sales

It’s been back-to-back-to-back sales on the PlayStation Store for a while now between Play Days and the Mid-Year sale. Now there’s another with the Essential Picks sale running through July 17. Many of the above Switch game deals are also available for the PlayStation versions, as well as these additional ones:

  • Dragon’s Dogma 2: $56 (20 percent off)
  • Persona 3 Reload: $49 (30 percent off)
  • System Shock: $28 (30 percent off)
  • Batman Arkham Collection: $6 (90 percent off)
  • Nier: Automata: $16 (60 percent off)
  • Castle Crashers Remastered: $3 (80 percent off)
  • Octopath Traveler II: $36 (40 percent off)
  • Like a Dragon: Ishin!: $24 (60 percent off)
  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Deluxe: $45 (50 percent off)
  • Dead Space Deluxe: $28 (65 percent off)
  • Far Cry 6 Deluxe: $20 (75 percent off)
  • Diablo II: Resurrected: $13 (67 percent off)

Best Xbox Sales

Not to be left out, a bunch of Xbox games are currently discounted, too. Many of the Switch and PS5 game deals also apply to the Xbox versions, as well as these other cheap games worth a shout-out:

  • Hades: $12.50 (50 percent off)
  • Dead Rising 2: $5 (75 percent off)
  • Monster Hunter Rise: $25.50 (65 percent off)
  • Resident Evil Village: $20 (60 percent off)
  • Aragami 2: $10 (75 percent off)
  • Axiom Verge 1 & 2: $10.50 (70 percent off)
  • Flinthook: $7.50 (50 percent off)
  • Metro: Last Light Redux: $3 (85 percent off)
  • Wasteland 3: $8 (80 percent off)

Best PC Game Sales

If you haven’t already looked through our Steam Summer Sale overview you should do that, as there’s a lot of surprisingly steep discounts. So instead, I’ll take this opportunity to highlight a bunch of really good Steam Deck compatible game sales. The PC gaming handhelds themselves are 15 percent off right now. Here’s what you can play on them:

  • Elden Ring: $42 (30 percent off)
  • Cyberpunk 2077: $30 (50 percent off)
  • Stardew Valley: $9 (40 percent off)
  • Slay the Spire: $8.50 (66 percent off)
  • Dead Cells: $12.50 (50 percent off)
  • Hollow Knight: $7.50 (50 percent off)
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection: $10 (75 percent off)
  • Marvel’s Midnight Suns: $15 (75 percent off)
  • Risk of Rain 2: $8.25 (67 percent off)
  • Vampire Survivors: $3.50 (25 percent off)
  • Balatro: $13.50 (10 percent off)

Best TV Sales

There are hundreds of cheap TVs to pick from, but I have two for you that should get the job done at either end of your price range. If you’re content to game and stream shows on a budget TV like I am, then Best Buy is currently selling 55-inch TCL Q5 series 4K displays for just $300 (33 percent off). If you want something more fancy, you’re also in luck. While you could spend thousands on a truly top-of the line TV with blacks as dark as an event horizon, you could also splurge on a 48-inch LG OLED. Best Buy is also selling those for just $800 (almost 50 percent off the sticker price).

Best Used Game Sales

GameStop is currently running a buy 2, get 1 free on all used games, including its (very limited) retro collection. It’s great way to catch up on bargain bin stuff you might have never gotten to (Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Watch Dogs 2, GTA V) as well as more recent stuff that hasn’t dropped in value yet. For example, you could play some of 2024’s biggest games so far like Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, and Tekken 8 and save roughly $50 in the process. Have fun mixing and matching. Just make sure they actually have used copies of the games in stock.

The Best Of The Rest

Here’s where we have fun with a rapid-fire round of some other neat deals:

        



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