Amazon Takes on Best Buy Gamers Club with Prime Discounts

Amazon wants to be the place you buy new games this year.

News by Mike Williams, .

These days, it's really easy to get brand-new games for far less than retail price. Everyone is trying their hardest to win your dollar, so the discounts are flying every which way. Now one retailer is throwing its hat into the ring in a bigger way.

Amazon has announced that Amazon Prime members now get 20 percent off pre-orders and newly-released titles. If you pre-order a physical game from Amazon, it's 20 percent off. Two weeks out from release? Still 20 percent off. The discount is applied automatically at check-out and if you're an Amazon Prime member with existing pre-orders, the discount will be applied there too.

This is also a great deal because Amazon pre-orders aren't charged until the game ships and many titles have release day delivery. That means you can go crazy and pre-order a bunch of titles and then cancel if you find a cheaper price elsewhere. Internet denizens have also determined that upcoming Amiibo are also eligible for the discount.

Some titles that are available right now:

  • Dark Souls III (Xbox One, PS4)
  • Ghost Recon: Wildlands (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Uncharted 4 (PS4)
  • Street Fighter V (PS4)
  • Bravely Second: End Layer (3DS)
  • Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (PS4)
  • Senran Kagura Estival Versus (PS4)
  • Quantum Break (Xbox One)
  • Life is Strange: Limited Edition (PS4, Xbox One)
  • Mirror's Edge Catalyst (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Crackdown 3 (Xbox One)
  • Fire Emblem Fates (3DS)
  • Project X Zone 2 (3DS)
  • Overwatch: Origins Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
Look for this on each game's page.

There are some titles which seem to not be eligible for the discount and you can tell by going to the game's page can checking right underneath the platform choice. There will be a section that says "Prime members pay X for this game." There are some odd omissions currently. For example, while Dragon Quest VII for 3DS is available for the discount, Dragon Quest VIII is omitted. Basically, it's up to you to dive in and see what's on your list.

It's obvious that Amazon is aiming directly at other buy-in discount services like Best Buy's Gamers Club and GameStop's PowerUp Rewards. Best Buy's service is significantly cheaper at $30 for a 2-year membership and offers 20 percent off new games, 10 percent bonus trade-in credit, and additional points that count towards reward certificates. GameStop's PowerUp Rewards is $14.99 a year and offers 10 percent off used games, 10 percent extra credit on trade-ins, and reward points.

Compared to those offerings, $99 for an Amazon Prime membership is rather hefty. The trick is, Amazon Prime's offerings extend beyond just gamers to free two-day shipping, Amazon Prime Instant Video, and Amazon Music. Many people already have Prime for other reasons, so the additional discounts are just icing on the cake. That makes this a preventative measure, keeping your money in-house, so to speak.

Looking forward to the discounts? Or are you sticking with your Best Buy Gamers Club discounts? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Avatar for ojinnvoltz #1 ojinnvoltz 2 years ago
    I thought about getting Prime because of this. Already blew my wad on the free trial. Added up the savings I expected to make with all the games I plan on getting in 2016 and it came in under the cost of Prime. 2 day shipping is nice and some of Amazon's original series are interesting, but not worth it to me.
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  • Avatar for Monkey-Tamer #2 Monkey-Tamer 2 years ago
    I can't remember the last time I bought anything from Best Buy. With their inferior pricing, shoddy website, and clueless sales staff I've turned to amazon for everything they offer. They were the place to go in the 90s. Too bad they didn't adapt to a changing environment.
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  • Avatar for UnknownJones #3 UnknownJones 2 years ago
    I'm a Prime member who had about six different titles on preorder from Amazon. That's money back for me!
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  • Avatar for Kadrom #4 Kadrom 2 years ago
    I buy practically everything from Amazon Prime already because of the free shipping and guaranteed delivery...this is good news for my wallet, bad news for my backlog.
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  • Avatar for joshuasmith54 #5 joshuasmith54 2 years ago
    @Monkey-Tamer With Gamer's Club their pricing is no longer inferior. I almost never bought anything from Best Buy and now I buy all my games from them. 20% off the price of every game you buy, plus many preorders come with a bonus $10 in credit that you can use on other games. So many big games end up only costing me $37.99. It is a killer deal.
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  • Avatar for airbagfin51 #6 airbagfin51 2 years ago
    I feel very saddened that the PS4 Digital Code versions of these pre-orders don't honor the 20% off. You have to *pay* the %20 for the convenience of not having stuff shipped to your house? wtf.
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  • Avatar for NotCarolKaye #7 NotCarolKaye 2 years ago
    @joshuasmith54 Also, Best Buy's deal applies to all new games, not just pre-orders and has no exemptions for specific games. But like the article says, Prime includes other stuff. So it's apples to oranges anyway.

    Still, I started my Best Buy membership in August and it had paid for itself in about 2 months. So that left me with **counting my fingers** 22 months of pure savings. I'm amazed at what a good deal it is.
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  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene #8 UnskippableCutscene 2 years ago
    @Monkey-Tamer I would describe Best Buy as "okay-ish." I've never had TOO much of a problem with their website, their in-store inventory tool is more accurate than GameStop, and they price match Amazon (but only if "sold by"). I wouldn't go there all the time, but if I need it so immediately that even Prime shipping won't do, there it is.
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