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)
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.