12 Days of Black Friday: Getting deals on video games

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This product image released by Electronic Arts shows action from the video game "Medal of Honor: Warfighter."

Once you figure out what you want to buy for Christmas gifts, the next trick is to make sure you get the best deal.  While we don't have a crystal ball, we do have an inside track on price predictions for this season's most popular gifts - among them video gaming systems. 

If you have kids of any age they'll likely already have one or want one.  Kids we talked to said if mom and dad didn't put any limits on them playing video games, they could probably play video games all day.

So what's on top of the wish list?

Really the only new game system available is Nintendo's Wii U.  It boasts a new game pad controller with a high-definition screen.  It ships November 18th at a price of $300; however, we may see some big box stores offer a slight discount on Black Friday to get customers through the door.

Since neither Xbox nor PlayStation has a new system this season, the folks at Dealnews.com predict last year's Black Friday prices may be as low as these systems will go.

On the Xbox 360 Slim 4GB console, consider $140 to be a good price. For the PlayStation's 160GB Slim model, $200 would be a deal.  Your best bet may be to bundle. Buying accessories along with games can cost 30 to 40 percent off retail pricing.

As for the games themselves, the best prices will come to those who wait. In 2011, Batman: Arkham City hit shelves in October at $60.  A month later, it was $30 on Amazon.com.  Also consider this: the sweet spot for games is two weeks before Christmas. So, patience pays.