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Amazon Prime’s stealthy gaming discounts

ICYMI: Amazon Prime has started slipping sneaky discounts on gaming products into shoppers’ baskets.

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Recently Destructoid spotted that Amazon Prime users have been receiving gaming discounts.

Stealthy gaming discounts.

It’s unusual for Amazon to not be shouting about discounts on offer. It’s highly unusual for them to not be shouting from the rooftops about Amazon Prime. Amazon are more vocal about the virtues of Amazon Prime than Will Smith is about Jaden, but at least there’s a chance people can grow to love Amazon Prime.

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This certainly won’t hurt their efforts.

For a relatively small monthly fee of £79 per year – usually subject to some sort of discount or incentive – Amazon Prime users get free delivery on applicable Amazon orders, plus unlimited access to Amazon Prime Instant Video; the streaming service formerly known as LOVEFiLM and chief competitor to Netflix.

To now add gaming discounts into the mix is really rather cool. They’re stealthy discounts because the only indication you’re getting any discount at all is a small box stating “Members of Amazon Prime qualify for a lower price on this item when shipped and sold by Amazon.”

You don’t actually know how much is going to be applied until you get through to your basket, though. Presumably there’s a dice roll against Amazon Prime’s stealth score, or something.

Destructoid helpfully put together a list of the best deals on offer at the moment, and they’re pretty good:

Super Smash Bros. (3DS) — $34.99 ($4.97 off)
Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (PS4, Xbox One) — $49.99 ($8.52 off)
Splatoon (Wii U) — $52.99 ($6.97 off)
Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4, Xbox One) — $49.99 ($9.97 off)
Tom Clancy’s The Division (PS4, Xbox One) — $52.99 ($6.97 off)
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (PS4, Xbox One) — $52.99 ($6.97 off)
Kirby & The Rainbow Curse (Wii U) — $34.99 ($3.39 off)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (3DS) — $32.99 ($3.26 off)
Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. (3DS) — $26.99 ($2.97 off)
Lego Jurassic World (Xbox One) — $52.99 ($2.69 off)
Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One) — $54.99 ($4.97 off)
Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One) — $52.99 ($7.00 off)
F1 2015 (PS4, Xbox One) — $52.99 ($6.97 off)
Call of Duty: Black Ops III (PS4, Xbox One) — $49.99 ($10.00 off)
Star Wars Battlefront (PS4, Xbox One) — $54.99 ($4.97 off)
Star Wars Battlefront Deluxe Edition (PS4, Xbox One) — $62.99 ($7.00 off)
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (PS4) — $34.99 ($4.97 off)
Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (PS4, Xbox One) — $49.99 ($9.97 off)
Guitar Hero Live bundle (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One) — $89.99 ($10.00 off)
Mario Kart 8 (Wii U) — $52.99 ($6.31 off)
DualShock 4 PlayStation 4 controller — $44.99
Mario Party 10 (Wii U) — $44.99 ($1.79 off)
Minecraft (PS4, Xbox One) — $17.99 ($1.50 off)

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We don’t know how long these discounts are going to last, or whether the titles on offer are going to be rotated. Still, any discounts are welcome, even if you’re not sure that you’ll be receiving them until the last minute.

It’s a nice surprise when you get to the checkout.


Sign up for an Amazon Prime account* to get free delivery and stealth discounts on gaming products**.

* With a 30-day free trial that you can totally just cancel when you’re done.

** Maybe. As long as they last. You’ll have to just wait and see at the checkout.

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