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Sunday ads: Heroes HD DVD and some free stuff

We woke up this morning thinking of all the great deals the Sunday paper would bring. We already knew about a certain Heroes HD DVD deal, but we were semi-optimistic about others. Anyway, speaking of Heroes, that offer is 100% valid, starts today and will net you a free Heroes: Season One HD DVD when you purchase the Xbox 360 HD DVD player at Best Buy. Other Best Buy offers include a free comic book with the purchase of Conan, a free wraslin' demo (which is available on the XBLM too) when you pre-order Smackdown vs. Raw 2008, and a free bonus disc loaded with gamer pictures, trailers and songs when you pre-order Mass Effect. And if you're looking for other deals worth mentioning this week, then sorry, but there really isn't any. Circuit City, Target and everyone else were let downs. But cheer up, because a little birdy told us about next week's Circuit City retail ads and all we're saying is a free guitar stand with Guitar Hero III purchase and a free Homer ball with The Simpsons Game purchase. Shhh, you didn't hear that from us.

Amazon.com giving away Heroes Xbox 360 bundles

Adding to our weekend list of contests you can enter, we wanted to give you a heads up and make sure you jump on over to Amazon.com for a chance to win one of their numerous Heroes themed Xbox 360 bundles. Entry into the Xbox 360 "Heroes" Sweepstakes is open right now and all you need to do is point your browser here, log into your Amazon.com account, and enter. Three winners will be chosen every day for the next month with each winner receiving a special Heroes decorated Xbox 360 console, HD DVD player add-on and Heroes: Season One on HD DVD. Sadly, there is no mention that entry into the sweepstakes will give you special Heroes powers. That's a bummer, but winning free 360 goods will cheer us up and make us forget about being a super special hero.

[Via Major Nelson]

Sunday: Get Heroes HD DVD free with player purchase

Per some leaked scans of Best Buy's October 21st retail ad, this coming week you'll be able to get Heroes: Season One on HD DVD for FREE instantly with the purchase of a new Xbox 360 HD DVD player. The free Heroes HD DVD offer (which is valued at $99) will go into effect this Sunday and piggybacks the five free HD DVD offer and King Kong movie that's already included in the box. So, as things stand, you can now get the player, King Kong, Heroes and five other movies for $179. This week may be just the time to jump into the HD DVD world, especially if you're a Heroes fan.

[Thanks, eLiNeS]

Free Heroes HD episode available on the XBLM

Coinciding with the release of Heroes season one on HD DVD, NBC is offering the first episode on the Xbox Live Marketplace in HD or SD and for free. So, if you're an obsessed Heroes fanboy or a Heroes virgin like myself then feel free to dabble a bit in what the show has to offer and give it a watch. Even if you only download it for the sole reason of getting a chance to watch a TV show in HD. The free episode weighs in at 599MBs for the SD version and 2.4GBs for the HD flavor. Happy watching.

[Thanks, Bitter Kevin]

Pay to show your love for Heroes


Truly there is no better advertising than paying another company to advertise their products for them. It seems that Xbox Live Marketplace was designed for just such a thing, as numerous themes and picture packs have appeared, which do little else than tell other people how much you like a certain product (we bought a Halo theme, so we're not exactly innocent). Marketing genius. The latest in this line of fan-vertising is new Heroes content available on Xbox Live Marketplace. Specifically, there is a theme available for 150 points and a picture pack for 80 points. Strangely absent from the Marketplace: the actual Heroes television program.

With such a perfect digital delivery system, you'd think NBC would be offering Heroes on Video Marketplace already. Alas, for now your stuck with the digital equivalent of a T-shirt.

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