Eric Bright, GameStop senior director of merchandising, spoke with Game Rant recently and had some very nice things to say about the Nintendo Switch,
He began by stating that the Nintendo Switch is off to an amazing start, and he even feels it is at the point where the Switch sales could possibly eclipse the Wii. There were no hard numbers given, but he reiterated that the Switch has one of the highest attach rates of software and accessories to a device that GameStop has seen ever.
He elaborated by saying that there is a large demand for power chargers and Joy-Cons, as people want to turn the Switch into a 4 player device. As such, there are plans on having more bundles to meet demand, including a Zelda bundle, as Zelda is the top seller and the most popular game on the system so far.
GameStop has full confidence in Nintendo and believes the Switch will be a game changer for the industry. That is a good news to hear.
Xbox One Games Pass was announced today and is making headlines…..just not in the way GameStop was hoping for.
The company’s shares dropped drastically today following Microsoft’s announcement of Xbox One Games Pass. Venture Beat even noted that shares fell by almost 8 percent today, and closed at 7.8 percent. Venture beat went on to say that this program will primarily distribute older games that people normally would purchase second hand. As a result, this is expected to cut heavily into GameStop’s market share.
Could this heavily damage GameStop in the long run? Or is this just an immediate panic sell? It is possible shares will rise back up soon.
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Insomniac has revealed their new game, Song of the Deep. It will be fifteen dollars and unusually for a game, it will be published by GameStop. Yes GameStop, it seems they are going into the game publishing business ( not sure how I feel about that but that is another story).
The Game’s description is as follows:
Song of the Deep is a metroidvania-style action-adventure game following a young girl’s quest into the unknown to find her missing father. Combining discovery, skill, and suspense with an unforgettable narrative, this underwater journey will challenge players to explore, experiment, and skillfully navigate a vast ocean landscape. Song of the Deep launches on PS4, Xbox One, and PC this summer, 2016.
That certainly sounds interesting and we hope to hear more as the year goes on. Does this indicate that GameStop will be publishing more games going forward? What does that mean for the future of gaming and game stores?
Starting March 26, Walmart will be accepting trade-ins for used games in over 3,100 store locations. The new trade program works much like GameStop’s – a customer brings in their pre-owned games and accessories and the cashier checks them for damage. The customer is given a trade-in value that they can choose to accept. Trade-in credit will be given in store credit only that can be used at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores.
Later in the year, once Walmart’s stock of pre-owned games grows, they plan to roll out used games to sell in stores. Unlike GameStop, all pre-owned merchandise will be refurbished before hitting the shelves. Also, unlike GameStop, Walmart is providing a game value calculator online so you can have an estimate on what your games are worth before you go to the store.
Walmart customers can already trade in tablets and smart phones towards new products. Online, you can trade in a larger variety of electronics.
Could Walmart give GameStop a run for their money? The vast majority of GameStop’s profit comes from buying used games off customers at a low price and selling them for over twice their trade-in value. When you trade your games in at GameStop, you’re really limited on what you can spend your store credit on. At Walmart, you could trade games towards groceries or even a new TV.
Would you trade in your games at Walmart? What would you get with your store credit?
Max Factory’s Link and Samus Figmas are coming to the states. They have officially opened up pre orders for the figures. Excitement is starting to build up for these figures.
Big Bad Toy Store the two figurines priced at $49.99. Pre-order the Link one here and Samus one here. There’s also the PVC statue of Samus in her Zero Suit for $100, located here.
It’s also good to know that recently Gamestop is now taking pre orders as well. You can pre-order the Link figurine here, Samus figurine here, and Zero Suit Samus one here.
All three products will only be sold online. A tentative October 30 release date is listed.
I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for a game than I am for The Last of Us. To be released on May 7, 2013, way to long for me to wait, Naughty Dog has announced 2 special editions for the game; the Survival Edition, and the Post-Pandemic Edition
The Survival Edition will come with The Art of The Last of Us, an over 170 page hardcover art book done by Dark Horse, the comic The Last of Us: American Dreams #1, which goes into Ellie’s backstory and comes in a variant cover only found in the Survival Edition, a steelbook edition of the game, and the Sights & Sounds DLC. This DLC includes the official soundtrack, a dynamic theme, and avatars featuring Joey and Ellie. The Survival Edition will retail for $79.99 and the artbook included will be sold separately for $39.99.
The Post-Pandemic Edition will include both the Steelbook edition of the game and the comic The Last of Us: American Dreams #1 as well. What’s also included is a 12” Premium Statue of Joel and Ellie done by Project Triforce and two DLC packs. The Sights & Sounds DLC, and the Survival Pack DLC. This includes a bonus XP and melee booster for multiplayer, and customizable character items and skins for the single player. The Post-Pandemic Edition will retail for $159.99 at Gamestop exclusively and is in limited supply.
The Wii U has finally hit stores…sort of. At GameStop’s across the country there are demo units of the system that showcase the new hardware. I was fortune enough to get some time with it and enjoy the Rayman Legends demo that comes with it.
Right off the back I didn’t think that it worked. Not in a technical standpoint but a physical one. The controller, which is im sure a huge gripe with tons of skeptical buyers, feels great. It’s natural to hold and actually makes sense. It made me excited to know that I wouldn’t be upset with the product whilst playing a new Mario title or Metroid or Zelda. Personally I want a completely new Star Fox title but that’s for another time. The controller is sprinkled with Nintendo magic that makes it unique but still sensible. Im very sure once you try it you’ll be sold on it.
On a technical level everything is gorgeous. The demo unit has a very clean menu system and the interface is very good. Obviously this isn’t how the final product will appear but I can’t complain with what I saw. Once I started playing the Rayman Legends demo (the only demo available by the way) I was hooked. Although I have seen this demo before, it being the same one displayed at E3, getting a hands on approach with it was great. I ended up playing the demo multiple times because it was that good.
There are two different game modes to experience during the demo. One is your standard platforming with a musical twist. It’s smooth and I can’t wait to play the future levels that will come in the full release. The other is a sort of single player co-op experience. You control your character until a certain point where you use only the touch screen. The character on the screen is controlled by the computer while you assist it by either attacking enemies or manipulating the environment. It was very enjoyable and thankfully you can play that section with another person.
The visual’s for the game are nothing short of stunning. Colors are vibrant and pop out. They engross you and you become enamored with the world around you. Character models feature a certain level of charm that only Ubisoft can bring and it certainly shows. Needless to say this game was like playing an HD 3DS game that is plugged into your television.
Basically, go to your local GameStop and give the Wii U a shot for yourself. From what I gathered it will definitely be worth the purchase. The question is whether or not you will shell out the cash day one or wait until the library grows. I personally expect great things to come from Nintendo due to their lineage and their big promises. Just be sure to go into the demo with an open mind and hope for the best in the near future. The Wii U will launch in North America on November 19, 2012.
Microsoft Corp. has decided to offer special bundles with new games and Kinect motion sensors as well as new pricing on their consoles in some areas. This is a smart move on their behalf, it keeps thing interesting with Nintendo’s Wii U release right around the corner.
Starting this week many retailers including GameStop, Best Buy, Toys ‘R Us, Amazon, Target, and Walmart, will carry Xbox 360 holiday console bundles.
The bundle will include the following:
Xbox 360 4GB + Kinect with Kinect Disneyland Adventures, Kinect Adventures and one month of Xbox Live Gold for $299.99.
Xbox 360 250 GB with Skyrim and Forza 4 Essentials Edition and one month of Xbox Live Gold for $299.99.
Xbox 360 250GB + Kinect with Dance Central 2, Kinect Sports, Kinect Adventures and one month of Xbox LIVE Gold for $399.99.
Also for a limited time, Microsoft will offer $50 discounts on original consoles and bundles like Xbox 360 4GB + Kinect, Xbox 360 250GB and Xbox 360 250GB + Kinect.
The limited time $50-off price promotion will also be offered on the Xbox 360 Limited Edition “Halo 4” console bundle. This limited edition Xbox is available for pre-order on November 6, 2012.
This sounds like a miniature console war again at this point. Let’s see if Playstation comes up with any small discounts, bundles or promotion before the years end.
Sources: GameStop, Best Buy, Toys ‘R Us, Amazon, Target, and Walmart
The Wii U is already seeing some very positive signs of it’s success. One thing that’s looking really good for the Wii U is it’s pre-order sales. It looks like Nintendo may have another hard to find situation, like it did with the Wii’s release back 2006. Inventory was short and many retailers were left with no stock at all, lines of people would form outside retailers several hours before the store opening, in order to get their hands on a console before the holidays arrived.
Wii U pre-orders have now sold for both Basic and Deluxe models at Best Buy, Toy-R-Us and Target. K-Mart and Sears, which are the part of the same company, have both sold out of the Deluxe version and they never had the Basic model to begin with.
GameStop sold out of the Deluxe bundle, but the white Basic is still available for pre-order at this time.
Wal-Mart at this point is the only know retailer that still has their inventory in place. Note that Wal-Mart also offers their own version of a Deluxe set, which they call the “Wal-Mart Solution Bundle“. The bundle adds a Wii Remote Plus and a choice of a Wii U game to a system of their choice. The Solution Bundle is $400 for the Basic set or $450 for the Deluxe.