Nintendo of America today confirmed the existence of the long-rumoured Shovel Knight amiibo. If you are in the United Kingdom then you can pre-order the figure from GAME. It’s slightly more money than previous amiibos at £14, but it’s sure to be snapped up by collectors and sold for a higher price online. If you want to secure your Shovel Knight amiibo then pre-order, here.
If you are thinking of pre-ordering the ultra creative Super Mario Maker then you’re probably best of doing it at GAME. The UK retailer has tweeted that any pre-order of Super Mario Maker is eligible to receive a rather attractive Super Mario themed free Pin Badge Set. There’s various editions of Super Mario Maker, from the limited edition to the standard edition, so it’s worth having a browse.
Apparently, customers in the UK who pre-ordered the special edition Splatoon bundle from GAME, which includes Splatoon and a Squid amiibo, have been e-mailed informing them that a lorry carrying the bundles has been stolen, and apologising that they won’t get their pre-order on time. They cannot replace the missing products, so they’re offering a £10 discount to those who pre-ordered the bundle as they won’t be able to receive the Squid amiibo, but will receive the Splatoon game and Inkling Boy and Girl. Such an unfortunate situation!
If you are in the United Kingdom and are considering picking up the ultra colourful Splatoon then you may want to think about purchasing it from GAME. The retailer is giving away a free Inkling Hat if you put down a pre-order with them. Obviously you won’t be charged until the item ships, which will be before May 29th. Alternatively you can purchase it from the Nintendo UK Store which has some bundles.
Today hasn’t been a good day for UK video game specialist retailer GAME. Shares in the company have dropped 7% as the retailer posted a fall in both profits and sales. Sky News reports that sales in the 26 weeks to 24 January fell marginally to £582.1m. The company has blamed it on a lack of high-profile releases to boost its profits. GAME tried to reassure investors that things will pick up after Easter with games like Batman Arkham Knight and Metal Gear Solid V.
“The video games market remains dynamic and competitive.”
“While we experienced some challenging conditions over the Christmas trading period, we are confident that our strategy of focusing on customer recruitment, combined with the significant and growing number of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners across our two major territories, provides a solid foundation from which to drive growth over the medium term.
“In the coming weeks and months we can look forward to a solid line up of new physical and digital games launches. Our pre-order rates on the major titles are encouraging and we have secured exclusive editions on many of the key titles.
“We continue to manage the business prudently, balancing the need to fund growth with the discipline of returning excess capital.
“In this regard, I am pleased to announce the group’s intention to return £25m to shareholders by way of a special dividend, in addition to our maiden interim dividend of £12.5m”.
Martyn Gibbs, GAME’s chief executive
Everyone’s favourite third-party developer Platinum Games have stealth released a new game which can be played within your web browser. As you’d expect it’s nothing particularly fancy, but it’s good fun trying to get a high score. You can check out the browser-based game at the link, here. Feel free to post your high scores in the comments section, below.
Reports are coming in Via Twitter that UK retailer GAME is selling Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker early. Consumers that purchased the game online have been told it has been shipped and apparently the game will be available to purchase in stores throughout the United Kingdom on Monday. Great news for those of you who are in the UK.