Shares in US video game retailer GameStop have plummeted today after the company announced disappointing third-quarter results. The retailer blamed the poor results on software and hardware which it claimed had been weaker than they had been expecting. Shares in the company dipped by 18% this morning. The company says that hardware sales dipped 20% and software sales dropped 9%.
Those of you who will be out hunting for deals this Black Friday will be pleased to know that GameStop has revealed what they will have on offer. There’s a number of Nintendo deals going down including the Super Smash Bros and Splatoon Wii U bundle which will be available for $279.99. You can also pick up a New Nintendo 3DS XL for $179.99. Here’s the Nintendo themed deals this year.
- New Nintendo 3DS XL (Red or Black) $179.99
- Super Smash Bros and Splatoon Wii U bundle for $279.99
- Gold Zelda New Nintendo 3DS XL $199.99 (GameStop exclusive)
- SMT Devil Survivor 2 and Persona Q $29.99 each
- Ike amiibo in stock
- 30th Anniversary Mario Snowglobe $8.99
US video game retailer GameStop has announced via Twitter that if you decide to trade in a Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or PlayStation Vita you will get $100 credit towards the New Nintendo 3DS XL. It’s certainly not a bad deal if you are in the market for the new and improved Nintendo 3DS console. If you have a Nintendo 2DS then you can get $75 credit towards the New Nintendo 3DS XL.
US retailer GameStop is currently selling Bayonetta 2, which includes the original Bayonetta, for the excellent price of $35. Both of these action packed games by Platinum Games are highly regarded. You probably remember that Bayonetta 2 was nominated in numerous Game of the Year 2014 awards. It also has a Metacritic score of 91, which is certainly nothing to be sniffed at.
GameStop and Nintendo of America are inviting gamers in North America to play The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes early. You will be able to be one of the first to play the latest Zelda adventure on Saturday, October 17th at select GameStop stores from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. There will be a number of competitions and giveaways if you’re interested and you can purchase the game on October 23rd.
In The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, three players team up– each as Link – to cooperatively make their way through inventive dungeons and battle bosses. Use the new Totem mechanic to stack three Links on top of each other to reach higher grounds and solve puzzles. Collect loot to create wearable outfits, each with a different boost or ability.
GameStop CEO Paul Raines says that he believes disc-based video games will be around forever and aren’t going anywhere soon. Raines points towards the fact that while CD and DVD sales have shrunk dramatically there’s still consumers out there purchasing them. He went on to say that he expects a complimentary business where the company sells discs plus download like the current console mode.
“Disc-based games will be around forever,” he says. “The market has seen physical music sales down 50% from its peak and physical movie sales down 60% from its peak, but even in a doomsday scenario, disc-based games will be around for a long time. I see a complimentary business where we sell discs plus download like the current console mode. Virtual reality games will also likely follow this model.”
Eric Bright, director of merchandising at GameStop, has spoken to Venture Beat about the upcoming releases this Christmas and what he thinks will be a huge success with consumers. Bright mentioned that the rapidly expanding Toys to Life range continues to see growth and that every time a new ones comes out the overall category experiences growth. Here’s what he had to say.
“He said that Skylanders Superchargers (out yesterday), Disney Infinity 2.0, Nintendo Amiibo, and Lego Dimensions will slug it out in that category, which combines physical toys and games.”
“Interestingly enough, we noticed as every time that a new one comes out, the overall category grows,” Bright said. “It’s bringing in additional people into the category. That’s exciting for us and for our customers.”