Popular US retail chain GameStop has revealed some interesting information about the state of physical and digital video games based on DFC data. The retailer says that only 5% of digital downloads are sold to the consumer for AAA games. That means that 95% of purchases are for physical based games. That’s a shockingly low figure for digital games. It could well be due to their expensive pricing and average broadband speeds.
Slide 7 shows some key statistics based on DFC data which analyzes the AAA games sold in 2014. You can see that DFC estimates that of the total number of AAA videogames sold last year 12% were downloaded and 88% were physical. Of the 12% downloaded, it is estimated that 60% were given away in hardware bundles, that means about 5% of AAA titles were downloads, but were actually paid for by consumers. DFC estimates that full game downloads of AAA titles paid for by consumers made up only 2% of the total physical and digital software market.
You’ve all been waiting for it, so here it is. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask New Nintendo 3DS XL is once again available to purchase on GameStop. You’ll need to get it as part of a bundle that will set you back $329. However, that bundle includes the New Nintendo 3DS XL, Majora’s Mask 3D, Code Name: STEAM and A Link Between Worlds, plus a Majora’s Mask game guide.
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If you missed out on the limited edition Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D New Nintendo 3DS console then you’ll be pleased to know that GameStop will apparently have new stock in on Wednesday. The console will be available for purchase on the GameStop website as well as the stores for the first time. However, once they’re gone, they are gone. If you’re thinking of getting one from your local store then it’s best to call first to make sure they will have some in.
- One per customer
- 4 per store
- Extremely limited
- Not expected to get anymore in the future.
Want the Mega Man amiibo figure for the recommended retail price? Then you’re in luck. GameStop have them in stock on their website, but hurry as they will undoubtedly be snatched up by collectors or people wanting to sell them on for profit. The retail price of the Mega Man amiibo is $12.99.
Nintendo has already begun advertising its brand new IP Splatoon at certain video game stores ahead of its release this May. The promotional display asks players to add colour to their world and features a bunch of super colourful ink splats along with the female Splatoon figure. No doubt we will see plenty more colourful promotional materials for Splatoon pop up as we get nearer the release date.
Have some additional consoles that you’re planning to eventually get rid of? Well you’ll be interested to know that GameStop is having a 50% console trade-in bonus week. If you’re considering trading in a Wii U then you can get $232 and if you want to get rid of your Nintendo 3DS XL and get the New Nintendo 3DS then you will get $101.50. It’s best to go to your local GameStop and check all the deals.
True to their word GameStop is advertising that they have now got hold of the scarce GameCube Adapters for the Wii U. If you want one you’d better be quick about it. You can either purchase it solo or as a bundle with a Wii U GameCube Controller. Which ever one you pick is up to you, but be warned that they aren’t expected to ship until May 1st, according to the website.