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.”
GameSpot has shared a YouTube video featuring a demo of Dragonball Z: Extreme Butoden from Tokyo Game Show. The clip shows the stage and character selection, along with the 2D fighter style gameplay. Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden is finally being released in the West this October, after its release in Japan in June this year. You can check out the full clip on GameSpot’s YouTube channel here.
It was only a matter of time, but popular US retailer GameStop has confirmed during its earnings report conference call that it will no longer stock console bundles that include digital download game codes. As I’m sure the majority of you are aware most bundles theses days are digital and it’s a rare occurrence when the bundle has a physical disc complete with box. The company will only stock physical game bundles whether that’s from console manufacturers or creating their own third-party bundles.
Those of you in the United States who were hoping to get your hands on the Xenoblade Chronicles X Special Edition are in luck as GameStop is advertising it as in stock. The reader that sent this tip in mentioned that it took them several tries to get the order to complete, but they were successful. So you may need some perseverance but the end result will be worth it. Xenoblade Chronicles X launches in both North America and Europe on December 4th.
GameStop has replenished their stock of the Yoshi’s Woolly World bundle which includes the game as well as the adorable Yarn amiibo figure. It is now available to pre-order for $59.99 and was previously out of stock. Yoshi’s Woolly World is already out now in Europe, but it won’t be coming to North America until October 16th. If you want it along with the Yarn Yoshi amiibo then you’d better preorder!
The gorgeous Hyrule Gold Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL is now available for pre-order at US video game retailer, GameStop. You can buy the Hyrule Gold Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL on its own for $199.99, or alternatively you can purchase it bundled with the forthcoming The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes. The item is due to ship on October 30th, but if you want one you will need to pre-order.