I received a number of emails from disgruntled Nintendo fans who had tried to purchase the fourth wave of amiibo. The GameStop site wasn’t particularly sturdy and went down a couple of times as people scrambled to secure their pre-orders. The retailer has announced on Facebook that Wave 4 amiibo pre-orders are now sold out, but didn’t offer an apology. I hope those of you who persevered with the GameStop website managed to get your pre-orders in.
UPDATE (6:48pm): At this time, all Wave 4 amiibo pre-orders are sold out.
Due to very strong demand for the newest wave of Nintendo’s amiibo figures, GameStop is experiencing some technical issues with our website.
At this time, we are accepting pre-orders of amiibo in stores only while we resolve these issues.
We are working aggressively to resolve the technical issues as quickly as possible and expect it to be back online shortly.
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GameStop has just revealed via its Facebook page that the lucrative Ness amiibo will be exclusive to them. You can pre-order the figure from 2pm tomorrow along with the other amiibo figures that were announced today during the Nintendo Direct. Here’s what GameStop had to say.
Challengers approaching! Head to your local GameStop or visit our site to pre-order this exclusive Ness amiibo along with the next wave of Super Smash Bros. and Splatoon amiibo figures starting tomorrow at 2pm CT!
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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.