No sooner was it listed as out of stock, GameStop have now listed the Shulk Amiibo as available to purchase. It won’t arrive with you until next year, but I would highly recommend putting down a pre-order even if you just have a passing interest in it as it’s clearly been in high demand.
Thanks to everyone who sent this in.
Well the only place you can get a Shulk Amiibo is GameStop in the United States and it would appear as though they’ve already allocated their pre-orders. The Shulk Amiibo now says sold out on the GameStop website. Let’s hope they receive more stock in before release otherwise there’s going to be some unhappy customers.
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The GameStop manager that correctly gave us the date for Super Smash Bros Wii U has sent in another tip. The company is apparently planning to purchase enough Shulk figures to match the preorders. Once these are sold out the company won’t be getting any more in to give the Amiibo figure a rare status. Then when the second shipment comes in they will apparently be listing them as used for a marked up retail price. This is only a rumour at present, but the company has been known for doing similar practises in the past.
As you likely know, Gamestop will be exclusively selling the Shulk amiibo next year. From what I’ve heard, we will only be getting enough amiibos to exactly match the number of preorders — no more, no less. The idea is to keep the figure rare, increasing its market value and driving up demand. Then, several months later, we will receive a second shipment to sell as “Used” for a marked-up price.
The Pokémon Company International, in cooperation with GameStop, today announced the debut of MegaStop, displays stocked with a variety of official Pokémon merchandise at select retail locations nationwide.
Trainers who purchase Pokémon merchandise at MegaStops will receive a special code that enters them into a contest for a chance to win various prizes. Prizes include digital booster packs redeemable in Pokémon TCG Online, one of 50 limited edition Nintendo 3DS XL featuring Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre, and the VIP grand prize – a trip for four to Hawaii. For more information check out: http://pokemonmegastop.com/
US retailer GameStop has recently updated its online site stating that the GameCube Controller Adapter for Super Smash Bros Wii U is now back in stock. The adapters for the popular brawler have suffered a considerable shortage in both the US and European gaming markets since the game’s release last month. According to its online site, GameStop will not be shipping orders for the adapters until next week, December 15. Currently priced at $19.99, if you’ve been looking to purchase one make sure you do so quickly at the retailer’s website, here.
Good ole GameStop is currently cashing in on the Cubic Ninja home-brew craze for the Nintendo 3DS. The 2011 game allows people to crack into the Nintendo 3DS and run both homebrew applications and emulators. GameStop were previously selling the game used for $5 but is now selling it for $39.99 used. This isn’t the first time they’ve raised prices on games that prove to be popular or in short supply. They passed of Xenoblade Chronicles as used and sold it for $89.99. Here’s what the retail chain previously told Polygon.
“As always, our pricing for these games is competitive and is based on current market value driven by supply and demand,” GameStop’s statement explained. “PowerUp Pro members always receive a 10 percent discount and earn PUR points on pre-owned purchases.”
The digital business model was always going to be a sore point for GameStop which relies heavily on the sale of physical games. GameStop’s company’s president, Tony Bartel, has spoken about his fears that digital titles could become too cheap and deter consumers from buying the games at retail. Here’s what Bartel had to say.
“We want to help ensure that our industry does not make the same mistake as other entertainment categories by driving the perceived value of digital goods significantly below that of a physical game. When the free digital token programs end, we believe that the industry will need to work together to continue to price goods in a way that sustains profitability and encourages a great innovation that this category needs.”
Bartel also said that recent research indicated that the average price a consumer pays for a full, AAA game download is $22. When asked what price consumers expected to pay for a full game digital download, they said approximately $35.