Have you been looking to pick up a Wii U to give Mario Kart 8 a try? Maybe you’ve been considering grabbing a Vita for those nifty cross-play features. Well, thanks to a new console trade-in scheme currently on offer at UK retailer GAME, you can now ‘try before you buy’ — sort of.
The unique offer, posted on the GAME website and via social media, allows customers to buy a selected console or handheld and then sell it back to the retailer at the end of the summer for a set, predetermined sum.
Recent research suggests that the switch from physical to digital is far from being complete, revealing that a large number of consumers still prefer buying boxed games.
Analysis conducted by Kantar WorldPanel showed that, despite a significant uptake in digital retail, some 72 percent of consumers still buy only boxed products.
Earlier this week we reported on plans by High Street retailer GAME to open two new ‘GAMEtronics’ stores.
Focused on selling games, electronics and more pre-owned goods, we went along to the Lincoln branch Friday, on its opening day.
Videogame retailer GAME is set to redevelop a number of its existing stores under a new ‘Gametronics‘ brand — these revamped stores will focus solely on the sale of pre-owned goods, similar to High Street rival CeX.
The updated stores will sell second-hand games in addition to a range of technology products, including tablets, smartphones and MP3 players.
UPDATE: Despite focusing heavily on pre-owned goods, GAMEtronics will stock a range of new goods.
After a successful Xbox One launch night retailer GAME made a bold statement saying the new console launch will “easily” surpass sales of the former Xbox 360.
Whether this proclamation turns out to be true remains to be seen, however early figures seem positive. GAME was keen to stress that customers wanting an Xbox One must be quick if they want to get a console in time for Christmas.
Blockbuster is to close 72 of their 264 UK stores it was announced Monday, resulting in over 450 job losses.
The DVD and Videogame rental retailer re-entered administration last month, linked in part to increased competition from online streaming, direct-mail services and on-demand TV platforms.
The move, which comes just six-weeks before Christmas, will see the majority of the earmarked stores close over the course of the next week.
DVD and videogame rental retailer Blockbuster will now honour PlayStation 4 and Xbox One preorders, despite previously announcing that all orders placed would be cancelled due to the firm having re-entered administration, however customers will have to act fast.
Placing over 2,000 jobs at risk, the company announced they would be re-entering administration on October 29th. Following the announcement, the firm revealed on their Facebook page that all pre-orders placed for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One would no longer be honoured, just three weeks ahead of the console’s launches.
At the time Blockbuster said in order to receive a refund for any pre-orders customers would have to write to the company via postal mail. This did not prove popular with customers, who took to the company Facebook page to complain.
In a series of Tweets published Tuesday, November 5th, Blockbuster said that they would now be fulfilling customer orders, working directly with Microsoft and Sony to ensure demand is met.
Trying to keep on top of an endless Twitter feed or a piling-up RSS list can be a little daunting. So, to help Gamebrit brings together a selection of some of the gaming stories that caught our eye and are worth your attention — here’s your round-up for the week ending Sunday, March 31st.
Sit back, relax and grab a drink and give the gaming articles you may have missed this week a read:
Since going into administration earlier this month, HMV has been very quiet on the social media front, up until Thursday, January 31st, 2013.
Tweets made from the HMV Twitter account by what appears to be an employee losing their job, used the hashtag “#hmvXFactorFiring” to describe how “over 60” employees “who love the brand” were being fired.
However, the tweets were quickly deleted shortly after they were posted.
Hlico, a restructuring specialist that already owns HMV Canada, has taken effective control of the British branch of the troubled entertainment retailer, which went into administration on 15th January.
BBC News reports that Hilco has brought HMV’s debt from its lenders, Lloyds and RBS. Although the debt was believed to be in the region of £176m, it is thought that Hilco have paid much less due to the retailers current situation.
Just £8.18 million was made in software sales last week, serving another blow to the struggling UK videogame market.
These latest sales figures are the lowest to date, beating the previous figure of £8.4m, which occurred just two weeks ago. In-between then and now, there had been a slight boost in sales thanks to the success of Sega’s official London 2012 game of the 30th Olympic Games.
Nintendo will charge £39.99 for New Super Mario Bros 2 when it arrives on the companies eShop later this week — five pounds more than the recommended price of the boxed retail version.
Due for release on Friday, August 17 the new 3DS platformer, which sees Mario trying to grab one million coins, marks the first time that Nintendo will release a game in both digital and retail formats simultaneously.
The Japanese game-maker’s plans to launch key releases both digitally and via stores at the same time were announced back in April this year. Company president Satoru Iwata said that going forward they “will offer the software titles that Nintendo itself publishes in both packaged and digital download formats so that our consumers can choose the way to purchase them”.
However, it was largely assumed that this choice would see digital downloads priced cheaper or at the same price as retail copies.
To download the game on the eShop this Friday will cost you £39.99. You can pre-order the boxed retail version now on GAME’s website for £29.99. Amazon are charging £29.97.
Many expected a bright future for digital distribution, resulting in savings for the consumer, with no need for physical boxes or media. Yet it seem’s that Nintendo aren’t quite ready to upset retailers just yet.