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  1. As I'm sure you're all very much aware, the Dead or Alive series will be getting its first real sequel in nearly six years in just seven days from now. Some of you might be excited for this, and others probably just don't care. For those of you who are excited however, you must be wondering about that Gamestop exclusive collector's edition. Yes, I hate that the collector's edition became a Gamestop exclusive just as much as anybody else. Getting my preorder in was needlessly complicated and thanks to the outrageous shipping and handling, cost me an extra ten dollars. Thankfully, however, I managed to cut the price down to $60 after some wizardry on my part. But what about you, the consumer? Should you drop $80 on the collector's edition? It really depends, and I'm about to explain why. Let's just cut to the point. The Dead or Alive 5 Collector's Edition comes with plenty of extras, but the main attraction is the packed-in premium swimsuit code that comes with every collector's edition of the game. It is the main reason I decided to get a copy of the collector's edition, but I'll get to that later. First we'll talk about the other packed in contents. First of all, the packaging. Instead of the usual steel case that people seem to enjoy so much, Team Ninja opted for a tin case that holds all of the collector's edition contents. Not everyone has been happy about this. Collector's editions usually come in a box with a steel book to hold the game. It makes it to where you can display the box of collectibles and the game itself for easy access. I'm glad they decided to change the cover of the game at least With the Dead or Alive 5 collector's edition, you just get the tin case. It's a weird thing to be upset about, but there you go. On to more important matters, the artbook that is included with the game. Usually I'm not too big into artbooks because every single one I've ever gotten has been the usual paperback leaflet that ends up being smaller than the game case itself. Team Ninja has opted for a full-sized hardcover book which is really the difference between night and day when it comes to artbooks. The little paperback books will usually only cost about ten dollars to buy online, but when you start going into the higher quality hardcovers then the prices take a sharp increase in price. A book that could have been grabbed for $5-$10 after release will now more than likely run someone $25-$30, so that's a nice enough deal for collectors. There's also a poster and soundtrack included, but who really cares about those? You'll look at the poster once and say "I can't hang this up on my wall," and then you'll probably rip the soundtrack onto your computer and be done with it. Instead, let's move on to the premium DLC and why I personally decided to purchase the collector's edition. What exactly is this premium costume DLC supposed to be, you ask? Well, its a random swimsuit costume pulled from Dead or Alive Extreme 2 for each and every female character in the game. They all get different ones, and new ones are apparently being made for the female characters that are new to the game. So, hurray for that. The final count of costumes is between ten and twelve. I'll be laughing my way to the bank (A bank) Seeing as not every female character has been revealed yet, we aren't actually sure what all the costumes will look like, but that doesn't matter to me because I'm already sure of one thing. The price for the DLC after the game releases is going to skyrocket. While people may be paying upwards of $20 extra right now, they're looking to make a huge profit off of the code alone. Just to prove this, let me jump in my time machine for a second. When the newest Mortal Kombat released, anyone who preordered the game got a free classic costume for one random character. I received a Kitana costume I believe. Anyhoo, instead of using that code and getting one measly extra costume, I decided to sell it online. For twenty dollars. One third the price of the game for a single costume. So, $20. Big whoop. Well let me stop you right there! The prices get even crazier. If you preordered The Third Birthday, you would get a code to dress Lightning up as Aya Brea in Final Fantasy Duodecim. When 3rd Birthday finally released, the Aya Brea costume codes sold for over $100 each. Again, a single costume. "This was worth the $100," said the man who lied to himself. Now with the release of Dead or Alive 5, I'm getting over a dozen costumes thanks to preorders and premium DLC. I doubt the codes will be worth as much as the Aya Brea costume, but I'm going to assume they will be the opposite of cheap. The only real problem is speed. When selling a DLC code online, you have to get it out there fast. Just look at the examples I listed above. Both of those codes are a hard sell at one dollar now that the games have been out for more than a year each. This is how it works with all special DLC. As long as the game is new, you can slap practically any price on your code and you'll still get offers on it. Of course, if you think selling codes is too much of a hassle and you aren't interested in the extras then you really should just get the standard game. But there's always the option of selling your preorder DLC... As always, thanks for reading everyone. How do you feel about this collector's edition? Are you going to get it for it's physical contents, for the code, or just plain not at all? If you do get it are you going to try to sell the codes? Why not post in the comments below and let us know?
  2. We now know the release date and pricing for the Wii U console itself, but how much will its games cost? Amazon and GameStop have begun taking pre-orders for various Wii U games already at a $60 price tag. Now, some people might be skeptical about that, especially with the $100 placeholder price tag Amazon and GameStop had previously. However, according to a confirmation from a Nintendo representative, it looks like $60 will be the most common MSRP for Wii U games. The representative makes an important note that it's a "baseline price ... specific games could be more or less." Looks like Nintendo fans will have to start getting used to paying the same prices for games that 360 and PS3 owners pay! Is $60 a good price for Wii U games? Or do you think Nintendo should have stayed at $50 and below?
  3. Last week we heard that GameStop was mulling over the idea of selling retro games on their online storefront. This time a much larger interview with GameStop CEO Paul Raines was given to Joystiq. Even though the plan isn't set in stone it now seems certain that it is actually happening. Unfortunately, Raines couldn't give an estimated time as to when yet. Apparently that announcement is still forthcoming and won't be from Raines himself. Where would they get the stock of games and consoles?: "Well, we don't have a lot of NESes or Dreamcasts. That's some pretty old stuff. But we just took Game Boy Advance out of stores recently, about a year and a half ago. Original Xbox, I think we took out of stores in 2009, as I recall. We're reducing the footprint of PlayStation 2." This will probably already upset some of us who were expecting a sudden influx of NES or Genesis games to be a part of the service. They still could be, but it's already apparent that they are stockpiling their more recent games which have come back from stores. As they also own the site BuyMyTronics, it seems they might use this as another avenue for stocking retro goods. That, or they may even allow gamers to start trading in retro games again. When asked again about why GameStop is even considering this effort Raines offered the following response: "If you go to eBay and some of the online marketplaces, some of these vintage gaming titles are very valuable. We've got a lot of gamers here, and a lot of people who have a lot of older, vintage stuff in their collections, so we just thought it's an interesting time to start thinking about bringing this to our best PowerUp members and giving them a chance." Apparently, PowerUp Rewards members will become a sort of test market for their new retro service. Raines says they intend to ask some members about what they would want from such a service, and tweak it in those ways. He also said that there will be an upcoming contest rather soon to be on the lookout for. Unfortunately the specifics of all this are still up in the air. What do you think "vintage" means to GameStop? Do you think they will offer Atari 2600 era titles or more modern goods?
  4. Marcus Estrada

    Wikipad Gaming Tablet Coming to GameStop

    First GameStop started selling and buying iOS and Android devices and now it's ready to sell you the upcoming Wikipad device. It's an Android-powered tablet which is made for gaming. How does it accomplish that? Unlike other tablets, this one comes with a detachable controller interface. If there's one thing that touch-screen gamers are often sad about, it's the lack of buttons to play games with. Now we've got word that the Wikipad will be available through GameStop. President of sales for Wikipad Inc., Fraser Townley, said this about the retail partnership: "GameStop is the retail destination when it comes to video games. Nobody but GameStop provides gamers with the best gaming content on the market. And for those that purchase or pre-order a Wikipad at GameStop, their tablet will have access to valuable extras including exclusive free, full-length game titles. The Wikipad is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and will support PlayStation®Mobile platform." The device is currently up for pre-order and will arrive in stores on October 31st - just in time for Halloween! The tablet isn't cheap. For $500 you'll get a tablet running Android 4.1 that sports the Tegra 3 processor, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 16GB flash storage, and a 10.1 " screen (1200x800). Each tablet comes with the removable gamepad controls. Interestingly, those who order from GameStop will get some "full-length titles" for their new Wikipad. There's no mention to what these games are though as of yet. Does the Wikipad entice you or do you already have your next gaming gadget in mind?
  5. So far, the neat looking and shiny gold coin cartridge case pre-order bonus (as seen below) for New Super Mario Bros. 2 is UK-exclusive. Who knows if we'll get it here as well, but for now, those who are putting down their money for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game will be getting a different sort of pre-order bonus. If you're willing to order online on GameStop's website, anyway (sorry to those wanting to purchase in-store!). This pre-order bonus is a gold Mario pin, as seen in the image to the right. It might not be as cool and useful as the coin, but it's still just as shiny! New Super Mario Bros. 2 will release in North America this August 19th. So get ready for lots of coins and gold soon! Will you be buying your copy of New Super Mario Bros. 2 on the GameStop website for this exclusive pre-order bonus? Or will you wait for a possibly different bonus, like the coin cartridge case, elsewhere?
  6. Image of 3D Classics Kid Icarus If you pre-order the upcoming Kid Icarus: Uprising ($39.99) from either Amazon or GameStop, you'll receive a free code to download "3D Classics: Kid Icarus" from the eShop. It's an enhanced version of the original NES game that features all new background art and such; looks pretty cool. Amazon Link Gamestop Link
  7. Jason Clement

    Bit.Trip Complete For $19.99 @ GameStop

    http://www.gamestop.com/wii/games/bittrip-complete/92731 Bit.Trip Complete has just been marked down to $19.99 from $29.99, and in addition to including all six Bit.Trip games, it also includes additional bonus levels and a CD soundtrack. I have the 3DS version and originally gave it an 8/10 in my review, but this version is by far the definitive version of the game. If you're interested at all, give it a shot; it's a great collection.
  8. Jason Clement

    SSX for $39.99 @ GameStop

    It's only been a few weeks since release, but GameStop has dropped the price on SSX to $40 now. Don't know if it's temporary or permanent, but if you've been looking to get the game, that's a pretty good price for it. XBOX 360 Version PS3 Version