Amazon has jumped on board the trade-in-game upgrade wagon along with GameStop. The deal applies to select Xbox 360 games that allows customers to upgrade to the Xbox One version for $9.99 after trade-in.
The offer is available until December 31st, 2013 and is only valid on one eligible title, such as Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, or Watch Dogs. In addition to the instant $25 for the trade-in, Amazon will top that with a $25 bonus credit as well. When it’s time, customers simply send back the game to be processed and graded and once the transaction is complete, all that’s left is to add a qualifying game to the cart for check out and the discount will be automatically applied.
While GameStop offers the same trade-in promotion on a next-gen upgrade, the deal is exclusive to Power Reward members only; Amazon offers the same deal to non-Prime members as well.
PlayStation Vita received a price cut in Japan earlier this year, but Sony has yet to announce the same deal for the Western world. Sony is holding a Gamescom press conference tomorrow, and potential Vita buyers are hoping that the company will finally announce a price cut. That possibility just got significantly more likely, as major retailers like Best Buy, Target, and Amazon have all just quietly knocked $50 off the handheld’s price tag.
Sony will likely spend a small portion of their press conference highlighting the deals that they’re bringing to the table for the rest of the year. This could include a Vita price cut, the newly-launched 12GB PlayStation 3 model, and maybe even the rumored PlayStation 4 + Vita bundle. We’ll be covering all the news as it breaks, so tune into GenGAME at 1:00 PM Central to catch the event live.
We recently heard rumblings of the 12GB PlayStation 3 making its way to Canada and possibly the US, and now we’ve got some confirmation. According to Examiner, Best Buy will be selling the smaller, cheaper model starting tomorrow. However, unlike the listing for EB Games in Canada, Best Buy will be bundling the system with two very popular games.
Out of the three eighth-generation platforms that have launched so far, only one has really managed to pull off anything approaching successful sales. The other two – PlayStation Vita and Wii U – have floundered, prompting retailers to initiate several “price cuts” of their own in an effort to clear inventory. (And even those haven’t always succeeded.)
Target’s performing one such cut on PS Vita next week from August 18 to August 24, according to a rumored leaked store ad listing the price of both system models at $199.99 – that includes the higher-priced 3G model, which normally retails for $299.99. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen for the system in the States since Vita launched in 2012. Will you be picking one up?
Remember those nifty Pokémon X & Y 3DS XL bundles that were recently confirmed for Japan? Well, looks like they’re already sold out! Amazon Japan reports that they opened pre-orders for the bundles at 10:00 AM, and by 7:00 PM, their entire stock was sold out. Amazon reportedly had a stock of 100,000 units to sell initially, but it’s not known if that was only the count for bundles, or total copies of the game.
Either way, it looks like Game Freak has another smash hit on their hands already. Pokémon X & Y will be the first Pokémon games to receive a worldwide release (on October 12), so Game Freak may have a hard time keeping up with the worldwide demand. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that those bundles will come West.
As we transition from the current generation to the next, many gamers are faced with a tough choice. Should they buy the current or next gen versions of games in their favorite franchises? While the next gen versions generally promise improved graphics and added features, many of the current gen versions will launch weeks or even months earlier.
Ideally, the answer would be to get both, but how many of us have $100+ to spend on a single game? Fortunately, thanks to GameStop, you won’t have to! Speaking with local GameStop management, I can confirm that the retailer will be launching a special promotion that allows you to trade in select current gen games and upgrade them to their next gen counterparts for a much more reasonable price. Hit the jump to catch all the details.
One of the features that Sony has been most excited about for the upcoming generation is remote play. Via remote play, every PlayStation 4 game can be streamed onto Vita for gaming on the go. Of course, for this to be relevant, Sony’s going to need a bigger Vita install base. As such a lot of people have been suggesting that Sony should launch a bundle that includes both PlayStation 4 and Vita, but Sony has made no such announcement.
According to Machinima’s Inside Gaming Daily, that’s going to change soon. A ‘well-placed anonymous source’ has informed them that a PlayStation 4/Vita bundle will hit later this year for ‘around $500.’ Given that the Vita sells for $250-$300 (depending on whether you get the regular or 3G model) normally and PlayStation 4 will cost $400, that’s savings of $150-$200! The $500 combined price tag would still be lower than what PlayStation 3 cost at launch, and it would make Sony pull even with Xbox One in terms of launch price, all while tossing in handheld console to boot! Not a bad deal at all. You can catch the rumor video after the jump.
About a month ago, we learned that Japan was getting blue and gold Pokémon X and Y themed 3DS XL models, but nothing was mentioned of any bundle deal. Thanks to Serebii, we have confirmation that the blue model will be available as a bundle with your choice of Pokémon X or Pokémon Y pre-installed. Hopefully we’ll see this deal announced stateside pretty soon. Do I sense a Nintendo Direct video on the horizon?
Microsoft’s making good on its promise to feature a comparable “free games monthly” service to PlayStation Plus with August’s Xbox Live Gold free game offerings.
Starting tomorrow, August 1 and ending August 15, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to download Realtime Worlds’ Crackdown, an open-world third-person shooter, for free. Then, from August 16 through August 31, Blue Castle Games’ and Capcom’s Dead Rising 2 and its “Case Zero” DLC will be available for free as well.
Much like 3DS, Wii U isn’t selling as well as Nintendo had hoped after over half a year on the market. 3DS saw its sales begin to climb when the system got a price cut, and many consumers have been calling for Wii U to get the same treatment. Nintendo Global President and CEO Satoru Iwata has frequently indicated that this is not in Nintendo’s plans for the short term, but individual retailers can drop the price without a universal price cut.
According to a recent Walmart ad in Canada, Wii U is in for a pretty massive price cut. The white 8GB Basic Set, currently priced at $299, will have its price reduced to just $199 on August 2. This price slashing appears to be exclusive to Canada at this time, but when coupled with Walmart-owned Asda’s decision to stop carrying Wii U in the UK after two price drops failed to spark sales, it looks like Walmart is losing faith in Wii U’s ability to sell well internationally at its launch price.
You don’t have to wait until Black Friday to get great deals on video games and consoles. Today and tomorrow, Best Buy is holding a ‘Black Friday in July’ sale, and if you’ve been waiting to pick up a PlayStation 3 or a Nintendo 3DS, you can save quite a bit of cash right now. Hit the jump for a breakdown of some of the best deals.
Rayman Legends is ready to check off one more box in the multiplatform column: it’s headed to PC on September 3, the same day as the already-announced Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox 360 versions. We don’t yet know which form the game’s Murfy integration will take, but it’s safe to say it’ll follow non-Wii U and non-Vita versions by relegating the little guy to a button press.
Those who pre-order a digital version of the game via Ubisoft’s UbiShop will receive a free downloadable version of the game’s predecessor, Rayman Origins, with their purchase. It’s easily one of the best platformers of the last several generations – and possibly of all time – so if you haven’t yet picked it up, this deal is a great value.
Ubisoft included a set of screenshots with the PC announcement. Click below to check out the new images.