Gamestop Ruins Second Christmas

Tis the season to be merry and buying presents that will wipe out your bank accounts. Our family Christmas went well. The boys were excited and got some tech items they wanted. Eddie got an iPod Touch and Mason got a Nintendo 3DS. I even did good this year and bought Sarah something she really loves. I guess I can pick out good jewelry. I knew she always wanted something with her birthstone on it.

The boys also got a ton of gift cards. They always ask for Gamestop gift cards because they love the 2nd Christmas festivities they get to partake in with there dear old dad. For years, Gamestop always held a buy 2 get 1 free used sale right after Christmas. We take all our gift cards and spend them all in one shot and usually walk away with 6-9 games. We renew our Gamestop Rewards card and also grab a new controller for one of our systems. We don’t buy video games for December 25th. We let the boys pick out what they want.

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For some reason Gamestop is not holding their holiday tradition and they are holding some other bogus sale offer. The kids are heart broken. Gift cards sit there burning a hole where ever you set them. Mason is wanting a Mario game for his 3DS. Eddie is looking forward to being a Spartan in Halo 4. My friend who works for Gamestop is also surprised that the sale is not going on. It’s not like Gamestop needs to offer this sale every year and they don’t need to explain why it is not going on. I’m just saying its a let down.

I do hope the B2G1 sale occurs before January 25th. Why this date you ask? That is the first day of Wintereenmas, a 7-day holiday celebrating video games. It was created by the crew of Ctrl-Alt-Del comics to help pass the late winter months when no good gaming titles are released. It’s not like I’m going to let the boys play for 7 days straight but I’m sure they would rather play with something by then instead of staring at the gift cards one month after Christmas.

 

Who says Wii owners don’t buy games?

You just got to love all these articles from half-ass analysts, haters, and ‘talk out their ass’ asses. Everyone is quick to claim that the Wii is soon to die. The Wii is just a fad. It’s domino marketing sells will soon dwindle and all the Wiis will collect dust. Wii owners are only interested in Wii Sports and Wii Play and the possible first party title. Their is no way that attache rate of the Wii will match Xbox or PS3.

Below is just units sold according to nextGenWars.

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This only shows total hardware. The attache rate for the Wii is nearing 5 games owned per console with the PS3 nipping at its heels. The Xbox360 has a total of 7 games per unit. Those numbers are close if you factor in the 360 was out a whole year before the Wii.

What games do I own? Do I help the attache rate? I sure as shit do.

First party – Wii Sports, Wii Play, Links Crossbow, Super Mario Galaxy, Super Smash Bros.
Third party –  Rayman Raving Rabbids, Excitruck, Geometry Wars, Ghost Squad, Resident Evil 4
Numerous Virtual Console Games
Coming Soon – Mario Kart (Sunday), House of the Dead 2 & 3, and Mercury Meltdown (these 3 are just definites that I will have within the month)

Addicted to Galaxy on the Wii

You think I’m talking about Super Mario Galaxy? Nope, not really. I do love the game and spent lots of time getting stars and star bits and turning into Boo Mario. But, I’m talking about another recent release with Galaxy in the title. I think I spent more hours this week in this game then I have all of November on other Wii games, and that is quite a lot.

Geometry WarsI’m talking Geometry Wars Galaxies. Holy shit is this game fun and addicting. I spent many quarters back in my day on a game called Asteroids. Geometry Wars is Asteroids on steroids and LSD. It is an insane frantic action packed colorful arcade game that will keep my up many nights. Last night I was up until 3am playing the game and boosting the stats of my drones. The drones help you battle through waves and waves of shapes, black holes, and ships. My favorites so far are the turret and the collect drones. The game works well with the Wii Classic Controller. You can upload your scores to an online scoreboard. There are a few galaxies where my score is in the top 10. That I am sure will not last long, but I like the gratification when I see my name on the top leaderboard.

I strongly suggest this game. You can even download the XBLA version (Geometry Wars Evolved) to your DS for traveling. I have not been so addicted to an arcade style game this bad since Lumines for the PSP.