Posted: 11/15/2013 by RawmeatCowboyAnnouncements
After a 6-year hiatus, GoingSony.com is now back in action! We have some old staffers and newcomers that you might recognize! Expect posts from myself, Cortjezter, Tyrone Rodriguez, Jonathan Holmes, NintenDaan and more!
"There are some [hints], but our fans will only discover them in the future. They're in your face, but you'd have to be a hardcore fan to understand them."
As for the DLC actually heading Wii U's way, we still don't know for sure. Press releases have neglected to mention Wii U, while the game itself featured an update that listed the DLC as seeing release on Wii U.
...if you hold nostalgia for Sonic the Hedgehog, this 3DS version is excellent, as it is a stellar enhanced port of a fun game, game design rough edges and all. We can all hold out hope for Sega to bring the far superior Sonic 2 to the 3D Classics line in the future, but for now, the speedster’s debut is fine.
"We can confirm that a small number of Harmonix employees were let go today," a spokesperson told us, confirming Twitter reports. "This decision was made due to shifting staffing priorities for Harmonix's multiple future projects."
The $45,000 stretch goal probably can't be lowered, but we'll keep checking for options on how we can make this a reality over the next year. In the meantime, the PayPal will still be open on our site, so latecomers (and buddies of pledgers) can easily still get various rewards through that option! And of course, everything pledged goes towards the game's development, so if we hit the 45k mark, we'll certainly let you know.
Today, a closer look at many of the Nintendo sales and discounts currently underway. Lots to choose from - let's get started!
The biggest deal this week is Toys R Us' Buy 1, Get 1 40% Off offer on all video games and video game accessories. This sale is massive, with over 750 Nintendo related games to choose from. Better yet, all orders over $49 include free shipping, which - for TRU - is something of a big deal, as video games are often excluded from their free shipping offers.
'Course, this offer also applies in-store, where you'll also find TRU's 3DS XL system special - a free $25 gift card and Mario themed stylus with purchase.
Another great sale is Best Buy's Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off offer on select Nintendo video games. While these kind of sales are often padded with licensed titles and shovelware no one really cares about, this is definitely not the case this week. Super Mario 3D World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Pokemon X, Pokemon Y, and many other Nintendo 1st party titles make up the mix, making for one of the best opportunities to pick up the latest and greatest releases for a significant discount. Better yet, as of this writing, all games are in-stock - no in-store pickup required. Free shipping included!
Also from Best Buy, Nintendo eShop PrePaid Cards are available for 20% off the usual retail price. So a $20 prepaid card is available for $16, and a $50 card is available for only $40 shipped. A great way to save if you're a fan of digital downloads! (Oddly enough, while Best Buy's ad lists $35 cards as well, these are apparently only discounted in stores at the moment.)
Best Buy is also offering 3DS XL systems for $20 off, which applies to the base systems as well as recent hardware/software bundles like the Limited Edition Mario & Luigi: Dream Team and Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds sets. Not bad, though you might want to consider Walmart's offer instead - they're throwing in a $40 gift card with a 3DS XL system purchase. Online, this only applies to the base models, but shop in-store and you'll receive the gift card with the Limited Edition Dream Team bundle.
Many retailers are attempting to move Wii U consoles this week, with Walmart, Best Buy and Target all including $25 gift cards with a system purchase. Best Buy's offer is the most flexible, with the gift card applying to a variety of Wii U sets, although most (with the exception of the Mario/Luigi U set) are currently available for in-store pickup only. Like Best Buy, Target's offer applies to different sets as well, but is in-store only. Walmart's offer - for whatever reason - is currently not available online at the moment.
If you're looking for some digital stocking stuffers, Gamestop is offering a ton of Wii U and 3DS Virtual Console download codes for purchase, along with a number of full retail downloads as well. Yes, it's usually quicker and easier just to shop from the convenience of your own console or handheld, but the option to buy codes allows for some affordable gifts for the holiday.
Amazon has been relatively quiet so far this week - with no major price or sale matching - but there are a few deals worth noting. They've matched Gamestop's Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy pre-order offer of $29.99, and Best Buy's Skylanders SWAP Force Starter Pack deal of $54.99. As far as Nintendo related systems go, they're primarly focused on their own Lego and Scribblenauts deals at the moment, with many titles discounted.
And that's a wrap for another (long-winded) GrubberGamer installment. You'll find hundreds of Wii U, Wii, DS and 3DS game discounts after the jump - thanks for reading!
450K prediction -> 425K reality
25K over-predicted (-5.55%)
675K prediction -> 463K reality
212K over-predicted (-31.41%)
125K prediction -> 57K reality
68K over-predicted (-54.40%)
80K prediction -> 66K reality
14K over-predicted (-17.50%)
55K prediction -> 68K reality
13K under-predicted (23.63%)
55K prediction -> 37K reality
18K over-predicted (-32.72%)
32K prediction -> 33K reality
1K under-predicted (3.13%)
38K prediction -> 42K reality
4K under-predicted (10.53%)
30K prediction -> 29K reality
1K over-predicted (-3.33%)
30K prediction -> 31K reality
1K under-predicted (3.33%)
55K prediction -> 95K reality
40K under-predicted (72.72%)
75K prediction -> 50K reality
25K over-predicted (-33.33%)
Now you have some sort of idea of what to expect from Pachter's prediction. This data clearly shows that...he's ALL over the place with his numbers! Thanks to Dim for the heads up.