The Spyro Reignited Trilogy launched on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last November, but what about Nintendo Switch? The remastered bundle made no mention of Nintendo’s hybrid console in its initial reveal, but soon after the official Nintendo UK store temporarily accepted pre-orders for “Spyro the Dragon Remastered.” Even the Sypro UK store briefly claimed it would be coming to Switch, but eventually both pages were removed.
Nintendo has been silent on the whole situation, and Toys For Bob producer Peter Kavic would later claim that he was unaware of any Switch version of the game in the works. However, yet another listing has just popped up, months after the game’s initial release. This time GameStop Germany put a Switch version of the Reignited Trilogy in their system with a release date (most likely a placeholder) of August 16th. Once again, the listing was later removed.
It’s not really clear why there’s so much secrecy around this alleged Switch version, but if they’re trying to keep it under wraps, they haven’t exactly done the best job. Hopefully, we’ll get an official reveal soon and the speculation can end.
GameStop has been in a tough place for quite some time now. The company’s profits haven’t been satisfactory, their stock has fallen over the past five years, and there has been a tremendous amount of upper management turnover as the company attempts to get its legs back under it. Nothing seems to be working.
Recently reports circulating suggesting that they were looking for a buyer and had narrowed it down to two candidates. Numerous outlets reported that a sale would likely be completed sometime in February, but it seems plans have changed quite drastically. GameStop announced today that it is no longer looking for a buyer. This is due to ” lack of available financing on terms that would be commercially acceptable to a prospective acquirer.”
This paints a pretty bleak picture for the company going forward. They’ve been floundering on their own, and potentially interested investors appear to have been scared off. Interim CEO Shane Kim (who stepped into the role when the previous CEO quit just three months into the job) will continue to guide the struggling company while the Board of Directors looks for a permanent replacement.
In order to stay afloat, GameStop sold off their Spring Mobile business for $735 million, but that’s not enough to get them completely out of debt. Additionally, they’ll likely need to make new, successful investments in order to increase revenue. The Board is weighing all of its options currently, but things don’t look good. Following today’s announcement, GameStop’s stock plummeted by an astounding 28%. That should give you an idea of how investors feel about the company’s chances without a buyout.
Much of the Pokémon community is looking ahead to Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee, but Game Freak hasn’t forgotten about those of you who are still enjoying the Sun and Moon line of games. They’ve been distributing rare, Legendary, and Mythical Pokémon every month all year, and that trend will soon continue in October, with an all-new monster becoming available.
The long-rumored Zeroara was officially revealed back in April, and soon it can be yours. Game Freak is teaming up with GameStop to distribute it across the US. All you have to do to snag one for yourself is head to GameStop between October 19th and November 9th. The Thunderclap Pokémon joins your team at level 50 with the Volt Absorb ability. Its moves include Thunder Punch, Close Combat, Thunder, and its signature move, Plasma Fists.
The Pokémon giveaways just keep on rolling! Nintendo, Game Freak, and The Pokémon Company have been regularly distributing rare and legendary Pokémon to Sun and Moon players (Ultra, too!) every month, including September’s Latias and Latios distribution event at Best Buy. On top of that, they’ve just revealed an extra giveaway for September, but this one’s exclusive to GameStop.
Starting on September 17th and lasting through October 7th, you can head to GameStop to download a shiny version of the Poison Pokémon Poipole, also known as UB Adhesive. UK fans can take advantage of the same event at Smyths from the 17th through October 15th. It will also be available to other European gamers through the Trainer Club Newsletter sometime in September.
Instead of its usual purple look, the shiny version is white and gold. It comes at level 40 with the moves Venom Drench, Nasty Plot, Poison Jab, and Dragon Pulse.
Nintendo’s E3 presentation was met with a bit of a mixed reception by fans online. There’s a lot of buzz and excitement surrounding the holiday lineup, but some fans were bothered by the absence of games like Metroid Prime 4 and the new Yoshi title. Investors also appear to be disappointed, as Nintendo’s stock has sharply declined since the event. However, the sales figures tell a different story.
Eric Bright, GameStop’s Vice president of Merchandising, recently sat down with Games Industry to discuss the impact E3 2018 would have on the company for the rest of the year. GameStop is excited for a holiday lineup packed with great games from developers across the board, but he’s particularly impressed with Nintendo.
“Nothing beats Nintendo’s overall announcements. Super Smash Bros is jumping right up to the top of the [pre-order] list. We’re also seeing great reaction from Pokémon Let’s Go, both SKUs, and then of course people are trying to get their hands on the Pokéball [controller] as well. Nintendo fans are definitely reacting.” — Eric Bright
According to Bright, Nintendo Switch sales at GameStop doubled in the week following E3 thanks to hype for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the Pokémon: Let’s Go games. Imagine how much of an impact those games will have on Switch sales when they’re actually available!
Back in 2016, Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition—a plug and play miniature console pre-loaded with 30 classic games. Demand for the retro stocking stuffer far exceeded supply, and Nintendo found themselves utterly unprepared to keep up with their insatiable fans. If you missed out on your chance to grab one earlier, fear not! The mini console will soon be available once again.
Nintendo has promised to issue more stock throughout 2018, and GameStop has just revealed that they’ll be getting their new supply in one week. Starting June 29th, you’ll be able to buy the NES Classic Edition in stores or online. However, supplies will still be limited. GameStop plans to supply each of their stores with at least 10 units, but they’ll certainly sell fast.
Michael K. Mauler was officially named as the new Chief Executive Officer of GameStop on February 6th. Now, just three months later, he’s stepping down. GameStop has just issued a press release naming company co-founder Daniel A. DeMatteo as its interim CEO until a more permanent replacement can be appointed.
Mauler has served GameStop for over 16 years. Prior to his appointment to CEO, he served as Executive Vice President and President of International, putting him him in charge of nearly 2,000 retail stores operating under the GameStop, EB Games, Micromania and Zing Pop Culture brands. GameStop only cites “personal reasons” for Mauler’s departure, offering no specifics.
News of the unexpected shake-up isn’t doing GameStop’s stock any favors. At the time of writing, the game retailer’s shares have fallen by around 3%.
It looks like Nintendo Switch is in for a surge of new games in the near future. With E3 just around the corner, retailers have started preparing for game announcements by adding new titles to their system. Walmart may have accidentally leaked multiple new games ahead of the show, although they claim the games they outed were just speculation.
GameStop has also given us a hint of what to expect at E3, but in a much subtler way. A print-out of their list of upcoming Switch software shows an avalanche of upcoming Switch games. No specific titles are given, but there are 16 new SKUs (stock keeping units) for upcoming Nintendo Switch games. We’ve seen similar things happen in the past right before Nintendo Direct events. These will almost certainly not be all first-party titles from Nintendo, but the console appears to be in for strong showing at E3 overall.
It’s been a huge year for Nintendo Switch, and that’s great news for GameStop. The popular retailer reported a 44.8% increase in hardware sales over the fourth quarter of 2017, and a 28.3% boost to hardware sale over the full year. The strong numbers are largely attributed to Nintendo Switch’s historic first year on the market, and GameStop executives believe we can expect the same in 2018.
GameStop CEO Michael Mauler recently met with investors, and he lauded Switch’s strong start. Still, given the failure of Wii U last generation, some investors have concerns. One in attendance asked Mauler if Switch can be expected to maintain a high attach rate beyond its first year. In response, Mauler indicated that Switch sales in 2018 will be boosted by multiple big games that are still unknown to the public.
“Yeah, I think that’s a fair question with Nintendo. I mean we know kind of what happened with Wii U. I’d say this is definitely a whole different platform than we saw in the past. We have visibility to the software. So last year was a tremendous year for the software, as well as hardware between Zelda and Mario Odyssey and all the games that they had really drove a lot of hardware sales, as well as software.
“I think this year when we look at the slate of titles, many of which haven’t been announced yet, this year looks also very, very strong. So I think, at least, for 2018, we’ll continue to see the strong software slate drive additional installed base on the hardware and increase attach rate. We don’t have really visibility for 2019 yet, but for 2018 it should play out that way.” — Michael Mauler
Nintendo Switch sales were largely fueled by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, both winners of numerous Game of the Year awards, but GameStop expects similar numbers in 2018 based on unannounced games. What does Nintendo have in store for the second latter half of the year? Are they counting games that have only been vaguely teased, like Metroid Prime 4 and Pokémon? We’re looking forward to what the rest of the year holds.
Earlier this month we got the exciting news that Super Smash Bros. is coming to Nintendo Switch. The latest iteration of Nintendo’s popular fighting series will add Splatoon‘s Inklings as playable characters, but who else could be joining the roster? There’s a story going around that GameStop just leaked multiple characters in an advertisement for Smash preorders, but it doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.
The rumor started when someone named “sonic06apologist” (we’re off to a good start already) posted an image of what appears to be a GameStop advertisement for Super Smash Bros. featuring the Grass Type Pokémon Decidueye, Bomberman, a female Inkling, the Ice Climbers, and Spring Man from ARMS.
The closer you look at the image, the more apparent it becomes that it’s not a real announcement. The logo used is clearly from the Wii U game, as the Switch version was notably altered. The artwork for most of the characters is old, existing artwork rather than new looks designed for Smash, and Bomberman is actually ripped from popular YouTube channel Smashified’s model. Eventually another Twitter user named Milo Williams stepped forward to claim the artwork as his, directing everyone in the thread to an image posted on Flickr over a year ago.
Sorry, Smash fans, but you’ll have to wait a little longer for any official reveals. In the meantime, GameStop might want to be careful about what kind of images they use for their displays, if that picture was indeed legitimately taken in a GameStop.
Based on the current rotation of Call of Duty developers, we know that this year’s annual release will be developed by Treyarch, developer of the popular Black Ops games. After the lukewarm response to the sci-fi elements of the second two Black Ops titles, many fans were wondering if Treyarch would move on to something else.
We may have a partial answer to that, as a recent leak from GameStop’s internal database shows listings for Black Ops 4 merchandise. This includes t-shirts and lanyards, priced at $19.99 and $6.99 respectively. GameStop is known to carry merchandise like this for every Call of Duty release, so this information isn’t surprising. These items are expected to arrive in May, which is around the time new titles in the franchise are typically announced.
As far as what the game will hold, nobody is sure yet. However, there were reports last month that indicated Black Ops 4 would back away from the sci-fi elements and become “more grounded.” It was also rumored that we would see this new title on the Nintendo Switch. The last Call of Duty title to appear on a Nintendo system was the 2013 release of Ghosts.
What are your hopes for the potential new Black Ops game? Do you think the series will return to Nintendo? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Love them or hate them, it’s hard to deny that GameStop is a major player in the video game industry. It is with a heavy heart then, that we report that former GameStop CEO Paul Raines, 53, has reportedly passed away. Raines spent eight years on GameStop’s board of directors before resigning last month “to focus on his health and family.”
In 2014, Raines successfully underwent a procedure to remove a cancerous brain tumor and received a good prognosis from his doctor. Unfortunately, this tumor came back late last year, causing Raines to temporarily step down as CEO in order to deal with the condition. He has been on medical leave ever since and was set to officially end his employment at GameStop in the middle of this month.
News of Raines’ passing was first reported within an internal memo early today, and it has slowly started to make its way across the internet. Though GameStop has yet to officially announce anything, the news has been corroborated by sources close to the company, including GameStop Development Manager Jeffrey Barnes, who tweeted out his condolences this morning.
As CEO, Raines guided the company through a shifting landscape where digital sales became increasingly more popular. As physical sales began to fall, Raines began to focus the company on trades. He was also instrumental in the development of GameStop’s Power Pass program, which allows subscribers to rent pre-owned games and keep one at the end of each month. This program launched late last year, but was delayed due to internal issues.
Our hearts go out to Raines’ family in this time of hardship. May you rest in peace.
Former @gamestop CEO Paul Raines has passed away. I'm sure others at @gamestopcorp are struggling to find the words to convey his worth or describe his impact, but simply put I will miss my friend. May his family take comfort that he positively impacted so many and may he RIP.
Just a few days ago, we let you know that GameStop is currently giving away codes to download the mythical Marshadow to Pokémon Sun and Moon. Even though this event ends on October 23rd, that won’t be the end of GameStop’s Pokémon fun.
From October 23rd to November 13th, the gaming retailer will be giving away download codes for a shiny Silvally. This Pokémon will have its signature RKS System ability, which allows it to change between types. If you grab a code, you’ll have to redeem it by February 13th.
Are you guys excited to get a shiny Silvally? Did you grab a code for Marshadow yet? Let us know in the comments below!
Marshadow, a never-before-released mythical Pokémon is now available to Pokémon Sun and Moon players. Gamers who stop by GameStop by October 23rd can get a code card to unlock this small Fighting and Ghost-type Pokémon in their parties. This mythical Pokémon, who was first revealed in April, has never been officially released until this month.
Marshadow is the first-ever Fighting and Ghost-type Pokémon, which gives it a unique moveset as per Nintendo’s official website:
Level: 50 Ability: Technician Held Item: Marshadium Z Moves:
The Technician ability boosts the power of moves that have a power level of 60 or lower, while the Marshadium Z unlocks a special Z-move called Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike (try to say that one three times fast).
Also, don’t forget to grab your limited-edition Pikachu for Pokémon Sun and Moon! Right now, you can get the Unova region hat.
Are you excited for Marshadow? How do you plan on using it in your team? Let us know in the comments below!
We have known about the new mythical Pokémon Marshadow for a while now, and thanks to GameStop, soon players will be able to get their fingerless-gloved mitts on a level 50 Marshadow for their copy of Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon.
Players of the 3DS games will be able to visit participating GameStop stores and pick up a code for Marshadow from October 9th to the 23rd. The Fighting- and Ghost-type Pokémon boasts unique abilities such as being able to steal the stat boosts of its opponent through its signature Spectral Thief move. Marshadow will also come with Marshadium Z, the Z-Crystal that allows it to use its unique Z-Move, Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike, and it will know the four following moves: Close Combat, Force Palm, Shadow Ball, and Spectral Thief.
This has been noted by The Pokémon Company in their press release as the first (official) time players will be able to obtain Marshadow for their Pokémon teams, so it seems like there will be more chances in the future beyond this GameStop distribution. But just to be safe, you should definitely pick up Marshadow if you already have the game and really want the newest mythical Pokémon!
What do you think about Marshadow in general? It has become fairly normal for these specially powered up Pokémon to become available through distributions like this, so what do you think about Marshadow only being available through GameStop at first? Once October rolls around, let us know if you received Marshadow and started wiping the gym floor with fools silly enough to take on your living shadow!
Really powerful Salazzles can be hard to come by in Pokémon Sun and Moon, especially since only the rare female Salandits can evolve into the coveted poison/fire-type Pokémon. In an upcoming distribution, it looks like GameStop will help rectify the situation by delivering this Pokémon to Alolan trainers.
GameStop’s event event will run from August 14th to September 4th and provide players with a level 50 Salazzle that boasts the following moves: Fake Out, Toxic, Sludge Bomb, and Flamethrower. She will also be equipped with a Focus Sash and will have the Corrosion ability. Not only is Salazzle a difficult Pokémon to obtain its own right, but it can usually only learn Fake Out through breeding, and another Focus Sash is always valuable to competitive battlers, so GameStop’s version is definitely a solid prize to be had.
Are you excited for this distribution? Have you managed to capture and breed a Salazzle as capable as this potential catch in Sun and Moon already? Let us know if you pick a Salazzle up in the nearby future!
If you’re one of the many that couldn’t get your hands on a Nintendo Switch console, you may be in luck this week. GameStop has more stock on the way this week being sold as stand alone consoles as well as included in different bundles with accessories and games such as Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Snipperclips, Splatoon 2 or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
GameStop isn’t alone, either. Right in time for the release of Splatoon 2, Best Buy and Target are both also getting restocks this Friday. It’s currently unknown how many Switch consoles will be restocked at each of these three stores or their locations, so make sure you call up your local retailers and try to snag yourself one this week!
Nintendo has been under fire lately from rumors about artificial scarcity for their Nintendo Switch consoles, which have been in high demand and low supply since releasing on March 3, 2017. This gossip seems unfounded, as the shortage actually appears rooted in a stall in component production, but they are still taking steps to pacify their fans. Tweeting an apology and linking to a notice on their support website, Nintendo has addressed at least the Japanese portion of their audience with assurances that shipment volume will increase.
The struggle for hardware appears to also involve Apple Inc., as they and Nintendo compete to procure the NAND flash-memory chips required for their current hardware, according to Market Watch. A Games Industry Analyst at Niko Partners tweeted to say:
“Expect Nintendo Switch shortages to continue through the rest of the year.
“Production is still capped right now due to component shortages.” — Daniel Ahmad
For those of you who happen to be fluent in Japanese, Nintendo has also tweeted out their own message. Google Translate reads it as “[Nintendo HP] “Nintendo Switch” We posted an apology and notice of shortage.” In the notice, Nintendo says, “We sincerely apologize to our customers and dealers for their inconvenience.” The statement continues on to reveals that they intend to increase shipments over the summer, especially for the Splatoon 2 Switch bundle, and that “[f]or autumn and beyond, we will continue to work to ensure that as many products as possible can be delivered to our customers towards the end of the year.”
Meanwhile, major retailers in the U.S. are still marking their online stock as “sold out,” but GameStop announced in a recent press release that they are making more units available on a first-come first-serve basis. It does not seem that GameStop’s stock is related to Nintendo’s announcement, though, and it is unclear which stores will see an influx of consoles.
Unfortunately, it looks like product supply will continue to fall short of demand for the remainder of 2017, though Nintendo does want to make an effort to push more consoles onto the market in the coming months. For those of us still without, we may have to enjoy our older generation consoles a little while longer as we wait in line.
What do you think of Nintendo Switch’s shortage? Have you been waiting long to get your hands on a machine? Join the discussion in the comments below.
Pokémon trainers, get ready to expand your collection. GameStop is giving away a level 50 Midnight Form Lycanroc from May 15th through June 5th. This Lycanroc comes with its Hidden Ability, No Guard, and holds a Life Orb. To get your Lycanroc, just go into GameStop and ask for a code. Once you get your card, head into your game, choose Mystery Gift, then “Get With Code.” After following all the instructions, you’ll be able to pick up your gift at any Pokémon Center.
Nintendo’s latest console, the Nintendo Switch, just recently launched, and fans of the Big N are pretty excited about it and its possibilities. It turns out that they aren’t alone in this thrill: the fervor for the new console is so strong that, according to GameStop’s senior director of merchandising, Eric Bright, the Switch could be on pace to outsell even the Wii. The console has been sold out in multiple outlets since release, and so GameStop believes it could eventually eclipse the beefy 100 million units the Wii sold over its decade-long lifespan.
“The Nintendo Switch is off to a start right now that it could possibly eclipse the Wii. Initial sales on this have been phenomenal. I can’t give straight numbers, but I can say we’re seeing one of the highest attach rates of software and accessories to a device that we’ve seen in a long time.” —
In a conference call yesterday, GameStop reiterated these sentiments, providing further details to back up this stance. Desire has been incredibly strong for the Switch, with each shipment thus far selling out in mere hours, and they expect that this level of demand will continue for the entirety of 2017. Software and accessories have been equally sought after, with the attach rate of such things averaging out to 5.5 per console, and the company firmly believes the Switch has “real potential to be Wii-like in its ability to expand the category from core to broad audiences.”
Nintendo has already doubled the production of the console in response to the strong demand, and they’ve reported that the Switch is the fastest-selling home console in the company’s history so far. Bright has also said that its popularity is mainly due to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and the company reported yesterday that the attach rate of consumers who buy both the Switch and Zelda is nearly 1:1. According to Bright, “because of the popularity of Zelda, which is one of my top picks, we’re putting together a Zelda bundle of hardware and accessories for customers to pick up online.”
Have you been one of the many gamers enjoying Nintendo’s latest console? Do you think it could actually reach the heights of the Wii, or is GameStop just getting caught up in the launch excitement? Give us your thoughts in the comments!