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Crazy-pretty: Sakura Wars getting hot preorder art books


Jan 06
// Josh Tolentino
[As posted on Japanator] Are you planning to buy Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love for the PS2 or Wii this March? Haha! I kid, of course you are planning to buy it. However, decisions must still be made for exactly which version ...

Inside Microsoft's first retail store

Oct 22 // Conrad Zimmerman
Upon walking into the Microsoft Store, it immediately became clear who the software giant was trying to be. Anyone who has spent any time in one of Apple's brick-and-mortar locations would quickly draw parallels between the stores' clean and sparse designs. Rows of tables bearing laptops and desktop monitors feature Microsoft's products and offer a hands-on approach and the Answer Desk, a domineering counter at the rear of the store, is clearly a carbon copy of Apple's "Genius" program. That said, Microsoft has crafted a beautiful store even if it's one that has been aped from the competition. It's open and airy, the staff are friendly and knowledgeable and there is some very sexy tech on display, including the table PCs we've seen pop up at E3 and other events. But what about the games?About 15% (roughly 150 sq feet) of the store's floor space is devoted to Xbox 360 products, taking up about a corner of the store. Five demo stations -- including one with Xbox 360 Xplorer guitars in lieu of standard controllers -- dominate the area, their video displayed via projector on the wall. These are not so much kiosks as sleek, wooden stands holding the controllers about five feet away from the wall Below the screens are the products. The entire line of 360 accessories are available and a rather impressive selection of software is on offer as well. I was pleasantly surprised to not see an overwhelming dominance of Microsoft-published titles, either, as the games on display cover an excellent cross-section of products that represent the full range of the console. If you're more of a PC gamer, you're likely to be a little bit disappointed at first. There is a small section in the opposite corner with boxed games and accessories, but it pales in comparison to the console offerings. Fortunately, there are six kiosks with touchscreen displays situated throughout the store where shoppers may order PC software and have it printed on-demand in under four minutes.On the whole, I'm very impressed with what Microsoft has managed to do here. Does it look like an Apple Store knock-off? Certainly, but I'm not sure that's going to matter. The people who care about that already aren't likely to be shopping in a Microsoft Store to begin with. But, for consumers of the biggest software company in the world, having a place where you can go to buy what you want when you want it in a clean and helpful environment has been a long time coming. Check out the gallery to see more photos of the new Microsoft Store. Is this the sort of place you can see yourself shopping?
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Coinciding with the release of Windows 7, Microsoft has opened their very first Microsoft Store in the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall in Scottsdale, Arizona. People camped out overnight in sixty degree temperatures (brrr!) to...

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Eye of Judgment with PlayStation Eye: $30 at Walmart


Apr 29
// Dale North
Look, I'm a blogger for a living. It's a fun life and all, but I can't say that I'm rolling in cash come payday (no offense, boss). So, for the day-to-day needs of my life, I visit the Walmart location nearest my house, as I ...
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Breaking! Free Destructoid shirts for the ladies while they last


Mar 05
// Niero Gonzalez
Time to clean house!  Nerdyshirts is closing out the last of our 08' Destructoid skull & crossbones shirts for $5 plus shipping (all men's sizes are sold out, sorry!) but here's how to get it for free: To get the cou...
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Going into those little hole in the mall GameStop stores leaves much to be desired. Some are so small that you're likely to knock sh*t off the shelves just walking through it. It's also sometimes difficult to find what you're...

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Discountoid: Cyber Monday 2008


Dec 01
// Samit Sarkar
Just in case you didn’t max out all your credit cards on Black Friday, online retailers have fabricated a new bastion of American consumerism in recent years: “Cyber Monday.” It’s the Monday after Than...
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Black Friday at SplitReason - 20% off all Destructoid swag, today only


Nov 28
// Niero Gonzalez
Buy our crap!  I'm happy to announce that our T-shirt supplier SplitReason is having a 20% off sale today on all Destructoid merch. including our new Kamikaze shirt (pictured) and the RetroforceGO! shirt (now available i...
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Rumortoid: MGS 4 pre-order bots responsible for Amazon downtime


Jun 06
// Qais Fulton
Today was quite possibly the worst day for Amazon to experience downtime. Planned to be the day that Amazon began accepting pre-orders for the Metal Gear Solid 4 80 GB PS3 bundle, everything fell apart when Amazon experi...
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Nintendo: Wii has a shelf life of one hour


Apr 28
// Dale North
It was hard to obtain Nintendo's Wii in 2006, but even now it is hard to come across a Nintendo Wii in a retail store. There's still a crazy demand and a shortage of hardware. Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime told Wired.com in an ...
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Play-Asia announces Year of the Rat sale, free consoles to be won


Feb 13
// Colette Bennett
Play-Asia and my bank account should be connected by a direct wire -- or perhaps an IV tube would be a more accurate choice. I can't begin to tabulate how much of my money they've spirited away, but thanks to their upcoming Y...
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Japan braces for a Super Smash Bros. Brawl brawl due to shortages


Jan 24
// Dale North
If a delay didn't hurt enough, reports of a shortage of copies of Super Smash Bros. Brawl should have Japanese gamers clutching their chest and their reserve tickets.Our sister site Japanator points to a couple of shortage is...
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Toys R Us rewards you for buying Mario Galaxy with a $25 Gift Card


Nov 11
// Colette Bennett
As some of you may already know, Toys R Us is tempting customers with the promise of a $25 Gift Card if you purchase Super Mario Galaxy at one of their retail stores. If you're going to get it (and you aren't already standing...
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PSP $169 price drop. Idea: keep waiting


Apr 02
// Niero Gonzalez
A variety of sources with more child labor than us are reporting that the PSP will drop to $169 tomorrow, making it still $50 more expensive than the world's most succesful video game console ever. Talk about a tough act ...
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April Fool's Alert #5: WiiHelm and the WoW tinfoil cap


Apr 01
// Niero Gonzalez
The WiiHelm by ThinkGeek is a great April Fool's Day joke in so many ways. The item even fooled Dave Rudden, an editor at Games.net, who was ready to put down $25 for the accessory when he was greeted by a "Fooled yo...
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Wii have some good news (update)


Mar 13
// Dale North
Are you still looking for your Nintendo Wii, only to find barren shelves and frowny faces? Are you still rabidly determined to purchase the system despite the naysayers? Well, our highly efficient Destructoid robot webscanner...
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52 issues of Famitsu just ... $398! Doh


Mar 05
// Niero Gonzalez
HarrasmentPanda spotted an ironic deal on CheapAssGamer for hardcore gamers obsessed with reading about games we'll see in 6 months (if we're lucky): You can now subscribe to the #1 Japanese game mag Famitsu via Amaz...
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Limited Edition Dtoid shirt: Ten bucks!


Feb 28
// Niero Gonzalez
Love Destructoid and Also Cocks? Here's an opportunity to tell the world confuse the hell out of anyone that happens to walk past you. Your demented friends at Destructoid are professionally silkscreening a batch of shirt...
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AWOMO: Branson's new baby


Feb 27
// Analog Pidgin
If Gametap is the whore of video game content delivery, then Richard Branson's unfortunately named AWOMO (A World of My Own) is the new kid on the block. This poor, dumpy kid will inevitably get beat up, even though it...
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Ninty dominates Amazon: SNES > PS3?


Feb 17
// Niero Gonzalez
Fanboys will have a field day with Amazon's public Top 25 video game sales list, which is completely overrun by Nintendo products. Among the usual suspects from the Wii camp is one strange surprise -- the SUPER NINTENDO i...
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20 portable 80's Sega games for 20 beans


Feb 15
// Niero Gonzalez
Coleco has launched a rebranded dirt-cheap portable console called the PlayPal, which retails for $20 at Target. It's flimsy as can be, but packs a near 3 inch screen and runs twenty classic Sega Master System and Game ...
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Video game artwork, sans the eyeballs


Feb 05
// Niero Gonzalez
Neil sees an eyeball and he wants to paint it blackNo colors anymore Neil wants them to turn blackNeil sees the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothesNeil posts his art on Etsy until his darkness goesThis is an origi...
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Online retailer quits, calls out game industry; waahmbulance dispatched


Feb 01
// Robert Summa
Some online retailer I've never heard of, DVD Empire, has come out and said they're going to stop selling video games and they got a few reasons as to why. Take a look at their list of complaints. See something intere...
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The mother of all 8-bit NES auctions


Jan 28
// Niero Gonzalez
If you're sick of waiting for good NES games on your Wii Virtual Console (you know, Ninja Gaiden, Super Mario Brothers 3, Mega Man 2 -- not Urban Champion) and are sick of the fortune you're slowly spending on points...
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Ignorant mom tries to find a Mario game for Xbox 360


Jan 21
// Jordan Devore
Retail-Sucks has a hilarious story about a woman trying to find a certain Nintendo game for Xbox 360. This mom must have a lot of faith in her kids, because she gave one EB Games employee hell just because her son said that ...
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Watch Circuit City sell out Wiis and blatantly lie today, live in your town!


Jan 21
// Niero Gonzalez
I woke up at the crack of dawn this morning to buy a Wii for my dad. He's been playing stuff like Bases Loaded on his NES forever now because he finds everything else too complicated. Judging by the other moms and dads w...
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Save the dinosaurs, get free gaming mags


Jan 20
// Niero Gonzalez
The magazine publishing industry needs your help. Actually, it doesn't -- it needs you to forget that video game news is not readily available and more current on the internet. It also needs you to muster up that nostalgi...
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Milk Circuit City for all it has, or just $40 (Update: Circuit City got scared)


Jan 20
// Niero Gonzalez
While rumors of a Nintendo Wii fifty dollar price drop have been brewing since the holidays, nothing has quite yet materialized. We can't imagine they'd do so anytime soon with the high demand on the item. In any case...
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Urban Princess of the crocheted scarf world


Jan 19
// Niero Gonzalez
She's got spunk. She's curls. She's got scarves! Scarves, people! Expensive hand crocheted Nintendo designs that, and I quote "were made my hands and imagination". A graduate of the Sixaxis school of in...
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How not to sell a PlayStation 3 on Ebay


Jan 16
// Niero Gonzalez
Oh, Mylanta! Call me conservative, but the last thing I want near my next-gen hardware is a fat naked dude's hairy testicles. That's just how I was raised, no offense. Unfortunately we failed at properly stalking Jedd...
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eBay stupidity is not in short supply


Jan 10
// Faith
Surfing the listings at eBay, you'll see hundreds of auctions that are just tricks to rip idiot buyers off. The favorite trick of... I'd say clever sellers, but if the buyers took a minute to read the details of the a...

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