Black friday may not be until next week, but tomorrow may be the most intense shopping day of the year for gamers. The Wii U will be available starting at midnight, tonight, kicking off a new generation of game consoles. Millions of Nintendo fanboys have been counting the days, clutching at pre-order receipts that represent a specific console in a box that's waiting for them in a store somewhere even now... Or so they thought. Yesterday, with less than 48 hours to go before the console is expected to hit stores, Toys R' Us has started contacting customers to warn them that their Wii U shipments have been delayed, and pre-ordered consoles may not be available on launch day.
Sony's followup to the PSP, the PS Vita, is releasing on February 22, 2012, but if you want to get yourself a Vita a full week before the official release date, you can grab the First Edition Bundle a full week ahead of time on February 15. There is a bundle for the U.S. and one for Canada, with the U.S. nabbing the 3G + Wi-Fi model and Canada receiving the cheaper Wi-Fi only model. Aside from variant PS Vitas, both bundles come with a 4 GB PS Vita memory card, a limited edition case, and Little Deviants, the obligatory launchgame mini-game compilation that showcases a device's capabilities. The 3G + Wi-Fi bundle will be selling for $350, while the Wi-Fi only bundle will be selling for $299, each bundle only $50 more than the base PS Vita units.
So, are you anticipating the PS Vita enough to where you'd shell out an extra $50 of getting your hands on it and Little Deviants a week earlier than you otherwise would have?
When developer Gearbox Software took it upon themselves to steal away one of the video game industry's best jokes--the ludicrous twelve-year-long development period for Duke Nukem Forever--gamers everywhere were both astounded that the game would actually be coming out and sad to lose one of our industry's most venerable jokes. When Gearbox took over the development, gamers humorously wondered if their pre-orders from twelve years ago would be honored. At a press event in London yesterday, Gearbox decided to be both simultaneously awesome for revealing they were talking to retailers to somehow find a way to honor the old pre-orders, and jerks for taking yet another Duke Nukem Forever joke away from us.