Nintendo is the latest developer to jump on the interactive toy trend with its new Super Smash Bros. amiibo line of collectible action figures. The first wave of figures are now available for pre-order through several retailers, and some have already begun to sell out through Amazon.com. The individual toys can communicate with the Wii U GamePad controller to interact with the Super Smash Bros. game. Players can train each amiibo to level 50 and adjust their offensive and defensive capabilities to create the ultimate Super Smash Bros. character.
So far popular characters such as Pikachu and Mario are still in stock, while the lesser known characters Marth, Villager and Wii Fit Trainer have already sold out on Amazon. It is unknown if these figures are selling out because of limited quantities, or if some customers are just up the odd characters first. Either way it is recommended to pre-order now, so you're not stuck paying high scalper prices come the holidays.
In case you have been living under a rock, Microsoft launched the Xbox One with Kinect sensor for $499 in November 2013. Bundling the console with the sensor made the Xbox One $100 more than the PS4, which ultimately helped Sony destroy Microsoft in sales. Microsoft then released a Kinect-less Xbox One for $399 in June. This gave the Xbox One a sales boost, but it wasn't enough to really make a dent, and Sony went on to be the latest winner of the console war. Now Microsoft has decided to release a standalone Kinect Sensor in October for $150. It is unclear why anyone would want to pay $399 for an Xbox One without the Kinect to only turn around and buy a Kinect. I guess Microsoft is sticking with its belief that people are going to fall in love with the sensor, and wants to punish them for not believing them in the first place my making them pay an extra $50.
If you were on the fence about buying an Xbox One with a Kinect you better do it now. Microsoft recently announced three new bundles: a limited edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare bundle for $499, a Madden NFL 15 set for $399 and a white Sunset Overdrive bundle for $399. None of these bundles come with a Kinect sensor. As you can see here, there are very few Xbox One / Kinect bundles available at the original $399 price.
Disney Infinity Originals Tinker Bell, Aladdin, Stitch, Maleficent and More Now Available for Pre-Order
Several retailers are now accepting pre-orders for the Disney 2.0 characters Tinker Bell, Aladdin, Stitch, Maleficent, Donald Duck and Merida. This brings the latest Disney 2.0 roster to 19 playable characters. Disney Infinity Starter Packs are also available for pre-order starting at $59.99. The Originals ($60) Starter Pack includes Merida and Stitch. The Marvels Superheroes ($75) Starter Pack ships with Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow, and the Collector's Edition ($179) includes an Avengers collectible stand, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hulk, Hawkeye, Captain America and more.
Disney Infinity 2.0 will be available for the Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on 09/23/2014. Most retailers such as Gamestop and Best Buy are also offering bonuses when you pre-order a Starter Pack. Here's a complete list of available Disney 2.0 characters and links* to where you can buy them. The individual figures retail for around $14 each.
Gamestop, Best Buy and Amazon have all sold out of the WWE 2K15: Hulkamania Edition which launches on October 28, 2014. The $100 collector's edition ships with a boatload of exclusives including a collectible art card personally autographed by Hulk Hogan and a piece of authentic ring canvas from Hulk Hogan's Monday Night Raw appearance on March 10, 2014 in Memphis, TN. The rarity of the items included in the collector's edition suggest that the Hulkamania Edition may be sold out for good, but hopeful gamers can still sign up for email and mobile alerts (iOS only) for the game here.
Jared Rea of 2K Games recently confirmed that more roster reveals are coming soon. Fans were disappointed with the original 62 playable characters announced on WWE.com. 2K Games is expected to announce at least 92 wrestlers total, including DLC characters. The Hulkamania Edition includes two exclusive playable characters, Hulk Hogan and "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan, and Sting is also being offered as a pre-order bonus.
Collector's editions for game such as Destiny and Dragon Age Inquisition have been flying off shelves making them impossible to find. Both Walmart and Best Buy had to cancel Destiny Ghost Edition pre-orders due to the overwhelming demand. Amazon.com did restock the Destiny Ghost Edition a few weeks back, but it sold out within minutes, and the Dragon Age Inquisition Inquisitor's Edition pre-orders were gone as soon as they hit Gamestop's website. It is hard to say if the Assassin's Creed Unity Collector's Edition will be as limited in supply as Destiny, but it may be a good idea to pre-order now just in case. Don't say we didn't warn you if it sells out!
The Assassin's Creed Unity Collector's Edition includes: A copy of the game for the PC, PS4 or Xbox One, a 16-inch tall statue of Master Assassin Arno Dorian, fully functioning Assassin's Creed Unity wooden music box playing a remixed version of the theme song, art book showcasing never-before-seen concept art, original game soundtrack, Notre Dame Cathedral collector's edition showcase box and two in-game missions containing over 45 minutes of extra gameplay: Killed by Science & Chemical Revolution.
Night Trap may be one of the worst video games ever made but it is also considered a cult classic. The game was released to the doomed SEGA CD in 1992 and it is known for being end of Dana Plato's career. The game also became a hit after being pulled from some store shelves due to the controversy over its racy box art / content and for being part of Congressional hearings on violent video games in the 1990s.
If you have never played Night Trap, it is a FMV horror game starring real people such as Plato and a bunch of other actresses who never worked on anything else ever again. The object of the game is to spy on a slumber party while helping Plato, who is an undercover S.C.A.T. (SEGA Control Attack Team) agent, save girls from something called "Augers". Players were tasked with listening to conversations so they could retrieve a security code to activate traps to catch the vampire-like people trying to kidnap the girls. The game was notorious for being tedious since it forced players to watch the same video clips over and over.
The entire Guardians of the Galaxy roster is now available for pre-order. Rocket Raccoon, Drax, Groot, Star Lord and Gamora join other Marvel Superheroes Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and Hawkeye as the first wave o interactive characters for Disney Infinity 2.0. Each figure is available individually for $13.99 and will unlock the character in Disney's popular sandbox video game for the PlayStation 3 and 4, Wii and Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Star Lord and Gamora are only available as a $35 playset.
Disney Infinity 2.0 will be available on September 23, 2014. Starter Sets for the sequel are available for pre-order starting at $75. A Starter Set includes 1 copy of the game and 3 Marvel Super Heroes: Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow. Gamestop is offering a Starter Pack Collector's Edition that includes 1 copy of the game, a Marvel's Avengers collectible stand, 1 character base, 6 Marvel Super Heroes Figures (Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hulk, Hawkeye, Captain America), 2 Marvel Super Heroes Toy Box game discs and more.
Things are not looking good for video game collectors who wanted to nab a limited edition Destiny set. Walmart canceled all pre-orders for the $150 Ghost Edition and Best Buy canceled pre-orders for the $100 Limited Edition. There are still Limited Edition sets available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but all versions are currently sold out for the Xbox One and PS4. If you're looking for exclusive DLC then you can still pre-order the Digital Guardian Edition for $90. It includes:
"A digital download copy of Destiny, and access to the Vanguard Armory and Emblem pre-order bonus, an exclusive Ghost Shell, Player Ship, and Player Emblem, and a reservation for two upcoming Destiny Expansions featuring all new storylines, new cooperative and competitive activities, and new weapons, armor, and gear to earn."
The Destiny Expansion Pass is currently listed for pre-order on Amazon.com for $35.
Pre-orders for the Dragon Age Inquisition: Inquisitor's Edition are also currently sold out through Gamestop. No other retailers even have the Inquisitor's Edition listed on their website. You can sign up here for free email and mobile alerts.
Pre-orders are now being accepted for the special edition Legend of Zelda Monopoly. Gamestop is offering its own "Exclusive" edition with a bonus Ocarina of Time game piece and 6 Item Power Cards: Goddess Harp, Wind Walker, Minish Cap, Spirit Flute, Phantom Hourglass and Ocarina of Time.
The standard edition ships with a Legend of Zelda themed board, 5 token pieces (Bow, Hookshot, Boomerang, Triforce, Hylian Shield), Zelda money and custom rules. The game will be available on on September 15, 2014.
Facebook is down, or at least right now it is. The site went down around 12:00 noon EST on Friday causing the hashtag, "facebookdown" to immediately start trending on Twitter. The world did not explode, and only people over the age of 65 were affected because everyone else was too busy sending nude pictures on Snapchat.
This is not the first time Facebook has gone down, NBC News reported an international outage back in June. The worldwide Facebook catastrophe spawned the hashtag "WhenFacebookWasDown" and it heavily affected users in the United Kingdom, India, and Israel.
It is still unknown what countries besides the U.S. were hit by today's outage.