I've seen a few articles advising Halo fans not to pre-order the Guardians Limited Collector's Edition because we don't really know what it includes, but here's a few reasons why you may want to consider it. Most of these "limited editions" are actually limited and do sell out. Just ask anyone who tired to buy a Destiny Ghost Edition last year. While it is unknown how limited the Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector's Edition actually is, it is safe to assume it will sell out before it is released.
The release date for Guardians is listed as “Fall 2015," which means it could be up to 9 months before the game is even available. Granted a lot could change in that time and make you reconsider your purchase, but most retailers do not charge you until the item actually ships. This is why it is a good idea to pre-order now and reserve your place in line. This way if the Limited Collector's Edition set turns out to be awesome, you won't be stuck kicking yourself for missing out. If it turns out it to suck, you can always just cancel your order.
The Toshiba Chromebook 2 is considered one of the best Chrome OS-powered laptops currently on the market, but the full HD model (CB35-B3340) is out of stock everywhere. Luckily the free product tracking service whohas.it is tracking both the full and standard models. The standard model (CB35-B3330) SRP is $250 and the HD model should only set you back around $300 to $329, so be careful of getting gouged by third-party scalpers on websites like Amazon and eBay.
The Toshiba Chromebook 2 model B3340 is equipped with a 13.3-inch full HD (1920 x 1080p) IPS display and an Intel Celeron processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. All Chromebooks come with the latest version of Chrome OS installed and voice-powered apps like Google Now. They're also lightweight, portable and are ready to go right out of the box.
The Wii U console by itself is next to impossible to find online. Most retailers are only offering the console bundled with a game like Super Mario 3D World, so it is odd that the sought after Super Smash Bros. is not being offered with the console as a package deal. Instead most retailers such as Amazon.com are offering a Super Smash Bros. Bundle which only includes a copy of the game, a Smash Bros. edition GameCube controller and adapter for the Wii U. Holiday shoppers only have one option so far when it comes to an actual Wii U console bundled with the hit game. The Wii U Super Smash Bros. Mega Bundle is of course being sold by the king of bundles -- Walmart.
The Mega Bundle is available now through Walmart.com starting at $388. It includes the Deluxe 32GB black Nintendo Wii U with Super Mario 3D World, a copy of Super Smash Bros., your choice of 1 amiibo (Princess Peach or Kirby) and a Hori Battle Pad Controller in Luigi green or a Yoshi Fight Pad . The controller is optional an adds $5 to the final price.
Nintendo has taken a page from Activision's playbook by releasing its own interactive action figures called "amiibo" to tie-in with its hit game Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U. Wave 1 of the figures are available now, but like all collectible items some are harder to find than others. The Villager, Wii Fit Trainer and Marth amiibos are sole out everywhere. Rumors of these three figures being discontinued have been proven to be untrue, meaning there is still hope that shoppers will be able to nab them before the holidays.
You can sign up for free email and mobile (iOS only) alerts for all the amiibo figure at whohas.it. Here you will also find a list of retail exclusives, such as Best Buy's Meta Knight, and pre-orders for Wave 2.
The newly announced Wave 2 lineup includes: Bowser, Captain Falcon, Diddy Kong, Ike, King Dedede, Little Mac, Luigi, Mega Man, Pit, Sheik, Sonic, Toon Link and Zelda. Wave 2 will begin shipping on February 28, 2015, according to Amazon.com.
The WWE 2K15: Hulkamania Edition for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is currently in stock on Amazon.com. The special edition sold out in August before it's official October release, and many thought it would never be available again due to its alleged limited quantity. The set is $99.99 and comes with exclusive DLC and physical collectibles such as a piece of authentic ring canvas from Hulk Hogan's Monday Night Raw appearance on March 10, 2014 in Memphis, TN. No one expected this edition to ever be available again so make sure you grab it now!
WWE 2K15: Hulkamania Edition also includes a copy of WWE 2K15 video game in exclusive premium packaging the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, a collectible art card personally autographed by Hulk Hogan, an exclusive Funko "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan vinyl figure, two exclusive playable characters (Hulk Hogan and "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan) and access to Sting playable characters pack.
Wave 3 of Skylanders Trap Team has been revealed, but no release date has been given. Rumors suggest that the wave could be split up into two parts with the Core figures being released on 2015, and the new Trap Masters and Traps being released sometime in 2014. Wave 3 includes 4 Core figures, 3 Trap Masters, 3 Mini double packs and 8 new Traps.
Skylanders Trap Team
Kaos has blown up the walls of the feared Cloudcracker Prison freeing the most notorious villains in Skylands. It's up to you and the Skylanders to find and capture them. Using Traptanium, a magic material that can harness the power of the Elements, you have the amazing ability to trap the villains and return them to Skylands to fight for you! Begin the ultimate adventure as you explore Skylands in search of the escaped villains!
Nokia has launched a pre-registration page for its new 7.9-inch N1 tablet. The N1 is thinner (6.9mm) than the iPad mini 3 and it is equipped with an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP front-facing camera and dual speakers. Under the hood sits a 64-bit 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 paired with 2GB of RAM, and it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box.
The tablet also ships with a micro-USB 2.0 with a Type-C reversible connector, 32GB of storage and the Nokia Z-Launcher, which allows you to "scribble" a letter on the display to bring up things "you want to know, do, and discover". The tablet will be available for $250 when it lands in China on February 19th. No word on when it will be available in the U.S., but you can sign up to be notified by hitting the link above.
Both Amazon.com and Walmart have listed their PlayStation 4 Black Friday bundles online, but pre-orders are not available at this time. Holiday shoppers hoping to get their hands on the bundle can sign up for email and mobile alerts at whohas.it. This free product tracking website will notify you when the bundle is available online at any retailer. You will need the iOS app to receive push notifications to your iPod touch, iPhone or iPad. The mobile app is the best way to insure you won't miss the bundle when it becomes available, and it allows you to purchase it from anywhere, as long as you have a cellular or Wi-Fi connection.
The PlayStation Black Friday bundle includes Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us Remastered and it is listed for only $399 on Walmart.com. Walmart also has an Xbox One Black Friday bundle with the Halo Master Chief Collection listed for only $329. You can track that item here.
The holiday shopping season has already begun for savoy shoppers who were smart enough to have already purchased their Disney Frozen dolls, Guardians of the Galaxy action figures and Nintendo Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS and Wii U. The Nintendo 3DS XL Blue and Red Super Smash Bros. bundless have already sold out at Game Stop, Best Buy and are only available through third-party sellers on Amazon.com. Luckily the Wii U version of the game is still available for pre-order but the Wii U GameCube Controller Bundle is sold out. The Wii U version of the game will begin shipping on November 21, 2014, but you should pre-order now to insure you get a copy in time for Christmas.
Another sure to be hot item this holiday shopping season is Nintendo's Skylanders-like action figures for Super Smash Bros. which are called "amiibo". These figures are currently available for pre-order and will also begin shipping on November 21st. You can see a complete list of available characters here.
Just like its predecessors, the Google Nexus 6 sold out within minutes after pre-orders started on Oct. 29. Both the 32GB and 64GB versions are now listed as out of stock on Google Play. It is unknown for sure when more stock of the Nexus 6 will be available, but there are a few ways you can prepare yourself so you don't miss out on the next round of pre-orders.
The Nexus 6 will be available from all five major U.S. carriers: AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular and Verizon Wireless. Rumors have suggested that the new Google phablet will land at T-Mobile on November 12th, and that the device could start shipping from other retailers beginning on November 21st. Both Amazon.com and Best Buy are also expected to carry the smartphone.