We knew local stock of Valve's Steam Controller and Steam Link was incoming, though if you were expecting some fanfare about their availability, you're going to be disappointed. EB Games has quietly put the devices up for sale, though the pricing leaves a lot to be desired.
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When EB Games took pre-orders for the Nintendo Mini NES Classic earlier this week, the website crashed under the sheer volume of traffic from eager buyers. This happened two days in a row, leaving a mob of angry customers in its wake. With all the hype around the classic console, you'd think EB Games would have expected the level of traffic to its online store and worked to ensure its website was reliable. We take a look at where EB Games might have gone wrong and what businesses can learn from this debacle.
If you want to see this glorious screen on your TV come Christmas, then you'll need a Nintendo Classic Mini NES. And if you want to get one of those without paying an exorbitant amount to a hawker on Ebay, you'll need to buy from a retailer.
EB Games tried to kick off their second round of pre-orders yesterday, only for their site to crash in a fireball of disappointment. So the retailer is reopening pre-orders today.
After being completely bombarded by customers desperate to pre-order a Mini NES, EB Games has given up the ghost.
Its site is in a bad way, and it wants to do this all over again tomorrow.
EB Expo's inaugural and nonsensical Ultimate Cosplayer Pass has quietly disappeared from the EB Expo website. The $300 ticket was met with widespread criticism from the local cosplay community, despite formerly taking pride of place on the event website.
In today's gaming world, most people either are cosplayers, know a cosplayer or follow one on social media. It seems EB Expo has cottoned on to this fact, and they're getting in on the trend. Kinda.
They're not inviting cosplay guests, or offering their high-stakes cosplay comp again. This year, they're adding a cosplay repair station and cloak room — and charging cosplayers $300 to actually use them.
It's not often that a brick-and-mortar retailer captures your attention in the middle of a gargantuan Steam sale, but that's how the tide has gone in the last few years. The sales just aren't as good any more — and the fact that Australians still get slugged in US dollars makes it even less enticing.
But that's the opportunity EB are taking up right now, with a end of financial year sale. There's plenty of games that priced at surprisingly reasonable levels.
As you may have read this morning, visually enhanced versions of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City are coming to both PS4 and Xbox One this coming July.
But here's the strange part: in Australia this package — titled Batman: Return To Arkham — is being sold exclusively at EB Games.