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#1 BudzMcGee

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 10:57 PM

Was at the flagship Best Buy today and saw a bunch of stuff I hadn't previously seen marked down. These were all yellow tag priced, no manager stickers, no price override at the register so they SHOULD be universal (or mostly universal) in store price drops, but of course, YMMV. This is what this store had, if I see any more at a different store I will update. Some really good prices with the B2G1 sale ending today.

:3ds:The Adventures of TinTin - $19.99 (Been this price for a while, but marked clearance so I'm listing it)

:3ds:Decca Sports - $14.99 (also been this price for a while)

:3ds:PES (Pro Evolution Soccer) 2011 - $9.99
:3ds:James Noir - Hollywood Crimes - $9.99
:3ds:Chronicles: Samurai Warriors - $9.99
:3ds:Combat of Giants - $9.99

:3ds:Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion - $6.99
:3ds:Ridge Racer 3D - $6.99

:3ds:Dream Trigger - $5.99

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#2 TheEliminator62

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 11:11 PM

Sometimes I wonder why I own a 3DS with fruity games like this.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 11:41 PM

Sometimes I wonder why I own a 3DS with fruity games like this.


Because every system in existence besides the 3DS has only had AAA games released for them

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#4 KJAZZ

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 11:41 PM

Sometimes I wonder why I own a 3DS with fruity games like this.


There are terrible games on every single system. Every. Single. One.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 11:42 PM

Nintendo consoles have it the worse of course

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 11:47 PM

Looks like a whole bunch of blah, except maybe Dream Trigger.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 12:31 AM

Wouldn't mind picking up Ridge Racer 3D for that price. Thanks for the heads up, OP.
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Posted 09 September 2012 - 12:40 AM

Sometimes I wonder why I own a 3DS with fruity games like this.


Not really fair to judge it based on the list of games on clearance, which are typically not great games by definition of clearance.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 12:47 AM

5 of those 9 games are either directly available on Xbox/PS3 or another game in the same franchise is too. If you include the Wii, 6 of the 9 are for sure.

I snagged PES, Punchtime Explosion and James Noir for a grand total of $6.70 each after the B2G1 sale. Worth it just to try them out. James and PES trade in for $10 each currently if I don't like them, so no loss there. Punch Time trades for $6. Not making money on them really, but I'll try them, if they suck, back they go. PES is a pretty popular franchise though.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 01:11 AM

The reason there's so much shovelware on the Wii and DS/3DS is because Nintendo moved away from their "seal of quality" era.

The "seal of quality" meant that Nintendo approved of the quality of the product and it was licensed for your system. Now, it's just the "Official Nintendo seal", which basically means that the product is licensed or manufactured by Nintendo.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 01:15 AM

The seal of quality had nothing to do with game quality, it just was to make sure the game worked on your system and it wouldn't crap out or be glitchy or something like that. There were a few unlicensed games released for the NES too.

The NES, also had a ton of shovelware, and it was worse back then since we didn't know it was shovelware, you had to buy games blindly unless you had recommendation from a friend or bought a game based off an article in Nintendo Power. So almost every single video game system in history has a ton of shovelware.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 01:25 AM

Ah yes, I remember the great old days of buying a game based on how fun the cover art or screenshots on the back made it look. Surprisingly, I was rarely disappointed. Such simpler times.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 01:37 AM

I would only get Ridge Racer 3D but even at that I rather have the Vita version, oh well.

#14 jello44

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 01:58 AM

I would only get Ridge Racer 3D but even at that I rather have the Vita version, oh well.


The good thing about the 3DS version is that it is at least a full game and not a third of a game with the rest being DLC.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:00 AM

Captain Planet makes Punch Time Explosion a buy for me at that price.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:03 AM

The good thing about the 3DS version is that it is at least a full game and not a third of a game with the rest being DLC.


Say it isn't so!:-#

I have the Asphalt demo on Vita and was debating between that and Ridge Racer(no demo). Either would have to be $20 or less, of course, whenever I decide to buy.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:11 AM

Say it isn't so!:-#

I have the Asphalt demo on Vita and was debating between that and Ridge Racer(no demo). Either would have to be $20 or less, of course, whenever I decide to buy.

Do not buy RR for the Vita, you'll get ripped off. Check Amazon and all the low reviews just for that reason alone.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:16 AM

Ah yes, I remember the great old days of buying a game based on how fun the cover art or screenshots on the back made it look. Surprisingly, I was rarely disappointed. Such simpler times.


That's because you were a kid. Kids don't give a shit.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:18 AM

Do not buy RR for the Vita, you'll get ripped off. Check Amazon and all the low reviews just for that reason alone.


Just read Amazon-"Namco didn't even release a real demo because a demo would be this full crap game."

LMFAO!:lol: Damn. I watched some gameplay vids on YouTube, but didn't bother to research it more because that's my second favorite racing franchise and I felt they, actually, made it look like a Ridge Racer game.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:22 AM

Oh yes I remember these days on Atari like when pac man came out and my parents went to 4 stores before they found one that wasn't sold out and paid $50 for it. Then they told me that I wouldn't need to go to the arcade anymore. After playing it for 2 minutes I told them I would definately still be going to the arcade. Glad I didn't buy E.T. when it came out that Christmas at least.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:40 AM

The seal of quality had nothing to do with game quality, it just was to make sure the game worked on your system and it wouldn't crap out or be glitchy or something like that. There were a few unlicensed games released for the NES too.

The NES, also had a ton of shovelware, and it was worse back then since we didn't know it was shovelware, you had to buy games blindly unless you had recommendation from a friend or bought a game based off an article in Nintendo Power. So almost every single video game system in history has a ton of shovelware.


While not directly related to the "seal of quality", Nintendo would only allow each publisher to release X number of games per year on the NES, which did help to improve quality.. publishers had to release the games they thought would make them the most money.

(quick google shows the yearly limit was 5 titles per publisher)

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 03:07 AM

PES (Pro Evolution Soccer) 2011 - $9.99

Chronicles: Samurai Warriors - $9.99
Combat of Giants - $9.99


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Posted 09 September 2012 - 03:11 AM

Combat of Giants wasn't bad, just very very repetitive.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 03:19 AM

Chronicles: Samurai Warriors play around 10 hours and not even near half done something to play when bored ...but it goes on the long list of backlog games now
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Posted 09 September 2012 - 03:19 AM

The good thing about the 3DS version is that it is at least a full game and not a third of a game with the rest being DLC.


I know but the graphics and controls are what kill it for me. I know, I know, I'm bad but when you play the game on the PSP, PS3 and 360 and than have to play the horrible looking DS and 3DS version... it's just bad. The controls aren't too bad just not as smooth.

I'll get the Vita version when its $5 than hopefully the DLC will be on sale or free by the time I get it.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 03:26 AM

Actually, Ridge Racer 3DS is starting to look a lot better than before. I only saw a feel videos of it and was still set on getting the Vita version but after checking out some reviews, it looks good. Not $10 but for $7 (free w/ my gift cards) its looks great.

Still might not get it now but definitely worth it.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 03:33 AM

I know but the graphics and controls are what kill it for me. I know, I know, I'm bad but when you play the game on the PSP, PS3 and 360 and than have to play the horrible looking DS and 3DS version... it's just bad. The controls aren't too bad just not as smooth.

I'll get the Vita version when its $5 than hopefully the DLC will be on sale or free by the time I get it.


The 3DS has better visuals than the PSP could ever possibly produce.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 03:45 AM

Wouldn't mind picking up Ridge Racer 3D for that price. Thanks for the heads up, OP.


Same here. New game doesn't show up on the website anymore. Time to find one.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 03:50 AM

Same here. New game doesn't show up on the website anymore. Time to find one.


Yeah, sorry, should of written down the SKU so that we could make a search link. If anyone can find it, post it, please and thank you.

Nevermind. Ridge Racer 3D SKU: 2364345

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 03:59 AM

Yeah. I searched for the Ridge Racer SKU and did the SKU link creation thing and it's not working. Figured I could stock up on some games and stalk a 3DS for $50 or less from Cowboom.

Oh well, searching local Best Buy clearance on line, I see that Dream Trigger game for $5.99 and Street Fighter X Tekken Special Edition:ps3: for $34.99, Deus Ex for Windows $6.99.

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