awesome info/feedback, thanks so much sonic!
out of curiosity, have you noticed any trends for in-store purchases having a higher success rate of functioning than online purchases (or vice versa)? unfortunately, i was way too naive when i made my rounds and bought my in-store games a few months back, and never tested any of them. if they have the same fail rate as my online purchases, im screwed - only silver lining being that i bought my first GCN system a few weeks into the 75% off sale, so most of the games i bought in-store arent highly-sought/expensive titles.
FWIW, here's my list of 10 that failed from two online orders last week:
mvp baseball 2005
need for speed underground 2
wwe day of reckoning
medal of honor - european assault
wwe wrestlemania xix
call of duty finest hour
shrek super slam
i also havent bothered testing the games in my wii, but i did try them in a second GCN system i bought at gamestop about two months ago, and got the same (failed) results - this after cleaning the laser in the original testing system, as well as the disc surfaces.
and thats great that your trip to the store to return the stuff was fruitful beyond just the return - glad you had that good luck.
thanks again for the reply.
I didn't test my in-store purchases either, but I inspected each disc before I paid for them. I put back any discs that were very scratched and didn't buy them.
After reading your post I finally decided to test a few of the in-store purchases and they all work so far *knocks on wood.*
Kirby's Air Ride arrived today and it actually worked. It looks like a pretty fun game for the 5 minutes I played it.