Nintendo 3DS Birthday
First off, let me say, Happy Birthday 3DS! March, 27th, 2012 marked the 1 Year Anniversary of the North American launch of the Nintendo 3DS.
If you haven't been to Mii Plaza lately you might want to check that out...
You just might get a Special Mii in the form of....Reggie from Nintendo!
Pretty cool in my opinion and I hope this is a trend they will continue.
If you read the blog, you might have noticed I was pretty said when Alison was cut/left the show a few weeks ago. Dark Gary filled in great, but when I watched the show tonight Gary signed off...then Dark Gary disappeared.
I really enjoyed the show, and I know it helped move products.
I have commented before I thought they might continue it with a first-hand fan base...I think it would be cool to see them send scripts or agendas to someone like NintendoFanGirl who can use YouTube to say alternate a co-host every week. There are a lot of die-hard Nintendo fans, myself included, and this would be an inexpensive option that might even expand the out reach of the show. It is worth considering, all Nintendo would be out is the time to prepare the agenda etc and email it out...If they went a step further sending new releases or sponsored games out it would likely suffice as payment to the grassroots movement.
I hope that Nintendo will continue the show in some form...I think my idea would work, but in all honesty, anything is better than nothing.
Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Gameplay Update
I'll cover this before getting into anything else. As of last night I finished recording the time goals for Chapters 1-22, which netted me 100% Completion. Note that you can get the 100% without having any of the 3-Star Ranks wrapped up on Chapters 23-26.
I plan to start editing those videos ASAP and should have some uploaded soon.
I also have Dragon's Peak headed this way from TRU. I ordered it when they had them in stock online and I should get it Monday, April 2nd. As soon as I get it, I will record the unboxing and then the blind playthrough. I have heard it is pretty tough, so I am looking forward to that.
Weekly Skylander Hunt
Well, this was an odd week...Sunday I just missed getting Dragon's Peak at TRU and there were no Lightning Rods or Zooks to be found.
Tonight was no different. My expectation of TRU having Dragon's Peak stocked to the brim at all times during these 30 days doesn't look to be panning out. Maybe some stores do, but mine does not. Very strange and yet another blunder on the part of Activision and Toys'R'Us.
I did finally see an Empire of Ice and Cynder single pack locally, although both were in back-rooms...creepy and unethical, yeah kind of...but it was nice to finally see them in this zip code at a retailer.
That said, my TRU had a ton of Skylanders. The shelves were full and that new display was spilling out with a mix of everything. There was still a seemingly infinite supply of Legendary Trigger Happy. If you pay more than retail for LTH I really have to question your sanity.
As I combed the racks looking for a stashed away Lightning Rod an employee I've gotten to know approached me. He let me know that Sunday they would be releasing Blue Bash...all 12 of them. Yeah, that is right, 12. Come early if you want him. I know I will be passing this expedition up. I'd like to have Blue Bash just from the collection purpose side of things, but in all honesty, despite inflicting massive damage with his box-stock attacks, I'm just not a big fan. I still haven't upgraded him, but Terrafin, Dino-Rang, and Prism Break just all suit me better. Plus, I've got Legendary Bash in the mix as well.
If I'm ever there and he is on the shelf, you bet I'll take him. If they are going to get 12 every other Sunday, I doubt it. Now say he had told me they had 100 or something like that, then yes, I'd try my luck. I have better things to do than stand outside a store and deal with people looking to grab something to put on ebay to fund their other vices. I'd say we'd be lucky if 2 of them go to people who actually play the game or just want him for display.
I am wondering if all TRUs got 12, and if there will be any subsequent shipments. I've said it before, but numbers on the Silver, Gold, and now Blue would be very nice for collectors and setting values.
Also of note was that my TRU hasn't had a Lightning Rod or Zook come in since they sold, I'm guessing 12 each, on the 3/21 or 3/25 events. He also confirmed they hadn't gotten Dragon's Peak in since I narrowly missed one on Sunday and that they didn't expect to have any for this coming weekend's Blue Bash event.
Next up was Target...note I went to TRU first in hopes they'd have gotten Wave 4 Skylanders in since the weekend to fill the shelves.
Target actually had the pegs full...I was shocked, I haven't seen them have any since roughly mid-January. It was mainly Eruptor and Drobot with a few Wrecking Balls and one Stealth Elf:
Now on to Best Buy. Yep, I said it, 1ofWiisdom heading to the hell hole known as Best Buy. I really can't stand that place. In fact, I have only been in there 3 or 4 times during the whole Skylander craze. I think the last time I bought something from the store was back before the iPod Nano first came out if that tells you anything. Sadly, they didn't have anything new, but oddly enough I found a Cynder in their display case.
I then hit up Wal-Mart since so many people had claimed their Wal-Marts were stocking TONS of Skylanders, inlcuding 12 or so Lightning Rods and Zooks pretty much daily. This store had some stock left, namely Eruptor, Drobot, the Dino-Rang Triple Pack, Pirate Seas, and Darklight Crypt which was a bit of a surprise, but nothing new:
Last up was GameStop. I walked in, and as with all super-cool, 20 something gamers I got the instant recognition treatment. Turns out they just got a shipment. Keep in mind, this store had been dry since early February. I got to right to the edge of the stock room, as per company policy, and saw the whole stash on the counter. They had singles of pretty much everyone but Hex and Voodood and get this, 1 of each Adventure Pack (sans Dragon's Peak). So yeah, that Empire of Ice I'd been trying to land for a friend and just got on Amazon this past weekend...right there, 2 days before my shipment is due to arrive. Funny how things tend to work that way isn't it?
I thanked the guy for letting me check everything out, and then spent about 20 minutes talking to the manager, who is also into Skylanders. She told me they had Lightning Rod and Zook earlier in the week and that they sat on the shelf for 2 days before an employee bought them as fair game. I guess their first shipment in forever came Monday or Tuesday and had the new Wave 4 singles. Timing is everything, even when it is off.
So yeah, there you go, my night in a nut-shell. I am basically 90% sure I am going to have to order in Lightning Rod and Zook. Currently, GameStop.com, where I sourced my Wave 3s, and Toys'R'Us.com, where I got Dragon's Peak, have yet to add either to inventory. That leaves me with Amazon and they seem to randomly stock. The Wave 4s they add to inventory are done in what must be quantities under 20 (probably 12, lol) as they go fast. There have literally been people that find them, add them to the cart, log-in, and find that they just sold out.
Of the two I am most looking forward to Lightning Rod...I'd actually like him more than Sunburn, although that may not be the popular option. I am excited after hearing Dragon's Peak was hard though.
Hopefully I can land Lightning Rod and Zook soon and introduce them to you...I know several people on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have told me they've been lucky enough to snag them and/or the Ignitor single pack.
So on that note, happy hunting! If you plan to go for Blue Bash you now know what I was told. Your store could have 120 on hand, or it could be 12 like mine. If you want him, you better get there. No one will want to source him from the ebay pirates.