So, you learned your lesson from past launches of console releases and remember that you don’t wanna be left out of the water cooler chat after Xmas. Everyone will be talking about the Wii U and how fun it is (it has happened to me when the original Wii came out, and I hated it). Well, get your butt moving, because the black Wii U is sold out almost everywhere (at time of this posting). However! As of Oct-04-2012, you still have three chances left: Toys R Us and Wal-mart have not yet started taking preorders (watch my blog), and The Source (Canada, no in-store pickup) is still accepting preorders (for now).

The question is: should you fork over the extra $50 for the Deluxe Bundle at $349? The answer is an absolute OMG yes! The Basic set doesn’t even include a game! The deluxe set comes with the game Nintendo Land, hard drive space increases from 8GB to 32GB, a Deluxe digital points system (a Rewards system to use for later purchases), and accessory stands (as well as everything in the base set including the tablet controller). Remember, you can use your old Wii remotes to play on the Wii U (so you save money there).

So, how is this Nintendo Land game? Game critics and hardcore gamers usually dismiss Nintendo games as too casual or one-dimensional, especially mini-games collections. However, watch this newly posted eye-opening game review by GameInformer below (or click here), they explain how the game is originally deceiving in its gameplay depth and yet extremely addicting. Below that video is the E3 gameplay presentation of Nintendo Land that GameInformer was referring to in their review (or click here).

How quickly did the first set of Deluxe bundles sell out? Just three to four days at Gamestop, EB Games, Bestbuy and Futureshop. I expect the same for the others that will sell preorders. I highly recommend to take the safe route and NOT to go to the store to buy after the release date, November 18th, unless you enjoy waiting in huge lines for hours or enjoy being disappointed with sold out signs. You will not see supply until after January 2013.

REMEMBER, you snooze you lose!

I can just see it… Soccer moms hearing about the new Wii U thinking, “What a steal for $300 for a Nintendo iPad!” They rush over to the store, hoping to surprise the kids with the best Xmas present of 2012, then leave disappointed when they learn they’re all sold out and no supply till next year (or they settle for the basic and not realize they could have saved some money with the Deluxe).

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Also, this is historic for Canadians: This is the first video game console launch where both the US and Canadian prices ARE EXACTLY THE SAME!!! I’m really shocked! Go Canadian Loonie Go!!

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Holy smokes, Mario, that was fast… This is gonna be a crazy Xmas shopping year for the Wii U… Get your pre-order in soon or you may not see a Wii U till January 2013. YOU SNOOZE YOU LOSE!

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According to its website, GameStop has filled its available quota on the $350 Wii Deluxe Bundles and has stopped accepting pre-orders for it. It is still however, accepting sales on the Basic White Bundle going for $300.

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Hey video gamers in Canada, Walmart Canada has put two games on sale that onomeister thinks you may consider buying. One is a highly acclaimed family fun platformer and the other is a music game for casual gamers. Usually at Walmart, these video game sale prices stay the same until all the stock at that store is gone, and no new stock comes in after it’s all gone. So remember, “you snooze you lose”.

  • Rayman Origins (PS3 & Xbox 360) on sale for CAD$9.83 (for PS3) (for Xbox 360) – It has been called a platformer masterpiece. If you loved New Super Mario Bros Wii, then this is a must-buy. IGN rates it a 9.5/10: “Ubisoft drew up a one of a kind style and stuck to it to create one of the prettiest and downright pleasing video games ever created. Excellent controls, laugh out loud co-op and a great sense of challenge and accomplishment. This is platforming at its finest.”. See below for a video review.
  • Black Eyed Peas: The Experience Limited Edition (Xbox 360 Kinect) on sale for CAD$9.83 – This game is obviously a casual party game for the less hardcore. But is it still fun for the casual gamer? Well, this Kinect dance game is similar to Dance Central or The Michael Jackson Experience, and includes 30 of their songs (link to the song list). Don’t worry, any Black Eyed Peas fan should be happy with the selection. And if you like this kinda music, for 240 MS pts per song, you can download nine other songs (must-buy’s would be: “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO, “Like a G6” by Far East Movement, and “Where is the Love?” by Black Eyed Peas). See below for the trailer.

FYI, I was at my local Walmart, and they still had several copies of each game as of time of my post (online seems sold out, though)


Canadians! Sci-fi fans! Blu-ray collectors! I have three great sci-fi movies that are discounted currently on amazon.ca. Remember, these are “you snooze you lose” limited-supply deals. Do you like your sci-fi? Then, if you get all three, your shipping will be free, as your order will be over CAD$25.

  • Super 8 (2011) on sale for CAD$9.99 – From J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg, this one has been said to be a tribute to classic Spielberg movies. A mixture of E.T., Jurassic Park and Cloverfield, this tale of youth, mystery and adventure has a nostalgic feeling like Goonies and Stand By Me. It’s nothing innovative but a fun ride. Rated PG-13 (IMDb rating 7.2/10, watch trailer).
  • Moon(2009) on sale for CAD$9.99 – This critically acclaimed film is about a lonely inhabitant of an automated lunar mining base who longs to see his wife and child so much that it starts to get him mentally unstable. This is a must-see if you are a sci-fi fan. Rated R (IMDb rating 8.0/10, watch trailer).
  • Equilibrium(2002) on sale for CAD$6.99 –  Watch a young Christian Bale and Sean Bean in this sci-fi film in which the action sequences are very well-choreographed. The post-apocalyptic movie has been compared to the Matrix and George Orwell’s 1984. Rated R (IMDb rating 7.6/10, watch trailer).

Finally! Some AAA games on the PS3 that I’ve been waiting for the price to come down. At Wal-mart Canada, for CAD$14.83 each, you can get Heavy Rain, Gran Turismo 5, Uncharted 2 (GoTY edition), God Of War 3, Infamous 1, Modnation Racer, Killzone 3, Little Big Planet 1 (GoTY edition).

I finally bought Heavy Rain and GT5 after all this time. I’m so excited to play both, as they were both highly touted games. Heavy Rain‘s Metacritic score is 87%, while Gran Turismo 5 is 84%.

FYI, each Wal-mart will have different stock. I went to the huge bargain bin that had the price sign “$15 and up” and it took me 10 minutes to find the games that I wanted, so YMMV (your mileage may vary).

Phew, it’s expensive being a video game fan!

(Sorry U.S. friends, this sale is not for Wal-mart USA – yet)

Are you an X-men fan? A blu-ray collector? Then it’s time to get the X-men Trilogy for $6 per disc  for CDN$17.99 at Best Buy Canada! Remember, you can order online, then ask to pick up instore, so you can save on shipping (or buy something else to get you over $20 so that you get free shipping!).

(Sorry US friends, it’s still $30 at Best Buy USA at time of writing)

As always, limited quantities, so you snooze you lose.

  • X-Men (2000) – I don’t remember another movie where it stars two knighted people in the same movie (Sir Ian McKellan and Sir Patrick Stewart), but this popcorn film is fun and entertaining  for non-comic fans as well as comic book fans (IMDb  rating 7.4).
  • X2: X-Men United (2003) – Many say this is the best film of the first three movies, due to the great character development, has a substantial plot, and a great ending (IMDb rating 7.6).
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) – The third of the trilogy (done by a different director) has great action and special effects, but that’s about it; watch this movie with low expectations (IMDb rating 6.8)

comic credit: Stephen Frug

Here are some outstanding Amazon blu-ray deals!! (*you snooze you lose!)

Get the pre-order of “Christopher Nolan: Director’s Collection” for CAD$35.99 at Amazon.ca, and for my U.S. friends: US$33.86 at Amazon.com. You will get free shipping with this deal; so you’re paying $7 per blu-ray for these highly-rated movies!!

The Nolan collection includes:

  • Insomnia – Al Pacino and Robin Williams star in this murder mystery psychological thriller set in ominous-looking Alaska (7.2 rating).
  • Memento – This amazing film noir, you will be thinking and talking about it for days. Advice: watch with no distractions! (8.6 rating)
  • Batman Begins – Liam Neeson is amazing in this movie that has a  richly dark, atmospheric world; I forgot this was a comic book movie! (8.3 rating).
  • The Dark Knight – Heath Ledger as Joker steals almost every scene in this epic masterpiece (8.9 rating).
  • Inception – DiCaprio stars in this mind-blowing film that you must pay attention from beginning to end (8.8 rating).

Pirates of the Caribbean have also been marked down (free shipping once you hit $25). The ratings decrease the newer the release, but they’re still fun family flicks (“At World’s End” had a $300 million budget!!)

Spartacus – Season 1 and 2 are now on sale. Although there is strong sexual content and language, this is like watching Gladiator in an R-rated TV series. Many have said if they were to make a soap opera to cater towards men, this would be it. There is revenge, betrayal, loyalty, greed, anger, sorrow, love, romance, hatred, brutality and violence. Just like Russell Crowe’s movie, after a slow start (4 or 5 episodes), you find yourself rooting for the characters.