Video Game Bundles

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy September!

As kids, Rachel and I tended to wait until Christmas or our birthdays for new video games and consoles but, as adults, we squirrel away some money for these kind of occasions. Getting a new game here or there isn’t bad, but when they’re hard to find consoles or such, bundles look more appealing…

Usually when a shiny new game or console comes out, plenty of stores offer some sort of bundle to include the game or console with other trinkets. Generally speaking, these trinkets usually aren’t anything that we’d be interested in — such as little posters or figurines that, while look cool, would do nothing more than collect dust.

Case in point were the bundles that ThinkGeek were offering with the SNES Classic console. The SNES Classic itself is only about $80… I’m not convinced that the extra toys that come with the console even out the high price of the bundles. Is it really another eighty bucks for a mushroom plush, a mug, and a calendar? Most of the bundles looked nice, especially the Zelda-themed chess set, but I’m more interested in the console itself rather than the add-ons.

Of course, there are bundles that I wouldn’t mind getting. I’m honestly considering the Fire Emblem Warriors bundle that Nintendo is offering. Along with the Switch version of the game, you get a duel-sided poster, art cards, and 3 CDs of the game music. The art cards and poster look nice, but what I’m really interested in is the music. Video game soundtracks are my favorite kind of music, enough so that I don’t know anything on the radio nowadays.

The Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon bundle doesn’t seem too bad either. It comes with art cards and a code to get 200 pokeballs along with a version of each game. Rachel and I were considering it so each of us would get a game out of the deal and she could keep the art cards.

Price-wise, both bundles are about eighty dollars (which seems to be the magic number of this post). It’s about twenty bucks more than what the game would be by itself, but music comes along with it! It’s also the price of both Pokemon games put together, so that doesn’t seem too bad either.

It’s a shame gaming is such an expensive hobby, isn’t it?

Do you take advantage of video game bundles? What do you think of them?

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Switch Week: Money, Money, Money…

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Whenever a new console is announced, rumors for the price always pop up. The rumors were laid to rest when the presentation announced that the Nintendo Switch will have a console price of $299.99. Considering that many of us were speculating (rather, hoping and praying) that the Switch would be about $250, it was a bit disappointing, especially considering that the games themselves will probably be around $50 to $60. It’s all up to par for a home console, I suppose, but our wallets aren’t thrilled.

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I had a feeling it was going to be on the expensive side. There’s brand new technology in the console itself (for example, having the ability to take screenshots and record game footage), so it makes sense that the price is $300. However, if you add everything else to it, it doesn’t seem fair. An extra set of controllers is $80, which means that one Joy-Con is about $40. Then, the games will be about $60 or so, I assume. Then there are plenty of other factors to it all. I feel as though my entire bank account will be wiped out and it’s times like this that I’m grateful we split everything in half.

krismii
You’re welcome for going halfsies with you, haha! When it first came out, the Wii U was also $300 dollars, and the games go for about the same amount, so the Switch wasn’t too surprising. Considering the PlayStation 4 was about $400 and XBox One was $500, Nintendo was always the cheaper of the main video game company trio. This also doesn’t include the online subscription price, which will start up sometime in the fall. That, I’m not too sure about…

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Nintendo is cheaper in that aspect, I agree. However, the games definitely add up as well as the DLC. The online subscription may kill us and Nintendo games rarely go on sale. Not to mention all the accessories to the console, such as extra controllers and SD cards for more storage space… This thing is going to be hard to budget out.

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Hence why we usually wait for a birthday or Christmas for new consoles. Yet, with the Switch, I had wanted to pre-order it as I was afraid of the shortage that happened with the mini NES. However, in the time it took to look at our budget, none of the retailers on Nintendo’s site have the consoles available any longer. That’s good news for Nintendo, of course. Despite the prices, people are still swooping in for the consoles!

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I’m bummed that we can’t get our hands on it, though. I was hoping for Christmas, too, but March is just too far away from that. I don’t think we could wait that long. It hasn’t come out yet and we’re still constantly checking Amazon to see if they have it.

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We’ll get it, don’t you worry! I’m on Amazon’s email list for it! It’s a bit amazing that we would be willing to spend so much on a brand new console, but we’ve always enjoyed Nintendo’s products before, including the Wii U which wasn’t their most popular system. It’s a shame that video games take such a bite out of our wallets, but I’m confident we’ll enjoy the Switch enough to make it worthwhile.

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Honestly, I think all the money is worth it. As much as I complain about it… But I’m cheap and careful with my money. Sometimes a little too careful. We balance each other out that way.

What do you think of the pricing of the newest Nintendo console? Let us know in the comments below!

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