I was hoping to selfishly pick up a game or two during the Black Friday sales, but all month long I kept finding deal after deal. Sometimes I go hunting for the deals, but this time around the deals found me. Literally ever retail store I stopped in I seemed to find a good clearance. It if wasn't a sale or clearance in the store, it was online, such as PlayAsia.com. I hope to have some downtown around the end of December that I can actually enjoy playing some of these!
When Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack was first announced, I didn't think it would get a US release. Since the Switch is region free, I pre-ordered the Japanese version through Stefano Bruni on Facebook. At least it came with some cool extras. I'll have to show those off in a later post. I've never played the 3DS game this is based on, but from all the videos I watched it looks like a ton a fun. Now that it's been released in the US, I'm debating trying to sell or trade my sealed Japanese copy. Still undecided at this time.
Sine Mora EX is a horizontally scrolling shmup with a twist. Instead of having a life bar, you lose time when your plane takes damage. It's a challenging game for sure and one I somewhat enjoyed when it was originally released digitally in the Xbox Live Arcade. When I heard it was getting a physical release I was intrigued, especially with the Switch version. Problem was I couldn't find the Switch version...anywhere. Sold out online and most stores didn't carry it. I almost caved and bought the cheaper PS4 version, then I found a listing on Target.com of all places. It was $19.99 as well, $10 cheaper than most retailers. For $20 I'm sold...but more than that is a waste of money in my opinion.
This was a must have. Both of my young daughters have really showed a lot of interest in Mario lately, thanks to the many hours they've put into Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U. I've been waiting for this game to be released for several months. I had a Amazon Prime membership that was about to expire so I pre-ordered this at the last minute and save about $18 off the regular retail price of $59.99. Worth every penny. Already towards the end of the game. So much fun, hard to put down. Even picked up the Peach and Bowser amiibos for the game.
The Switch is quickly become a home for indy and small developers. Looking to expand my Switch library, I came across the news that Retro City Rampage DX was getting a physical Switch release. I'd seen the game before on other platforms, but never really paid it much attention. After figuring out what type of game it actually was, I jumped in on grabbing the regular version of the game from Vblank. Haven't made it very far in the game yet, but now I can see what all the rage was about this game.
The one Black Friday game that I managed to pick up for myself. This is my first 360/Xbox One hybrid game I've purchased. I've only played a very small bit of Red Dead Redemption and I've never played the zombie DLC so this was an easy buy...especially for $8 at Walmart.
Not a purchase during the month, but my Kickstarter edition of Friday the 13th: The Game finally arrived in late November. I finally got the game installed over the weekend so I'm hoping to give it a try later this week or during the weekend. Despite some of the negative press the game has received, I'm hopeful it will still be fun to play.
I had heard that Cuphead was getting a "physical" release, but I couldn't remember what the release date was. I was in Best Buy over the weekend and I stumbled across the last copy. By now I had heard this was one of those releases with a digital code inside, but it only set me back $10 as I had a few dollars left on an old birthday giftcard and a $5 Reward Zone gift certificate. Got it installed the same time I installed Friday the 13th and looking forward to some run and gun fun.
I knew I shouldn't have signed up for PlayAsia.com's newsletter. Ever since I did I've been enticed to take advantage of their sales and exclusives...such as this limited edition of Caveman Warriors. The gameplay looked fun and something that I could possibly get my wife to play with me too, so I got in on their early pre-order.
For $12 how could I pass this game up? Originally I found it for $15 at Best Buy, but when I took the card to the cashier they couldn't find the actual game in their security camera. A few days later I found it on Walmart.com so I did that store pickup option and grabbed it the very next day.
I absolutely loved this trilogy on the 360 and I've been wanting to at least re-play the first game...if not all of them. I'd rather play FPS games on the Xbox One, but I thought I could make an exception here.
I love a good clearance, but Target stores in my area haven't had many clearanced games lately. All that changed recently when I found Yooka-Laylee for $9 and Yakuza Kiwami for $15. I've heard good things about both. I bet my youngest daughter will want to play Yooka-Laylee.
Speaking of clearance, I found Runbow for $9 at my local Walmart store. This is a game that I normally wouldn't have bothered with, but I rarely pass up a clearanced game for the Wii U. That console has quickly become one of my favorites. So much so I've pondered building a complete library?
I also grabbed a few other things that I didn't bother to picture as they were gifts for my youngest, Winnie, 6. I grabbed her the New Super Mario Bros. 2 Nintendo 2DS bundle and Super Mario Maker for the 3DS as her main Christmas present. Looking forward to Christmas morning when she can finally open those games. The waiting truly is the hardest part!