The latest game in the cavalcade of holiday releases, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption hit today, and I thought I’d use it as a retail experiment. Back in the day, I’d have pre-ordered Metroid at EB in a heartbeat, to get that security that comes with knowing that the store will remind me when it comes in, and keep it aside for me. Today, though, I just went in to JB and grabbed it off the shelf. To my surprise, rabid hordes had not stripped the shelves bare of every copy, I didn’t get asked if I’d like to sell the game back to them when I’m done with it, and I even got it for a stonking-bargain-price of just $69.
As a gamer, it’s hard to express how happy I am that JB is in the games market. They even take pre-orders now, so I’ll be able to grab Super Mario Galaxy from them for $79 without having that miniscule risk of missing out on a copy.