Preparing for an avalanche of E3 announcements, GameStop is almost ready for the onslaught of pre-orders that will follow Nintendo’s E3 Direct. Over the weekend, Sabi (known as PolarPanda in the Smashboards and Resetera Nintendo communities) was sent images of GameStop’s internal inventory system by an employee of the retailer. To further cement the information, a printout list of these new games and bundles was posted as well.

In total, there are 21 new Nintendo Switch listings — but keep in mind that this doesn’t translate to 21 new games. The listings vary in price from $39.99 to $199.99, and most have the standard 12/31/19 placeholder date (save for one with a release on October 18th). All SKUs are for games and no console/console bundles.

With that said, what could the higher priced games be? The $89.99 listing is more than likely a collector’s edition version of a title (Animal Crossing for Switch, please). Yet the $199.99 item has us wondering if GameStop is making their own bundle of a game with accessories, as they’ve done that previously with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and other titles.

Thankfully, E3 is almost here with less than a week to go. Next Tuesday Nintendo will reveal the identity of these pre-order placeholders, making our bank accounts deplete.

 

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Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)

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  1. Keith Cleaver

    I believe that those prices are for “new” 3DS /2DS systems as Nintendo is winding down its support for the system so they are trying to capture the younger market. It has been said time and time again by Nintendo that they were viewing the 3DS / 2DS as gateway systems for younger players. They stated that they felt parents liked the idea of the system being a little less expensive and less complex than the Switch. Therefore making perfect for that first time gamer.

    Looking at the prices alone makes me see 3DS / 2DS systems right away.
    $89.99 is slightly higher than the “flat” 2DS but maybe it has a game included
    $199.99 is the standard for the “new” 3DSXL system

    I think too many people jumped on the bandwagon about Nintendo producing a new version of one of their best selling systems to date.

    Playstation and Xbox have both seen the ill fate of introducing TOO many models of the same system. It causes confusion in the consumer and it muddles up the entire market especially if the “updates” have exclusive games and software that can not be played on previous versions, even if technically theuyu are the same system. Nintendo found this out with the “new” 3DS when it packed it with a worthless “C” stick that never gets used. They made several “new” exclusives like minecraft that ONLY worked on it and it backfired on them. It divided the fanbase and IMO caused the premature death (or rather impending death) of the BEST handheld series of system EVER. I still own several different DS models and i play it as much as my switch, sometimes more.

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