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Pre-orders headlines

  • Destiny: Ghost Edition pre-orders still being cancelled - but there is hope

    Destiny Ghost and Limited Editions are seriously thin on the ground, but at least one retailer is working hard to ensure customers get what they wanted.

  • Amazon reveals how gamescom affected pre-orders, CoD: Advanced Warfare up 385%

    Amazon has revealed how video game pre-order figures changed during the gamescom conference last week, revealing that Nintendo Wii U games rose the most, and while initially, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was nowhere to be seen, it’s come to light the game did better than initially reported.

  • PS4 UK bundles revealed, four official bundles available at launch

    News about PS4 bundles has slowly been leaking out in the run up to launch, and Sony has now confirmed that 5 official bundles will be available in the UK at launch.

  • Call of Duty: Ghosts pre-order to net you discount on latest Eminem album

    Activision has announced it has tied up with famous rapper Eminem and will be offering a discount on his upcoming album to anyone who pre-orders Call of Duty: Ghosts.

  • Sony reveal Tearaway's pre-order bonuses

    Sony has confirmed that a bunch of Tearaway DLC will be made available as a free bonus to those who pre-order the title.

  • Pre-order Mass Effect art book, get a download code for the Collector Assault Rifle

    The extra DLC options for Mass Effect 3 pre-orders continue today with the announcement of Dark Horse’s “Art of the Mass Effect Universe” book. If you pre-order the art collection through Barnes and Noble, you’ll receive download code for character boosters and a Collector Assault Rifle for multiplayer. Here’s the word on the rifle: “The […]

  • SF X Tekken new screens, collector's edition and preorder details

    There have been a few stories that came out today about Street Fighter X Tekken, so we’re rolling them all into one. We’ve got collector’s edition details, preorder bonus details, and a huge number of new screens.

  • Vita pre-orders cause Hong Kong phooey

    Pre-orders have gone live for Vita in Hong Kong, apparently creating a level of delirium intense enough “jam” online stores and “mob” retail outlets, according to a Joystiq-filtered Engadget China report.

  • Nintendo UK: 3DS pre-ordered twice as much as Wii

    Nintendo UK has said that 3DS, launching in the west this week, has been pre-ordered more than double the amount the company saw for Wii in 2006.

  • 3DS pre-orders nearing 100,000 in the UK

    Nintendo UK sales director, Andy Yates, has said that pre-orders for 3DS are nearing the 100,000 mark in the country, which is ” in line,” with the company’s target.

  • UK shops start 3DS pre-orders, mark March 18 as release date

    UK shops have now started taking pre-orders for Nintendo’s 3DS, listing unconfirmed release dates and pricing for the device.

  • Western Aion activated pre-orders pass 300,000

    NCsoft MMO Aion now has more than 300,000 activated pre-orders ahead of its western launch later this month, Euro MD Véronique Lallier told VG247 yesterday. “Aion’s starting to achieve nice numbers,” said the boss. “We are over 300,000 activated pre-orders in the West. “It’s looking healthy. It’s nice and healthy two weeks before the launch… […]

  • Dragon Quest IX pre-orders top 2 million

    According to Inside-Games, Japanese Dragon Quest IX pre-orders have now exceeded 2 million units. The game goes on sale in Japan later this week, with all indications pointing to the Square Enix RPG becoming one of DS’s lifetime bestsellers. Via Andriasang and GoNintendo.

  • Gamestop: DSi pre-orders are "double" that of DS

    Gamestop boss Bob McKenzie has told VentureBeat that DSi pre-orders are significantly higher than they were for the first DS. “We’ve seen some pretty brisk pre-orders on DSi,” he said. “It’s probably double where we were on the original DS, as far as reservation activity, so we’re expecting some great things from that.” We’ve already […]

  • SCEA mum on Killzone 2 pre-order numbers for North America

    Just how many pre-orders has Killzone 2 received in North America? SCEA isn’t saying. When news of Euro Killzone 2 pre-orders surpassing 1.1 million reached us last Thursday, we were curious as to what the North America equivalent was. No dice, unfortunately. Sony told us earlier this afternoon that the company doesn’t “provide pre-sales numbers […]

  • GT5 Prologue pre-orders "almost" hit 1 million across "SCEE territories"

    Seems the previous report saying GT5 Prologue pre-orders had hit 1 million in Europe was a bit off. A SCEE rep just got back to us saying they’d “been checking this information internally and can confirm that we currently have orders for almost 1 million units of GT5 Prologue across SCEE territories.” That includes Australia […]

  • GT5 Prologue pre-orders hit 1 million in Europe

    According to this, more than a million people have pre-ordered GT5 Prologue in Europe, making it the first PS3 game to achieve platinum title status before launch. We’re just after some clarification from Sony on this. GT5 Prologue releases in Europe on March 28.