Circle Pad Pro Difficult To Find
3DS peripheral out of stock the day before Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D hits shelves.
I want a Circle Pad Pro. I came to this decision after playing the demo for Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, which controls like an old PlayStation first person shooter (with the face buttons to adjust the camera) without Nintendo's new peripheral.
With that, I thought finding one would be easy, so I went to the local mall expecting to walk away with the $19.99 add-on, only to discover GameStop was sold out.
No problem, I thought. Just a quick trip to Best Buy and I'd be set, and if that store didn't have one, the Toys R Us beside it certainly would.
But wait, you say. Circle Pad Pro is GameStop exclusive. The thought finally crossed my mind right before pulling into the Best Buy parking lot.
Again, not a problem. I live in a heavily populated area with multiple GameStops within a ten mile radius. One of these stores would have Circle Pad Pro. After all, with so little marketing behind it, there was no way consumers would flood stores and buy them all.
Turns out, they did just that. Those GameStops don't have one Circle Pad Pro to spare, and the ones outside that magic radius are a little beyond my reach, as in Staten Island. By the time I'd get over the bridge, $19.99 would turn into $30, perhaps more if I needed gas.
In other words, not worth the time or money.
OK, at least I can order a CPP online from GameStop.
Nope. Sold out.
So let me get this straight. Nintendo, fully aware that 3DS was set to play host to two huge games in February (Resident Evil: Revelations, Metal Gear), chose to partner with GameStop for some nonsensical reason to make the Circle Pad Pro exclusive, except the stores can't stock them fast enough.
How does this happen? More importantly, how does this happen after the incredible holiday season 3DS had? The system's obviously hot, people want the newest games and the only place they can snag CPP is through one specific retailer?
Sorry, but that's terrible. I'm confident a CPP will find its way into my hands, but the fact that I cannot find one the day before MGS is a huge problem for Nintendo.
The only beacon of hope? Shop Nintendo. This may have to do.