GameStop's PlayStation Vita Promotion A Smart Idea
Free games before Vita arrives in stores? That must be bad news for Sony, right? Hardly.
It's easy to interpret GameStop's current PlayStation Vita promotion (buy two first party games, get one free) as a sign of weakness on Sony's part. After all, if Vita's games are so desirable, why give them away? It would seem GameStop doesn't feel it can move the software and even the hardware.
Perhaps this is the case, or maybe we should just calm down and accept this for what it is: a great promotion.
Say what you will about Sony's top brass, but these guys know PSP came up short against DS. They also want to make a huge impact with Vita, because a repeat performance of Japan simply won't cut it in the U.S., not with Nintendo and third parties supporting 3DS with quality software on a monthly basis.
That said, this deal helps make Vita's $249.99 (or $299.99 for 3G) a bit easier to swallow. It's good to know we can snag a free game after splurging on the system and memory card.
Not only that, but the games in question are worth the dough. Who plans to buy the system without Uncharted: Golden Abyss or Wipeout 2048? On the fence about Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational or ModNation Racers: Road Trip? Well don't be, because you can snag one of these potential hits without spending a dime.
As for Little Deviants, this may convince people to take a chance on the $29.99 mini game compilation, or simply help First Edition Bundle owners (they already received Deviants) pick up one of those aforementioned titles.
Point being, don't think of GameStop's sale (which runs from 2/19-2/25) as doom and gloom for Vita. If anything, it's a good faith gesture that could help Sony attract more loyal fans, players that'll splurge on more games and accessories in the months and years ahead.