Okay, I’m officially caught up now.
Video games and related purchases:
Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption preorder – $20 at Kickstarter
Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS) – $32.16 from NewEgg
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (3DS) – $21.69 from Amazon
Nintendo Wii U Deluxe System – $479.74 from GameStop
New Super Mario Bros U (Wii U) – $40.09 from GameStop ($59.99+tax – $25 GameStop credit)
XCOM: Enemy Unknown (PC) x2 – $56.24 from Green Man Gaming
An unexpectedly brutal month, but I really should not be surprised based on previous November tabs. The only purchase I had planned for was the newest Paper Mario game; the rest was an impulsive assault on the wallet.
Even though I had watched the original Wii U Nintendo presentation live, I was too busy/lazy to preorder it in store. I figured it would be easy enough to order online at some point. As time passed, it became clear that the online preorders would disappear quickly, and all the instore preorders ended up doing the same. I gave up on preordering, and the idea of getting up early on a Sunday morning to wait for a system didn’t seem worth effort, especially since the only Wii U title I was interested in, Pikmin 3, wouldn’t be released until Spring 2013. So release day came and went… and I still kinda wanted one. While out and about Black Friday, I checked the local Gamestop, and lo and behold, Wii Us had been restocked. I’m so glad this console was a lot easier to get; waiting overnight for the first Wii was pretty obnoxious.
Since I got the Wii U within a week of launch with no deal, I figured I might as well get the Wii U Super Mario Bros game, even I’m terrible at these kind of games and it’s almost identical to the Wii version. I would usually wait for a deal for a game like this, but launch is a special time. :P
Paper Mario: Sticker Star is another 3DS I had been anxiously awaiting, and I had preordered it from Newegg using the $10 off coupon deal. Theathrythm Final Fantasy was the only Black Friday deal I was interested in, aside from the Sly Cooper Collection for $10 deal on Amazon (which was friggin’ IMPOSSIBLE to get… stupid Amazon deals).
I’m actually not that interested in Hero-U even though it’s by the creators of the Quest For Glory series, which is probably my favorite Sierra series (tied with Space Quest). The project doesn’t remind me much of Quest for Glory, and it has those eight-legged creatures I don’t like. I figured I should support it anyway, especially since it was pretty close to missing its goal.
I originally had no desire to play XCOM: Enemy Unknown when it came out. I had assumed it was the crappy first person update of the brand, but hearing several of my friends praise its similarities to the original games changed my mind. I was itching to play it during Thanksgiving break, so I looked for Thanksgiving/Black Friday deals all weekend. There were $25 deals for the console version, but $28.12 was the cheapest I could find for the PC version. I played the original one on PC, can’t imagine playing it on anything else. The cheapest price was on Green Man Gaming, a site I’ve seen referred to on Cheap Ass Gamer several times. I expected the purchase to be easy peasy since many people had partaken in deals there in the past, but it turned out to be a pain in the ass just to pay. It wouldn’t take my personal Amazon card, and when I used my Capital One card, I got an email alert warning about an international transaction, which is good since Capital One has no fees for international purchases. Most annoying of all, Amazon ended up having it for $25 on Cyber Monday.
Games I beat:
Life is too crazy right now. It’s a lot easier to buy things than actually play anything. I thought I would be actively playing the latest Professor Layton, but instead I just go to bed early like an old person.
Unfortunately, I don’t know enough non-East-Asian girls in real life, so the women
on my team include Leslie Knope, Lana Kane, and Kelly Kapoor (which I apparently
My Thanksgiving weekend did pretty much disappear due to XCOM though. Bought it Friday night and all of a sudden it was time to go to bed Sunday night.
New thing I learned today: The Ukrainian flag is half blue and half yellow, lengthwise.
For the longest time, I couldn’t figure out what nation one of my best guys in XCOM was from. I couldn’t think of any Ukrainians, so I just named him Piotr Rasputin.