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StarDoor said:
Ah, it's the return of the Gray Switch, which by all accounts is exactly the same as the other Gray Switch.

Gray > Grey



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20 hours since the last update.

HARDWARE:
#17 NS Grey  (down 3)
#18 PS4 UC4 (down 1)
#19 NS Neon (down 2)
#37 N2DS Black + Turquoise (up 1)
#38 NES Classic (down 1)
#39 N3DS Galaxy Style (up 1)
#50 PS4 Pro (up 2)
#92 XB1 Minecraft (down 14)

SOFTWARE (Pre-orders Only)
#12 PS4 Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (down 1)
#14 NS Super Mario Oddysey (up 4)*
#16 NS Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (down 1)
#43 PS4 Call of Duty: WWII (down 2)*
#57 N3DS Metroid: Samus Returns (up 3)*
#60 PS4 .Hack//G.U. Last Recode (up 6)*
#63 3DS Pokémon Ultra Soon + Ultra Moon Steelbook (up 1)
#66 PS4 Destiny 2 (down 3)*
#75 XB1 Call of Duty: WWII (up 2)*
#81 XB1 Destiny 2 (up 1)*

Does not affect this month: *

PS4: 2 in the top 100 / 2 in the top 50 / 1 in the top 20 / 0 in the top 10 / 0 in the top 5
XB1: 1 in the top 100 / 0 in the top 50 / 0 in the top 20 / 0 in the top 10 / 0 in the top 5
NIS: 2 in the top 100 / 2 in the top 50 / 2 in the top 20 / 0 in the top 10 / 0 in the top 5
2DS/3DS: in the top 100 / 2 in the top 50 / 0 in the top 20 / 0 in the top 10 / 0 in the top 5
NES: 1 in the top 100 / 1 in the top 50 / 0 in the top 20 / 0 in the top 10 / 0 in the top 5



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24+ hours since the last update.

HARDWARE:
#13 NS Neon (up 6)
#16 NS Grey  (up 1)
#21 PS4 UC4 (down 3)
#35 N3DS Galaxy Style (up 4)
#37 N2DS Black + Turquoise (-)
#43 NES Classic (down 5)
#50 XB1 with 4 digital games (new entry)
#51 PS4 Pro (down 1)
#80 NS Gray (re-entry)

SOFTWARE (Pre-orders Only)
#10 NS Super Mario Oddysey (up 4)*
#15 PS4 Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (down 3)
#20 NS Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (down 4)
#36 3DS Pokémon Ultra Soon + Ultra Moon Steelbook (up 27)*
#41 PS4 Call of Duty: WWII (up 2)*
#60 N3DS Metroid: Samus Returns (down 3)*
#66 XB1 Call of Duty: WWII (up 9)*
#67 PS4 Destiny 2 (down 1)*
#72 PS4 Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash - No Shirt, No Shoes, All Service Edition (new entry)*
#82 XB1 Destiny 2 (down 1)*
#90 PS4 .Hack//G.U. Last Recode (down 30)*
#91 PS4 Yakuza Kiwami Steelbook (re-entry)

Does not affect this month: *

PS4: 2 in the top 100 / 1 in the top 50 / 0 in the top 20 / 0 in the top 10 / 0 in the top 5
XB1: 1 in the top 100 / 1 in the top 50 / 0 in the top 20 / 0 in the top 10 / 0 in the top 5
NIS: 3 in the top 100 / 2 in the top 50 / 2 in the top 20 / 0 in the top 10 / 0 in the top 5
2DS/3DS: in the top 100 / 2 in the top 50 / 0 in the top 20 / 0 in the top 10 / 0 in the top 5
NES: 1 in the top 100 / 1 in the top 50 / 0 in the top 20 / 0 in the top 10 / 0 in the top 5



Wait xbox is throwing in FOUR games now? Wasn't it three before?

It is still more than 3 months before the X1X comes out.



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Bandorr said:
Wait xbox is throwing in FOUR games now? Wasn't it three before?

It is still more than 3 months before the X1X comes out.

They're justifiably worried now that both Sony and Nintendo have consoles that are selling significantly more than the Xbox One. The free games do work, considering how the XOne bundle jumped up to 42, but they're really just treating the symptoms of being a less desirable product at this point.



StarDoor said:

Bandorr said:
Wait xbox is throwing in FOUR games now? Wasn't it three before?

It is still more than 3 months before the X1X comes out.

They're justifiably worried now that both Sony and Nintendo have consoles that are selling significantly more than the Xbox One. The free games do work, considering how the XOne bundle jumped up to 42, but they're really just treating the symptoms of being a less desirable product at this point.

But long term, do they REALLY work?  Remember when fire sales with two games put it in the top 10?  Then it was 3 games in the top 15.  Now it has fallen to 4 games in the top *50*.  Now in order to get to the top 10 or even 15 for brief spans without a massive new release is to toss in 3 or 4 large games WITH a price cut on top of the $40 off the console is already listed at.  These firesales are short term gains at the cost of long term brand devaluation 



Bandorr said:
Wait xbox is throwing in FOUR games now? Wasn't it three before?

It is still more than 3 months before the X1X comes out.

They were first throwing in digital versions of Halo 5 and Ghost Record Wildlands Gold Edition, now they're throwing in Forza 6 and Recore as well, all at $249.



Nuvendil said:
StarDoor said:

They're justifiably worried now that both Sony and Nintendo have consoles that are selling significantly more than the Xbox One. The free games do work, considering how the XOne bundle jumped up to 42, but they're really just treating the symptoms of being a less desirable product at this point.

But long term, do they REALLY work?  Remember when fire sales with two games put it in the top 10?  Then it was 3 games in the top 15.  Now it has fallen to 4 games in the top *50*.  Now in order to get to the top 10 or even 15 for brief spans without a massive new release is to toss in 3 or 4 large games WITH a price cut on top of the $40 off the console is already listed at.  These firesales are short term gains at the cost of long term brand devaluation 

I don't know if they can really be called firesales. Pretty much every "Limited Time Offer" became a permanent aspect of the Xbox One bundles. The brand itself already isn't that valuable, and that's more a result of Microsoft's stumbles in 2013 and then their shortage of genuine exclusives. They can't compete in their games selection, so offering more value for the price is all they can really do. The Xbox One is only selling decently, but it would still be selling worse if they didn't have all of these price reductions and free games. I mean, look at the Wii U: Nintendo was selling those at $300 to the bitter end, and it shows in the sales data.



Bandorr said:
Wait xbox is throwing in FOUR games now? Wasn't it three before?

It is still more than 3 months before the X1X comes out.

I think it's mainly just Amazon trying to clear out stock before the Madden bundle comes out at the end of the month, none of the other retailers are having similar offers.