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Monday, July 15, 2019

Prime Day 2019 (and Associated Sales at Competing Sites)

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Big shrug. But there's a positive at the end.

You may remember that last year, Amazon was just littered in dog pictures because the site kept crashing during Prime Day 2018, and for whatever reason they associated mutts with error messages. I suppose both of those are things I like to avoid.

Anyway, once again, Amazon is hosting Prime Day, now Prime Day 2019, I guess out of obligation to do this annually. Does anyone really care about it anymore? Well, several competing retailers have their own deals right now, as if it's a summer Black Friday. Quite frankly, they're all kind of bleh (at least for gaming), with the usual bulk of the deals going to headsets and accessories. ...Well, I am in the market for a new headset, I guess... I still don't think I'm going to buy anything.

I got a big chuckle out of Pokémon Let's Go, Eevee! being 50% off, however. (Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! is a mere 25% off.) 

Amazon Prime Day 2019 Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu Eevee 50% off deal sale
I wouldn't recommend either game, by the way.
But just funny that they're treated differently.
Moving out of Amazon and to GameStop, here's something I'd recommend even less:

Nintendo Labo Kits discount on sale GameStop Prime Day 2019 Vehicle Robot Variety
Ew, Nintendo Labo Variety Kit, Vehicle Kit, and Robot Kit all discounted to $40 on GameStop.
Unlike many other things, at least GameStop isn't trying to sell a used Labo.
(Note the Nintendo Labo Robot Kit's lower base price but identical discount price.)

By the way, this went unmentioned in my article about the Nintendo Switch Lite, but one reason it actually is fantastic is that it completely screws up the Labo's go-to-market ability. The Labo relies on the Switch being able to snugly fit inside the cardboard, which it might not because the Lite is slightly smaller than the regular Switch. Plus, it depends on the presence of Joy-Con, which one must buy separately (read: Switch Lite owners won't buy them).

The most important sale of this week is the unannounced and unmarketed discounts on all of the Ace Attorney games on the Nintendo eShop, both 3DS and Switch. ...Oh, and on PlayStation and Xbox as well. That's right, KoopaTV is covering those stores too.

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Prime Day 2019 Nintendo eShop Xbox Live PlayStation Store
Top: Nintendo eShop.
Middle: Xbox Live.
Bottom: PlayStation Store.

I would note that there's no discount on Steam, since they literally just had a 30% off sale two weeks ago.

Nintendo's sale of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is 30% off ($20.99), along with sales on the 3DS titles. Those end July 18. Meanwhile, Xbox and PlayStation are only 20% off ($23.99) Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, though the Microsoft sale apparently ends in 14 days (July 29?) and Sony's ends July 23.

That may or may not prove that the guy who thinks CAPCOM exploits Nintendo console owners more than other console owners is an idiot. Nintendo has a bigger discount than the competitors on the same game during the same discount period! The Trilogy was last at 20% off on Nintendo one whole month ago, so the others are way behind!

Buy Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, please. ...Again, if you must. 

Clearly, most of this article was not about Prime Day on Amazon. That's because it sucks and there's nothing to talk about.

Immediately after, the CAPCOM Summer Sale began, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy on PC is 33% off.
Amazon Prime Day 2020 got delayed to be in October. The Pokémon: Let's Go discounts get more strange versus this year!


  1. The Let's Go Eevee sale would have tempted me had it had a Girafarig in it. To my benefit, Girafarig is gen 2.


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