Did my little video game browsing circuit through Metrotown today. Except today I was looking for something in particular. I was looking for the re-release of Resident Evil 4 for the Wii... which was scheduled to be in stores today.
My first stop was Superstore... nothing. Then, just because of its close proximity, I went to Electronic Boutique, (or "EB Games" as they like to be called since the KFC'd their name a few years back.)
"Have you got Resident Evil 4 in for the Wii?" I asked. I already knew their answer... I don't know why I went in there.
"Did you pre-order it?"
"No... I sure as hell didn't," I said.
"Then for you sir, I'm sorry, I don't have a copy available."
From what I hear, this is now standard practice at EB Games. They advertise a new release, but only ever have enough stock available for those who "pre-ordered," the desired item. I don't know if they have a fee for pre-ordering, since I've never played that little game, but I imagine they make some money of the scam, but if they do, it's basically a way for them to get around the retail prices mandated by the manufacturer. So in other words, it would be a way for them to charge more for a standard $59,99 Wii title than anyone else, without actually having to advertise a higher price.
The sad part is... obviously a tonne of people fall for the little scheme on an ongoing basis, because all of their new releases seem to be reserved on launch day for those who pre-ordered.
For my part... I got a little extra exercise, hiked over to Future Shop, and picked up one of no less than 14 RE4 games sitting unguarded on the rack. No pre-order bullshit... and I even scooted out of the store fast enough to dodge the warranty pitch.
As for the game. It's butter. I turned out the lights, ditched my chair, and let the first hour of the game scare the shit out of me.
The controls are as tight as the reviews say. Unlike the UBI-soft bullshit being ported to the Wii from the GameCube, the controls feel anything but tacked on.
And I never got around to playing the game for the GameCube, so it's all new to me. If you own a Wii, this is a must-have. If you don't own a Wii, and you've never played RE4, then if Twilight Princess wasn't enough to convince you to buy one, this should.