GameStop’s new rental service really is power to the players

In a surprising move, GameStop has announced a new rental game service called PowerPass.

For $60 over a course of six months, customers can rent one game at a time as long as they want from any nearby GameStop. Titles can be selected online for pickup or from browsing in-store. At the end of the six months, customers can choose one used game to keep forever. You must also be a PowerUp Rewards member, but that can be done for free or with one of two paid membershipsSignups for Power Pass go live Nov. 19.

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So how much is each SNES Classic game worth?

You’ve seen the Instagram and Twitter posts. Your buddies in Facebook groups and forums have shown it off. The media — whether gaming centric or not — has reported on it. Everyone and their derpy pets want an SNES Classic.

The highly sought after console finally released Friday, and with it came a mostly fantastic library of 21 games, including Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the PastSuper Metroid and the unreleased Star Fox 2.

Many of these games are still considered among the best of the best, many of which are quite valuable in the collector’s market. This makes the SNES Classic’s $79.99 price tag almost a steal — even if you’ve bought these games multiple times.

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Why Nintendo Switch might be tough to get in North America

It’s almost here after nearly two years of waiting. From 8 p.m. PST to 11 p.m. EST (that’s 10 o’ clock Texas time, y’all) on Jan. 12 — also goes by the name “tomorrow” — Nintendo will host the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017, an event that reveals all of the details for their next system. Catch up with the Nintendo Switch’s debut trailer that’s up top if you haven’t seen it yet.

To catch you up to speed, the Nintendo Switch fuses the graphical power home console (NES, Super Nintendo, Wii, etc.) with the portability of their handheld systems (Game Boy, DS, 3DS, etc.). Although it’s a home console first thanks to the dock that lets you play it on your TV, you can take it with you outside your home. The controls on both sides of system — which is the screen itself, not the dock —can come off and be used as separate controllers. It will also use cartridges similar to either SD cards on 3DS games for software, though the games graphically won’t be quite as good as Xbox One or PlayStation 4 titles.

The presentation will likely answer the most important questions: how much is it, what’s the battery life, the launch date (currently with a March 2017 window), which games we are getting when it releases, etc.

I’m excited as HELL for the Switch and its potential. I desperately want one at launch because I know Nintendo doesn’t release a product if it hasn’t been extensively tested, but here’s what I’m most worried about going into the presentation: just how freakin’ hard is it going to be to get your hands on one? These are some of the signs that have me thinking it’s going do be harder to get than a likable Kanye West.

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