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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 26, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 26, 2012

Welcome to Friday evening, everyone. Today was a pretty big day in the world of tech, with both Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface launching and the iPad mini going up for pre-order. Microsoft was actually handing out £50 coupons to the Microsoft Store for giving those in the UK who pre-ordered a Surface conflicting messages about when it will ship, and the company even managed launch Xbox Smartglass for Android alongside Surface and Windows. Microsoft said it will be giving Windows 8 Pro users a free upgrade to Media Center, while Steven Sinofsky talked up the company's new products, managing to get a couple of shots in at Apple at the same time.

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GameStop to launch new GameStop Kids stores

GameStop to launch new GameStop Kids stores

Just in time for the holiday season, GameStop is launching 80 new stores that will be focused only on games for young kids. The franchise is calling the stores GameStop Kids, and all 80 locations are expected to be open by November 15. The first store opens today at the Grapevine Mills Mall in Grapevine, TX.

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Wii U Pro Controller battery lasts 80 hours, retailers claim

Wii U Pro Controller battery lasts 80 hours, retailers claim

The Wii U Pro Controller is obviously aimed at gamers who want a more traditional experience, but it may just be perfect for hardcore gamers in more ways than one. Listings on both Amazon and GameStop are saying that the Pro Controller's rechargeable battery can last a ridiculously long time. Spotted by Nintendo Life, both listings claim that the Pro Controller can keep chugging along for up to 80 hours on a single charge.

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Google Play gift cards hit Target, GameStop, and RadioShack

Google Play gift cards hit Target, GameStop, and RadioShack

The official Google Play store for digital media such as apps, music, and books, has been given a collection of real-life gift cards. This set of gift cards appears in $10, $25, and $50 denominations, and is able to be used on digital media only - no hardware or accessory purchases here! These gift cards will be available immediately if not soon at RadioShack, Target, and GameStop.

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GameStop announces Madden NFL 13 pre-order bonuses and exclusives

GameStop announces Madden NFL 13 pre-order bonuses and exclusives

There are legions of gamers all around the country counting the days until August 28, when EA's Madden NFL 13 launches. GameStop has announced that Madden 13 is up for pre-order, and the company is talking about the pre-order bonuses and free launch exclusives you can get. If you're a huge fan of the franchise, you'll definitely want to pre-order at GameStop because you get two very nice exclusives.

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GameStop announces Google Nexus 7 tablet pre-orders

GameStop announces Google Nexus 7 tablet pre-orders

GameStop has announced that it is now ready to take pre-orders for the Google Nexus 7 Android tablet. The company has been selling Android tablets and other gadgets for a while now. With the Nexus 7 tablet being unveiled this week, there's a lot of anticipation centering on the new Google offering. The tablet will be the first to feature Android Jelly Bean, and it will launch mid-July.

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GameStop PS3 DLC partnership is future of retail

GameStop PS3 DLC partnership is future of retail

The leading video game retailer in the US has forged a partnership with Sony, announced right at the beginning of the world's biggest video game trade show. GameStop will begin selling downloadable content for the PS3 in nearly all major regions around the world, in a testament to the drastically changing environment of retail in a digital distribution world.

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GameStop touts Android tablets at 1,600 stores

GameStop touts Android tablets at 1,600 stores

It seems as though GameStop's bold move to begin offering Android tablets alongside its traditional packed shelves of traditional console and handheld video games may be working out in its favor. The retailer has gone from a bunch of test stores to now selling Android devices in no fewer than 1,600 locations. Among the tablets that the #1 US games retailer sells are those from Acer, Asus, Samsung, and Toshiba.

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MacBook Pro 2012 GameStop sales tip Apple gaming future

MacBook Pro 2012 GameStop sales tip Apple gaming future

Back a few weeks ago when it was rumored that Apple CEO Tim Cook was visiting Valve, we wrote up an article which tipped what we suspect here in May once again: a full-fledged OS X gaming push. Here in May we're to understand that the MacBook Pro 2012 model will be sold at GameStop stores across the nation. Could this be Apple's big push for gaming on the OS X desktop operating system environment, at long last?

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