Every holiday season there seems to be a “hot toy” that absolutely everyone must get for their family: Famous examples include The Cabbage Patch Kids in the early 1980s, Might Morphin Power Rangers in the early 1990s, Tickle Me Elmo in the mid-1990s and the Nintendo Wii in the middle of this decade. This has become such a tradition that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger even made a movie about the idea called Jingle All The Way. So as we enter the craziness that will be the 2010 holiday shopping season, what will be the items everyone will be scrambling for?
If the folks over at GameStop are to be believed, get ready to see Kinect and Sony Move controllers going for two to three times their suggested retail price on eBay.
According to GameIndustry.biz (registration required), GameStop executive VP Tony Bartel commented on both controllers in a conference call this week:
I think you are going to have the exact same thing with new controllers and with the Kinect Bundle that goes out. I think you are going to have consumers following the UPS truck to our stores to pick up that product as soon as they can find it.
So, we are not only excited with the sale of Kinect and with Move, both of which are going to be in short supply during the holiday season, but we like the fact that they are bringing expanded audience to games.
Mr. Bartel also went on to say that the new controllers are driving sales of the base consoles that each one goes with.
If this holds true through out the coming weeks, this could be the shot in the arm the gaming industry has needed for some time. Sales have been steadily dropping off due to the economy and the fact that the gaming systems are each around five-years-old now. While the systems are still working great, you have to figure that they are reaching a saturation point with who would buy them. Luckily the Kinect and Move open this up a whole new realm of customers.
In short, if you are thinking about picking either of these up soon, either for yourself or as a gift, you may want to get on that sooner rather than later.
What say you? Will these be the hot items this year?