GameStop just can't keep the Nintendo DS in stock during the holidays, but that won't stop them from selling them as the company launches the Holiday Nintendo DS Reservation Program.
Specifically covering the metallic rose, colbalt / black and crimson / black Nintendo DS systems, you can now walk into any GameStop location, pay for a Nintendo DS in full, and in exchange get a lovely DS gift card tin that contains the promise of an actual DS somewhere down the line. The projected delivery date for the handhelds is somewhere between December 28th and January 15th. Thank goodness children are so patient and understanding with their parents, because otherwise this is just the sort of thing that would send them storming to their bedrooms trailing tears on Christmas morning.
If you recall, GameStop did the same thing with the Nintendo Wii last year. A true retailer never lets not having stock hold back sales.
GameStop Announces Holiday Nintendo DS Reservation Program
GRAPEVINE, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), the world's largest video game and entertainment software retailer, today announced a reservation program to assist customers wishing to give the highly sought-after Nintendo DS this holiday season. This program, created by GameStop, specifically focuses on the metallic rose, cobalt/black and crimson/black Nintendo DS systems. Reservations must be made in-person at any GameStop location in the U.S., including those in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.
The reservation process requires payment in full at $129.99 plus tax, with projected delivery between Dec. 28, 2008 and Jan. 15, 2009. Customers will receive a co-branded GameStop and Nintendo DS gift card tin to ensure that special someone has a great gift to open this holiday season.
When the reserved Nintendo DS system arrives, the gift-giver will receive a telephone call indicating that their system is available for pick-up. Nintendo DS systems must be picked up at the store location where the reservation was placed.