How to Pre-order Elden Ring

While we do have to wait just a bit longer to finally enter the Lands Between of Elden Ring, you don’t have to wait to pre-order the game. This fantasy epic is the latest game from the team that brought the world the Dark Souls series, as well as the similarly challenging Bloodborne and Sekiro. Fans were eagerly awaiting the next game this team had in store to further push us to our gaming limits, eventually revealing the brand new Elden Ring. While visually similar in many ways to its infamous Souls series, this open-world title promises to offer plenty of new experiences for even the most dedicated FromSoftware fans.

On the heels of a new gameplay trailer, FromSoftware announced the final editions that will be available for pre-order ahead of Elden Ring‘s launch. These range in price as well as content, with the most expensive one definitely being something that hardcore Souls fans will want to get their hands on. Before you put your money down to assure you can jump into this brand new test of mental fortitude and willpower on February 25, check out what each version contains. And no, there are no mimics here.

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Where can I pre-order Elden Ring?

Pre-orders for Elden Ring are up just about everywhere you would expect. Major retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, and Gamestop are stocking the physical editions, with the exception of the most expensive version, and you can also digitally pre-order on the console platform of your choice. Some editions are already tough to get, but pre-orders are all up until the game launches on February 25.

Elden Ring Standard Edition

The base version of Elden Ring is your standard, no-frills pre-order for $60. This is just the game itself, plus two little bonuses for putting your money down early. The first is the Adventure Guide, which is simply described as having “useful information for the player’s adventures in the Lands Between.” The other bonus is a vague gesture simply called “The Ring.” What this gesture looks like isn’t shared, but they do at least mention that you will still be able to get it during the game, so it isn’t exclusive only to people who pre-order.

Elden Ring digital Deluxe Edition

Elden Ring digital edition goodies.

Next up is the digital Deluxe Edition for $80. This version is available for all platforms — PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. In addition to the two pieces of content the Standard Edition offers, this version also comes with a digital artbook and the game’s original soundtrack.

Elden Ring Launch Edition

Elden Ring launch edition loot.

The Launch Edition is another option for those who want a physical copy of the game for their platform of choice — or an included code for PC players. In the box, you will get the following items:

  • Three exclusive art cards, sized 135mm by 170mm, showing off the landscape of the Lands Between.
  • A woven patch of a rune.
  • Three stickers featuring emblem patterns from the game.
  • A 39mm by 344mm poster of a bearded knight with a lion behind him.

Pre-orders of this edition have recently been in limited stock or sold out. Check the official website to find available retailers.

Elden Ring Collector’s Edition

Elden Ring collector's edition statue.

The Collector’s Edition is where things start to get pricey. This version, again physical due to it packing in a bunch of real goods, is retailing for $190. What do you get for that much cash? Well, in addition to everything the Launch Edition had, you get:

  • The digital soundtrack from the digital Deluxe Edition.
  • A steelbook game case.
  • A physical, 40-page hardcover art book showing off new visuals, environments, monsters, and legendary warriors.
  • A 23cm statue of Malenia — Blade of Miquella.

Plus, it all comes in a beautifully designed box adorned with intricate designs.

Pre-orders of this edition have recently been in limited stock or sold out. Check the official website to find available retailers.

Elden Ring Premium Collector’s Edition

Elden Ring Premium collectors edition helmet.

Finally, for the biggest FromSoftware fans, we have the Premium Collector’s Edition for a not-insignificant price of $300. If you’re ready to invest that much into this game, here’s what this massive box of goodies has inside. First, you will obviously get everything the normal Collector’s Editions has, as well as an official 1:1 scale replica of Malenia — Blade of Miquella’s helmet. These are very limited, each having their own number, and come with a stand for display purposes. This edition is exclusively sold via the official Bandai Namco store, so head over soon if you’re eyeing this edition.

Pre-orders of this edition have recently been in limited stock or sold. Check the official website to find available retailers.

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Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 Minecraft gaming chair now up for preorder

Mojang and Secretlab have teamed up to launch an official Minecraft Edition gaming chair. The TITAN Evo 2022 Minecraft Edition chair is, as you can see from the launch images, styled after the game’s Creeper character. The company is offering the chair in various size options, as well as some accessories like a headrest and swappable armrests.

The Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 Series Minecraft Edition chair features the company’s SoftWeave Plus Fabric, as well as some premium features like a full-metal internal mechanism for precision and durability. Likewise, the chair features Secretlab’s CloudSwap magnetic replacement system for rapidly replacing the armrest topper material.

The chair also features a magnetic memory foam headrest that can be easily snapped to and removed from the chair for additional head and neck support when needed. Users are able to move the headrest up or down as needed, plus the cushion features a layer of ‘cooling gel’ to help prevent overheating.

The chair’s seat, meanwhile, features a combination of design elements from Secretlab’s OMEGA and TITAN product lines, offering a supportive center region alongside ‘gently sloping side wings.’ The company is offering its Minecraft Edition TITAN Evo 2022 Series in Small, Regular, and Extra Large (XL) size options.

Despite its name, the TITAN Evo 2022 Series Minecraft Edition is available now for preorder. The small and regular sizes (which are rated for less than 200lbs and 220lbs, respectively) are both priced at $549 USD, while the extra-large chair, which is rated for 175 – 395lbs, is priced at $599 USD. The headrest pill is included with the chair.

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You can preorder the Xbox Series X Mini Fridge on October 19th

As promised, Microsoft will start shipping its Xbox Series X Mini Fridge in time for the holidays. The company said the fridge costs $100 and pre-orders start on October 19th. It will ship in December.

The mini fridge has its roots in an image Xbox tweeted to show the scale of the Xbox Series X versus a full-sized fridge. Microsoft actually made a six-foot fridge last year to promote the launch of the console. Now, after a Twitter battle of the brands victory, a mini version of the fridge is something you’ll actually be able to buy.

Microsoft worked with merchandise manufacturer Ukonic! on the mini fridge, which has LEDs and a design to match the Xbox Series X. The small appliance can hold up to 12 cans of your favorite energy drink or another beverage. There’s some space in the door’s shelves for snacks too. A DC power adaptor is included, and there’s a USB port, which could come in handy for recharging your Xbox Wireless Controller.

The mini fridge will be available via Target in the US and Canada. Folks in the UK can buy it from Game for £90. The fridge will also ship in France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Netherlands and Poland at the outset. Microsoft plans to bring the Xbox Mini Fridge to more markets next year, though where and when depends on regulatory approvals and restrictions in each country.

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Nintendo Switch N64, Genesis controllers up for pre-order: Here’s how much they cost

Going along with today’s announcement of the pricing for the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack, Nintendo has opened up pre-orders for the Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis gamepads. The Expansion Pack, of course, allows players to play classic N64 and Sega Genesis games, so like it did when it introduced NES and SNES games, Nintendo is releasing Switch-compatible controllers so players can get more of an authentic experience playing those titles.

Sadly, it seems that the authentic experience is going to cost more for N64 and Genesis than it did for SNES and NES. The N64 and Genesis controllers are priced at $49.99 each – a steep price to pay when you consider that the NES controllers run $59.99 for a pair and the SNES controllers are $29.99 each.

Neither the Genesis nor the N64 controller features a rail to slide into the Switch’s Joy-Con connector as the NES controllers do. Instead, they’re charged using USB-C, just like the SNES controller. One interesting thing to note is that the N64 gamepad has rumble support built-in, so in N64 games that supported the console’s Rumble Pak, you’ll get that functionality.

These controllers are full-sized, so it should be like using the real thing. Unfortunately, here in the US, we’re getting the classic 3-button controller for the Sega Genesis. While the 6-button controller is considered to be the better choice, that ultimately isn’t the one Nintendo decided to go with for this release.

Both controllers are going up for pre-order today, and like the NES and SNES controllers that came before these, the N64 and Genesis controllers can only be ordered by those with an active Nintendo Switch Online subscription. Customers are limited to four controllers per account, and orders will begin shipping out on October 25th – the same day Nintendo Switch Online’s Expansion Pack launches.

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How to Pre-order Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, the generation-4 remakes for the Nintendo Switch, are nearly here. Trainers will be headed back to the Sinnoh region in the long-anticipated reboots to battle Team Galactic, encounter either Dialga or Palkia, and become the region’s Pokémon League Champion.

Needless to say, Pokémon fans are chomping at the bit to get their hands on one, or both, or these games when they release on November 19. If you want to kick off your Sinnoh adventure on launch day, you had better pre-order.

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How to pre-order Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

There are a lot of different ways to pre-order Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, with several unique bonuses depending on which retailer you pre-order from. Let’s break down your options.

Pre-order bonuses for individual games

If you’re just looking to pick up a single version of the generation-4 reboots, there are a couple bonus options on the table.

Nintendo: Digital pre-orders of either individual game at $59.99 come with a Manaphy Egg and 12 Quick Balls.

Pokémon Center: If you pre-order either version of the game from Pokémon Center, you’ll receive a bonus gift of one plush keychain featuring a Sinnoh first partner Pokémon — Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup. The plush keychain you get will be chosen at random. If you’re ordering multiple copies in hopes that you’ll nab your favorite starter or all three, know that you may get the same Pokémon twice.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond

Pokémon Shining Pearl

Pre-order bonuses for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Double Pack

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Double Pack.

If you’re a Pokémon super-fan or trainer dead set on completing your Sinnoh Pokédex solo, you’re going to want to snag both versions of the game. Nintendo is offering a Double Pack that includes both titles. Unfortunately, there’s no price discount for the Double Pack, but there are quite a few unique pre-order bonuses depending on your selected retailer.

Nintendo: A digital pre-order of the Double Pack at $119.99 comes with a Manaphy Egg, 12 Quick Balls, and 200 Poké Balls in each game. A physical pre-order of the Double Pack at $119.99 comes with a Manaphy Egg and 12 Quick Balls.

Pokémon Center: If you pre-order the Double Pack from Pokémon Center, you’ll receive plush keychains of all three starter Pokémon: Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup.

Best Buy: If you pre-order the Double Pack from Best Buy, you’ll receive an exclusive keychain that features all three starter Pokémon: Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup.

GameStop: If you pre-order the Double Pack from GameStop, you’ll receive a set of two pins featuring the legendary Pokémon Dialga and Palkia.

Walmart: If you pre-order the Double Pack from Walmart, you’ll receive a set of three pens featuring all three starter Pokémon: Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup.

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Panic’s Playdate handheld will be available for pre-order on July 29th

Last month, Panic said that the Playdate, its tiny gaming handheld with a crank, will finally be available for pre-order in July, but did not reveal the actual date. Now, however, it has. The company just announced that you’ll be able to pre-order the Playdate for $179 on July 29th at 1pm ET.

Additionally, the Playdate Cover, a purple protective cover for the handheld, will also be available for pre-order for $29. If you’re going to get both, it makes more sense to just get the Playdate and Cover bundle, which is priced at $199. As for the recently announced Playdate Stereo Dock, however, that isn’t ready for pre-orders just yet as it’s still in development.

According to a press release, Panic said that the first batch of Playdate units, which should be around 20,000, will start shipping by the end of this year. After selling this initial allotment, it will then ship subsequent orders in 2022. The company also wanted to assure customers that the Playdate will never “sell out;” you’ll just have to wait in line, as the production is adjusted based on demand.

Pre-orders will require payment upfront, but Panic says it can be cancelled at any time for a full refund. Orders are limited to two units per person. The Playdate will ship initially to the following countries — the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. It’s also looking into selling the devices in Malaysia, where the factory is located (if you’re in Malaysia, you can fill out this form so Panic can keep you posted). International shipping costs will include any duties or taxes.

If you still can’t get enough Playdate, Panic also announced that it’s debuting a new Playdate-focused podcast next week that will give you a lot more background and information about the little handheld gaming console. While you’re waiting that, you can check out our initial preview of the Playdate here.

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How to pre-order the Nintendo Switch OLED model

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If you want to secure the new OLED variant of the Nintendo Switch before its October 8th release date, now’s your chance. In the US, pre-orders will open at 3PM ET today and we’re already seeing the console listed at Best Buy, B&H, GameStop and other retailers. 

Buy Switch OLED at Amazon – $350 Buy Switch OLED at Best Buy – $350 Buy Switch OLED at GameStop – $350 Buy Switch OLED at B&H – $350

The newest Switch comes with a larger, 7-inch OLED display, as well as 64GB of internal storage, a redesigned kickstand, “enhanced audio” and a new dock that adds a wired LAN port. Nintendo will offer the $350 console in two colorways at launch: classic neon red and blue, and black and white.

What you won’t find on this version of the Switch is a new chipset. Ahead of the OLED model’s announcement at the start of the month, there were reports Nintendo planned to include an updated SoC with NVIDIA’s DLSS tech to enable the console to output games at 4K. That didn’t happen, but that’s not to say a Switch “Pro” is off the table.

Whether or not the OLED Switch represents a missed opportunity, we expect demand for the console will easily outstrip supply. In May, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa told investors the company was still contending with production issues, and the global semiconductor shortage isn’t expected to end anytime soon. 

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How to Pre-order the Nintendo Switch OLED

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The Nintendo Switch OLED model is the latest hardware iteration in the handheld hybrid family of systems. As its name suggests, it boasts an OLED screen, with a number of additional features. Coming off the success of the Nintendo Switch — a system that still frequently sells out at various retailers — this OLED model will likely be in high demand, even if its specs and features aren’t what consumers were hoping for.

If you’ve tried to purchase a PS5 or Xbox Series X|S, you’re probably familiar with how much of a hassle it can be to get your hands on the latest gaming hardware. This comes down to the fact that more people are playing games than ever, along with chip shortages that make it hard for manufacturers to keep up with demand.

Having said all that, you’re likely considering grabbing one of the new Nintendo Switch OLED systems. The new device will probably be tough to come by on launch day, especially if you plan on just walking into a store to pick one up. In this guide, we’ll go over the best methods of pre-ordering a new Nintendo Switch OLED system, along with the retailers that will carry the new console.

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Where to pre-order the Nintendo Switch OLED

Nintendo Switch OLED will launch on October 8, 2021, for $350.

The main thing to note about the Nintendo Switch OLED is that it isn’t available to pre-order in the United States just yet. Certain retailers have landing pages for the device and will be taking pre-orders soon, but you can’t put your money down at this time. It’s unclear when pre-orders will go live, but below are links for each variant across the retailers that have landing pages available.


Neon blue/red


Neon blue/red

As you can see, only Best Buy and GameStop have pages available for the new device. Though, we expect other retailers like Target, Amazon, Walmart, and others to allow pre-orders soon.

Advice for securing a pre-order

Some retailers like Best Buy will notify you when the item becomes available to pre-order. You can choose to opt in to email notifications on the system’s pre-order page. We highly suggest taking advantage of this, as it’ll increase the likelihood of getting your hands on one.

The other piece of advice is to follow @Wario64 on Twitter. This user tweets out links to the newest games and systems, many of which are on sale. In this case, you won’t get the new Nintendo Switch OLED for less than $350, but following this user is a great backup plan if one of your favorite retailers sells out.

(preorders not live yet) Nintendo Switch OLED listing up on GameStop ($349.99)
neon red/blue #ad

— Wario64 (@Wario64) July 6, 2021

We recommend turning notifications on for Wario64’s tweets so you don’t miss out on the Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders. If history is any indication, these will be hard to find, at least at launch, so you’ll want all your bases covered.

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How to Pre-order The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

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The release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is just around the corner. This high-definition re-release takes gamers back to the very beginning of the Legend of Zelda story, to a world in the clouds where a boy and a girl find themselves front and center in a battle between a goddess and an ancient evil.

Gamers can expect crisp visuals with a boosted resolution and frame rate, updated controls, and a myriad of small quality-of-life improvements to make this the best Skyward Sword experience possible.

If you’re looking to get your hands on Skyward Sword the day it’s released, you should probably pre-order. Here’s everything we know about pre-ordering The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, including which retailers are offering pre-order bonuses.

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Where can I pre-order The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD?

Skyward Sword HD will release on July 16, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch, for $59.99. There will be both physical and digital copies of the game but no special or collector’s editions. Physical copies of the game can be picked up or delivered on the release date.

Digital versions can typically be preloaded and unlocked on launch day. Ordering digital is convenient, as there is no cartridge to keep track of, but it does take up more of the storage space on your Nintendo Switch. You may want to consider purchasing a micro SD card to beef up your storage for the occasion.

Some retailers will include small pre-order bonuses for buying from them. Here are the ones we’ve found:


Amazon has both physical and digital copies available. The digital copy comes in the form of a code to input into Nintendo eShop, giving you access to the game the minute it comes out. There are no announced pre-order bonuses at Amazon.


Gamestop offers physical and digital versions as well. Digital codes will be sent when payment is processed, allowing players to download Skyward Sword HD now and start playing on July 16. GameStop also offers a free poster for pre-ordering, which can be picked up at the store with proof of purchase while supplies last.

Best Buy

Best Buy is only offering physical copies of the game and including Zelda decals as a pre-order bonus.


Walmart, like Best Buy, carries just the physical version of Skyward Sword HD. Pre-orders with them will include Zelda socks and a keychain.

Nintendo eShop 

Players can, of course, always buy directly from the Nintendo eShop. This is an all-digital marketplace, and there are no pre-order bonuses, but it is easy to buy directly from your Nintendo Switch or online.

Special-edition accessories 

A pair of Zelda-themed Joy-Cons on a white background.

Nintendo is celebrating the release of Skyward Sword HD with some Zelda-themed accessories. 

First is the limited-edition pair of Joy-Cons. These detachable controllers are themed to match the game. The right Joy-Con is colored to mimic the Master Sword held in Link’s right hand, and the shield in his left hand is mirrored on the colors of the left Joy-Con. Inventory is pretty constrained, but you can potentially order these here:

Nintendo has also released a brand new Zelda and Loftwing amiibo. This figurine is not just for show. Normally, the only way to return to the sky from ground level is by locating one of the save points scattered across the world. This amiibo, however, allows you to instantly travel to the sky from any point on the ground, even inside of dungeons, and return anytime you want. That is a significant quality-of-life upgrade, and it requires this specific amiibo.  

Amiibo are often in high demand and sell out quickly. Your best bet for tracking down a Zelda and Loftwing amiibo is to check daily up to and including the July 16 release of Skyward Sword HD at the following retailers: 

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Playdate Handheld Livestream Reveals Games, Pre-order Info

PlayPanic, the company behind the upcoming gaming device Playdate, hosted a YouTube livestream detailing additional information about its upcoming handheld. Playdate will feature 24 games in its first season, all of which are exclusive to the platform, and will be available for pre-order in July for $179.

Playdate was originally announced in 2019 as a big step into gaming for Panic. Originally a developer of Mac and iOS software, Panic expanded into gaming when it published hit titles like Untitled Goose Game and Firewatch. Playdate is the company’s first hardware product, and it most notably features a crank as part of its controls.

A Playdate Update video revealed a number of new details about the upcoming handheld. Panic showed off a new Playdate stereo dock, which it calls “the first Playdate accessory.” It functions as a magnetic dock, charger, and Bluetooth speaker for the handheld.

Playdate games will be released in seasons, starting with 24 games in season 1 — double the amount that the company previously announced. All season 1 games will be free to Playdate owners, and the games can be kept forever. Two games are automatically delivered every week to the handheld via Wi-Fi.

The livestream showcased very brief previews of some of season 1’s games. Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure uses the handheld’s crank accessory exclusively, Lost Your Marbles is a visual novel that involves controlling a marble’s trajectory, and Saturday Edition is a detective adventure game that appears to harken back to the days of point-and-click adventure games.

Return of the Obra Dinn creator Lucas Pope is also developing a title for the handheld called Mars After Midnight. Panic also hinted that there will be “fun surprises” for Playdate owners during the season.

Panic also announced Pulp, a game development tool similar to Bitsy. Pulp is a browser-based game maker where Playdate owners can use a GUI and a simple scripting language to create and export their own Playdate games. It will be available later this year and is free to all users.

The handheld will be available for pre-order in July for $179. A week’s notice will be given before pre-orders open, though the company plans to keep them open indefinitely.

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