Retail Radar: Guitar Hero III arrives October 28?

GameStop pegs a street date for next installment of music game, guarantees Sunday delivery; retailers list Dancing with the Stars games.

With a killer fourth quarter of blockbuster releases rapidly solidifying street dates, gamers can start planning their end-of-the-year game purchases around paycheck dates and frequency limitations on selling plasma for medical research. One more highly anticipated title might have carved out a calendar space, as online retailers including GameStop and CD Universe are listing Sunday, October 28 as the launch date of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

While retailers often post speculative or placeholder release dates on their sites, GameStop seems especially comfortable with the October 28 date; the site is guaranteeing users delivery on that date (despite it being a Sunday) if they select overnight shipping. A representative with RedOctane told GameSpot that the October 28 date was a tentative release date, and has yet to be officially confirmed.

The retailers also suggest that the price of Guitar Heroics continues to escalate. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 guitar-and-game bundles for Legends of Rock are listed with a suggested retail price of just under $100, while the PlayStation 2 and Wii bundles will sell for $90. The PS2 and Xbox 360 Guitar Hero II bundles each debuted for $10 less than their newer counterparts will apparently cost, but those packages came with wired guitars, while Guitar Hero III bundles will feature wireless axes.

Guitar Heroes with immediate shredding needs might have taken a look at the Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the '80s PlayStation 2 exclusive, but balked on the $50 suggested retail price tag for the 30-song set. Best Buy is currently offering a deal on its online store; those who order the game for $39.99 can also receive a free $15 Best Buy gift card by mail.

Finally, the radar picked up another Activision rhythm game on the horizon. Both GameStop and CD Universe are listing PlayStation 2 and Wii editions of Dancing With the Stars, no doubt based on the ABC reality TV series that pairs celebrities with professional ballroom dancers and has judges and viewers vote on their favorites. Both retailers expect the games in mid-November, with the Wii edition selling for just under $50, and the PS2 version clocking in at $10 cheaper.

Please note, while retailer listings frequently jump the gun on publishers' product announcements, they should not be taken as final confirmation of a game's existence; nor should the absence of a listing be considered as proof that a game isn't coming to a given platform.

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82 comments
packernation31
packernation31

If I were to choose between GH3 and RB, definately Rock Band

ultima-flare
ultima-flare

Probable release date. They need to get the game out before Rock Band.

redalertgamer
redalertgamer

kinda sux now tht i have to go out n buy a bundle again for these guitar heros i was able to skate buy with buyin GHI bundle+wireless guitar and just buyin the GHII n rocks the 80s witout the bundles im kinda excited bout it comin out on the wii but for god sakes please dont add ne motion sensing crap other then raising it to deploy SP cuz i dont want to learn ne moves or nething new the game is great as it is dont change the gameplay

jd01440
jd01440

That wicked sucks!!!! WE ARE GETTING SCREWED BY THE MAN !!!!! There should be a way to use the old guitars. I love my PS3 but I don't think that they planned things well as far as peripherals..Thanks alot for the info.

ilovesony
ilovesony

jd01440 i have an adapter for my ps3 so i can use my gutair on my ps3 the reaction time sucks so its not worth the money 2 spend on the adapter just buy the new blu-tooth gutair!!!!!!

jd01440
jd01440

Are you going to be able to use the old guitars for the PS3 version? ( I realize you will need an adapter.)

diablos101
diablos101

@reactionsok "do they sell the guitars separately? i just need the guitar. :shhhh: " I believe they do, Red Octane site (i think) allows u to buy them from the store however last time i checked it was cheaper to buy a bundle :(

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I'm happy that I won't have to buy a guitar for this one since I already have one from GHII. :)

JAREDJR
JAREDJR

It's cheaper on Wii eh? I guess I will pick it up then. I haven't owned a Guitar Hero so I guess it's a good time to start.

reactionsok
reactionsok

do they sell the guitars separately? i just need the guitar. :shhhh:

ChickenHounk911
ChickenHounk911

We have officially hit the $100 mark for games. Jeez! I thought we were far fron this, but guess not. Just look at GTA IV, Halo 3, Guitar Hero III and Rock Band, all of them "special packages" over the $100 mark.... and we still haven't seen the micro-transactions (read: rape) that we will see for exclusive songs, cars, guns, levels, online stuff, etc. My piggy bank is crying...

drewcal58
drewcal58

I just want the online play.

Sonovius
Sonovius

expect a garbage installment every 7-9 months now that Activision is on the case.

Lord_Artix
Lord_Artix

Looks like on more game on my Christmas list...

inkablot
inkablot

I'll be getting the PS2 version of GH III - the game doesn't sound like it warrants investment in new guitars or downloadable content, but I'll play it. Amazon and EB just added placeholders for Rock Band as well: (no details on what is included; i.e. 1 or 2 guitars, but a date of November 20th and a price of $199 cited for 360 and PS3) Just adding up the prices of the individual items, I'm thinking the bundle's going to include only one guitar.

Nate2583
Nate2583

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TwistedZion
TwistedZion

Ok, can someone answer me this. I have Guitar Hero 1+2 on PS2. Will i be able to use them (and rock the 80's) on my PS3 with a PS3 guitar???

AusCube
AusCube

Guitar Hero 3 legends of rock Australian date { October 24th } Prices: below Playstation 2 $149.95 : Bundle {Game + Wireless Guitar} $69.95 {Wireless Guitar : Only} Wii $159.95 : Bundle {Game + Wireless Guitar} $79.95 {Wireless Guitar : Only} Playstation 3 & Xbox 360 $169.95 : Bundle {Game + Wireless Guitar} $89.95 {Wireless Guitar : Only}

Joe_Crow
Joe_Crow

Wii + GH 3 = Best Musical Masterpiece

Belka_Boy
Belka_Boy

Alright! Since it's coming out for the wii I won't suck on the ps2 version so much.

TheVinster
TheVinster

Xbox 360 + GH 3 = Better Musica Masterpiece

ooJmong
ooJmong

PS3 + Guitar Hero 3 = Musical Masterpiece Price tag could use a little work though.

insom187
insom187

Im waiting for Rock Band pricing before I make my decision. If that drum set is $60 Im jumping at it.

LAboy06
LAboy06

I'm getting GTA IV for my birthday in November, then I will get GH3 for Christmas FTW! I hope my mom can handle the $100 price tag for GH3.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I don't care when it comes out

faithnomore311
faithnomore311

Dancing With the Stars in video game fashion?! I can't WAIT! I'm buying both the PS2 AND Wii versions, and I don't even have a Wii! [/sarcasm]

faithnomore311
faithnomore311

That is stupid how just because a game is popular, the publishers feel as if they can rip off the consumers. 100 dollars for a game is unacceptable, I don't care if it comes with a "wireless axe", it's 4 bucks worth of plastic with 5 or 6 buttons. Plus, a lot of people already have the guitar and don't need two. They are probably shooting themselves in the foot with the 100 dollar pricetag.

dieworm
dieworm

This is bull crap if true. There is no reason why the Wii Guitar should be ONLY ten dollars less. They are just milking everything from the Wii Remote like the power supply, wireless device, tilt sensor and so on. It's just a glorified Classic Controller ffs! It should be $80 (50 for the game, 30 for the controller) for both at most.

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

can't wait. Love GH, now only if I can learn to play better :P

edflam311
edflam311

Guitar Hero 3 will dissapoint

chrth
chrth

I'm pretty sure the Best Buy deal for GH80s (including Gift Card) is available in stores as well, as it was advertised in the sunday circular.

HK-47-M4
HK-47-M4

Dancing With the Stars? Lame!

darkchaostitan
darkchaostitan

Yet another game steps in line for the Holiday line-up. Awsome.

delcidanddarth
delcidanddarth

It actually makes perfect sense to buy the GH3 bundle... since you only get one guitar from the Rock Band bundle. Seriously? Delivery on Sunday? That would be amazing.

puablo
puablo

Whoa, best part of this story is the 80's Best Buy deal!

kneppi88
kneppi88

guitar hero is definetly going to be sweet on the wii but the music thats gonna be on the game, im not all to familiar with. I didn't grow up with that stuff but that will not stop me from getting it

joshua6775
joshua6775

This better be available without having to buy the guitar also. If I have to pony up and buy a wireless Les Paul, I won't do it. I bought the GH II X-plorer bundle and an extra guitar from the RedOctane.com store, so I have no need for a 3rd controller. If I can't buy just the game, I won't buy it at all.

ZodiacMonkey
ZodiacMonkey

GUITAR HERO 3 Will be so awesome, one of the reasons I'm so excited is the fact that it is going to be the first GH for the Wii!!!! Whooo!!!! Also that is pretty ridiculous that they are making a "Dancing with the Stars" video game. I mean come on! lol

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

I want to get Guitar Hero 3 so bad.. I heard it's going to have Crazy Train too >:).

spidermanc2k
spidermanc2k

Better get an early start. Rock Band is looking to bring it.......

ultrazone
ultrazone

I'm sticking with this. Rock Band is a bit much. I'm the only gamer in my house. And i want a full band. I mean, i can play and sing at the same time, but its sooo hard. So, Yay GH3.

Chasarsis
Chasarsis

That's a helluva a lot earlier than I thought. Now I have two reasons to get a 360

yaminoshadow
yaminoshadow

had i known this was coming, i wouldnt have bought the 360 guitar hero!

everccr
everccr

i beat buckethead and clive winston will be bosses

comelstr
comelstr

i wonder what version of GH3 to get i have a Ps2 Wii and X360 hmm....