Retail Radar: MGS PSP, Elebits, Okami giveaways

A handful of upcoming games feature freebies that go beyond keychains and pocket strategy guides.

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The preorder incentive is an interesting promotional art form, an extra freebie given out in exchange for an early commitment to buy an upcoming game. Sometimes the incentive is as meaty as an entire game (or two). Sometimes it's just a code to unlock an extra weapon in the game. The space between those two extremes is filled with all manner of freebies: action figures, soundtracks, demos, trading cards, strategy guides, and more.

The Retail Radar picked up a few interesting promotions currently in the offering. First off, Konami has a pair of notable new bonuses set for two of its upcoming titles. Gamers who preorder a copy of the publisher's upcoming Wii game Elebits can get their hands on a plush doll of the game's eponymous creatures. Red and blue Elebit dolls will be available, but they will come in boxes that conceal their contents.

For players who like their games a little grittier, Konami is also offering a bonus item for preorders of Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops for the PlayStation Portable. If the game's focus on espionage and intrigue has players a little paranoid about security, perhaps a free Metal Gear Solid-branded PSP case would put them at ease. Both the Elebits and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops bonuses are being offered at GameStop, EB Games, and GameCrazy. Konami will also be distributing them with preorders for the games made through its Konami Style online store.

Finally, Capcom is offering a preorder bonus that ties into the gameplay of its PlayStation 2 adventure game Okami. Because the game requires players to use a "celestial brush" to restore life to an environment devoid of color, Capcom is offering up an Okami-themed art board to those who preorder the game. The board comes with a paint brush that uses water to draw colors that disappear as the board dries. Currently it is available through GameStop.

Discussion

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MrWiggles0
MrWiggles0

I love these freebie things, they are the best, I've got my own shrine made of Konami art board, battlefield flash drive, hitman cars, san andreas membership card and more.

Kenshin11212
Kenshin11212

Wait so you can only get the case by pre-ordering online? Or can I go the the store and get it? And if it's online only when do I get the case? Does it ship like the next day or something? Or does it ship with the game?

rebound2
rebound2

funtownarcade, pre-ordering isnt a scam, usally u can get the game without pre-ordering yeah but if you pre-order games on the internet they usally come before the offical release plus if you get some freebies then it's all good. Also the money doesnt go out of ure account or ure wallet until they get posted So it's kinda win, win with pre-ordering.

clovy
clovy

I hate people who say that the PSP sucks the PSP is awesome and the DS is a piece of garbage

lord-azrael
lord-azrael

PSPoo sucks,I havent seen one truly great game for it,even the MGS games lack quality,The new silent hill game might be good but I doubt it

stephbm6
stephbm6

Hey it's better than nothing....right.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

The DS is way more successful than the PSP. I think though the PSP has finally given Nintendo some kind of competition. Although its not much, it is more than they ever received. PSP though is also marketed in a different way. Its not just a standard handheld.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

thejoey4 wrote PSP Suck! Don't you think that ds suck. psp has better graphic, biger screen, listen to music, play movie, view pictures, and go on the net. What does DS have? Two screen, one is touch screen. Just compare, which is better?? I own both a PSP and a DS there is room for both, I play my DS more because it has a wider variety of better games, but I love my PSP as well. As for Music and Movies on the PSP, I have an Ipod Video for that, converting Movies to the PSP is a pain in the arse

Demonbob
Demonbob

Hey, the MGS:PO deal doesn't sound half bad for the fans (me), but i've never actually pre-ordered anything, so I can't say if all of the freebies are good deals or not.

funtownarcade
funtownarcade

Pre ordering is a scam, you can always go to Frys, Best Buy, Target, etc., and get the game the weekend it comes out (sometimes even earlier than EB gets them). Also EB and Gamestop NEVER have sales, so you can very easily get ripped off pre-ordering when you find out Wal Mart had the game for 10 bucks cheaper. Still, a metal gear psp case? I may have to actually go into one of those smelly carpet stained game stores to get in on that.

VicMackey
VicMackey

Elebits plush is a cool idea (wish it was a plush of soemthing I cared about), but a cheap PSP case and a cheap art board? Excuse me if I don't rush out to preorder both those games. I actually really want Okami and MGSPO *almost* makes em want to buy a PSP. Too bad about the single analog nub or I would have bought one a while ago. Best preorder bonus ever? A Mr. T Art Asylum Minimate figure that came with Celebrity Deathmatch. Best of all, I didn't even have to buy the game. They had leftovers because no one preordered it and the dude game me one for free because my love of Mr. T is obvious to anyone who meets me.

PiMacleod_basic
PiMacleod_basic

ah, to be young and foolish again. I'm referring to 'thejoey4', for those that do not know. Only the young and foolish believe that graphics and size means something -- unless he's one of those short guys that owns a big ol' truck, just to compensate for his 'short-comings'. But oh well, someday he'll actually be able to dance next to a girl at a club, drive without using the yellow pages as a booster seat, and drink without using a sippy-cup. Disclaimer -- That came out of nowhere!! The guy clearly likes PSP over DS, and I prefer the DS. But dang -- I don't think I've played someone like that online before. No matter what 'thejoey4's preferences are, I apologize to him, because the inexperienced do not deserve such a blast-on-full. ;)

RazMasters
RazMasters

"Um... I hoped for more to come with Okami. I mean, 'cmon. GIVE ME MORE THAN AN ART BOARD THAT I WOULD NEVER USE!!! And the MGS one is plan silly. But Elebits seems cool though!" You think an art board useless, and a sleeve pointless, too. What are you going to "use" the "Elebits" plush for? Hmm... nevermind. Perhaps I don't want to know. That aside, the Okami bonus is old news, as it's been up in GameStop and EB Games stores for weeks now as a part of their marketing. Anybody who walks in can see that.

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

The paintboard is definitely imaginative. Props there. I wonder if we'll see more deluxe-type packages, like the COV Collector's edition combined with pre-order goodies?

Jerrymiru
Jerrymiru

Um... I hoped for more to come with Okami. I mean, 'cmon. GIVE ME MORE THAN AN ART BOARD THAT I WOULD NEVER USE!!! And the MGS one is plan silly. But Elebits seems cool though!

Platyphyllum
Platyphyllum

Dante200X: Okay, you just had to post it once! I agree it doesn't look that good but you don't exactly need to post 3 times. Well, anyways, the Okami pre-order sounds great! I also want the 2 plushie dolls for Elebits! They sound great!

Dante200X
Dante200X

LMAO, i can't believe how stupid EVERYBODY here is., especially AFTER seeing the picuture of the PSP "case". It's just a PSP skin that has Big Boss on it. (not even a cool picture either). Maybe if i spam this enough people will realize it's just a sticker. Go to decalgirl.com if you really want some cool skins for PSP. Maybe this'll help: http://www.gamestop.com/gs/images/bonus/505606_bonus.jpg ^^^PSP "case"^^^

vix
vix

That okami preorder sounds awesome.

Killagorilla27
Killagorilla27

To rephrase thejoey4's ridiculous comment with my opinion: The PSP doesn't suck. The graphics, big screen, Internet and multimedia capabilities, and especially the AWESOME homebrew community make it far more enjoyable to me than the DS. The DS doesn't have the capabilties that the PSP does, but it DOES have a touch-screen which makes for some interesting gameplay. However, the PSP just does more, and even though the game lineup is weak right now, the slew of awesome titles coming out this winter will more than make up for that. And unless English isn't your native language, you are in the first grade, or have Down's Syndrome, please learn to spell...

thejoey4
thejoey4

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LordBraz
LordBraz

wow, that bonus for mgs psp is the best i've seen since getting ocarina: master quest for wind waker and the viewtiful joe bobble head doll. too bad psp sucks. hey, kojima, ds is better, let's get some tangible espionage.

Seraphim_24
Seraphim_24

What ever happened to the good old days of free old but slightly upgraded games, or poorly edited movies made up of incoherently cut cinematics? I really appreciated the effort for Shenmu and Xeno Saga, even if they cut out critical story elements that made the story possible to follow...

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Wow the Okami bonus is pretty big for a bonus I might reserve that now (I was going to get eventually so heck why not?)

volumesoxxs
volumesoxxs

i was hoping that the MGS PO game would have that cool painting artwork for the cover...

_Sam_
_Sam_

the pre-order bonuses don't seem that great

gameloverx
gameloverx

I already preordered Okami and I can't wait for that free art board

FoxHoundADAM
FoxHoundADAM

I've seen the type of Boards Okami will be sent with. They are actually pretty cool. I wish I could find a picture of the MGS case.

WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

Those are some good goodies, specially the MGS, like those kind of incentives makes people pre-order the games.

AngelCage
AngelCage

A MGS case for my PSP? HELL YES! preorder on the road!!!

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

Is the Okami pre-order bonus available at EB Games as well?

StillWingless
StillWingless

sweet, i will totally be snatching these things from work. but... we don't have the buddha boards for Okami yet. i didn't think they were supposed to be in stores yet. weird.

Flan_Man
Flan_Man

The Okami art board sounds interesting. Not as interesting as the game.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

I wonder if the PSP case is hard or soft.

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

I might as well go pre-order Elebits. I was going to purchase it at the Wii launch anyway. I was hoping to get everything at Best Buy and use my Reward Zone Card.

BYS2
BYS2

wow.. a mgs psp case is pretty good.. i will definitely preorder

methedemon
methedemon

MGS for the PSP is gonna be so awesome!!!