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January 7, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Limited Run Games made a deal to sell through Best Buy, where today I found 6 copies of Golf Story

To be honest, I was surprised to find this many copies since we live in a fairly remote area.
Today I found six copies of Limited Run Games' release of Golf Story for the Nintendo Switch. Ordinarily LRG sells direct to consumers, but not long ago. Limited Run Games announced a curious deal with Best Buy.

Golf Story on Best Buy Shelves This deal involves selling LRG games in Best Buy stores. Naturally, this caused outrage among those who said it violated the "limited" notion and the quantities sold through a large retailer devalued the limited number available. It seemed like an odd pairing.

At the same time, it's a way for LRG to expand and expose more folks to their creations. LRG said the big retailer would not get many copies. I recall a quantity of 2 or 3 per store (which is a lot when you consider there are 1,500 locations in the US. It is also possible that expanding through Best Buy enables LRG to order larger quantities that may benefit them in the deals they have with Nintendo and Sony.

I'm Naturally Suspicious

Here's the part that makes me question the quantity I found at my Best Buy. Six isn't very many, but it is more than I expected. The unique thing about my area is we are very "off the beaten path". The closest WalMart and Target are an hour's drive away.

We have Best Buy and a dreadful Kmart. So, finding 6 copies way out here makes me wonder how many are showing up in big-city locations. More? Maybe. Who knows?

When they said a few, I expected to never see a Limited Run Games logo in my Best Buy. But I found six. That doesn't make a metric, but if they sent 6 here, one can easily surmise they sent even more to larger locations in more populous areas.

It's All Good

I could be wrong and I'm certainly not faulting LRG or their partners. As a fan of physical copies of games, I love what they do. I may be a bit bent out of shape knowing all those manic 10:00am sessions on their website to secure precious titles nets the same result as a trip to Best Buy. I know that'snot the case, but I'm a simple sort of guy!

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