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September 12, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Toys R Us celebrates #NationalVideoGameDay with poor planning: 3-hour+ Skylanders SuperChargers Xbox update

I've been debating whether to purchase the upcoming release of the Skylanders franchise - SuperChargers. I feel as though we own a ton of unused figures for which Activision has been unable to reignite any interest. Each new game supports the older figures, but game-play necessitates buying the new characters. If only they would develop more games for each series. And don't get me started about buying a new "starter pack" each year. The whole thing seems poorly planned.

Skylanders SuperChargers event On Facebook, Toys R Us announced a chance to play Super Chargers before it was released. This was an event taking place at all store locations today from Noon to 2:00pm. I figured this would be a good chance to try out the game and use this event to help in my purchase decision.

I arrived a few minutes early to find the Toys R Us employees inserting the game disc into their Xbox and beginning an update over the store's wifi. They apologized for the delay and I decided to look around while the update was downloading. 30 minutes later the update was at 17%. They said the event would be extended until the end of the day. I opted to go out for lunch and check back later.

I did a few errands, got a few StreetPasses at the mall, and played a few games at the arcade. After eating lunch, I went back to Toys R Us to play Skylanders SuperChargers. Upon arrival, 2 hours later, the update was only 37% complete. even though I got a free folded Skylanders poster, I've decided I probably don't need to buy another expensive round of Skylanders.

Skylanders SuperChargers event This was the extent of the Toys R Us Skylanders SuperChargers Event - an update screen lasting the duration of the event. If my local Toys R Us had expected any results from this "event", they would have installed the game the night before or the morning of the event. Waiting until the start time of the event is just poor planning. For me, this hands-on opportunity was a big factor in my purchase decision. Maybe we'll try Lego Dimensions this year.

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