Gizmondo lands at Argos, HMV and Comet.
Gizmondo lands at Argos, HMV and Comet
It seems that the Gizmondo guys have finally seen the light and realised that the best way to make a handheld popular is to make it readily available, hence the Gizmondo now being in stock at high street retailers.
Previously the Gizmondo was only available through the Gizmondo store in Regents Street or on their website. Then Harrods, John Lewis and CarPhone Warehouse started selling the handheld and finally the Giz has hit the high street stores.
A quick search of their websites reveals that Argos, HMV and Comet are all selling the £129 version which, we assume, is the SmartAds enabled version. However, making a console available is on the first step, you've then got to make decent games available too. At present, Argos are selling only Colours and Richard Burns Rally while Comet are just stocking the console and nothing else. HMV are the biggest games stockist by far with 12 titles on offer.
Once you’ve got the hardware easily accessible to the public, you’ve got to follow it up with decent titles, so it remains to be seen whether this move can now start to establish the Gizmondo in gamer’s pockets. With stiff competition from the Nintendo DS, imported PSPs with an official UK release for the PSP just around the corner, Gizmondo need to pull something very special out of the bag.