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Most of the time, video games release on Tuesdays. Nintendo, with its insistence on being different, likes to release its games on Sundays. Which do you prefer?
Pikmin 3 and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team released last Sunday and today. I like the Sunday release date because Sunday is a relaxing day. Tomorrow it’s back to work, so you don’t want to make any big plans, but you still have the day off, so it’s perfect for spending time on video games.
If I were in a position of power to make these kinds of decisions, I think I would opt for a Friday release date. It’s nice to go pick up a game early in the week, but often it’s not until the weekend that you can really dive in. Releasing on Friday would give everyone the same window of free time to really give a game the attention it deserves.
How about you? Does it matter what day of the week a game releases? Do you like Nintendo’s Sunday release dates? Or do you wish it would conform and start delivering its biggest releases on Tuesdays?
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Friday or before the start of a long holiday.
Definitely Friday. It's the day the weekend starts, so you'll have the most free time to play it if it's released then.
I would normally say Fridays like everyone else, you know because it being the start of the weekend...but with me, something about Tuesdays and Thursdays always seem to work better for me.
I like Saturday.
Friday would be ideal for me. Pick it up Friday evening after work then spend that night and the rest of the weekend with the game :)
I feel any day is fine for me, because I tend to wait before I get a game anyway.
A day near the end of the week would be beneficial because you could play the game sooner, while a day closer to the beginning would make people play in smaller chunks (or not at all) until they can finally get the 'full dosage' on the weekend.
Either way it works, it's just whatever they feel like, I guess.
Sunday good, Fridays even better. Great idea Kyle, video-games could open just like movies and have an "opening-weekend" for their initial profits. I think Tuesday could ultimately limit games sales from what they could be by releasing them on a day when no one can find the time to buy them, much less play them.
fridays...that's when i get paid...
I like Tuesdays fine. Diehard fans pick it up on launch. Preorder people finish picking up between Wednesday and Thursday. In addition, reviews often come out (if not before) during those first three days. Word of mouth from early buyers help influence decisions, and interested people can pick it up on the Friday/Saturday/Sunday after release. As much as I liked the Skyrim Friday release, it did clog stores, as everyone was buying it for the weekend. Releasing on Tuesday not only avoids (some) conflict with movies opening that weekend, but helps throttle people in the stores.
In my opinion, the optimal day would be Friday; however, I don't mind the Saturdays or Sundays (like Nintendo) because you still get some down time to play. I hate Monday through Thursday releases because most of the time you don't have time to play them much, if at all. It's like a tease.
Sunday. It's the start of the week so any weekly sales in effect won't cause you to feel antsy until a Friday or even Tuesday release.
Any weekday sucks because I'm gonna be busy during most of the day and night Monday-Friday in the coming weeks.
I like Tuesdays.