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GameStop Prices Wikipad At $499, Taking Your Pre-Orders Right Now

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Posted on September 7, 2012 AT 10:50am

GameStop has a price and a release date for the Wikipad tablet—the notable Android tablet with a detachable controller dock. It’s not cheap either, with a 500-dollar asking price, but you’ll have time to save up.

According to Wikipad Inc., the tablet will officially be on sale exclusively at GameStop stores on October 30th, although the retailer is taking pre-orders right now. But will it be as successful as the Google Nexus 7?

That’s going to be the big question, especially with the price packing such a high price tag. For the cost a single Wikipad, you could buy a number of handheld consoles or even full-out systems. Here’s a quick price comparison, with lowest cost for each new system according to the retailer’s online catalog:

  • Wikipad — $499
  • Google Nexus 7 — $249
  • iPad 2 (32GB, Refurbished) — $409
  • Nintendo 3DS — $169
  • PlayStation Vita — $249
  • Xbox 360 (4GB) — $199
  • PlayStation 3 — $249

Of course, the trade off is that the Wikipad will specialize in apps and mobile games—which tend to cost less than three bucks apiece—along with Sony’s Gaikai network and various PlayStation-approved classics.

That’s not to mention the competition from other Android tablets that GameStop already sells, which barely break the $200 mark. At a glance, it seems like the Wikipad is a bit too specialized to take on so many competitors, but we’ll see.

McKinley Noble, Contributing Editor
McKinley Noble has been writing about video games for seven years as a blogger and journalist, with each job adding to his painstakingly alphabetized collection of retro gaming memorabilia. When not cracking jokes about the gaming industry, he's a talking encyclopedia when it comes to mixed martial arts and anything MMA related. Follow him on Twitter: @KenTheGreat1. Meet the rest of the crew.

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