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Gamestop to start selling "Wikipad" this October

Pre-Order program launched for Tegra 3 powered gaming device

GameStop is the world’s largest multichannel retailer of video games and certainly the largest in the US, but recently they have partnered with Wikipad, Inc. to offer the Wikipad tablet, the first tablet with an attachable console-quality gamepad controller, through its stores and website.

“GameStop is the retail destination when it comes to video games. Nobody but GameStop provides gamers with the best gaming content on the market. And for those that purchase or pre-order a Wikipad at GameStop, their tablet will have access to valuable extras including exclusive free, full-length game titles. The Wikipad is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and will support PlayStation Mobile platform,” - Fraser Townley, President of Sales for Wikipad, Inc.

Wikipads pre-ordered at GameStop will come with value-added extras including full-length titles and an issue of Game Informer Digital.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Wikipad to launch this unique new gaming tablet,” said Joe Gorman, vice president of GameStop’s mobile business unit. “We love the innovation and know our customers are excited to see it in action.”

Wikipad will launch in October with a full suite of games delivered by the latest video game platforms, including PlayStation Mobile, NVIDIA’s Tegra Zone, Google Play as well as several upcoming unannounced platforms. To bring the best gaming experience to consumers, Wikipad will offer a premium 10.1” IPS screen, ultra-light chassis, quad core processor, expandable memory and an attachable console quality game controller.

The Wikipad is a strange device, I'm not even sure what the real target audience is for a product like this, it may be powerful, but it's not cheap, I honestly can't see why someone would go down this route for gaming over something more portable like the Vita or the 3DS. The Wikipad will be available October 31 to consumers at a retailer price of $499.

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