After a trial run that started in 200 stores last October, GameStop is going full steam ahead with Android, offering up Android gaming tablets like the ASUS Transformer Pad (among others), at more than 1,600 retail locations nationwide.
Joining the lineup of the original OG Transformer are the newer models (Prime, Pad), as well as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Acer Iconia Tab A200 and A100, followed by the Toshiba Excite 10. Not exactly bloatware per se, the tablets will come with bonus games pre-installed such as Sonic CD and Riptide, and apps like Kongregate Arcade as well as a free issue of Game Informer digital.
While pricing isn’t exactly competitive (you can expect to pay typical retail price for the tabs), in typical GameStop fashion, customers are encouraged to trade-in used merchandise for store credit (even old iOS devices) gaining them a potential discount. If the Android tablets aren’t yet available at your local GameStop, you can also find them for sale online.
It’s interesting to see Android mature into a gaming platform, finding itself offered in game-specific retails chains such as GameStop. Where current generation Android tablets are still a bit on the pricey side (most are more expensive than current gen game consoles), we can only imagine how the landscape will change once Google’s affordable Nexus Tablet burst onto the scene in a few short months.