Groupon is marking the upcoming Labor Day holiday with a pretty excellent promotion. By applying the coupon code LABOR10, you can get 10 percent off almost all physical goods, meaning there are savings to be had on all kinds of video game hardware and games.
Xbox One (without Kinect) and PlayStation 4 systems are going for $360, while you can pick up a Wii U bundle for $270 or a (refurbished) 3DS XL with Mario Party: Island Tour for $135. Of course, the coupon works on already released and upcoming games, meaning you can preorder a copy of Destiny or Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for $54 instead of $60.
Shipping is free, and the 10 percent off code expires on September 1. You can visit Groupon's video game page to see everything that's on sale as part of the Labor Day deal. Thank you, Dealzon, for the tip.
Are you going to take advantage of Groupon's Labor Day deal? Let us know what you're buying and why in the comments below!
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The new 3DS model Nintendo announced today for Japan comes with a filter on the system's web browser, and you'll have to pay a small fee to get rid of it.
As reported by Kotaku, the filter restricts what websites can be accessed through the system's browser (yes, the 3DS does have a browser). To unlock it so that you can view any page you wish, you'll have to connect a credit card to your account and pay 30 yen (about $.29).
This is not necessarily intended as a money-making scheme; it's instead intended to be a parental control feature. By requiring a credit card purchase, it reduces the likelihood that a child will find their way onto unsavory websites on their 3DS (though it doesn't change the fact that they may live in a home with countless other Internet-connected devices). Still, Nintendo could stand to make a decent chunk of change if enough people pay the fee; if 5 million people were to eventually do so, that would be $1.5 million before credit card companies take their cut.
There have been instances of sexual content ending up on Nintendo systems in the past, like the 3DS given as a Christmas gift that contained porn on an SD card. This won't do anything to stop anything to stop that from happening again, but Nintendo is always eager to protect children--be it from dirty websites or communicating with strangers online.
Nintendo has done something like this before, charging a 50-cent fee to create a Nintendo Network ID on Wii U for anyone under the age of 13.
What do you make of this fee? Do you not care because you never use the system's browser, or do you wish that Nintendo didn't enable this filter right out of the box? Let us know in the comments.