US Retailer Sells Gaming Tablet Bundles

Gamestop has announced that it will be selling tablets with a number of pre-installed games, in a bid to encourage casual gamers to explore alternative platforms.

The retailer is offering the Acer Iconia A100, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with the games, but without any premium to pay.

Unfortunately, to play the games you will have to buy a controller that resembles an old-school Sony Playstation controller for a whopping $40, although you should be able to connect an existing Xbox controller for less.

Wired mentions that the bundled games include Dead Space, Re-Load, Sonic CD, Monster Madness, Riptide GP, and Cordy, and the Kongregate Arcade App.

Whether the scheme will be a success for Gamestop remains to be seen. Android still accounts for a small fraction of the tablet market overall with Apple's iPad squeezing out the competition.

Furthermore, iOS and Android have introduced the concept of a self-service environment (App Store, Marketplace) to users where they can help themselves to games (or indeed any app) that they want, bypassing any middleman in the process.