‘Game Over’ for WH Smiths

So few WH Smiths stores sell games that it’s unlikely that anybody will notice that, after much beard scratching, they’ve decided to stop stocking them all together.

Tough competition from HMV, Game and GameStation is the cause, although WH Smiths’ lack of advertising and high prices probably didn’t help – I spotted Red Alert 3 on Xbox 360 for an absurd £44 a few weeks ago. Their online site – run by TheHut Group – will continue though.

It’s a little bit sad to hear this news as WH Smiths were pioneers back in the 80s, being one of the first high street stores (along with Boots) to start selling videogames. Boots in Worthing was awesome back in the day – they had Mega Drive demo pods and everything.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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