If the struggling retail industry needs a cheat code or a walkthrough to make it to the next level, let's make it easy: Start selling video games!
You don't have to be a GameStop investor to glean stock tips out of the video game retailer's report. The company is also singling out its five best-selling titles for the period:
- Call of Duty: World at War
- Guitar Hero World Tour
- Gears of War 2
- World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
- Wii Fit
Notice the winning developer? Three of those titles are the handiwork of Activision Blizzard
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Investors are naturally bidding up GameStop on the news, and rightfully so. I may have some concerns about GameStop's model, but it's clearly a standout in this dreary holiday season. However, savvier investors will pick up on the hints that Activision Blizzard, Nintendo, and Microsoft are also connecting well with diehard gamers. They may also want to avoid software publishers not named Activision Blizzard.
GameStop's report isn't just a walkthrough. It's a survival guide.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz loves playing video games but he doesn't own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.