By Raymond Dwyer / May 19th, 2013
In this latest edition of Pricefall, Super Metroid is 30 cents on the Wii U eShop. I’ll wait for you to go purchase it. Back? Good, because there are many other sales going on not related to the Super Nintendo scifi-exploration-masterpiece that, while not quite as drastic, have still fallen considerably in price. Another gem in this week’s Nintendo Download was a sale for BIT.TRIP Presents…Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien on the Wii U eShop. We have many more sales beyond that, some pre-order deals (like Project X Zone), and price tracking the original games behind some upcoming re-releases. With Super Metroid already purchased and out of the way (because who wouldn’t get that game for only 30 cents?), it’s time for the sales.
$0.30 USD – $7.69 off on the Wii U eShop
Project X Zone
$33.99 USD – $6 off the pre-order at Newegg with promo code EMCXRWP236
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
$34.99 USD – the pre-order comes with a free digital download of Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels at Best Buy.
Ubisoft Weekend Promo
Classic Ubisoft games from the Might and Magic series, modern Prince of Persia, Rayman, and others are 50% off at GOG.
Borderlands 2 Expired
$13.59 USD – 66% off on Steam
Every week there seems to be a new deal for Borderlands 2 (and Ni No Kuni for that matter).
This week it looks like Steam’s turn to cut prices for the PC action RPG, and they also have the original Borderlands at 75% off.
Average used price: $20.23–$21.84 USD (PS3, Xbox 360)
The Humble Double Fine Bundle Expired
The bundle is pay what you want to support charity and includes Psychonauts, Costume Quest, and Stacking. Bonus items for paying more include Brutal Legend, Broken Age backer access to the Kickstarter project, and more.
3DS Games on Amazon
Not to be outdone by Best Buy, there are several deals of 25% off or more for 3DS games at Amazon. These include:
Mario Kart 7
Super Mario 3D Land
Kid Icarus: Uprising at 23% off
Paper Mario: Sticker Star at 38% off
Professor Layton and The Miracle Mask at 35% off
New Super Mario Bros. 2
Free on PlayStation Plus
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition for $7.49
Amazon Selling Studio Ghibli Films Half-Off As Deal of the Day
Nintendo Download: May 16th (North America)
Best Buy Discounts 3DS XL, Fire Emblem Awakening, and More
PSN Weekly: Week of May 15th (Europe)
Kemco’s Aeon Avenger on Sale in iTunes
Have I mentioned that Super Metroid is only 30 cents right now? Because Super Metroid is only 30 cents right now on the Wii U eShop. This may come as a huge surprise to all of you, but I am a huge fan of this game and will take any excuse I can to replay it. Needless to say, the Virtual Console service on Nintendo consoles are a much cheaper alternative at the moment than purchasing a more authentic experience with the original cartridge. While not incredibly expensive on the grey market, the prices are still higher than most Nintendo-published games this side of Earthbound. There’s still no replacement for playing the original on an SNES, however, especially for a game that has made as big an impact on the standard of quality we hold games to even today.
Lowest recent completed listing on eBay: $17.99 USD
Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon
So you just read our latest Games of the Past review yesterday and decided you finally want to try out this niche Wii game for yourself? You’re in luck, because you can still find this game used without breaking the bank. Many similar niche titles, if they weren’t widely distributed, will quickly rise in price. Something like that could very well happen in the future for Fragile Dreams, but for now you can still find the game new and in stock at online retailers. The used prices don’t fall too sharply below that.
Lowest recent completed listing on eBay: $16.05 USD
Donkey Kong Country
With the release of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D later this week, the 3DS platformer is the latest in a successful trend of retro revivals that many publishers have reaped. If the newest game in the Donkey Kong Country series has you feeling nostalgic for the old days of gaming, it may be time to revisit (or introduce yourself) to the original that reinvented Donkey Kong as a character.
Lowest recent completed listing on eBay: $5.74 USD
If you’re a collector, there may be a different version of the game you’re looking for right now. While there are many copies of Donkey Kong Country out there, there’s a rare edition of the game that was used for video game competitions. SNES Central says there were only 2500 copies of the Competition Cartridge made according to the game’s box art. It was used in the Powerfest ’94 finals, and as a qualifier for the Blockbuster World Video Game Championships II. It was then sold to fans via the Nintendo Power Supplies Catalog. With so few copies made, the prices for this edition make even Earthbound tremble, but an essential for any SNES collector. You have to be careful of reproduction copies with a game as rare as this, and the prices fluctuate greatly from the low volume of listings. Pricecharting estimates only 11 sales are made per year on eBay, Amazon, and Half.com. The only real legitimate listing of the game on eBay right now is one that is going for $2,100.00 USD.
Lowest recent completed listing on eBay: $850.00 USD
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy VIII is being released again on PC, but before you jump to conclusions, this is not simply a re-release of the PC version from 2000. It will include high definition graphics, though other additional features and a release date are not yet known. If you can’t wait for the release of the updated version, or just don’t like the uncertainty of whether it will be localized (we know how you feel), then you can always try to get a copy of the original PlayStation game used.
Lowest recent completed listing on eBay: $1.50 USD
In other HD re-release news, Yakuza 1 & 2 was announced during the Japanese Nintendo Direct for the Wii U with upgraded visuals and special features. This is another game with no word of localization, despite the pretty extensive partnership Nintendo has developed with Sega for some upcoming games. The PlayStation 2 games can be bought cheaply for those who would like to be introduced to the series before we get any sort of confirmation on when or if we’ll be able to play the updated versions on Wii U.
Lowest recent completed listing on eBay: $9.99 USD
Find any other sales out there? Want us to find better deals for a game you want? Am I obsessed with Super Metroid? Let us know in the comments.