By Raymond Dwyer / June 2nd, 2013
With E3 just around the corner, the focus is now on new and full-price games, which means there are less sales going on right now compared to our last edition of Pricefall. Fear not, however, because we have gone to great lengths to find you the best prices for niche games, good games, and all other games. After the sales, we took the liberty of price tracking games from various series that received announcements and news in the past week: Tales of Symphonia, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Eternal Darkness. Your body is ready for E3, but your wallet may need some more help, and that’s what we’re here for.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
$33.99 USD – $6 off the pre-order at Newegg with promo code EMCXRVM222 Expired
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift EXTEND Limited Edition
$12.98 USD – 68% off at Amazon (PS3)
Includes the game, a 40-page art book, soundtrack CD, and 2012 calendar
Average used price: $20.49–$33.29 USD (PS3, Xbox 360)
Adventures with Activision Expired
Classic Activision games are 50% off at GOG.com. Games include the Zork and King’s Quest series. There are 32 games in total, all DRM-free, so check it out to see if there are any games you’d like to revisit.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Obivion Game of the Year Edition Expired
$6.79 USD – 66% off on Steam (PC) – Today Only
Average used price: $9.00 USD
Alan Wake Franchise
$4.00 USD – 90% off on Steam (PC) Expired
Includes Alan Wake Collector’s Edition and Alan Wake’s American Nightmare. They are both on sale individually as well.
GameFly Summer PC Sale
We may be waiting another month for the Steam summer sale, but while you wait you can check out what GameFly has to offer as they give new discounts each day this week.
There were several sales for 3DS games on Amazon from the last edition of Pricefall that are still alive and well at 25% off or more.
This week’s Humble Bundle sale include games from Telltale Games. Most of the games, including Back to the Future: The Game and Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse, are pay what you want, and if you pay more than the average (currently $4.30 USD) then you get The Walking Dead with all 5 episodes.
Free on PlayStation Plus
Nintendo Download: May 30th (North America)
Sega Games and More on Massive Sale via Amazon
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend Is Free For PlayStation Plus Members
Dragon’s Crown Voice Pack DLC Free For the First Month
Tales of Xillia ‘Limited Edition’ Avaliable For Pre-Order
First Best of PlayStation Network Collection Out This Summer
Tearaway Gameplay Details, Release Date, and Pre-Order Bonuses
Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem
We here are at oprainfall are very enthusiastic about Eternal Darkness, and more than excited about the potential for a spiritual successor. This GameCube exclusive, though successful in many ways, was never quite the blockbuster compared to other Nintendo-published games. Many of you may be wondering what the fuss is about. The most simple explanation is: it’s a very good game. You can find out for yourself with a smart buy on the grey market. However, because it received such critical praise with a relatively low volume of availability, average prices are slightly higher than many other GameCube games. If you’re patient, you can get it for very cheap.
Lowest recent completed listing on eBay: $1.25 USD
Tales of Symphonia
So the tenth anniversary of the hit GameCube RPG classic is coming soon and you decided you have to play this again. Sure, you could always go for the recently announced HD remaster, but what about the original? Since early 2011, Tales of Symphonia has actually been rising in price from about $20 to near $40 for a used copy. It’s a sign that the game has aged well, and buyers value their copies of the game.
Lowest recent completed listing on eBay: $15.00 USD
Sonic the Hedgehog (US Sega Master System)
The chart shows a steady straight line because there’s only one real sale of this very rare game that we actually know about. Back on December 10, 2011, this game sold for a whopping $981.33. Let’s see Earthbound try to top that (it definitely has). Sonic the Hedgehog was popular, yes, but what makes this Master System version special is the circumstances behind its release in the U.S. The U.S. version of the game is practically identical to the European version, where the Master System was much more popular, except for a UPC sticker that was placed on the back so that it could be sold in U.S. stores. Sega literally just imported the European versions, placed the sticker, and U.S. localization was done. This creates a problem on the grey market, however, because it’s incredibly difficult to prove the game is authentic when the only difference between the two versions is a sticker. The only listing on eBay is a copy that claims the sticker was removed, going for $149.93 USD. That alone, however, makes the copy indistinguishable from this one going for $15.40 AU. This is one of those games where your best bet is to hope you can strike gold at garage sales.
Lowest recent completed listing on eBay: $981.33 USD
Last but not least, if you’re participating in the Cloudburst Game Club here on oprainfall, check back with our first edition of Pricefall back in April for price tracking Chrono Trigger and playing it the way it was meant to be played.
Find sales we didn’t? Take advantage of the ones we listed? Is your wallet ready now for E3? Let us know in the comments.