Pricefall: Finding Deals for Pandora’s Tower and Other Niche Games

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

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Pricefall

Amazon is continuing its price drop for Pandora’s Tower, one of the three original games from the oprainfall campaign, and most other retailers appear to be following suit. Their sale for 3DS games is also ongoing, with the addition of a few recent releases seeing price drops at the popular online retailer. After that we’ve been price tracking the listings for some notable JRPG series from the past that have been in the news lately. Be sure to check out the Amazon PC Games sale while we wait for the imminent Steam summer sale.

Active Sales

Pandora’s Tower
$29.99 – $10 off at Amazon

TheatRhythm Final Fantasy
$17.99 – $10 off at BestBuy

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
$34.99 – 42% off at Amazon (Wii U)

Persona 4: Golden
$24.90 – $20 off at Play-Asia

Okamiden
$19.90 – $15 off at Play-Asia

Mighty Switch Force!
$3.99 – $2 off on the 3DS eShop
Hyper Drive Edition $6.67 on the Wii U eShop

Lumines: Electronic Symphony
$5.95 – 80% off at Amazon
$10.39 – 65% off at Amazon

Devil May Cry Collection
$15.99 – 47% off at Amazon (PS3)

Scribblenauts Unlimited
$7.49 – 75% off at Amazon (PC Download)

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
$30.85 – 23% off at Amazon

Resident Evil: Revelations
$38.63 – 23% off at Amazon (PS3)

Mario Kart 7
$30.12 – 25% off at Amazon

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
$28.72 – 18% off at Amazon (3DS)

Firaxis Complete Pack
$19.99 – 83% off at Amazon (PC Download)
Pack includes XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Civilization IV: The Complete Edition, and Civilization V: Gold Edition.

Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2
$7.49 – 75% off on Steam (bundle)
Each game is $4.99 individually.

Nintendo Land
$20.95 – 65% off at Amazon

GOG.com has an Amazing Stories weekend promo going on this weekend only. These are selections from their catalog with amazing stories at 60% off and include games from the Broken Sword and Runaway series.

This week’s Humble Weekly Sale is from developer Two Tribes and let you pay what you want for Toki Tori and EDGE. Pay more than the average and receive RUSH.

Amazon currently has a summer sale going on for PC game downloads. Also available is their new indie store with a current promotion for any $9.99 bundle, with all proceeds going back to the developers and publishers. This includes the $9.99 Gaijin Tripped Out Pack.

Pre-Orders

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Time and Eternity
Tales of Xillia
Shin Megami Tensei IV
PlayStation 4
Xbox One

Reported Earlier

 Nintendo Download: July 4th (North America)
Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers eShop Sale
Cloud Strife Outfit Offered As Pre-Order Item For Lightning Returns
PSN Weekly – Week of July 2nd (North America)
Persona Trinity Soul Anime on Sale
Pandora’s Tower Gets a Price Drop at US Retailers

Price Tracking

Final Fantasy VII

One of the most polarizing entries in the series today, likely because it had the distinction of also being one of the most popular upon release, Final Fantasy VII is now on Steam. It is now conveniently available to anyone with a computer and internet connection on Valve’s PC game distribution service without having to search used game shops the world over or wait for that shipment that always takes twice as long as it should. But at $11.99 is it the right price? There’s always controversy over the pricing of games that are re-released well after their initial launch, particularly on accessible platforms like Steam, but gamers tend to be more forgiving if the game is rare or hard to find. The loose prices for Final Fantasy VII aren’t that high, though higher than they probably should be for a popular 1997 game. A complete package with the case and manual doesn’t generally fetch for much more than the disc alone. It’s the same story for the PC version, except the “new” prices aren’t as high, but I can tell you from owning the PC version myself that the packaging was nothing special. Buying Final Fantasy VII on Steam may be your best deal.

Final Fantasy 7 - Pricecharting.com

Final Fantasy 7 used prices – Pricecharting.com

Loose Price: $20.00
Complete Price: $32.84
New Price: $89.50

Moon

It’s been recently announced that in 2014 Renegade Kid will be acquiring the rights to the Nintendo DS first person shooter they made titled Moon. Renegade Kid has received attention lately for Mutant Mudds and the upcoming Treasurenautsbut back in the Nintendo DS era they were known for pushing the system to create atmospheric FPS games like the Dementium series and Moon. They have been big supporters of Nintendo’s portable systems, and look to continue their legacy of portable FPS games with the upcoming Cult Country, but with this recent announcement there are questions about what could be done with the Moon IP back in the hands of its creators. You can get acquainted with the game for very cheap buying the game used before the big announcements happen and be ready for what’s next from Renegade Kid.

Moon - Pricecharting.com

Moon used prices – Pricecharting.com

Loose Price: $8.99
Complete Price: $14.99
New Price: $21.99

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne

Atlus and the Shin Megami Tensei series has been in the news a bit lately, primarily because Atlus’s parent company Index has filed for bankruptcy and is proceeding through rehabilitation to recover. Fortunately the Atlus brand seems to be surviving intact, with Shin Megami Tensei IV being released in North America very soon, and even a mysterious Persona 5 domain registration popping up recently. The main Shin Megami Tensei series doesn’t receive nearly as much attention as the associated Persona series, which has built momentum on the releases of Persona 3 and Persona 4 on various platforms. However, the brand has been spreading through other spin offs as well, such as the Devil Survivor and Devil Summoner series. As far reaching as the brand is, Shin Megami Tensei IV brings a strong reminder that there is a mainline series that spawned all these popular games from its own merits. If you haven’t checked out some of the main series yet, these games may deserve a look. You can get Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, third in the main series, for PlayStation 2 pretty cheap on the grey market.

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne used prices - Pricecharting.com

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne – Pricecharting.com

Loose Price: $11.99
Complete Price: $16.12
New Price: $21.60

If you’re interested in finding Tales of Symphonia for cheap, our most recent Games of the Past Review, check our last edition of Pricefall where we price-tracked the game on various online used game markets. Let us know in the comments if you find any other sales, or if you took advantage of any of the low prices listed here.

SOURCES
PriceCharting.com
Cheap Ass Gamer
GamerDeals
Steam
Amazon.com
eBay.com
GameStop

About Raymond Dwyer

Former Contributor--Raymond is an architect in Chicago who has been playing video games for as long as he can remember. For all that the city offers, he mostly prefers sitting down to a good game when he can spare the time. Buildings look better rendered than they do in real life anyway.




  • skovacs1

    The FF7 PC version being released on Steam isn’t the original PC release, but the 2012 re-release from the Square-Enix e-shop. Notable differences include achievements, cloud saves and, as a result of the prior, an incompatibility with most mods made for the original PC release. Work is being done to update and migrate some of the mods over to this version. It should be noted that despite this being the same release as that from the Square-Enix e-shop, you cannot activate copies purchased through the Square-Enix e-shop on Steam.