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


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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 (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/b/ref=as_li_qf_br_sr_tl?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=ur2&node=979455011&tag=opr-20) while we wait for the imminent Steam summer sale.

Active Sales

Pandora’s Tower (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/product/B00B2QL2Y4/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00B2QL2Y4&linkCode=as2&tag=opr-20)
$29.99 – $10 off at Amazon

TheatRhythm Final Fantasy (http://www NULL.bestbuy NULL.com/site/TheatRhythm+Final+Fantasy+-+Nintendo+3DS/5141249 NULL.p?id=1218619340155&skuId=5141249)
$17.99 – $10 off at BestBuy

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/product/B009EWHKAI/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B009EWHKAI&linkCode=as2&tag=opr-20)
$34.99 – 42% off at Amazon (Wii U)

Persona 4: Golden (http://www NULL.play-asia NULL.com/Persona_4_Golden/paOS-13-71-1ab-49-en-70-4q5j NULL.html)
$24.90 – $20 off at Play-Asia

Okamiden (http://www NULL.play-asia NULL.com/Okamiden/paOS-13-71-ba-49-en-70-3wlt NULL.html)
$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 (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/product/B006VB2W08/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B006VB2W08&linkCode=as2&tag=opr-20)
$5.95 – 80% off at Amazon
$10.39 – 65% off at Amazon

Devil May Cry Collection (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/product/B005VBVQDI/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005VBVQDI&linkCode=as2&tag=opr-20)
$15.99 – 47% off at Amazon (PS3)

Scribblenauts Unlimited (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/product/B00A4MWX04/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00A4MWX04&linkCode=as2&tag=opr-20)
$7.49 – 75% off at Amazon (PC Download)

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/product/B0053BCP40/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0053BCP40&linkCode=as2&tag=opr-20)
$30.85 – 23% off at Amazon

Resident Evil: Revelations (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/product/B00B59L9T6/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00B59L9T6&linkCode=as2&tag=opr-20)
$38.63 – 23% off at Amazon (PS3)

Mario Kart 7 (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/product/B0053BCO00/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0053BCO00&linkCode=as2&tag=opr-20)
$30.12 – 25% off at Amazon

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/product/B00BQI3UQG/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00BQI3UQG&linkCode=as2&tag=opr-20)
$28.72 – 18% off at Amazon (3DS)

Firaxis Complete Pack (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/product/B00CPBZDPE/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00CPBZDPE&linkCode=as2&tag=opr-20)
$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 (http://store NULL.steampowered NULL.com/app/500/) and Left 4 Dead 2 (http://store NULL.steampowered NULL.com/app/550/)
$7.49 – 75% off on Steam (bundle)
Each game is $4.99 individually.

Nintendo Land (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/product/B002I0K3M0/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B002I0K3M0&linkCode=as2&tag=opr-20)
$20.95 – 65% off at Amazon

GOG.com has an Amazing Stories weekend promo (http://www NULL.gog NULL.com/promo/adventures_weekend_promo_050713) 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 (https://www NULL.humblebundle NULL.com/weekly) 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 (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/b/ref=as_li_qf_br_sr_tl?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=ur2&node=979455011&tag=opr-20). Also available is their new indie store (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&node=6923534011&tag=opr-20) 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 (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/product/B00D4A6Y1M/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00D4A6Y1M&linkCode=as2&tag=opr-20).

Pre-Orders

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/product/B00946FSIA/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00946FSIA&linkCode=as2&tag=opr-20)
Time and Eternity (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/product/B00BJH11FQ/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00BJH11FQ&linkCode=as2&tag=opr-20)
Tales of Xillia (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/product/B00B67ZTUW/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00B67ZTUW&linkCode=as2&tag=opr-20)
Shin Megami Tensei IV (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/product/B00C1ZBFTW/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00C1ZBFTW&linkCode=as2&tag=opr-20)
PlayStation 4 (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/product/B00CMQTVQO/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00CMQTVQO&linkCode=as2&tag=opr-20)
Xbox One (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/gp/product/B00CMQTVK0/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00CMQTVK0&linkCode=as2&tag=opr-20)

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 (http://store NULL.steampowered NULL.com/app/39140/). 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 (http://videogames NULL.pricecharting NULL.com/game/playstation/final-fantasy-vii) 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 (http://videogames NULL.pricecharting NULL.com/game/nintendo-ds/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 (http://videogames NULL.pricecharting NULL.com/game/playstation-2/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
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Cheap Ass Gamer
(http://www NULL.cheapassgamer NULL.com/)
GamerDeals
(http://gamerdeals NULL.net/)
Steam
(http://store NULL.steampowered NULL.com/)
Amazon.com (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/computer-video-games-hardware-accessories/b/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&node=468642&tag=opr-20)
eBay.com
(http://www NULL.ebay NULL.com/electronics/video-games)
GameStop (http://www NULL.gamestop NULL.com/)


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