Marvel announced that the classic fighting game Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 will be released on Xbox Live and the Playstation Network. Marvel Vs Capcom 2 is one of the most expensive games on the Dreamcast, Playstation 2, Xbox and is sought after by collectors and considered one of the best 2D fighters of all time. The question for collectors who own the original game or want to buy it is; will the downloadable games affect the price of originals?
The initial results look like Marvel vs Capcom 2 for Dreamcast, PS2, and Xbox are all losing value after the announcement. The charts below show the prices during the past couple years for all three original games plus the prices during the last 24 hours.
Marvel Vs Capcom 2 for Xbox
Marvel Vs Capcom 2 for Playstation 2
Marvel Vs Capcom 2 for Sega Dreamcast
The used prices for all three original versions dropped since the announcement. The PS2 version dropped 14%, Xbox version 3.9%, and Dreamcast version 11%. Yesterday the prices for the PS2 were the lowest they have been since December 2006! The Xbox and Dreamcast games are only $1 or $2 more than the lowest prices seen in two years.
Will the prices continue to decline or is this only temporary?
There are lots of collectors who want the original versions of the game, but most gamers will probably choose the downloadable versions on XBL and PSN because they will have online play, HD upscaling, and widescreen support. Gamers can play one of the best 2D fighters of all time, with more options, and less money if they download it. So fewer people will be buying the original game on Dreamcast, PS2, and Xbox.