Thursday, October 30, 2008

Complete Nintendo NES Collection

A great listing just showed up on ebay for a Complete NES Game Collection with Nintendo World Championship. A collector could get every single game made for the NES plus quite a few unlicensed games and Nintendo World Championship in one auction.

The starting bid is $999 and there is a reserve (much higher than that) but the seller is throwing in free shipping if you win. This auction will probably sell for more than $10,000. If you add up all the NES game values from our NES Price List page you get $5,600 and that doesn't included NWC.

Track the auction yourself and see where it ends up

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Collecting 101: Collector's Edition Games Are More Likely to Be Rare

Collector's Edition games are all the rage with video game publishers. They package in a bit more material like a second disc with some "Making the Game" videos and maybe a hologram cover. And for this the publishers get an extra $10 from the gamers. Which version is the better deal for gamers though?

Collector's Editions Cost More Money Upfront
If you only want to play the game the special edition versions are the more expensive option. In general the collector's editions cost about $10 more, but some games like the Halo 3 Legendary Edition (at right) cost hundreds more.

Collector's Editions Have Better Resale Value
Regular versions lose more in resale value than the Collector's Edition in both dollar and percentage terms. See the charts below:
Percentage Price Drop For Collector's Edition Games vs Regular
Dollar Price Drop For Collector's Edition Games vs Regular
Collector's Editions Might Increase In Price
There is a slight chance if you buy a Limited Edition game that it will actually become rare and really sought after by collectors. 3.4% of the Collector's Edition games increased in value while 100% of the regular edition games decreased. One of the special edition games, Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence Limited Edition, sells for $170 on average.

You Get Bonus Items With Collector's Editions
Some collector's/limited edition games include better bonus items than others, but almost every single one has at least a second disc with special material. Some include figurines, art books, music CD's, and every now and then all of the above. If you're a big fan of the series these extra items can be worth much more than the $10 price.

The winner is: Collector's Edition

  • Con: It costs you more money upfront
  • Pro: You get a few bonus items
  • Pro: You can resell it in the future for more than the regular version
  • Pro: There is a slight chance you can actually make money on the game.
It costs you a bit more upfront but overall the special edition games have more going for them than their boring, regular edition counterparts.

Methods: For the price portion of the article we compared the prices for Collector's Edition/Limited Edition games with their regular game counterparts (Mass Effect vs Mass Effect Collector's Edition, Ultimate Spiderman vs Ultimate Spiderman Limited Edition, etc). We calculated the price change from the original retail price to the resale price as of October 18th, 2008. The prices shown are the average price changes for the two groups and are provided by

This is part of our video game collecting 101 series.

Friday, October 17, 2008

A Tale of Two Personae

"It was the best of times it was the worst of times." Charles Dickens' novel A Tale of Two Cities starts with this famous line. Dickens uses the line to contrast the times in London and Paris, London was doing well and Paris was not. The same can be said of Persona 2 and Persona 3. The price of Persona 2 has been increasing steadily over the last year and a half to about $85 but Persona 3 has been steadily dropping in price to $21.

Best of Times
Persona 2 Price History
Worst of Times
Persona 3 Price History
What explains the difference in prices over the last year?

Both games are well regarded critically. They're both published by Atlus and a new game in the series came out. Persona 4 was announced for release in the US but that should increase the prices of both games as we have seen in past vgpc articles.

The big difference is Persona 3 FES. Persona 3 used to be a relatively hard game to find for PS2. Atlus didn't make quite enough to meet the demand (as they are prone to do). After Atlus released FES the prices for the original Persona 3 started to drop almost every month. People could buy a new version from almost any retailer. This brought down the price of Persona 3.

At the same time this increased the price for Persona 2 because it is no longer being published. More people wanted to play other games in the series so the prices increased with the increased demand.

Playstation 2 Game Prices | PS1 Game Prices | SNES Game Prices

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Sealed Auctions: Marvel vs Capcom 2 PS2

All the auctions listed in this article series are brand new and sealed. They are relatively hard to find or sought after by collectors.

Marvel vs Capcom 2 - Playstation 2

Auction Link

Ends: Oct-10-08 09:00:02
The game sells for $62 used and $244 new.
See Historic Marvel vs Capcom 2 Prices

Legend of Zelda - NES

Auction Link

Ends: Oct-11-08 08:19:11
The game sells for $7 used and $150 new.
See Historic Legend of Zelda Prices

Samurai Shodown - Super Nintendo

Auction Link

Ends: 10/11/2008 12:20:26 PM
The game sells for $5 used and $99 new.
See Historic Samurai Shodown Prices

Persona 2 Eternal Punishment - Playstation

Auction Link

Ends: Oct-11-08 12:27:44
The game sells for $64 used and $119 new.
See Historic Persona 2 Eternal Punishment Prices

Firefighter FD 18 - Playstation 2

Auction Link

Ends: Oct-15-08 19:36:11
The game sells for $32 used and $117 new.
See Historic Firefighter FD 18 Prices

Mega Man 2 - NES

Auction Link

Ends: Oct-13-08 19:30:00
The game sells for $ used and $ new.
See Historic Mega Man 2 Prices

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Mega Man Fans Buy On Annoucement of Mega Man 9

Mega Man 9 is a brand new game in the original Mega Man series with 8-bit graphics (and slowdown and flicker like the old days). It was announced July 4th and released at the end of September 2008 on Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360.

Did the game cause game collectors to go buy the original eight Mega Man games? And if so when did they buy the games, when MM9 was announced or when it was released?

Using our price charts show below we analyzed the prices for all the original 8 Mega Man games.

You can see that 7 out of the 8 original Mega Man games increased in price after the announcement. The average price increase was 16% from June to September. After release only 4 out of 8 games increased in price and only averaged a 3% increase.

Gamers are like stock investors, they buy on the rumor and sell on the fact. Mega Man games increased in price more in anticipation of the new game and didn't change much at all after release.

In the charts below the red line is the price before announcement. The blue line is the release date.

Mega Man - NES

+34% After Announcement | -6% After Release

Mega Man 2 - NES

+50% After Announcement | +6% After Release

Mega Man 3 - NES

+5% After Announcement | +4% After Release

Mega Man 4 - NES

+23% After Announcement | -17% After Release

Mega Man 5 - NES

-8% After Announcement | -17% After Release

Mega Man 6 - NES

+5% After Announcement | +0% After Release

Mega Man 7 - SNES

+7% After Announcement | +3% After Release

Mega Man 8 - Playstation

+14% After Announcement | +48% After Release

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

How Can We Make VGPC Better For You?

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Almost 1 year ago today my partner and I had the idea to gather accurate video game prices from multiple sources on the internet and give this info to people FOR FREE on a website. was created from that idea.

First we would like to thank our loyal blog visitors for reading our articles and giving us more ideas for aspects of video game collecting to analyze. And thank you to the visitors to our website who use the daily updated prices and price charts to help them with their buying and selling. We have grown from 2 visitors our first day (myself and my business partner) to about 400-500 visitors a day now. And one day with 2,000 visitors!. Thank you.

We want to know how we can make VGPC better the second year.

If you could add one thing to the website what would it be? Should we tell you which site online has the lowest prices? Let you customize the charts to see weekly and/or daily prices instead of just monthly? Or is there is some little thing that annoys you like the page listing all the games for each console loads too slow or the format of the site makes it hard to read? I'm sure everyone who reads this can think of something to improve so please post it in the comments below.

We will try to add some of these features and fix problems you find as soon as we can but we both have real full-time jobs and this site is just a labor of love for now. It might take a while to get to them all. Thanks again for a first year.



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