Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Marvel Vs Capcom 2 On XBL & PSN Lowers Resale Prices

Marvel vs Capcom 2 Prices Dropping
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 Xbox

Marvel Vs Capcom 2 for Playstation 2

Marvel vs Capcom 2 Playstation 2

Marvel Vs Capcom 2 for Sega Dreamcast

Marvel vs Capcom 2 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.


Anonymous said...

DLC definitely lowers the value of games that used to be collectibles. Look at Castlevania Symphony of the Night. It used to be worth around $50 and now it's only worth around $30. Why? Well, you can get it on Xbox360 or PS3 for $10 by a download.

So overall, I'm thinking the whole reason people bought these games before was to simply play them. I mean the game is supposed to be one of the best games ever and gamers want to experience them.

Harold Fowler said...

I think you might be onto something here dude!


Anonymous said...

It looks like prices are pretty variable to begin with so 3% and 11% changes are within error to be sure. This is an instance where basic knowledge of data analysis could be helpful.

JJ Hendricks said...

Anonymous - the prices are definitely variable to begin with and one day's price movements does not make a statistically significant trend. But all 3 of them dropping at the same time and at prices not seen in 2 years is a pretty big change.

I will definitely follow this over a longer time frame to see if my prediction was correct about the prices declining more in the future.

creoleplane said...

It is interesting, but downloading and playing it without the Dreamcast controller just wouldn't be nearly as enjoyable. PS3 controller would be fine but playing a 2d fighter on the 360? Laugh.

Anonymous said...

YO, you are using the wrong 'affect' here:
will the downloadable games effect the price of originals?'s Affect, because ur talkin about an action. Effect is more for nouns n sh!t. Like Special Effects.


JJ Hendricks said...

Thank you for the spelling correction Anonymous.

Creoleplane - the controller used to play the game is a big difference I hadn't thought about before. It can definitely make a difference in which version someone decides to buy.

Why is the 360 controller so bad for a 2D fighter though? Is it the offset joysticks or button configuration?

Anonymous said...

rofl people bitching about the 360 controllers are noobs u buy a fuking fighting stick for fighting games u don't use the regular controller god people are so fuking dumb...anyway its a real shame that they wont balance this game it would have been really cool to see different ties said...

Well this article was certainly a long time coming, wasn't it? I think it's still too early to make any final judgments. Certainly the price will drop, but to what extent? I hope you do an update in a few months, JJ.

thesimplicity said...

I definitely saw this coming the minute the game was announced. Unlike a lot of older titles, this is still a very playable game... I would say more people sought out a high priced copy to play it rather than collect it.

I play console fighters with the d-pad, so I'll be skipping this one on the 360 and sticking with the Dreamcast. Someone really needs to mod a 360 control with the Wii classic controller's d-pad.

Anonymous said...

I will be playing this with the d-pad on my ps3 controller. It works perfect for this. I noticed about 6 months ago that the ESRB had a rating for MVC2 on their website for Xbox 360 and PS3. I had the original copy of MVC2 for PS2 and decided that I would be able to get it cheap through download and so I quickly sold my original for $70. So glad I did it then before all this price drop stuff. I am not a collector obviously I just enjoy playing in my opinion the greatest fighting game ever created. Its been over tens years since its original release and its still the best fighter out there. Anyone who has not had the pleasure of playing this game I highly recommend it.

dj al+f4 said...

if i were capcom, i would re-release the PS2 version. theres more than 100 million PS2's out there today. but they wouldnt do that.

Anonymous said...

If you want some precedent, look at the prices for Rez for the PS2. It got its own HD treatment in January 2008 and the prices have been steadily dropping ever since for the original. Too bad VGPC only goes back to Dec 2006, I wonder if it had been $50 in the past.

'Magic' Juan said...

Rez is a great example. I remember when it used to fetch upwards of $80. The first hit was when Play-Asia re-released it. Prices dropped quite a bit. The second hit was when it got the HD overhaul. Nowadays you can easily get it for around $20. Hell, even GameStop lowered the price on it (and those bastards take forever to reduce prices on games even if the market has). Still they are nice to have in their original incarnations.

Anonymous said...

I sold my copy of MvC 2 on DC last week simply for this reason (the inevitable price drop). Wanted to cash in at the top.... Let's put it this way, the prices for the discs will NOT go up, they could only stay the same, and much more likely drop. Plus I heard that the PS3/X360 versions will be near HD quality, which would represent an UPGRADE over the disc version. If you want to get the best return on onvestment, SELL NOW!!

Anonymous said...

I see it happening, but it doesn't make sense to me that people were seriously paying $100+ for the game JUST to play it... I mean... if it was selling for those prices because it's rare and a collectors Item, then a new release shouldn't drop the resale price. I guess people really were willing to pay that much just to play the game... seems kind of retarded when you could have just gotten a Dreamcast AND the game for cheaper than the ps2 version (and you'd also be getting the superior version).

JJ Hendricks said...

Used copies of the PS2 version are more expensive than the Dreamcast version but never sold for more than $100. Brand new copies did, but those are definitely selling to collectors.

The market for MvC2 was made up of some collectors and some people looking to play the game. I think the collectors are still in the market buying the game (at reduced prices) but a large portion of the gamers have decided to buy the upcoming versions instead.

That is why the price for the game has decreased but not dropped all the way to the price of the XBL and PSN versions. Collectors are still willing to pay for a physical copy of the game.

Anonymous said...

I was following the price for a while and they sold for over $100 consistently in the past few years at least, not sure where you got that they did't... Many other people who have posted on the price mentioned the same thing. And I am talking used but complete (game, case, manuals in good condition). I've only seen one brand new (i.e. sealed) and it was selling for about 300 bucks.

As I said- it's been a while since a copy of the ps2 version cost less than buying BOTH the dreamcast and a copy of the dreamcast version, which is considered the superior I still don't see why anybody would pay that much for the ps2 version just to play it. It's clear that it happened, since the price IS dropping, but that just doesn't make sense to me. I have a feeling when the hype dies down long after the xbl/psn release, the price will go back up just because it's still a collectors item.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

rofl people bitching about the 360 controllers are noobs u buy a fuking fighting stick for fighting games u don't use the regular controller god people are so fuking dumb...anyway its a real shame that they wont balance this game it would have been really cool to see different ties

Dude its lame, why to buy something if u can have something cool in the normal controller, the pad of the 360 is just lame, why they dont change the shit of it? because they know they r idiots like u that will buy another hardware. WHOS the dumb?

Game Business said...

Interesting price dynamics.

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