Friday, January 15, 2010

Nintendo Discontinues Games, Makes Them Collectible

News has been released that Nintendo may have discontinued production on some of their games. The fifteen games that will be discontinued are:

Battalion Wars II
Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree
Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
Endless Ocean
Excitebots: Trick Racing
Excite Truck
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Mario Strikers Charged
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Metroid Prime Trilogy
New Play Control! Pikmin
Wario Land: Shake It!
Wario Ware: Smooth Moves
Wii Fit
Wii Music

You can see from the charts on most of these games that the used prices have steadily decreased over time and people are probably buying used copies instead of new ones at this point.

A few of these are ripe to become collectors items though if Nintendo stops making them.

Metroid Prime Trilogy is still selling for about $40 in the resale market. Other compilation games have kept their value very well like Grand Theft Auto Trilogy and Halo Trilogy both for Xbox.

Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn sells for almost $60 when it is sealed, which is above the original MSRP. Plus its an RPG, which tend to keep their value better than other genres.

Donkey Kong Barrel Blast is another game that could definitely become of the most expensive Wii games. No more supply coming to market, a popular franchise character, and a steady price already bode well for its chances to increase in value.

We will check back in a few weeks and see how this news from Nintendo changes the prices for these games in the short term.


GamesOgre said...

Fantastic info for us current gen and retro video game collectors. It'll be interesting to look back at this article in a few years to see how their prices develop. Thanks!

Christopher said...

Another OT JJ but... out of interest, just so I can make sure I'm not doing it wrongly, how long does an update of say 200 game prices take you (from one source, without doing them concurrently), or just what 1 takes on average? I think I have mine < 1 second per game but seems quite a while. I can only imagine how long 13,000 would take :(

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure that WarioWare: Smooth Moves was discontinued a while ago. Just try to find it at any retail store's website, and see how much luck you have.

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