Friday, November 16, 2012

Wii U Consoles Resell For A Higher Price But Not A Much As Wii Did

wii u console resale prices at launch

See daily Wii U Console prices with our Wii U Price Tracker >

The Wii U launches November 18th and both the Wii U Deluxe and Wii U Basic models are selling with big markups on secondary markets like ebay and Amazon.

Wii U Deluxe appears to be the more popular of the two options with an average resale price of $501, which is 43% more than the MSRP of $349.99. Wii U Basic sells for a 32% premium on the resale market for an average of $395.

These big premiums are still a far cry from the original Wii resale prices when it launched in 2006. Within a week of launching the Wii Console was selling for $570 on average and the retail price was $249.99. That's a huge 129% increase in price!
wii u console resale prices vs wii

We will track the daily resale prices for both Wii U Consoles in our Wii U Price Tracker. If the console sells out everywhere prices could spike during Black Friday as parent's try find the toy for their kids. Or prices might plunge if the console turns out to be easy to find. Check back to see where Wii U prices go.

Wii U Console Resale Price Tracker

The average Wii U Deluxe and Wii U Basic resale prices on ebay and Amazon from three days before launch, November 15th, until December 31st, 2012. The average resale price is calculated by averaging all successfully completed sales on eBay and Amazon list prices over a course of the day.

Wii U Deluxe:

Retail Price: $349.99
Release Date: November 18th, 2012
Includes: Black Console, 32GB storage, Black Wii U GamePad, Nintendo Land
See more historic Wii U Prices

Wii U Basic:

Retail Price: $299.99
Release Date: November 18th, 2012
Includes: White Console, 8GB storage, White Wii U GamePad
See more historic Wii U Prices

Monday, November 5, 2012

SNES Campus Challenge 92 For Sale

GameGavel has been on a roll lately with auctions for rare games like Red Sea Crossing and Air Raid CIB in the last month. Now the Super Nintendo Campus Challenge we wrote about several months ago is for sale on the site as well.

Bidding is up to $5,200.

The seller explained how this game was only found recently:

"In the early -90's a Swedish company approached both Nintendo and Sega about creating a game system for TV broadcasting. The TV viewers would call in and then play games on live TV broadcast shows using their telephone dial key (DTMF) tones. The company where I worked was in turn approached by this company and we were asked to build this interface system from scratch.

We designed a system that interfaced two phone lines and two consoles. Two consoles for each system, either for two callers and two consoles simultaneously seen in the TV broadcast in a split screen fashion. Or just having the second console for "lining up" and pausing the next game in the place you wanted the next player to start inside a game. In addition to making the dial tones "press" keys in the game we had to make up separate "key maps" where one single phone key could translate to different console key presses depending on what was best in each game. For some games one single phone key would translate to jump+forward and in another game it could be something else.

The project rolled on nicely, they had game shows running regularly on both small and larger TV satellite channels in Sweden and also on Swedish national TV for a while on some big Saturday night show. We also went to Philly in the US where I helped set up a system for what I think was some morning show. We built a handful of these systems but after a while we were not in the loop anymore on what countries they were used in. I remember talks about Italy and... hmmm.. memory eludes me. Some other countries anyway. After a while I totally lost contact with the company who had the initial idea and who managed the project

During the development we had a large number of games to test different phone-to-console key maps. We also had a bunch of consoles both for testing, development and delivery to TV stations. When work on the project trickled down we were left with some games and some consoles to be able to service any system we had built. The few items that were left in the end were eventually packed up and stored in my attic for twenty years."

That's two really rare games found in attics during the last month. I need to stop writing this article and go check my attic......

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Air Raid Sells for Record Breaking $33,433.30

The first ever complete in box Air Raid for Atari 2600 we wrote about previously closed at a record breaking $33,433.30!

This makes it the most expensive Atari 2600 sale of all time.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Updated Rare Atari 2600 Game Article

We've updated our article about the 30 rarest Atari 2600 games and the reasons they are so expensive.

Before jumping to the article, can you guess:

What is the most expensive 2600 game?
What is the single biggest determinant for a game becoming rare?
What rare game shares the name with a very common and popular game series?

Now, check out the article and test your Atari 2600 knowledge.

Rare Atari 2600 Games



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