Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tracking Prices for Turok Rages Wars Gray

Turok Rage Wars Gray
There is a new rare Nintendo 64 game in town - Turok Rage Wars Gray cartridge. It sells for about $120 but has been increasing in price very quickly.

This gray version of Turok Rage Wars gained notoriety in February 2012 when a seller on eBay listed 120 of them at $12.99 each. Turok Rage Wars Black cartridges have a flaw in the game that doesn't allow you to beat one of the levels on 2 player mode. To fix this bug Acclaim made a limited number of gray cartridges. People could mail back their black cartridge and receive the gray one as a replacement.

This was not a well known program so only a small number of people took part. In fact, so few took advantage that the game was pretty much unknown in the collecting community until this past February.

This master case of games was probably purchased from Acclaim after their bankruptcy. The exact number of copies in existence is hard to know for sure, but because it was only made for a replacement and never sold in stores this is probably the rarest of the color variants for Nintendo 64.

At current prices, this Turok Rage Wars Gray would be near the top of our list of the most expensive Nintendo 64 games.

120 Turok Rage Wars Gray in Master Case

Master Case for Turok

Black Turok Rage Wars for Comparison
Turok Rage Wars Black Nintendo 64

Friday, January 18, 2013

Seasonal Video Game Prices: 2008 to 2012

Seasonal Video Game Prices: Continual It shouldn't be a surprise to most people that video games are a seasonal business. November and December see tons of new releases and sales spike with Christmas purchases. This increase in sales also boosts resale prices for games as well.

The chart above shows the average price of a used video game for PS2, Xbox, and Gamecube from 2008 to 2012. Prices consistently decline during the first 9 months of the year, but then increase again in October, November, and December.

The chart below clearly shows the average monthly trend over the five years. Prices decrease at a very steady rate from January to May. Then the rate of decline slows during the summer months only to reverse direction entirely at the end of the year. Seasonal Video Game Prices The increase in resale prices during the fourth quarter are not enough to cause prices to reach the levels they were at the beginning of the year. On average prices are 92% of their original price by the end of December, which means prices decrease an average of 8% per year.

Game Prices Decline Less and Less Each Year

The chart below shows the average resale prices each year, indexed to the price in January of that year. So each year prices start at 1. This chart makes it easy to see how much prices change each year compared to other years. Seasonal Video Game Prices: Overlayed The biggest yearly decline in prices happened during 2008 - 16% decrease. Then each subsequent year prices decline at a slower pace - 9% in 2009, and 4% in 2010. Game prices decline more the closer they are to their release date. As they age, a game's resale price starts to steady though still declining.

Why PS2, Xbox, and Gamecube?

Why use these games for these consoles for the analysis? New games were no longer being released in 2008 and the consoles had not become collectors items. New releases skew any average prices because the new games start at a higher price.

Some older consoles like Nintendo NES and Super Nintendo buck this trend because they have become collectible (click the links to see charts of their prices since 2008). These systems show no signs of seasonality in their resale prices because lately they have been increasing in price consistently.

This analysis is a follow-up to similar analysis with prices from 2006 - 'Buy Games in November'

We're Tracking Prices for Skylanders Figures

We are now tracking prices for Skylanders Figures. The Skylanders Figure List is the second most popular article on our blog and many users have requested this as well.

Some of the figures are quite valuable too. A Gold Prism Break given away to all Activision employees sells for $300-400, there is a pearl colored Skylander given away at a Toy Fair in Germany for $250, and even a purple Skylander given away at least years E3, which sells for $180-200. Why didn't I stop at the Skylanders Giants booth last year, doh.

We have to track many of the prices manually for now, so please bear with us if the eBay component of our site does not catch every single listing. If this is successful we will look for ways to automate the pricing like every other item on the website.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Dead Space 3 Dev Team Edition

EA has announced a special Dev Team Edition for Dead Space 3 with a limited 5,000 made available for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. The limited edition costs $160 and includes the following items:
  • An 8-inch polyresin model of The Black Marker alien artifact
  • 10 x 7-inch Aluminum Data Pad with 9 sets of pages
  • 14-oz Med Pack Water Bottle with transparent blue casing
  • Bound SCAF Jotter including 20 pages of Dead Space lore
  • 3 12 x 5-inch vintage SCAF Posters printed on 90-pound paper
  • 6 Peng Postcards
  • 4.75 x 5.6-inch 96-page Mini Art Book full of concept visuals
  • DLC: First Contact – First Contact suit and Negotiator weapon
  • DLC: Witness the Truth – Witness the Truth suit and Evangelizer weapon
  • Metal plate stating the edition number you received
Dead Space 3 Dev Edition is only available on the EA online store. It will not be available at stores.

EA is also selling just the items themselves without a game included for $100, which makes me believe the game will be packaged separately from the extra items. For example, if you buy the PS3 version you will get Dead Space 3 for PS3 and then the extra limited edition items.

This is much easier for EA to manage logistically. They can make 5,000 of them and not need to worry about which version, PS3, 360, or PC, will be more popular and easily ship them to customers who only want the limited edition stuff.

I personally think this lowers the collectible value of the package because you are basically buying a standard edition game with some limited edition memorabilia instead of buying a limited edition game package.

The Dead Space Ultra Limited Edition originally sold for $149 and now sells for $500 brand new. But only 1,000 of those were made and the game and limited edition items are one package. We will have to wait and see if the Dead Space 3 Dev Team Edition becomes as popular with collectors. It is probably a safe bet to at least keep its value because collector's edition games generally keep their value better than standard edition.

UPDATE (Feb. 8th 2013): The Dead Space 3 Dev Team accessories are selling for about $250 now. That is 150% more than their original price.



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