Thursday, July 3, 2014

Earthbound Prices Revisited One Year After eShop Release

Almost one year ago, Earthbound was released for Wii U eShop. When it came out, we predicted Earthbound cartridge prices would decrease but not as significantly as other titles in similar circumstances.

How did we do? Spot on.

From the date of our prediction, the loose price decreased from $179 to $137 (-20%).

Some gamer's decided to buy the eShop version instead of the cartridge. So demand decreased a bit. There are lots of collectors out there who are willing to pay a premium for the original, which explains why prices didn't collapse.

This 20% decrease compares to a 40% decrease for Marvel vs Capcom 2 a year after its virtual release.


mrcrimpbiscuit said...

You should do a follow up on Suikoden II as well, with it's release being a big deal on PSN. :)

Anonymous said...

Not surprised in the drop. What I thought was surprising over the year was how close in value EVO and Earthbound are at times.

JJ Hendricks said...

@mrcrimpbiscuit - Has Suikoden II been confirmed for PSN? Last I heard it had an ESRB rating but I didn't hear anything about actual release date.

My guess is Suikoden II is closer to Earthbound than Marvel vs Capcom 2 in terms of change we will see from virtual release.

Some people might pay $100 to play Suikoden II, but I'm guessing most of them are collectors judging by the high price and the large price difference between loose and CIB.

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