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EarthBound Begins to Slightly Drop in Price

July 29, 2013 / 12:41 AM

By: Zack O'Neill


A little over a week ago, I wrote about the future of EarthBound’s pricing after being released on the Virtual Console and compared it to other expensive games’ price changes. At the end of the article, I assumed that the price would skyrocket as other games like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy III (VI) did after being released on virtual console. By the looks of it though, EarthBound’s price is on a downwards trend after only a week and a half on VC, where collectors and fans have wanted it to go for years.

When I wrote that last article, the loose cart was priced at $175.36, and it is now at $151.17. The price is nearing a drop of $25, not even two weeks after the release. The complete price, however has gone up: $414.68 when I wrote the previous article, and now at $475.00 even. It appears as though the player’s guide has become even more coveted by players after Nintendo put it up online. In fact, the lowest-priced player’s guide on eBay right now with a buy-it-now option is priced at $139.99, this is up from the average of $90-$100 just a few weeks ago.

So the article I had previously written has ended up being wrong on both counts, I had expected the price of the cart to go up, and the guide to go down. The following months will be interesting for the price of the beloved cult classic, and hopefully many more fans will be made by the arrival of the game on the Wii U’s virtual console. Perhaps Nintendo may realize how many people there are that will buy games of the series and will finally localize the other two entries: Mother 1/EarthBound Zero and Mother 3. Only time will tell.

Now if only we could get a certain other cult classic to get a bit of a price drop.

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Zack started working at VGTribune at 15 years old and has been gaming since the the age of 2. He is currently in college studying film and technology with plans to continue in the game industry. He’s also really good at Counter Strike.

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