So, Why Did Nintendo Price Earthbound so High?!

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So, Why Did Nintendo Price Earthbound so High?!
Nintendo put much loved classic Earthbound (aka Mother 2) onto the Wii U's Virtual Console for nostalgic fans to enjoy. However, the price - a lowish one in the great scheme of things - made some of those fans rage.

In the States it went on sale for $2 above the usual price for SNES V-console titles. That's $10 for an old but hugely popular game. Why?

Capitalism's wonderful twin forces of supply and demand don't really cut it given that Nintendo has unlimited supply of a download-only title. So what can it be?

"As for EarthBound, Nintendo sets prices in the Nintendo eShop and Virtual Console on a game-by-game basis. Different games will be offered at different prices," says Nintendo.

Well, that's obvious.

Source: Destructoid



ergo 23 Jul 2013 11:53
*face palm*

When you have *monopoly* on the supply...(you fill in the rest, economics genius).
Phillick 23 Jul 2013 19:03
Price discrimination... the people who wanted earthbound really really wanted it. Will it get as many sales and downloads as something like SMW or Megaman? Probably not... but the people who want it will most likely be happy to pay the extra $2.

Truthfully I think it's absolutely worth it. I may have spent a few hours each on F-Zero, Super Metroid, Punch Out, Donkey Kong or Baloon Fight... but I wouldn't have bought them had it not been for the 30 cent deal. I only got Earthbound because one of my friends raved about it... and it could be the best $10 I spent on any video game so far. It's easily the best money I've spent on a Nintendo game.

I can understand people being a little perterbed it's more expensive... but for the price of a movie ticket it's still a deal in my mind.
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