3DS games why so expensive ???

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  • Deleted user 31 December 2013 02:08:43
    Why are the games for 3DS so bloody expensive? Having just indulged in the steam sales it pisses me off having to stump up nearly 30 for the big releases on 3DS.
  • Mola_Ram 31 Dec 2013 03:07:49 7,239 posts
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    You mean on the eShop? Don't buy things on there unless you really benefit from having them on an SD card (eg. Animal Crossing). It's horrendous.

    As for retail, it's still pretty bad, but there's at least some chance of a good deal if you buy online.
  • Raiko101 31 Dec 2013 03:50:11 6,219 posts
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    They're cheaper than home consoles, which is a plus for me as most of my favourite games this year have been on the 3DS. I don't think 30 is unreasonable for a fair number of 3DS games. Especially Nintendo's output.

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  • Mola_Ram 31 Dec 2013 04:10:34 7,239 posts
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    I think it's more that, at least with the E-shop, there don't seem to be many good sales on full priced games. And that full prices are also maintained for games that came out months ago.

    Fire Emblem is still 70 bucks here (45 euros). I mean, it's very much worth it, but a small price reduction after almost a year would not go astray.

    Edited by Mola_Ram at 04:12:35 31-12-2013
  • J.C 31 Dec 2013 05:41:48 1,262 posts
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    One of the reasons why I only own about 3 games for it. The rest are freebies, like Mario 3d and the ambassador games. Its a launch machine. Wake me up when they decide to release majoras mask.
  • Armoured_Bear 31 Dec 2013 05:53:59 10,585 posts
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    I agree, prices are too high.
    Big Games should be 20-25 quid max :-(
    Nintendo should also have more EShop sales, especially on older titles.

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  • Armoured_Bear 31 Dec 2013 05:55:41 10,585 posts
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    Sadly one of the truly shit things about Nintendo is their pricing, greedy cunts with their stubborn philosophy

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  • joeymoto108 31 Dec 2013 07:42:30 641 posts
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    33 quid for A Link Between Worlds in Tesco. I can't justify spending that much on a handheld game when there's currently a Steam Sale on where I can buy a handful of fully fledged 'proper' games for that price. Try 20 and we'd have a deal, Nintendo.

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  • GuiltySpark 31 Dec 2013 08:11:17 6,363 posts
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    It has always been this way with Nintendo games, they just don't seem to drop in price at all, it's pretty crazy compared to other consoles. You can guarantee a game will drop price within a few months usually.

    Get bent.

  • lucky_jim 31 Dec 2013 08:36:02 5,285 posts
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    I've found it impossible to justify buying 3DS cartridges since getting a Vita (and the PS+ sub I already had for my PS3). I still occasionally buy something from the eShop, but mainly indie stuff, often when discounted (the recent Level-5 sale being a case in point).

    It's a shame, because I'd like to play Luigi's Mansion 2, Fire Emblem etc., but since moving abroad I really can't spend that much on a handheld game. Not when I have a Vita and iPad. I earn roughly half what I used to in London, but games cost the same (and are discounted far less often, and by less, than in the UK). So although I save a lot on general cost-of-living stuff out here, I weigh up my game purchases much more carefully than I used to.
  • Murbal 31 Dec 2013 08:36:31 22,083 posts
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    In the US, standard price for 3ds games on the eshop is $40, here it's 40. Go figure.
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    Czech Republic.
  • DFawkes 31 Dec 2013 10:35:29 22,796 posts
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    I'm happy paying whatever a game costs on any format if I think I'll get some enjoyment out of it. Of course if it's less likely it's enjoyable then I'll not pay as much, but given the sort of playtime I get out of stuff like Pokemon, Assassins Creed and Saints Row, I'm happy paying 30 or more.

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  • BurnoutJunkie 31 Dec 2013 11:00:12 709 posts
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    Murbal wrote:
    In the US, standard price for 3ds games on the eshop is $40, here it's 40. Go figure.
    This is why I'm grateful I own a US 3DS. eShop games at full price cost me around 25 a pop. Someone in the States buys me cards and sends me the code. I used to be pretty anal about owning physical, but the saving (including lack of shipping costs) as well as the convenience is too much of a draw.
  • el_pollo_diablo 3 Jan 2014 09:39:43 2,077 posts
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    I don't see handheld games as inferior to console games, so I'm happy for new releases to cost the same across the board.

    Nintendo eshop prices are offensive across the board though. And locking games to systems is also offensive. Nintendo are basically arseholes who make good games.
  • Gunzberg 3 Jan 2014 10:01:57 1,731 posts
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    Go.
    To.
    Ebay.

    Let me expand on this. Buy from ebay at a still relatively high price since many peopl bid on Nintendo games. Advantage is once you are done you can 99% of the time get back what you paid for it and even more when you list it on ebay after completing it.

    This way you will never complain about high prices as you will be quids in. Alternatively be a sheep and buy full price at retail.

    Edited by Gunzberg at 10:04:00 03-01-2014

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  • Raiko101 3 Jan 2014 11:56:17 6,219 posts
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    el_pollo_diablo wrote:
    I don't see handheld games as inferior to console games, so I'm happy for new releases to cost the same across the board.
    Without trying to sound like a twat, I think this is quite a common perception. People genuinely think handheld games are inferior or smaller, compared to home console releases, and that's why they're considered too expensive.

    That just hasn't been the case with the 3DS. There are some exceptions. Pilotwings and Steel Diver shouldn't have cost more than a tenner, but most 3DS games are huge. Kid Icarus has one of the best campaigns i've played in years and it went on forever. Fire Emblem is huge. 3D Land is no smaller a game than 3D World. Luigi's Mansion 2 is much bigger than it's console prequel. The list goes on...

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  • monkman76 3 Jan 2014 11:59:10 4,177 posts
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    Isn't it less about console vs handheld prices, and more the fact that Nintendo games just never come down in price? As an example, Mario 3D Land is still 30 on Amazon - it came out in 2011! That wouldn't happen for any 360, PS3, Vita etc game.

    I thought about getting a 3DS recently thinking I'd pick up some of its older games on the cheap, then soon realised I couldn't, and decided against it.
  • Murbal 3 Jan 2014 11:59:13 22,083 posts
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    I'd bet the development costs on handheld games are lower though, even if the games themselves aren't any smaller.
  • Raiko101 3 Jan 2014 12:06:31 6,219 posts
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    It's to no benefit to the consumer, but Nintendo games rarely drop in price because they're constantly shifting units. They might not be at the high end of the charts all year, but they continue to sell steadily for years. Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 were hovering around the top 30 for a good couple of years.

    I can't really argue with the development costs though. They'll be much lower than costs on the home consoles, but often it feels like i'm getting the same value for money with my 3DS, if not more.

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  • imamazed 3 Jan 2014 12:07:47 5,534 posts
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    I'm still waiting for somewhere to discount Luigi's Mansion 2...
  • ZuluHero 3 Jan 2014 15:45:55 4,100 posts
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    This is the reason ive been playing allthe demos, which granted are massive compared to demos on console ( i have hours on bravely default). its a bit weird havibg a number of uses on demos though...
  • whatfruit 3 Jan 2014 15:50:02 1,441 posts
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    Because Nintendo hates you, your friends and your pets.
  • tanghall 6 Jan 2014 08:11:58 9 posts
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    Fuck Steam sales and a library of 300 games of which 10% you'll never even bother to start at all. High prices make sure you actually play/cherish games.

    Edited by tanghall at 08:12:33 06-01-2014
  • super-s1 6 Jan 2014 09:44:38 284 posts
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    Have to admit they are a bit steep. 20 to 25 quid would be the sweet spot for me for the big games like Mario Land 3d and Fire Emblem.

    Still, not too fussed. I bought a 2ds this Christmas and I'll be picking up the back catalogue of DS game as cheap as possible on ebay, and ocassionly getting the big games like Monster hunter.
  • Gibroon 6 Jan 2014 10:12:07 1,314 posts
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    The prices are a bit steep when comparing with the PS Vita. My daughter got the 3DS while my son got a Vita. There is so much more on offer for the Vita. Demos, great discounts on games etc.

    He has way more to play and see than my daughter who has to fork out at least 25 quid on one game. I'm not denying that the games on the 3DS are of a very high standard but for 25 my son could get 5-6 full games.

    Not impressed with Nintendo for this reason.
  • ZuluHero 6 Jan 2014 10:13:27 4,100 posts
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    tanghall wrote:
    Fuck Steam sales and a library of 300 games of which 10% you'll never even bother to start at all. High prices make sure you actually play/cherish games.
    Excuse my language, but poppycock and balderdash.
  • nickthegun 6 Jan 2014 10:16:14 59,497 posts
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    Can someone fix the thread title, ffs?

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