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Topic: The Virtual Console is a GODSEND. Cart prices for the classics can be ridiculous! Your thoughts?

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AdventCloud

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HOW MUCH IS THAT CART IN THE WINDOW?

Despite having a sizable physical collection of NES and SNES games, I'm lamenting the fact that nostalgia is coming at a very steep price — one that is sure to rob your wallet — while you're too busy ogling over Pauline's pixelated body. The asking prices for some games is beyond ridiculous. I can understand the rare titles but now it seems as if every SNES game price is rivaling those of current gen games. Sorry but our favorite games of yesteryear are not that hard to get access to. Hell, some games are streamed online as flash games.

I just don't get it. I wonder how high prices would be if our only outlets for playing the great classics were the actual systems those babies were produced for? Yes, it's fun to actually possess the game as a tangible object but at what price? At what... price? Is the sky the limit?

What are your thoughts? Any Collector's here? Digital supporters? Your thoughts on this matter are greatly appreciated.

*lol. moderators edited my original text regarding Pauline's pixelated Untitled (Alternate name for the name of the animal that shares his first name)

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http://www.nintendolife.com/forums/wii_u_virtual_console/nint...
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He/She arguing the exact opposite of what I am. There is no such thing as a RARE DOWNLOAD for a SNES game.

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@AdventCloud I know I know

I see you're new here, the rare downloads are just a running joke around these forums :)

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its 100% real. its the rare downloads program. spend yer money on us.

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As @ogo79 said, the SNS-RZ-USA is a prime giveaway that it's not a legit retail cart.
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It couldn't be more real.

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The only ones I am buying (At least online) are Japanese Saturn (Don't have a Saturn yet but I have buying the ones I want when they are £15 or less so no import duty) and Super Famicom loose carts because the prices are somewhat reasonable.

I wish the virtual console emulators were better.

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Ryno

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Some people have gold, I have CIB copies of NES and SNES games to hedge against inflation.

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ogo79 wrote:

its 100% real. its the rare downloads program. spend yer money on us.

shhhh, we've gotta take it slow or we're going to scare them before they see the truth. >.>

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I'm with ya all the way. I've never been a fan of digital...until recently. Prices are just outrageous for many games. It reaches the point where it just isn't financially responsible for me anymore to buy physical carts of every game I want. In fact I just sold my copy of Earthbound bc I realized I would be just as satisfied playing a digital version AND the money in my pocket. I've actually began selling duplicates I have of games too. Not copies of the exact same game, but the same game on other consoles. I sold my Wii copy of REmake & kept my GC copy, for example. I'm even considering selling my top loader, SNES 2, & Genesis model-1 to get a Retron 5. Extra shelf space, HD quality retro games, & money in my pocket...it just all feels worth it now. I'm beginning to be satisfied with a less authentic approach to retro gaming. As long as I've got the namebrand controller, I think I'm good honestly.

I've been collecting now for a majority of my life. I'm 26 now, almost 27. In the last 3 years I've moved 3 times. I'm beginning to see the appeal of less stuff to pack, carry, & store. I'm finding that having less games actually makes me feel happier & more adult even. I wouldn't say I'm growing up, as most collectors I know are in their 30's & far more mature than I. I think I'm just beginning to prioritize & I'm finding that games, for me anyway, aren't as big of a priority as I've always held them to be.

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Great responses, Nintendo fans. It's nice to know there's a place we can vent our frustrations — or perhaps, our puzzlement — over the justifications of nostalgic impulses. As expected, I'm not the only collector in these forums and as much fun as it can be to nab old favorites, the value bubble will burst and on goes the cycle.

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@Dpad I think about a "Pawn Stars" episode — a show I don't watch but happened to come across one day — where a "client" "sold" an item, stating that he preferred to collect money. And regarding the REmake, good choice with selling the wii copy; it's not different enough to justify its purchase if you already own the game for the GC.

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DPad wrote:

I'm with ya all the way. I've never been a fan of digital...until recently. Prices are just outrageous for many games. It reaches the point where it just isn't financially responsible for me anymore to buy physical carts of every game I want. In fact I just sold my copy of Earthbound bc I realized I would be just as satisfied playing a digital version AND the money in my pocket. I've actually began selling duplicates I have of games too. Not copies of the exact same game, but the same game on other consoles. I sold my Wii copy of REmake & kept my GC copy, for example. I'm even considering selling my top loader, SNES 2, & Genesis model-1 to get a Retron 5. Extra shelf space, HD quality retro games, & money in my pocket...it just all feels worth it now. I'm beginning to be satisfied with a less authentic approach to retro gaming. As long as I've got the namebrand controller, I think I'm good honestly.

I've been collecting now for a majority of my life. I'm 26 now, almost 27. In the last 3 years I've moved 3 times. I'm beginning to see the appeal of less poopoo to pack, carry, & store. I'm finding that having less games actually makes me feel happier & more adult even. I wouldn't say I'm growing up, as most collectors I know are in their 30's & far more mature than I. I think I'm just beginning to prioritize & I'm finding that games, for me anyway, aren't as big of a priority as I've always held them to be.

i can totally understand all yer points here believe me, the only thing is, you cant cuss on here, you may wanna edit that word :O

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As @ogo79 said, the SNS-RZ-USA is a prime giveaway that it's not a legit retail cart.
And yes, he is (usually) always right, and he is (almost) the sexiest gamer out there (not counting me) ;)

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Ryno

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I would almost argue that the Virtual Console is a big reason why the cost of retro gaming has inflated so much. Before the Virtual Console the whole retro gaming scene was pretty nice and old games could have been bought rather cheaply. Retro gaming wasn't all that cool in the early 2000's. Now, with things like Virtual Consoles, Playstation Classics, and all the indie retro wannabees out there reminding everybody about the golden age of gaming, the classics are often right there front and center in today's video game culture. And no, a game being released on a Virtual console doesn't mean the price of the physical games are going down. Just check the market, aka eBay. Well, Final Fantasy III (VI) may be an exception but that game is way overrated anyway. I wish I started collecting long before the Virtual Console ever came out and back when most people didn't know who Pocky & Rocky were and when there were people willing to sell you a a cart of Super Metroid for $5.00 and be surprised they got that much for an old game.

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PKpunky

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@Ryno

You make some good points. Old games are selling like new ones these days.

If only my parents didn't make me give away my original NES...

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scottp999

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Love the physical carts and discs. Luckily I only really cared for about 60 NES, 60 SNES, 120 GB (GB,GBC,GBA), 20 GC, and 20 Wii, so accumulating them was not all that terrible. I put the original NES and SNES away, still have a GBA SP out, but really play NES, SNES, GB. GBC. GBA games mostly through the Retron 5 now. Have an RVL-001 Wii to play Wii and Game Cube, and the Wii U with about 8 physical games, 1 downloaded (pikmin 3) and a couple VC.

I'm glad I have the original carts and the game cube discs.

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Downloadable versions of games definitely inflate prices of the real things. This is something you can see with pinball. Once The Pinball Arcade released, each time some new tables come out, prices for those games generally go up.

I'm not much of a collector, but I do have a few old systems I recently found a yard sale for an insanely cheap price. My brother on the other hand, has a pretty big collection of games, and most of them he bought from a small store called G2k Games. There are a few scattered around and they sell a ton of old games from Atari to the newest games. Sometimes he or I stop by occasionally to see what's new, but he buys a lot more than me. Still, it's an awesome store to have. Right now I'm waiting for them to get a Mean Bean Machine cart in to add to my small Genesis collection. (Half if which was given to me by my brother :P) But yeah, they usually have good prices there, most games are $5 unless they're rare or more popular.

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@Ryno: I blame the internet in general as well. Thanks to places like Youtube and websites that talk about older games, retro gaming has become a lot more popular recently.

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My apologies for the cursing people. Just kinda slipped passed me there. Its been corrected.

Glad to see I'm not the only one calming down with collecting. I still desire certain games (Panzer Dragoon Saga for example), but my approach is much more realistic now. I'm still willing to throw down some insane amounts for certain games (payed $181 for Tron Bonne, although while that WAS during my collecting phase I don't regret it. However I wouldn't do it again.), but there are very few exceptions now. In fact the only one I can think of is Panzer Dragoon Saga. I used to want Snatcher until I realized owning a SEGA CD would be almost pointless for me. It was more for the novelty of it all. Really wanted a model 1 SEGA CD & 32X, just so my model 1 Genesis would look awesome instead of the ugly hunk of plastic that it is. Love the thing, but man is that one ugly system. Lol

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cheetahman91 wrote:

@Ryno: I blame the internet in general as well. Thanks to places like Youtube and websites that talk about older games, retro gaming has become a lot more popular recently.

yeah eff those guys!

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As @ogo79 said, the SNS-RZ-USA is a prime giveaway that it's not a legit retail cart.
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I'm a digital supporter. To me there is no reason a classic game cartridge should exceed or match current day pricing limits. The market is simply full of opportunists looking for naivety . Even Nintendo saw an opportunity (or tested the waters) by releasing Earthbound a full two or three dollars more then any other SNES game on the VC. To be honest after putting a few hours into it I still do not see what all the fuss is about. Digital purchases allow a consumer to judge for himself if a game is worth the outrageous price or if the price is being dictated by a small minority wearing rose tinted glasses.

I'm hopeful someday digital exposes cartridge collecting for what I truly believe it is, a bubble. The market will collapse in the same way as the beloved beanie baby.

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