Across the Nintendo Life staff, we've probably collectively been in and around the games industry for at least a couple hundred years... and yet, there are still things that surprise us every day.
Today's surprise was finding out that one of the holy grails for 3DS collectors is a game called Barbie Groom and Glam Pups, in which you, Barbie, groom and glam pups. It's very self-explanatory, really.
But because the game was only released in the North American market in Canada, and not the US, it's a little hard to come by. It was also released in Europe and Australia, but for this one collector, they need it for their North American complete collection... which is a shame, because the PAL version sells for wayyy less.
In the comments, the collector says that he spent $1,600 on the game — "A few years ago it was around $700," they add. "Should have bought it back then."
Even checking the latest sales for the game on pricecharting.com, it looks like Galdius paid above and beyond the usual asking price — assuming that the massive bump from $250 to $2,642 is the one Galdius purchased.
Unfortunately, Galdius' collection will soon be incomplete again, as new release Andro Dunos 2 is coming out on the 3DS, although it seems like no one really knows when their copies will arrive.
Here's Galdius' collection of 418 3DS games, before counting Andro Dunos 2 and the Barbie game:
How big is your 3DS collection? Do you have any games that are worth over $500? Let us know in the comments.
As much as I would like to have that kind of money, I do think they would still have to prise the money out of my hands to spend it on a Barbie game if I did lol.
Imagine wasting $1,600 for a barbie game of all things
Yeah, just saw it was the most expensive 3DS game on pricecharting.com yesterday.
just another barbie in the wall, huh
@anti-matter .... was that you?
I'll be that guy to mention they could've just did a few things to their 3ds and got it for free 😉
This... is one very implausible story. But it would explain several anomalies at once, including Kate's presence in Canada and her superstar NL salary. No doubt her dogged pursuit of this title would explain why "Galdius paid above and beyond the usual asking price".
I think I'm going to advocate for more Canadian exclusives from now on.
@Degenerate_Mii Is there any other kind of Ponzi scheme than financial? Do you get a sausage-based one? Salted Caramel Ponzi Scheme?
Wile he might have have spent that much money on a silly game, I do think it was totally worth it for them to see that big 3ds collection finally completed.
Life in plastic, not fantastic.
Never understood this desire to possess a complete game library or even having piles of games you've no intention to play or resell. There's no achievement to unlock or superpower granted, all you end up with is a pile of games you'll never play and a big burden to leave behind when you die. It's hording plain and simple.
Aww, I wish I'd known this Barbie game was Canada exclusive. I'd have bought it purely for collector's purposes. Seriously, who'd have known this random fact? 😱😔
I hope the buyer has many years enjoyment out of the game.
Really cool collection but still:
why are people like this.
I got that game for my niece for $5 at the bargain bin a few years ago, guess I save myself a few thousands.
Theoretically, I think you could have a Ponzi scheme with any unit.
Hilbert's paradox could count as an infinite Ponzi scheme
Wow, these 3DS prices are really going to the dogs 🐶
@Acein210 they could have brought one like that at the faction of the price, the 3DS I mean, at eBay and can even choose the version of it, 3DS, 2DS, XL. The console theme Zelda, Pokemon, Mario 3DS.
I will not buy a $1600 Barbie games.
You know what?
That Barbie game also available in Wii version with WAAAAY Cheaper price and same mediocre game. 😆
I have about 60 boxed games for the 3DS then I ran out of space in that container. Oh and I bought them for about $40 each.
It’s only money I guess. Its value fluctuates per person.
@Anti-Matter hahaha I do enjoy your weird taste and sense of humor. I wasn't being rude or anything
@Anti-Matter the first step is admitting that they’re mediocre 👍🏻
@Degenerate_Mii People paying huge amounts of money for bad games just because they are rare is nothing new, look at Cheetahmen II.
I'm not surprised for Barbie games being mediocre.
I have played Barbie as Island Princess Wii, Barbie in 12 Dancing Princess PS2 and all of them really mediocre. But at least it made me laugh to see the mediocrity of Barbie games. Better I got mediocre games than unplayable games.
My local game store had this for $300 CAD behind glass a few years ago - I laughed at the guy
This is nothing.. I just dropped $4000 for the installation cost of a full car wrap themed after Chizuru from Rent-a-Girlfriend. Getting it done in May. The design was commissioned at $550 as well.
Wow......What the f-
And Europe misses out... again!
@Degenerate_Mii Collectibles dont have anything to do with inflation.
@JustMonika I just put $500,000 into an s/p index fund at the beginning of the year.
One guys brags about a rare ds game he bought. One guy brags about a car wrap. one guy brags on the internet about half a mil invested - the ultimate equivalent of small league money.
all of these amounts are nothing outside of your own personal sphere. I pissed away a meaningless 2K this morning on a root canal. I could have bought an old barbie game. /confetti.
Im pretty sure it was @Anti-Matter
Whahahaha. How ridiculous. The 3ds is a great console....it's actually my FAVORITE console of all time. I have a large collection of games...cartridges and digital across 3 diff 3ds models I have. An original 3dsXL, a 2ds and a "new" 2dsxl. I amassed my collection because they were ALL good games I wanted because I actually wanted to play them. What is the point of collecting garbageware games? I wouldn't pay 1$ for that game, I would honestly not even take it for free. Why would anyone...want it? I honestly cannot understand it lol. My true passion is electric guitar and I have quite a collection of these as well....but despite 2 of my guitars being quite rare vintage ones...I didn't acquire them because of that, I wanted them TO play because they are interesting and great quality guitars. But....you know...whatever right? To each their own. Maybe I should contact the buyer of that barbie game and see if they need a copy of the first production of 3ds "resident evil: Revelations" I have one of the mispelled misprint copies that says "revelaitons" . How about 2200$?
So. I am u/trapezoidoid. Today I was cited in a Nintendolife article. I have been reading this publication since 2009 you guys.
This is incredibly surreal.
Some Barbie collectors just want it all. Whatever.
Just,just why? Gas costs five bucks a gallon and this is what they spent that much money on?
@Coalescence - It can be sold off years from now and find his retirement. Of course we can’t take it with us after we die, but it can GM bring us joy in our younger years and serve as our retirement in our final years.
The game is a trash for one people, is a treasure for another people.
Why peoples like to play Barbie games or shovel wares ?
Because it offered something different despite of mediocre quality.
Not everyone have interest to play Zelda games or mainstream shooter games to be called true gamers.
Some peoples don't even bothering games like Zelda or Fortnite, they prefer something casual or niche that matched with their interest.
Don't blame them for liking different things.
Even I like some Barbie games, I will not spend for thousand dollars for one Barbie game.
It can be worse, could spend tens of thousands on crappy stadium events for NES which is just a game that lost the license when Nintendo bought it, renamed it world class track meet. You can pick it up for almost nothing on a the smb+duckhunt+wctm cart.
Was that $1600 in Canadian Dollars? I think thats only like $20 USD now.
@Anti-Matter No no. I think you misunderstood what I meant. Its really not so much to do with what game it was. It could have been ANY 3ds game and I still would have had the same overall point. Actually...that is precisely what is so ridiculous about it. To that collector, the only thing that mattered was acquiring the game needed to complete the collection. It didnt make ANY difference at all if the game itself was a good game or a terrible game....because it was only purchased to complete a collection. It wasnt sought after and purchased for an insane amount of money because the collector wanted to play it....they just wanted to own it for sole purpose of completing a collection. That's the part of it that I cannot understand.
IF someone spent an absurd amount of money to buy an ultra rare Barbie or whatever 3ds game because it's a game they love and want to play....that is a COMPLETELY different thing.
He might've had to pay more because he needed a seller willing to ship it to where he lives in Brazil (I know a lot of sellers don't deal with international shipping for being annoying.
And damn, I thought spending $60 on an out of print manga vol was bad, I feel so cheap now, lol!
Source: "Why Scalping Still Exists", volume 5, page 236
That sounds quite cheap. It's about ~$10 a gallon over this side of the pond for unleaded (£1.67 a litre)
I assume people that collect things have a lot of money, so they can splurge on whatever they want
I really feel this. I unfortunately have a collector's mentality, and have bought many 3DS and Wii U games, but only ones I intend to play.
@GameManAdvance Ooooh hello!!
I wasn't expecting to see this here
@KateGray Hi Kate! Thanks for quoting me. I love your content! You and your team do an awesome job. 🤙🤙
@Galdius Welcome! Have you played the Barbie game yet?
@KateGray thank you! I haven't yet. Maybe during the weekend I will try to check if it works.
@Galdius Congrats on completing your collection either way, but I hope it's good
@KateGray thanks! If it's good, great. If it isn't, that's ok as well. I bought it for the collection and to complete this set.
1600?!!! .... C'mon Barbie, let's go party
I currently have over 300 games in my 3DS collection. I plan on trying to complete it by 2023.
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