GR - "Nintendo failed to clarify why Earthbound costs more than other games on the Wii U."
Is an extra $2 really that "steep"? The reason behind the price seems logical from an economic standpoint. Nintendo knows Earthbound hasn't been released in any official capacity since the SNES. The company knows the SNES cartridge is very valuable. It knows the demand for the game is high and supply is low; thus, you have a higher price. As a consumer, would I rather pay $8 than $10? Sure. Ultimately, I would like it most if I paid nothing for the game, but that's not realistic. A much bigger pricing issue with Nintendo is the price of the Wii U Deluxe Bundle.
Emulation isn't illegal if you own the original cartridge. It's also kind of a gray area when the software was never licensed in your country. Of course in this particular case it was but you know.
@One_Eyed_Wizard It's illegal to download and play ROMs whether or not you own a copy of the game. http://www.nintendo.com/cor...
An emulator and ROM won't convince Nintendo that it's worth making more Mother/Earthbound games. Not saying sales for this digital release guarantee anything, but illegal downloading certainly won't do anything to help.
Sure, it makes sense on the business side, maximizing their profit margin by exploiting the fans, but it doesn't seem right from a gamers ponit of view. It makes perfect sense that the original cartridge version is highly priced and valued, but with a digital version, the cost is no different than any digital version of an snes game to host for dl. There is no supply and demand her folks, since its all digital.
I doubt anyone who pays $10 for Earthbound truly feels "exploited." It's not like Nintendo is forcing people to work in mines. Likewise, you don't have to buy Earthbound. This isn't the first time Nintendo has charged more for certain SNES games. On the Wii Virtual Console, SNES games cost an extra $1 if they had never been released in the United States. And people were willing to pay for these games. So there is something to be said about supply and demand for physical games and how that might inspire people to pay slightly more - I emphasize slightly - for a digital copy of rarer games.
Well they are a business.
Like i said, i do understand the business part, but as a gamer, it doesn't seem right. Imagine if publishers started to charge $70 'just because they can' and they know based on popularity of the game that people will buy it because theres no other legal alternatives if you want to play it. I just don't like the 'just because we can' part of it.
Article Writer fails to use appropriate wording and relies on tabloid media tactics to gain hits.
another article stretching to find something to bash nintendo over. no site is free from fanboy pandering trolls these days.
The price of Nintendo's digital content is very much something they deserve to be criticized for. Compared to other consoles, their whole store is ridiculously overpriced. Not everything is a stretch or somebody trolling.
I didn't know 10 buck for a rare game was steep. I mean a cartridge of the game goes up to like 300 bucks online. I'd understand if they were making us pay like 30 dollars.
It isn't a rare game. In fact, if you head onto the Wii U store, there are literally an infinite amount of copies. If you want a cartridge, that's a different story.
You know what I meant lol
@Trago I did. You meant "because it's rare, they charge a lot." That's a dangerous attitude to have with digital products.
No one is arguing that Earthbound or any digital download is "rare"; that makes no sense. However, when you consider all of the ways that you can play the game (in addition to digital means), Earthbound is harder to find than many other high-demand titles.
"However, when you consider all of the ways that you can play the game (in addition to digital means), Earthbound is harder to find than many other high-demand titles." Not if you own a Wii U. So saying that it's a rare game, so that's why they're charging so much is a ridiculous statement. If they had 100 digital copies to give out, sure, THEN you could justify that as a reason it was more expensive.
If this were on PS3/PS4 they'd be falling over themselves about how cheap it is
I don't think so, most ps1 games on the ps store are cheaper than snes and n64 games on wii u.
Folks will always find a reason to complain. it's what we do.
They also included the Players Guide in digital form on their website. If people are realy going to bitch about an extra $2 then they should stop playing games altogether. $10 for this timeless classic is a steal! If you dont think so, then just go try to find the thing on ebay or some other site and see what you come up with
^this the $2 extra is worth it for the players guide wich works amazingly on the gamepad. haters gonna hate.
You know, even if they said, "We just want the extra cash" i would probably still buy the game if i wanted it. If it's in my budget, i want the game, i respect the producer and developer...not seeing the issue personally.
Nintendo didn't fail to explain anything, they were pretty clear: these are their own damn games, and they price them however they damn want to. It's a perfectly valid response, whether you like it or not. You don't like the price of any of their games? Vote with your wallet. Don't buy it. Complain about it on Miiverse, and try and get others to do the same. Believe it or not, Nintendo actually pay attention to those things. But don't try to suggest that Nintendo is being evasive or shady about something when they've given a perfectly clear answer: they price their content on a game-by-game basis, and they felt Earthbound deserved a bit higher price tag than regular Snes games. And a lot other people seem to agree, judging by their replies here.
Well said. Although I really don't see why this is so upsetting for a few people here; it's only an additional $2 and as far as I know it's the only SNES game with such a price tag (in fact Japanese games on the Wii Shop Channel tended to be a dollar extra). I mean, it's either this (therefor supporting the Earthbound series even more from a financial standpoint) or pay quite a lot more for a used cartridge. Just my view. I already paid my $10 and while it's weird that I had to pay the extra $2, I don't particularly feel exploited since, you know, I know have Earthbound on my home console for $10.
@ deafdani Agreed Rockstar did the same with GTA San Andreas so this is no different! Good game fair price. ;)
If you still own the game and not willing to pay that much,then just get snesoid and and the rom for your android or a snes emu for pc,playing legend of zelda link to the past more than any other game on my phone hahahaha.
These so called Journalists are trying extremely hard lately to spin anything into a negative outlook. Must be they are fishing for anything to get hits until next Gen hits since they can't make up bs articles about the console rumors anymore. Better believe I will never visit this site again. on topic: Get over it. Nintendo is giving you the strategy guide as well. If you don't want the guide and refuse to pay the $10 because of that, well you are missing out on a fantastic game.
So Nintendo has a product that they know people want and is intent to make a nice profit on it. So in essence they are like ever business ever. Crazy right. Of course if you don't wanna pay 10 bucks for it you can always find it on ebay for $100 if you think that is a better deal.
didn't they have to translate it from japanese plus emulate it to work on the wii U. they spent more time on this title than other vc title. besides it is not blatantly overpriced
I was going to say because they had to localize it like sin and punishment, but i remembered that earthbound was already translated. Guess theyre feeling greedy. Still, 10 bucks over a $200 cartridge off ebay.
Its worth every penny ;)