Folks in Canada may have to start breaking their piggy banks to buy games. Major retailers are raising the prices of next-gen games throughout the country
I wonder if there's a new tax/fee that went into effect in Canada since it appears to be "nation" wide
well it may had something to do with USD recovering strength against the CAD
Didn't know that the CAD was dropping. Thanks for letting me know.
@cl1983 N4G - the best economy news source.
Pretty sure it has to do with CDN/US dollar disparity at the moment.
No new taxes or fees to report from the Canadian front. It's most likely to do with currency fluctuations. The Cdn dollar was trading above the US dollar for quite some time but now that the US dollar is improving and investors aren't quite as spooked about the state of the US economy (even if some would have you believe the US is on the verge of economic armageddon). Cdn dollar is back down around 0.90 US and expected to dip a bit lower as the US dollar strengthens. Still sucks though.
No new taxes. The other retailers in my city are still at $59.99. Costco is at $54.99. Apparently software sales were down for EB/GameStop in December so they are probably trying to make up the short fall. Just a note for those claiming that it is due to the dip in the Canadian Dollar, they may use that excuse but in reality it is not due to that. Most businesses hedge their currency at least one year ahead if not longer. This means that even though most retailers in Canada purchase foreign goods with the American dollar, due to hedging they purchased those US dollars at par and will not be affected until 2015. It is very common in Canada for prices to rise right away when the Loonie drops in comparison to the US dollar but it takes forever for the prices to come down once the Loonie is at par or above against the US dollar, due to hedging again. So yes they may say that is the reason but technically it is just a good excuse to increase prices.
Still $59.99 here in Canada.. No idea what the article is saying..
Can't believe that price! In UK the retail for current/last gen is £40 whereas for next green it's £50. I would switch to an American account but it wouldn't work on remote play: (
@n4rc Ebgames only has games that are months out priced at $65. The new Final Fantasy and castlevania, for ps3, are both $65 on their website for example. I'm guessing they're implementing it for games released after January or something.
Well damn.. I don't shop there anymore and this is a good reason to continue going elsewhere.. Future shop and Walmart etc are still $59.99 as well as the cdn xbl marketplace.. So GameStop is going to suffer huge.. Probably on the verge of pulling out of Canada or something
If this happens and the online stores don't follow suit I'll seriously consider going digital only. Or if amazon Canada doesn't do the same thing I'll get prime and only use them. I'm not paying more of my money to the companies that "forget" to give preorder bonuses yet always ask you preorder something and plead ignorance for anything negative you have to say.
Considering the loonie is in a free fall at the moment it doesn't surprise me.
It's just a correction in our Canadian currency against the American dollar.
All this. ^ I call around. Only EB seems to be doing this now....that may change. I know if this keeps going - the retailer (looking st you Walmart) who stays at $59.99 wins.
So much for keeping current on my Video Game collection. I thought $59.99 was too much most of the time and feel most games are not worth that to begin with. There are a ton of older games I have yet to finish or play. I can wait it out until a price drop happens on the games I want, over a year if I have to. I'm not going to be happy about it. New games here plus tax are $69 already, jacking up the price another $5 is not helping. Might just go digital as you save the tax on XBL/PSN and no word if the price changes are happening to them. Retailers might be making a digital future happen faster. So PSN/XBL games might be 59.99 and at the retailers be $75.
I dunno.. What does entertainment cost? Its nothing to blow $100 at the bar.. Or drop $60 to take a date to a movie.. For a game I'll get 100+ hours out of.. I feel its well worth $60.. Not to say all games are worth $60.. But the good ones are imo
I see what your saying, I spent $1600 over the weekend just so I could have a Hotel party after the club. I have no problem with paying the full price if the game is worth it. Problem is out of the thousands of titles released on the 360/PS3/Wii last gen, my guess is only about 10% were worth it. In the Xbox/PS2/GC days, I was paying full price weekly on games. I make more money now and I have no problem paying if the value is there. Now they are raising the price for all games while holding content back to release as DLC, Micro Transactions have now started showing up in full priced retail games and you might as well say games require a subscription because you need Gold/Plus to access all the features. 360/PS3/Wii gen has watched myself and my friends go from always day one purchasers, to waiting for a sale or the Goty version most of the time. We just don't see the value in paying full price when you have to spend more on it later and now the price increases.
If its because the canadian money is weak ... Why on earth its only for next gen games? looklike im gonna buy my games on the internet on ebay or somewhere like that.
Like I said above, there was a£10 jump from ps3/360 to ps4/One. They're now priced at £50. Its a piss take.
360/PS3 games went up along with X1/PS4 games for the upcoming releases
Meh, it was only until a few years ago that in Canada we were paying $69.99 for our new games while the US was paying $59.99 Once our dollar hit parity they had no choice but to lower the price. $5 isn't exactly "breaking the bank", but it still sucks.
yeah i agree but you know at the end of the day we accept 5$ more and later they will push the enveloppe for 10$ ... just to give you an idea in quebec city games will be priced at 75$ with taxes included. Its a lot for the average 5h game.
True enough. I am not happy about the increase in prices. I actually noticed it the other day when I was looking at the EB Games website, I saw a lot of games priced at $64.99. Now I know why.
Yep GS are trying to flog games for $100 in australia
FFS ... at 59.99 plus tax its usually about 69 bucks for a game now with 5 dollar increase it's gonna be over 70 now ..... disappointing. Thankfully I have Thief and Infamous Second Son pre ordered so hopefully they don't screw me there . Still tho the whole excuse of Canadian dollar dropping I call bs. For years out dollar was like 30-40 cents less then the us dollar and the games were the same price now it's like a 10 cent difference and they change the price ..... bs.
remember when some N64 games were priced at $99.99 Canadian
I remember paying like 92 bucks (tax included) for Final Fantasy Tactics on the PS1. So you aren't wrong there was some crazy pricing back then but it seemed to even itself out by the end of that gen and pretty much until now except for a period of time when ps2,xbox.gamecube games were slightly overpriced but that was everywhere not just Canada. So hopefully this nonsense won't last long . Of course I keep hearing over the years Australians get absolutely violated with pricing of all things gaming so I guess I can't complain too much .
I'll definitely be shopping around for my game purchases if that's the case.
Disappointing Poor Canadians i feel really bad for U!
Wait a minute, I live in canada. Mutha******!!!
i havent noticed anything ay my eb
Free healthcare MOFO! PAY FOR IT! I have no idea what I'm saying.
if wal-mart starts this we are introuble
"the entire Canada has apologized for this inconvenience. Sorry"
looks like i'll be buying my games from the playstation store from now on... unless they pull that kind of **** move on Canadians, too. in which case, i'll be waiting for price drops.
At least you don't have to pay about $90-100 like Europeans.
This just means people will go a few more stores down at the mall to a store such as the source, HMV, Toys R Us, Target, etc. to get their next gen games. Fine by me.
hmv doesn't sell games anymore. and the change could be across the board.
problem is not all cities have target, bb or toys r us
Good, why should the US/Canada have their $60 and the UK go from £40 last gen to £55-60? I'm pleased with that news. You guys are paying what the UK paid for LAST GEN games, so really you lot should stop wining, we pay about $30 MORE than you're price raise you're moaning about for the same games.
You are lucky at Greece the price is 69.99€ which is about 100$!!!
EB is in decline,they aren't even a consideration anymore. 9 times out of 10 the same games can be found at Superstore,WAL-MART,or even Futureshop for less with Superstore often being considerably less. Sure no awkward rewards program or COD king pitching ' dude,Dark Souls is soooo hard,just insane,I recommend the new COD man,awesome maps,great new features'..... yea,yea just sell me the damn game. Also with 2 for 1 digital games I'm struggling to even care.
for all we know wal-mart and supertore could go with these prices also.
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