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#1 Asmith906

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 01:50 AM

Now that this gen is coming to an end it seems like the perfect time to pick up any obscure games before they become too hard/expensive to find. I don't mind importing. One game I'm looking at getting is EX Troopers since it won't ever be localized.



#2 Asylum0611

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 01:58 AM

I would like to collect the hard-to-find Tekken Hybrid CE.



#3 killercane

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 02:01 AM

I would like to collect the hard-to-find Tekken Hybrid CE.

Which one is hard to find?  The limited edition is readily available near me.  Is there another?



#4 Emoney244

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 02:25 AM

Nothing is really that hard to find except for handful of NIS games. Yakuza 4 sealed is getting pretty pricey.


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Posted 10 September 2013 - 05:00 AM

I'd jump on Deadly Premonition (vanilla or Director's Cut) before the prices get insane.

 

:360: Culdcept Saga is hard to find.  Still kicking my own ass for not picking up the $20 copy I saw at MicroCenter a few years back.

 

:ps3: Aquanauts Holiday is fairly easy to find for the JP version, but the English version is super scarce now.  I imagine other English language PS3 imports will get pricey (Siren, etc).


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#6 Dnipro Cojiro

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 11:20 AM

I agree with Yakuza


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Posted 10 September 2013 - 03:27 PM

Nothing is really that hard to find except for handful of NIS games. Yakuza 4 sealed is getting pretty pricey.


Some Wii games (including first party titles!) are becoming fairly scarce.

Speaking of Wii, I've played my fair share of obscure games for that system-- Opoona and Shiren the Wanderer immediately came to mind.
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#8 Asmith906

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 03:52 PM

I'd jump on Deadly Premonition (vanilla or Director's Cut) before the prices get insane.

 

:360: Culdcept Saga is hard to find.  Still kicking my own ass for not picking up the $20 copy I saw at MicroCenter a few years back.

 

:ps3: Aquanauts Holiday is fairly easy to find for the JP version, but the English version is super scarce now.  I imagine other English language PS3 imports will get pricey (Siren, etc).

I've been meaning to get Culdcept Saga and Siren for a while. Also is that Aquanauts game any good



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 04:06 PM

I've been meaning to get Culdcept Saga and Siren for a while. Also is that Aquanauts game any good

 

It's a great game, especially if you like to poke around and look for secrets.  The English translation is pretty wonky but charming at the same time.  I cracked up every time I saw the head researcher's headshots since he looks exactly like Elder Lebowski.  Greatish graphics, weird esoteric story, good music, etc.  Basically Endless Ocean on steroids.

 

That said, I wouldn't say that it's amazing enough drop $150-200 on the English version.  If you can grab it for sub-$100 I'd say go ahead but the current market is nuts.


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Posted 10 September 2013 - 06:00 PM

Some Wii games (including first party titles!) are becoming fairly scarce.

Speaking of Wii, I've played my fair share of obscure games for that system-- Opoona and Shiren the Wanderer immediately came to mind.

Opoona was the first thing that came to my mind as well, pretty cheap now, but it could end up being hard to find later down the road.

 

My other recommendations for Wii games that may be harder to find down the road at a good price (though not 100% obscure):

 

A Boy and His Blob - This is currently cheap at GS for only $5, but its already selling pretty well at $15 or more for complete used copies on Amazon / eBay, don't underestimate nostalgia for the original NES title.

 

Deadly Creatures - The price fluctuates pretty rapidly on this, but complete used copies have seen prices of $25 or more, so eventually it may become harder to find complete at a good price.

 

Little King's Story - Despite the Vita release, I still think it's a safe bet.  There are a selection of other XSEED titles that may eventually fall in the same category (Fragile Dreams, Fishing Resort, and JU-ON: The Grudge are all relatively obscure).

 

Klonoa - Same mentality with A Boy and His Blob, don't underestimate nostalgia, pretty cheap now at GS if you can find it complete.

 

Lost in Shadow - By no means very obscure, but worth noting that it was one of the last Hudson Soft releases before they went under.  Calling also was one of their last projects and has already become valuable (though I don't expect LiS to become near as sought after, just a comparison).

 

Trauma Team - The game had piss-poor sales at release, and yet the resale value hasn't tanked as the other two Wii Trauma Center games have, a good recipe for a potential rarity in the future.

 

Of the first party Nintendo titles (not obscure at all), I would keep my eye open for Punch-Out and either Pikmin NPC releases.



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Posted 11 September 2013 - 01:55 AM

There really arent any NTSC version rare standard edition games for 360 and ps3.  Wii on the other hand has quite a few.  Personally I like just finding games in the wild, and you arent ever gonna realistically find Aquanauts Chinese version at the local gamestop or pawn shop.

 

If you want to get a rough gauge of rarity, look at the number of copies for sale on amazon at a given time.  If it is under 25, the game is pretty darn rare.  The rarest Wii game under this method is Maximum Racing: Crash Car Racer.  None available on ebay or amazon at the moment.  1 sold in july for 21 bucks.  vgchartz has it at less than 10k units made if you believe them.



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Posted 11 September 2013 - 03:42 PM

Just because a game is obscure doesn't mean it'll be worth anything. A substantial number of obscure games aren't worth crap. Hell, you can go back and find tons of obscure games from the NES/SNES era that still aren't worth more than $10-20, which really aren't good investments after decades of holding on to them (it's another story if you find them for cheap at yard sales/thrift stores obviously). 

 

There are so many shit games on the Wii and DS this gen that would fall into the obscure category but I'm guessing very few, if any, of those are going to end up being worth anything. The PS3/360 also have their fair share of obscure games that are probably safer bets but no easier to find that gem. 

 

I think a better bet is to just find games that are holding their value and try to find cheap copies of those. Even then, you'll also be gambling with what happens with reprints and digital release. Reprints (and remakes that get a physical release) kill values. Digital re-releases are harder to predict but don't appear to have the universal value killing impact. 


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#13 Richard Kain

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 04:21 PM

I don't think the objective of the query was to find rare games to invest in. I think the point is to reveal obscure games that are worth playing, but that not many people know about.

 

I would say 3D Dot Game Heroes, but that title actually got a decent amount of exposure. I would still strongly advise anyone with a PS3 to pick it up.

 

The Wii was a fertile platform for under appreciated gems, as the flood of shovel-ware and less informed demographics often buried potential success stories. Muramasa: The Demon Blade is well worth pursuing. It's even better on the Vita, but the Wii version is worth having if you aren't planning on picking up a Vita.

 

While they don't necessarily count as obscure at this point, the Viva Pinata games for the 360 are also well worth having on your shelf. The first game and the Trouble in Paradise titles are the ones you want to get.

 

I had heard about Culdcept Saga from some of the podcasts I listened to back in the day, and picked up that title for $12. Following this sort of thing can provide you with shopping advantages.



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Posted 11 September 2013 - 05:53 PM

I don't think the objective of the query was to find rare games to invest in. I think the point is to reveal obscure games that are worth playing, but that not many people know about.

 

I would say 3D Dot Game Heroes, but that title actually got a decent amount of exposure. I would still strongly advise anyone with a PS3 to pick it up.

 

The Wii was a fertile platform for under appreciated gems, as the flood of shovel-ware and less informed demographics often buried potential success stories. Muramasa: The Demon Blade is well worth pursuing. It's even better on the Vita, but the Wii version is worth having if you aren't planning on picking up a Vita.

 

While they don't necessarily count as obscure at this point, the Viva Pinata games for the 360 are also well worth having on your shelf. The first game and the Trouble in Paradise titles are the ones you want to get.

 

I had heard about Culdcept Saga from some of the podcasts I listened to back in the day, and picked up that title for $12. Following this sort of thing can provide you with shopping advantages.

Yeah I just don't want to run into the problem I ran into with ps2 games that I really want that were stupid cheap at the time but now cost $90 rule of rose. 



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Posted 11 September 2013 - 07:10 PM

Ah... my mistake. The collector in me acted prematurely. 


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 07:14 PM

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom didn't get a lot of coverage, but it's a really fun game.



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Posted 11 September 2013 - 07:43 PM

+1 for :wii: Deadly Creatures.  I've only seen it at GameStop twice, and the first time it was disc only about 3ish years ago.  Got my complete copy a few weeks back with a coupon.  I'm only a few levels in but it's a cool, solid game with a unique narrative structure.  Although you play as the scoprion/tarantula, the actual story is of two treasure hunters who are walking above you at certain points in the game.  I'd grab it for less than $20 if you can.

 

Thanks for reminding me about :wii: Trauma Team...I remember that being clearanced out at Target for $21 but I held out for a lower price.  It went OOS and I've been kicking my own ass about it ever since.  I'd grab the first two (TC: Second Opinion and TC: New Blood) since I can imagine those getting HTF.

 

:ps3: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F has "super expensive niche game" written all over it.  Still in stock at Amazon but it's instore only at GameStop and there are only four GS locations within a hundred miles of me that have it stocked (and I live in a metropolitan area with 10 GS per square mile).  I originally wrote it off as a pedo "lol animu" game but, after watching the trailer, it's got a total Bust a Groove vibe going on that made me super nostalgic.  I'd snag that ASAP if you have any interest in it.

 

I could definitely see :ps3: 3D Dot Game Heroes getting spendy.  It's in my "top 5 PS3 games" list.  So glad I uploaded my save to the cloud...was able to recover after my HDD corrupted (thanks Resistance 3!).

 

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 10:26 PM

Kingsdom of Amalur: Reckoning are getting hard-to-find since the producers discontinued the production of the game.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 11:16 PM

Kingsdom of Amalur: Reckoning are getting hard-to-find since the producers discontinued the production of the game.

My favorite game of the past whatever time frame, but I have to disagree with that assessment.



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 12:30 AM

I know it's technically next gen but I'd keep my eye on some of the launch Wii U titles, especially Tank!Tank!Tank! since they switched to F2P and clearanced out all of the remaining physical stock.  I'd also look out for Game&Wario and Sonic Racing Transformed, although the latter isn't really obscure by any means.


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 12:51 AM

Kingsdom of Amalur: Reckoning are getting hard-to-find since the producers discontinued the production of the game.

I keep kicking myself because I always miss it when it goes on sale at the MS store. Though I'm not too bothered by it since I got it on sale on pc recently. I love amazon 



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 01:26 AM

I'd jump on Deadly Premonition (vanilla or Director's Cut) before the prices get insane.

 

:360: Culdcept Saga is hard to find.  Still kicking my own ass for not picking up the $20 copy I saw at MicroCenter a few years back.

 

:ps3: Aquanauts Holiday is fairly easy to find for the JP version, but the English version is super scarce now.  I imagine other English language PS3 imports will get pricey (Siren, etc).

I just sold a sealed copy of Culdcept Saga for a pretty good price.


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#23 Asmith906

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 01:56 AM

Just picked up Child of Eden for $5. Been looking to get Siren for a while but if worse comes to worse I can always buy it off of PSN. One thing I love about ps3 is that it's region free.



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Posted 22 September 2013 - 06:07 AM

I have a feeling Puppeteer is going to become one of those obscure games that ens up being hard to find/expensive later down the road. It got almost no pre launch press, it was overshadowed by big name games like Killzone Mercenary, Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix, and Grand Theft Auto V. The real shame is that the game is really good, but by the time people figure that out, it will be MIA and people will have to resort to inflated prices on Ebay or wherever.

 

That's just my opinion. I could be wrong


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 03:35 AM

Cave story 3ds is already up there in price.  Idk how much it retailed for ($30/40?) but Amazon has carts starting at $30 and a complete/new copy will run you $40/60.



#26 Richard Kain

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 03:34 PM

The real shame is that the game is really good, but by the time people figure that out, it will be MIA and people will have to resort to inflated prices on Ebay or wherever.

 

I don't know what the resale value of the title will end up being. But I can confirm from firsthand experience that the game is indeed quite good, and well worth having. (especially for the release price of $40) Above all else, the style of the game is extremely well handled, and incredibly charming. The general aesthetic also makes Puppeteer near-ideal for playing with younger children. There is plenty for them to enjoy, whether they are playing themselves, or just watching you play.



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Posted 26 September 2013 - 11:15 PM

puppeteer seems like the kind of game that will go down in value quickly because it gets lost in all the next gen games.. I expect it to go up in price maybe a few months from now.



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 01:10 AM

I have a feeling Puppeteer is going to become one of those obscure games that ens up being hard to find/expensive later down the road. It got almost no pre launch press, it was overshadowed by big name games like Killzone Mercenary, Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix, and Grand Theft Auto V. The real shame is that the game is really good, but by the time people figure that out, it will be MIA and people will have to resort to inflated prices on Ebay or wherever.

 

That's just my opinion. I could be wrong

 

lollerskates, I was coming to post exactly this.  I don't know why but it gives me a total Sega Saturn vibe every time I play it.

 

puppeteer seems like the kind of game that will go down in value quickly because it gets lost in all the next gen games.. I expect it to go up in price maybe a few months from now.

 

Yeah, in the short term it'll get clearanced/saled to hell and back but a few years from now it'll shoot up.  The fact that Sony didn't even bother to list DLC as a feature on the box speaks volumes to me about how much they care about selling it.


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Posted 27 September 2013 - 05:23 AM

Blue Dragon for Xbox 360, don't know if it's on PS3 too. RPG that was made by a former Square employee.



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 12:02 PM

Rare games is basically a thing of the past.  There are a handful of DS and Wii stuff but outside of CEs, thats just about it.

 

Not gonna be rare, but I'll throw some obscure weight behind:

 

Wii:

The Munchables 

Fragile Dreams

Calling

Ju-ON

 

DS:

Avalon Code 

Megaman Battle Network 5 (actually rare)

Infinite Space (highly recommend)

Dark Spire

Theresia

 

PS3:

Trinity Universe

Cross Edge

 

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ZHP: Unlosing Ranger vs Darkdeath Evilman (This is a good game)