i never said it was the same.
And I didn't say ya did.
I'd say that Fire Emblem: Awakening is one of the most desired : hardest to find standard edition games in recent history.
Yes, but much of the "rarity" is a very temporary supply problem.
Exactly this. When a shipping error happens on the manufacturer's end this is the result.
When a massive place like amazon gives the heads-up on their product page about a delay before the game even reaches its street date, there was obviously something that got screwy along the way that had nothing to do with demand. Plus, smaller online retailers like newegg haven't even gotten their first wave of shipments yet.
Now that I think of it, I wonder how many digital copies Nintendo has sold.
In just the past few days, my local Gamestops have both gotten more copies in as have Best Buy and Target. I'm not sure what happened, but for some reason it took a week for some of the copies these stores expected originally to show up. In any event, it's not really hard to find and will continue to get easier to find in the coming weeks.
Absolutely. We are already seeing this in the form of updated arrival dates of early next week for both the 3DS bundle and the solo game.
And don't say because it's niche because Target and Kmart are carrying it and they don't typically step out of the major release comfort zone.
Wasn't going to, its been getting a good amount of exposure for a non-AAA title. I've seen print ads in gaming mags and it was on the front page of gamestop.com for a bit. In short: the game has gotten *some* attention from Nintendo as far as marketing goes. As opposed to none. I'd say it's similar to the Shin Megami Tensei/Persona franchise: a step above niche. Whatever that would be called.
Not that any of this has to do with all the shipping delays.
Besides not many standard edition games will sell for 150% of MSRP ~ 10 days after release
What retailer is selling it for $60? I'm aware that impatient folks with money to burn are buying it on ebay for more than MSRP.
From what I've seen in the past, they gradually go down in price as the system they're on ages, but then they rise fairly quickly after said system loses support and the next gen comes in (but to their original MSRP values, at most).
In other words, you'll probably see it for $20 somewhere down the line, maybe in a year or two, but I wouldn't expect much better than that. Who knows, though? Time will probably make a fool out of me this time, anyway.
Actually, now that I look, Path of Radiance is going for $70+ on eBay, and that's for used, not even new. What the heck happened to cause this? I wonder if Awakening's release has increased the demand for the past games.
I think that is a result of it being an old game that didn't get any special exposure. That said, I have no idea what it was selling for, say, 18 months ago. I imagine the price likely wasn't too far off from that and almost certainly was above MSRP.