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Prices of Wii U games in the future..


#1 Staind204   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2267 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 06 October 2017 - 05:37 PM

I'll be the first to admit, I thought the Wii U was garbage when I got one in 2014. It literally sat in my closet collecting dust for several years. Recently I got it back out and have been having a ton of fun with it. Zelda BOTW is one of the best games I've ever played. Now I'd like to start up a Wii U collection. Do you think now is the time to buy? Even when it was an active system, they always had a tiny shelf of Wii U stuff compared to Xbox and PlayStation. Do you think these games will keep raising in value?

#2 Emoney244   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1683 Posts   Joined 5.8 Years Ago  

Posted 06 October 2017 - 06:00 PM

Absolutely. There's such a small library that complete collections are very doable. That's why there's games like Hello Kitty Kruisers and The Croods that go for $60+. They had low print runs and a collector needs those to complete their collections. I only see the value of Wii U games going up. 



#3 Retroxcellance   Billy "Big Bang" Blitz CAGiversary!   1228 Posts   Joined 4.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 06:52 PM

Buy now while GameStop and Walmart online e still have preowned stock. I have been collecting for the wiiu for about three years and I only need minecraft Wii U and sky landers imaginators to compete my set. I see a ton of stock of those around so I'm hoping for some discounts. It's A Nintendo system so there will always be demand but if the switch takes off, a lot,of the best wiiu titles will probably be ported over. Mario maker is an experience you would on.y really get with the wiiu though

#4 Staind204   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2267 Posts   Joined 14.8 Years Ago  

Posted 07 October 2017 - 11:53 PM

GameCube always had a small shelf space when the games were sold in stores too and look at the prices of those games today. Some of those are almost unaffordable at this point (ex: fire emblem is 100+, skies is 65+,etc). Even stuff like the Mario Parties are 30+ each. I think the Wii U was even less popular than GameCube so it's games will probably be worth a decent amount in the future too. Stuff like the special editions of TMS #FE, Rodea, and Xenoblade X seem to be fairly expensive now, they might become unaffordable later too. Anyway it's a cool system so I think I want to pursue a collection. I wouldn't go for every game though because stuff like Skylanders just seems like a waste of money because I'd never play them.

#5 Vinny   Bang, bang... pew... CAGiversary!   22419 Posts   Joined 13.9 Years Ago  

Posted 10 October 2017 - 03:39 AM

I feel like the Wii U simply isn't going to be remember as fondly as the GC was... the GC had a fantastic line-up of 1st party games, while two of the best Wii U games have already hit the Switch (BotW and MK8). I'm sure the games will go up in value, that's a no brainier since it's Nintendo. 

 

I had a GC and PS2 back in the day and I spent way more time on the GC than I did the PS2. I have a PS4/Wii U now and I barely touched by Wii U. Prime 1/2, Wind Waker, Sunshine, Melee, FE PoR, Double Dash, Pikmin 1/2, and Eternal Darkness simply outclass BotW (also on Switch), SM3D World, MK8 (better version on Switch), Smash, SM Maker, Bayo 2, Pikmin 3, Xeno X, and WWHD (remake).

 

Third party support on both systems were bad but I actually bought a quote a few third party games on my GC simply because they were just as good as the PS2 release or better, and third party support on the GC was fairly consistent. On the Wii U, I think I only have 2: Rayman Legends (Wii U is easily the best) and MN9 (it was $6) but that's offset by tons of great indie releases I guess (all of which I bought on the PS4 or PC, because they run better on the PS4/PC and Nintendo's online infrastructure sucks). 



#6 ballermashed  

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Posted 09 December 2017 - 07:44 AM

Wii U is now becoming pricey especially their new games. When I bought one on table tennis, it wasn't very expensive then. But I do think it's worth it. 



#7 Squeegor 2  

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Posted 07 June 2018 - 11:18 AM

It's A Nintendo system so there will always be demand but if the switch takes off, a lot,of the best wiiu titles will probably be ported over. Mario maker is an experience you would on.y really get with the wiiu though

....and now that the Switch is very much a resounding success up this point, that does seem to be what is happening. This make me really wonder what will happen to the Wii U's pricing long term. If one can experience most of it's best games on the Switch, why even bother with the Wii U? The desirability of a classic console is exactly related to it's exclusive library. Even a commercial failure such as the Virtual Boy has games that command some steep prices because outside of emulation, where else can you experience those titles?

This will be interesting to see for sure. Mostly just out of curiosity though. Unless I'm really hurting for cash, I'm going to be hanging onto my stuff.



#8 Retroxcellance   Billy "Big Bang" Blitz CAGiversary!   1228 Posts   Joined 4.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 07 June 2018 - 12:48 PM

....and now that the Switch is very much a resounding success up this point, that does seem to be what is happening. This make me really wonder what will happen to the Wii U's pricing long term. If one can experience most of it's best games on the Switch, why even bother with the Wii U? The desirability of a classic console is exactly related to it's exclusive library. Even a commercial failure such as the Virtual Boy has games that command some steep prices because outside of emulation, where else can you experience those titles?

This will be interesting to see for sure. Mostly just out of curiosity though. Unless I'm really hurting for cash, I'm going to be hanging onto my stuff.

This WiiU conversation is very interesting to me. I have an almost complete collection of games (just waiting for Just Dance 2018 to drop some more). I'm skipping the special editions for my count because I don't want to pay the big bucks for the Hyrule Warriors, Assasins Creed IV, windwaker, or Mario Kart 8 special releases. 

 

The dual screen with the game pad and TV is very unique and will most likely never be attempted again.  Mario Maker, WiiU party, nintendoland, and kirby rainbow curse would be very diffcult to port to the switch. In the long term,  I think the WiiU will occupy a place similar to the Atari Jaguar, a much loved brand but a failure as a console with a bunch of games that can be played elsewhere but a few desirable exclusives.

 

My biggest concern with the WiiU is the battery life on the game pad and the touchy nature of the disc reader.  I missed out on getting the large capacity battery from Nintendo.  The issues with a lot of the resurfaced gamestop WiiU games makes me feel that the number of usable discs will be very low going forward. 

 

My final verdict is that the WIiU will be a console only for the Nintendo enthusiast that needs to have all the nintendo products or someone that really loves the gamepad technology.

 

I was bit by the WiiU bug early after picking a system and games up at BJs on clearance for cheap. After seeing there would probably not be many games released



#9 BaIZIoo  

Posted 24 June 2018 - 07:33 PM

Great question. Before all of the Switch ports, I would have said that the Wii U would be seen like the Dreamcast. That is, many of the great games would only be understood in hindsight. However, with the Switch ports, I think the Atari Jaguar assessment will become more accurate. That doesn't mean it won't be remembered fondly, but the prices probably won't climb quite to GC levels for those games that are (theoretically) common.

I misjudged the future of the Wii U a bit initially, but I can't see the prices going any further down than their current iterations. The only downside to collecting IMO is that a port will slash $10-20 off its value. Smash Bros and Pokken tournament, maybe even Tropical Freeze, would hold higher prices without the Switch. Also I would bet that Mario Maker will receive a new iteration, if not a straight up port, within two years.