Good news for those who missed their first chance to experience what many are calling the best JRPG available for the Wii; used copies of Xenoblade are now available via GameStop. But here's the deal: they're charging $90 per copy.
Seems somewhat odd, maybe even suspect? You're not the only who thinks that way.
Xenoblade was originally released last year and in extremely limited quantities, through only Nintendo directly or GameStop. Once copies were gone, they were believed gone, period. Getting ahold of one afterwards meant resorting to eBay and the like, which also meant paying an arm and a leg.
Then, all of a sudden, a bunch of used Xenoblades suddenly showed up in GameStop's system. Which is great and all, but the asking price of $90, considerably more than the original asking price, seems like highway robbery.
True, that's what second hand copies were being asked for in the open market. But GameStop is the one who actually produces it in the first place. Who is the say that they just didn't make new copies and are simply telling everyone that it's used, in hopes of price gouging customers?
Thanks to some detective work, courtesy of NeoGAF, it's starting to look that way. They refer to the fact that the so-called used copies are coming in game cases that was introduced after the original game was released.
And according to one of Kotaku's sources that a few thousand copies were indeed produced, sans shrink-wrap, and immediately labeled as pre-owned. As for GameStop, in response to all of the allegations, have issued everyone the same blanket statement:
"GameStop regularly receives feedback from our PowerUp members regarding old titles they would us like to bring back, such as vintage games like Xenoblade Chronicles. We were recently able to source a limited number of copies of this title to carry in our stores and online.
In fact, we have sourced several more vintage titles that we will be hitting stores in the coming months, including Metroid Prime Trilogy.
As always, our pricing for these games is competitive and is based on current market value driven by supply and demand. PowerUp Pro members always receive a 10% discount and earn PUR points on pre-owned purchases."
Basically, one can expect used copies of Metroid Prime Trilogy to soon be available for the bargain basement price of $199.
There are many who abhor GameStop and the situation above is simply yet another reason.