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Check out this story for more details and a picture of the limited edition GBA SP. If I didn't already have a silver one and a GB Player on the way, I would probably pick this up.

 

The games in the Classic NES Series will include such famous hits as Super Mario Bros., Excitebike, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda. Each game will be priced at $19.99.

 

Does that seem a little high to most of you? I mean, these are direct ports of these games with pretty much no enhancements of which to speak. I'd be more inclined to pick some of these games up if Nintendo made a compilation cart, much like the Activision Anthology. Paying $20 for a new copy of Super Mario Bros seems ridiculous, especially since I can probably find it at a local Game Stop for $.99.

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I agree completely that the prices are outrageous, but not too shocking. Seems that a lot of companies overvalue the cost of nostalgia. Look at what Capcom charges for the GameCube RE2 & 3. I think NOT. :)

 

Anyhoo, the strange thing is, I do believe these not-so-cheap classics are setting the sales charts on fire in Japan. So, if they are similarly priced, that's probably why we're seeing them at such an inflated cost.

 

I dunno. I'd rather support something innovative these days, but that's because I'm becoming a crusty old cynic. That said, have to realize that not all of us hoard systems either, so while some of us have access to a working NES, others don't or were born post-NES (Oh lord, I'm so old) and thus have only limited experience with the title. So, on the converse, there may be some belief that buying the title for $20 is cheaper than the effort of getting a good-condition NES and a Super Mario Bros cart.

 

I'm sure eBay would disprove that, but let's go with the concept for sake of argument ;).

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Wow does that Gameboy ever look cheesy with that sticker plastered on it. I think I'll trade my black one in for this thing. NOT!

 

Seriously though, Nintendo is really being cheapie once again. What the heck are these people thinking? They could EASILY have put at the very least, four of these games on one cartridge, sell it for $30 and I know I'd be *there* for that totally. I get pains paying $30 for an old Super Nintendo game but $20 for a SINGLE NES game? I'd like to know what kind of crack they are smoking. But with that being said, I'm the kind of fool that would probably buy Legend of Zelda again just so I can play it at work. And that's sad.

 

Now if they had redone the graphics and sound and bring them up to SNES (oops Gameboy Advance of course) standards then the price might be justifiable but really Nintendo, who's going to pay $20 bucks to play freakin' DONKEY KONG again?

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I like the look of the NES Game Boy, but I don't know if I would want to actually own one of those.

 

Paying $20 for a new copy of Super Mario Bros seems ridiculous, especially since I can probably find it at a local Game Stop for $.99.

 

 

Oh yeah. I might think $15 would be more resonable, but $9.99 would be nice. Hell, I can play Excitebike and Donkey Kong on my GBA now by swiping a few cards through my card reader! And those were only $5!

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First, there is nothing in the story that eludes to the fact that it is just a sticker. I admit it looks like one in the pic, but that might not even be the real thing, but rather an artist rendering or Photoshopped pic.

 

Second, the Famicom GBA is gay...not unlike all the dual colored GBAs.

 

:shock:

 

I'm in the market for a second GBA, so I can play FF:CC with the wife. I might have to hold off until June to check this one out.

 

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First, there is nothing in the story that eludes to the fact that it is just a sticker. I admit it looks like one in the pic, but that might not even be the real thing, but rather an artist rendering, or photoshopped pic.

 

I don't think the point was that it was a sticker, but the fact that it was somewhat cheesy way to repackage the SP. There's nothing really special about it.

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I actually like the special GBA SP but there is no way that I'm paying $20 per game, even being the Zelda whore that I am. If they were to slap them all on one cart and charge $30 I'd be right there in line with the first batch of buyers, but it seems ridiculous to think that a single 8-bit game is worth that much.

 

Judging from the outcry I've read from various gaming communities I don't see this going over well with the hardcore gamers. The unfortunate side of this is that Nintendo might get all of the encouragement they need from uninformed parents in the form of gift purchases.

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$20 is insane. Other classic packs from Namco, Midway, Konami, and others (for various systems) include multiple games at an average price of $1 to $5 per game.

 

Pac-Man has already been released on two different multi-game collections for GBA, this new release is by far the most expensive (per game). Activision has a collection on the GBA with 45 games.

 

This is all retro marketing schtick. More power to them, but I won't buy a single cart. I don't think the games are going to sell well at all.

 

And the Famicom GBA in Japan is way cooler looking. :)

 

Weren't most of these games already coded and already released on E-Reader cards, selling as low as 99 cents in some stores? The fact that code was already written makes the $20 price seem even sillier.

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Ah, yes, to those who wondered about the price point, I just came across this while skimming a Nintendo press release. Actual release on the PGC site.

 

More than 900,000 of these classic games sold in four weeks in Japan.

 

Sooo, that's why they're so expensive here, because they sold like that in Japan. ;)

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Who knows if they'll sell well here. People buy silly things all the time here. There are millions upon millions of GBA owners. The GBA version of Super Mario brothers sold 300K+ copies in Japan to this point. I would think it will do well, probably not that well here, but well enough.

 

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  • 3 weeks later...

-I'm glad I found this thread,... At least now I feel better knowing that I'm not the only one who thinks $19.99 is outrageous for those games.

-Maybe someone will buy those games, and maybe Nintendo will make alot of money off of them, but they aren't getting my money. Com'on Nintendo, at least make it look like your putting effort in your projects. I hope this isn't Nintendo's big scheme to combat the new playstation handheld. ;)

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  • 1 month later...
Originally posted by J.Fo@Jun 2 2004, 09:10 PM

I finally saw this new NES-styled GBA at Target today, along with some of those old games.

I thought that it was going to be released on the 7th or something :shock:

 

So, does it look pretty cool up close and in person?

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