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Nintendo addresses complaints of a price hike for EarthBound

Nintendo addresses why EarthBound was released at a premium price point last week.

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EarthBound was released on the Wii U Virtual Console last week and is quite possibly the most anticipated game for the service. Many were excited to see it now available, but several also balked at its $9.99 price tag. Typically most SNES virtual console titles are available in the eShop for $7.99 so the two dollar premium price didn’t go unnoticed. Nintendo released this statement addressing it:

“As for EarthBound, Nintendo sets prices in the Nintendo eShop and Virtual Console on a game-by-game basis. Different games will be offered at different prices.”

Nintendo obviously knew the game would sell well, so the pricing is deliberate. An online strategy guide is included with the purchase so that could be part of the increase. What do you think, is EarthBound worth the extra dough?

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  • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

    Wow… pretty vague… Well I guess it is like anything else… If you think it is too much then don’t buy it.

    • Magnus Eriksson

      Or dont buy Nintendo products… Like people stopped to do.

      • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

        That is their choice too. No one is forcing anyone to buy any of this if they do not want to.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          A lot of Nintendo fans are conditioned to buy it. So many of them do it out of the fact that it’s a Nintendo game. You’re right, they have the freedom to buy it or not. Of course, there are a lot of people that just buy a game because it’s Nintendo, for example and don’t have a second thought.

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            I think that can be said for many products and games.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            That’s why I called it an example. People are conditioned to buy something that has come from their favorite companies for years.

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            Sorry, I didn’t mean to imply that you were referring to only Nintendo but some may view it that way. I will admit that I have been known to to this which is why I have every Zelda game made for consoles and many for handhelds. Or why people line up just to get the new iGadget

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            True story. I was one of those people. Naturally when you’re young, you just want the game because you’re used to the products that they throw out despite the price. As I got older, I started having second thoughts before making a final purchase.

          • Kieran Sedgwick

            In this case, people who are unwilling to pay the money are de-facto claiming it isn’t worth the money.

            IMO A classic Nintendo RPG (30+ hrs gameplay) that has never seen an official release, plus the strategy guide, plus the convenience of the Wii U Gamepad, should be worth at least $10.

            I think people are expecting something for nothing.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Not sure what you meant by official release since EarthBound was release out of Japan back in ’95. Unless you meant something else then feel free to clear that up.

            I think it’s worth only 8 bucks. That’s just how I see it. Nothing more, nothing less.

          • Kieran Sedgwick

            “…EarthBound was release out of Japan back in ’95…”
            ^^ this.

            This is a game that has never been given proper treatment in North America, is top quality, comes with a strategy guide, and provides hours and hours of entertainment.

            This isn’t Super Mario World for the 8th time. It’s easy to lose perspective considering how dogmatic Nintendo fans can be (“Nintendo made that? Lets buy it!”) but this is /not/ a bad deal IMO.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            IMO, it’s a little pricey, but to each their own. Personally, user strategy guides over the net are better overall, but that’s just me.

          • felony211662

            I wouldn’t hawk a copy of earthbound for any amount nor my copy of xenoblade chronicles cause I want these gems in my treasure room of nintendo fanboy-dom

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            I have no intention to sell my copy. :)

          • Kieran Sedgwick

            I’m not trying to implicate you particularly – your opinion on the price seems well thought out at least (“I don’t see the value of the guide” etc).

            I’m particularly surprised at the general uproar around a $2 dollar hike on a game that fans have been clamouring for /for literally years/. It speaks to me of a sense of entitlement, which is almost more distasteful than the rabid, unquestioning fanboydom.

          • TrueWiiMaster

            Out of curiosity, how do you come to that value?

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Simple. I don’t feel the strategy guide is worth it. Take that away and you have about 8 bucks. That’s how I see it basically. Not everyone will agree with it. More so whether it’s been highly anticipated for a long time doesn’t mean anything to me. No game that old should be above 8 bucks to me.

            I’m just speaking on what I feel about it. I have an original copy, so it’s no skin off my back. Just for those who share my opinion.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            My comment was rethorical. Nintendo lies here. They sell Pac Man and Vegas Stakes for the same price as Kid Icarus and Super Metroid. The higher price of Earthbound is PURE GREED. Its maybe “only” 2$ more, but it makes an already overpriced service even more overpriced. Fair pricing on VC would be something like NES 3$, SNES 5$, N64 8$, and GCN 10$. People will stop buying Nintendo because of things like this.

          • The Mystical One

            No they won’t. As evidenced by… people continuing to buy them at those prices.

            As far as Earthbound goes.. $10 on VC, or $150 on ebay?

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            I should put my copy up on ebay or amazon, but I won’t. Still need it for future backups. I think we get your 10 bucks vs. 150, but that doesn’t change people’s opinions on the pricing.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            not comparable. You could buy my copy for 20$ its still cheaper than the 150$…

          • TrueWiiMaster

            Not comparable, perhaps, but entirely relevant. The only legal ways to play this game are $10 on the eshop or $150+ on a cartridge.

          • DWraySweZ

            u know nothing of economics… supply and demand demand a higher price for a coveted peice of software.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            In this case, they’re buying it out of popularity and the fact that it’s made by Nintendo.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Yup, took some classes at university and had responsibility for my own company from i was 16 until 24. Also I was second vice leader at Attac Norway for a year. Also wrote some articles for Utveier about the financial market in India and taxes on transactions. So I know some about economics, yes. Do you?

          • Andreas Sunde

            Earthbound climbed to spot 20 at the all time best sellers list on the eshop in two days. I don’t think people actually care that much.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Not very surprising at all :D

          • TrueWiiMaster

            Yeah, no. People will not stop buying VC games because they have to pay $10 for a $150 game.

      • Laud

        When exactly did they stop? After they sold a 100 million consoles orrrrrr?

        • Magnus Eriksson

          They sold 3.45M not 100M.

          • Laud

            No… I’m pretty sure they’ve sold over 100M Wii’s.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Earthbound isnt released on Wii’s Virtual Console. We are talking Wii U here.

          • Justin Gray

            I believe you were talking about Nintendo products in general here when you said, “Or dont buy Nintendo products… Like people stopped to do.” Remember that?

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Then he should answered with Nintendo sold products in total if it should be a senseful answer.

          • Laud

            Shhh baby, it’s okay. I’m not upset or anything.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Good for you sir :)

          • Jeffery02

            If one product disproves you, then wouldn’t all the products combined make you look stupid?

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Now Jeffy, that was’nt a very nice thing to say was it? You shouldnt talk to grown ups that way. Didnt your mom tell you that?

          • Jeffery02

            Yeah. My mom also told me that adults know how to use an apostrophe or comma correctly. So I guess you’re not an adult. (Wasn’t*) (Didn’t*) (shouldn’t*) (to say, was it*) I’ll let you know when you deserve my “grown up” respect. :-P

          • Magnus Eriksson

            So until then you will call me names and the like? You are obviously not a very nice grown up are you? I imagine that you got hit a lot while you were tought correct punctuation. And from this stems your hatred towards kids (or is it anger on your own lost childhood that you try to get back by playing on a childrens console?)… Well, im a grown up, but not an native english speaking grown up. But I will respect you anyways Jeff. :)

          • Jeffery02

            I never called you anything. I never said that you ARE stupid. I asked if it would make you LOOK stupid. When did I call you anything? I didn’t call you stupid, a child, an adult, and so on. When did I call you anything? I really don’t follow.

            Also, make as many assumptions about me as you like. For all you know I can be anything between a grammar proficient 6 year old girl and a 90 year old male prostitute. You shouldn’t respect me because you don’t know me. Respect is earned. If you give it out to people that haven’t earned it, then you don’t deserve to receive it as much as someone who doesn’t respect anyone.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            :)

          • Laud

            I’m quoting you here..

            “Or dont buy Nintendo products…”

            You said Nintendo Products, that could be anything they’ve made and they’ve made the Wii so my comment is valid.

          • Guest

            He already cleared it up with his previous comment. Your comment is valid but invalid as well since it had nothing to do with the Wii. Wii U is the new focus here. In any case, it’s a done deal.

      • DWraySweZ

        nearly 700 million nintendo hardware units sold world wide… thats just pathetic… billions of nintendo supported software… awful.

        • Magnus Eriksson

          I know their history, been with them since G&W. That doesnt change that their strategies today is awful and that they are greedy in their overpricing of VC. Nintendo have changed, and NOT to the better.

          • Jeffery02

            Then explain to me the over priced PSOne Classics on the PSN. Sony is doing the same shit! It is $6 for a PSOne game, but for high demand games like Final Fantasy, Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid, and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night; they are all $10. So tell me how that is much different? (I can’t include what Microsoft does though as I do not play Xbox games)

          • Magnus Eriksson

            I dont have a PS, I have a Wii U. But yes, 6$ should be a guiding price if Nintendo eventualle decide to put N64 there.

          • THEMIGHTYDOOVDE

            A whole extra $2 for a game that is usually $150+ to play legitimately….. BURN NINTENDO BURN!!!!

          • lonewolf88

            this is what i think lol.

          • TrueWiiMaster

            It’s consumer that are changing for the worse. Nintendo values their games, as they should, but because consumers can get games for a buck in the App Store or Steam, they think they should get Nintendo’s games for cheap. I love VC games, and I wish I could get more, but I think the prices are fair for the games you get. They’re worth it.

      • felony211662

        Or buy a retail copy..

    • victor

      If there were more games on the wii u then this would not be a problem. But when there is not many games and thy use that to higher the price ppl are going to get angry ?

      • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

        I understand the criticism. I am just trying to illustrate that some feel it is worth the price and others do not. There is no right answer here and the only thing anybody can do is to buy it or not buy it.

        • victor

          Or you can complain. Companies are afraid of that. Complaining have help before like when thy did not allow super smash bros to be streamed. If we just say oh any price is good you can do what you want thy are going to do what thy want. We need to stare them in the right direction.

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            Which I do to Nintendo and other companies. I mentioned below that I take the customer surveys at Club Nintendo and for every VC title I have bought I made mention that the price is a bit too high overall.

          • Christopher

            Nintendo doesn’t fear complaints, it fears low sales. The most effective “complaint” is to not buy until an inevitable price drop. Unless, of course, it’s worth it to you to suck it up and pay whether you feel it’s fair or not, which is exactly what Nintendo is hoping for.

          • Steve

            Complain? That won’t work in this situation. Nintendo is a business, not a charity. they need to make a profit, specially now because they are having financial issues. If they keep impulsly lowering the price to the point that the product is not profitable, they might put themselves in a dangerous position. There are like 5 factors a company considers when setting prices. You can’t just pick a random number out of a hat.

            Here is an easier solution— don’t buy it right now. If Nintendo realizes the game is not selling at the $9.99 price point, they will likely lower the price (They want you to buy it, that’s why it is on the eShop).

            Let’s just keep our mouths shut and let our wallets do the talking for us :)

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Well, the real argument here is that Nintendo IS NOT profitable and hasnt been so for over two years (almost three).

          • Jeffery02

            It’s actually over one year (almost two). Plus they actually pulled out a profit so far this year and they may just come back later with all these big games coming out later this year. Will they hit their goals? I don’t know. But they will AT LEAST be profitable.

            Also, to put that amount of time in perspective, the Xbox was a financial loss for 8 years. Even with recent profits, the Xbox STILL hasn’t been profitable overall. The PS3 wasn’t profitable for Sony for it’s first 4 years. So 1 or 2 years of losses for Nintendo is such a bad thing only because it has never happened to NINTENDO before! Every other company sees this almost every other year.

          • Banana

            Why are we all arguing about a great game selling for two extra dollars? Does spending an extra two dollars make you go bankrupt? Plus, it’s a great game anyway, so it deserves to atleast have a higher price

          • lonewolf88

            lol seems like you completely over looked all the new articles.

      • Steve

        Well, in my opinion, this all has to do with demand. If there are a lot of people who really want a product, you would obviously higher te price. If less people want it, you lower the price to move units.

        Now, based on the demand this game has gotten in the past, I’d say Nintendo took advantage of that demand and made te price higher. Had this game not gotten so much demand, the price would have lower.

        Next time, lets suggest a game but act like we don’t really need it; that might lower te price, lol. Just kidding. That would not work.

    • Steve

      Well, yeah. But, considering the demand, it does not really surprise me that the price is higher.

      • Magnus Eriksson

        I think you got the concept of supply and demand wrong here. Those two are relative counterparts. It really only applies to endly resources, as this is digital the supply is in principal infinitive. That should make it free, or at least going towards free.

        • Steve

          Well, perhaps you are right. But then again, I’m not certain about the factors considered that lead them to the current price point. I don’t really know anymore.

          But it would still make sense for a business (Nintendo) to attempt maximizing profits from a product, specially one that they know will sell very well.

        • Andreas Sunde

          I hink it’s not so much supply and demand, as it is demand by itself. People want it, and they’re willing to pay good money for it.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            Us faithful fans want it yes. But thats only because we hyped it up to be a cult classic. So even if the demand is somewhat real, the supply is fictious in all ways. If Nintendo released it in limited ed. on discs I would totally respect a higher pricepoint. Its not that easy to justify when digital, well yes the hardcore fans might say its ok, but from a business perspective its pure greed.

            Imagine someone did the same with a music artist. Holding back a CD just to create a draught in the market, then sell digital copies way overpriced. And if you did the same in the real estate market you would go to prison. Bottom line Its a very bad way to do business, but it doesnt matter for them who is willingly buy it (I also got it btw).

    • nin-10-doughfan

      absolutely!

  • JeanPaul

    They shouldn’t have even commented on it. People are just being dumb. Seriously? $2?

    • val berger

      of course people are complaining. because it’s something really nice if you got a standard pricetag for products of the same kind. Now that Nintendo somehow starts to change those pricetags for special items, people can’t just rely on what’s already there and just hope it’s not gonna be as expensive. And, for you 2 Dollars may not make a difference, but for many players who aren’t sure if they should even buy that game because they aren’t even into that genre, it may hold them back. Pus the pricing on the VC is too high anyways, so now even raising this bar is not a too nice move too. If Microsoft would have done something like that, Nintendofans would immediately start complaining about how aggressive they are going for their customers hard earned money. here ppl just ask, if 2bucks even are worth thinking about it. On some platforms, 2 bucks are even one or two full games.
      Especially for children this isn’t that little money and I personally just don’t like this way of selling digital content. ‘aaaah…ppl are probably gonna buy this game…we should make it more expensive than others’
      It’s just not really customer friendly, especially with a game like earthbound, which fans are really waiting for any buying anyways. It would be far better if they would make bad games cheaper so they earn at least something with them.

      • kenny Johnson

        Aren’t there $40, $50, and $60 new, physical retail titles/

        • val berger

          I’m talking digital distribution here. Like on iTunes music used to be like 99c eachtitle and due to the pressure of the music industry, apple had to change to a pricingmodel with different pricetags. in digital distribution this just makes the user experience a bit worse. I mean, sure, if physical stuff would follow those standards, it could wok too, but there’s not such a need to do something like this. many customers still don’t trust in digital content, so the main goal should be to raise the accessibility to a maximum. suuure, 2 bucks won’t ruin this, not at all, I’m just saying that Nintendo’s move away from a pricingmodel that’s easy to understand for every idiot isn’t the best thing to do, especially if there is just no need to do so.

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            So what you are saying is that there is no other company that will have varying prices for games released on any platform of any generation? I am sure if you look you will find that game prices very and there is no real standard on pricing. The cost is determined by many factors.

            I know the price of this and other Virtual Console titles may look expensive on the surface but if you factor in the costs of programming these games for the Wii U platform including all the updates for Mii Verse and everything else, then the costs of digital distribution including the server storage and network capacity to accommodate all the connections for downloading, then finally that this and most other games in their original format go for way more than the price of the VC title you will find that this is a bargain.

            Of course it is like anything else.. If you feel it is too expensive then don’t buy it.

          • val berger

            You didn’t really got my point. but as I don’t wanna go to deep into this just because of 2 bucks, it’s ok. I was talking about the big picture and we could continue this for ages , ending up nowhere.
            Especially arguing with Fans is as usual a waste of time.

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            Apparently I don’t… I just know in life there are no set prices on products or services from any one company or companies across the industry on those products or services.

          • val berger

            ooookay, well, I’ll repeat myself then, maybe I didn’t really manage to make clear what I meant:

            in digtal distribution, it’s better to keep stuff simple and unified. there aren’t many who manage to offer stuff in a unified way, but still, if they do, it’s just better. It’s not such a big deal if something like this happens, I’m justsayin it would be better if it doesn’t. Not because of the 2 bucks, but because digital contents that you aren’t able to touch and feel have to be marketed in a kinda more emotional way and stuff like keeping models unified and simple to understand, is one of this. Again, just because one game isn’t consistent with the rest doesn’t like RUIN everything, I’m just saying, there’s somehow noe real need to do so. The only real reason I see why Nintendo did it is, exactly to do what I wnat them not to do. Breaking the consistency. by doing so, they underline the game’s status as something premium, so people will get interested in it. Still for me personally this isn’t really customer friendly, yet totally common, indeed.

            I’d still prefer a rock solid unified system like it used to be until now. Not even for my own sake as I think the pricetags on the VC are set too high anyway, but for the consistency of the whole eshop-infrastructure.

            aaah there we have it, I’ve gone to deep again on this, As I can’t really change it and actually don’t even care as much as it may seem, I can just wish Nintendo good success on this

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            Well in other digital distribution systems it is not uncommon to have a price for content that most content falls into but have others be more or less expensive based on popularity, content or rarity of the content provided. I mean there are no set prices on games, songs, movies in iTunes, GooglePlay, WindowsStore, Amazon, or other digital distribution services if you really think about it.

            I understand the reason to ask why this game costs more than the others and the response from Nintendo is very vague. If they would have come out and simply said something like “this game is more because it was a high demand request, it is a rarer game than most other titles, and we included a web based players guide just for the game” then maybe people would accept that and move on. Unfortunately all we can do is guess and even though my assessment may be wrong it seems like a logical conclusion that the demand, rarity, and players guide were factors into the cost. Also it has been pointed out several times that the licensing fees for this game are higher due to the content like the music used.

          • val berger

            yeah but still, I don’t really like it. Especially if there is a higher request, they’ll obviously sell quite a lot of it. I mean sure, you can say that with everything being sold at higher prices but all I’m saying is that I just don’t like it ;)

            And the VC is something different than the other eshop-content, or app stores as there usually are only games sold that have been there ages before and Nintendo announced this pricetag model for NES, SNES games (and maybe N64 and GCN games one day)

            The thing is that Nintendo hasn’t done this on the Wii-VC (as far as I know) and they probably aren’t gonna do this again anytime soon. so there’s no reason to worry too much. I just think, people should be allowed to question actions like these instead of encouraging Nintendo to do stuff like this and, as you said, don’t even really be able to properly explain them.

            In the end I gotta say that my thoughts on the eShop pricing are quite critical as I don’t really like the VC pricing and especially not the price tags for full digital gamedownloads. So whenever Nintendo is doing something like this, I might react a bit sensitive, but I think the only way to get Nintendo to decrease the prices on their digital content is to be able to criticize them.

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            I feel your pain, I truly do.. For every VC title I have bought I take the survey on Club Nintendo and I have made a comment about pricing on every one of them. Not that it will help but it is the only avenue I have to let Nintendo know how I feel. So I am not trying to be contradictory or argumentative in my responses so if I came off that way forgive me. Some seem to feel the price is worth it and others don’t… Facts of life I suppose.

          • val berger

            The sad thing about this is just that the pricing is exatcly too high to try out stuff I don’t already know. I’m oly really looking forward playing VC games like Yoshi’s Island or Majora’s Mask (whenever those gonna be released) because I know they are gonna be worth the price. I don’t feel like investing in something I don’t know from back in the days.

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            That is what it all comes down to. Just like some people think “Game Title A” should be cheaper because they feel it is a terrible game but others may think it is a great game. I have never played Earthbound but I have heard nothing but good things about the game. I did not buy the game because of this but a friend of mine did and I will play the game there and decide if it is worth my $10

          • val berger

            The funny thing is, that I propably won’t buy it anyways as I don’t like turn based RPGs. Except Paper Mario, but that was so superlight, it doesn’t really count ;D
            maybe if it gets a 50% discount one day, but in the end I’m not even the target audience. So I can really just hope Nintendo makes some cash with this to create some great games while I also hope they don’t continue this kind of distribution :)

          • val berger

            by the way: maybe this earthbound thing is some compensation for their 30c-Super Metroid deal as this surely was some similar kind of VC-Blockbuster title. I personally enjoyed playing this far more than most WiiU-games ;)

      • OmegaRed

        As a company one assesses the market and prices accordingly. This game has never been released on VC in western territories and was highly demanded and anticipated. You don’t give shit away for free. The price is more than fair, and if people don’t think so they shouldn’t buy it. The only thing that talks is consumer wallets.we can complain and beg for a lot of things but it will go unheard if we aren’t buying hardware and software. That’s the bottom line.

        • val berger

          Yeah … nope. I don’t see it that way. They shouldn’t give it away for free, but for the price they are tagging for all other products if this kind. It’s not like Super Mario World would have been such a easy game to produce. And it’s popular. So why not tagging it with 20$, some fans might still buying it, right?
          Of course not.
          But as I said in another comment, I see that 2 bucks isn’t really worth arguing about. I don’t like it, you guys obviously do, so that’s it. If Nintendo’s gonna do something like this again, I’ll be back and we can continue talking about that, for now I don’t see if this makes too much sense.

      • DWraySweZ

        Nintendo fans never talk about xbox live… ur mistaken. nintendo fans complain whem xbots an soniacs, complain about nintendo polocies and say they dont like them, but think of them enough to complain about them. its like an aetheist complaining about god but not believing in them.

      • WhackaBump

        When you compare the prices of the physical cartridges to the prices of the digital Virtual Console prices, you’ll realize under $10 price tags aren’t that bad. :P As for full games that are about $2, you better hope they’re not like Duke Nukem Forever.

    • Cyrus

      Yeah, really! Just 25%, who cares?

    • greengecko007

      When you go on the virtual console section of the Eshop, and see that all of the games on the same platform have the same price, except for Earthbound being more expensive, people tend to ask why. But I guess it’s better to refer to these people as “just being dumb” for asking questions about why something is more expensive. Personally, I like to know why I’m paying more for something that is more or less the same.

      • Andreas Sunde

        Because the fans have been asking for it for years, and Nintendo knows they are willing to pay that much for it.

    • Steven_Segal

      I think the $2 extra is for the strategy guide!

      • audi lover

        Pontless you dont even need to use the stategy guide the game is quite easy when compaired to sum other rpg, so does that mean I get my £1.50 back because im not using the guide?

        • Steven_Segal

          No but at least they give you something plus the cartridge alone is selling for $100+ on ebay/amazon so…

  • Patrick Francis

    Nintendo releases a game that everyone has been begging for, they spent
    the time to put it on their virtual console and price this
    highly-anticipated game up for $10. People then complain that it isn’t
    $8.

    • victor

      VC games are already high price as thy are. And thy say that thy go by “game-by-game basis ” but why don’t thy lower the price on some titles then ?.

  • Baum 「ツリー」

    Where do I find that damn guide on the Wii U?!
    I have the one from the website, but I don’t want to have my computer on the whole time while I play Earthbound

    • vamos_cactuar

      You just have to switch back and forth between the browser. It would be awesome if you could bring it up on the game pad and play with a different control.

    • dfoz3

      Here is the URL. Pull up the browser on the gamepad while in game and plug this in:

      http://earthbound.nintendo.com/playersguide/

      • Baum 「ツリー」

        thanks a lot. Guess they didn’t even bother to put this site on Europe’s Nintendo website -.-”

      • http://kevin-mcguire.com/ Kevin McGuire

        Haven’t tried this yet, but does this work on an iPad? Might be a nice alternative.

        EDIT: Or, a PDF version of this guide might be nice to have as well, because then you don’t have to load every single page one at a time. It would be nice to just scroll through the pages without loading times interfering.

        • Baum 「ツリー」

          http://www.nintendo.de/Spiele/Super-Nintendo/EarthBound-771110.html

          The PDF’s on that site ;)
          It’s the english guide (we didn’t get nothing done in terms of localization contrary to Ninty’s promises -.-)

          • dfoz3

            Oh yea!! Thanks for sharing the pdf! I can put this on my iPod and won’t have to use the gamepad now!

    • Denvy

      I found one a few years ago on replacementdocs.com Web archive of replacement manuals

  • vamos_cactuar

    Really? $2? People will find anything to complain about.

    • Baum 「ツリー」

      Yeah really love how some people in the US already pay less than everyone else and start complaining when ONE game’s released at the same price

  • Super Buu

    At least you have your Earthbound! My optimism might have annihilated a couple of trolls.

  • http://www.youtube.com/azhood321 AZHood

    Another case of us being in the age of entitlement.

  • Mario

    I don’t see the point for this complaint.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      Not everyone will share your mindset.

      • Mario

        I know.

  • ezquimacore

    $2 man…now I can’t eat for the entire month.

    • Squid

      That’s sarcasm right? Lol

    • Denvy

      Don’t worry, there’s bound to be a BOGO for Ramen noodles soon

  • Luffy

    totally worth it! Amazing game!

  • Squid

    Ten dollars still isn’t much compared to the 500 dollar cartridge.

    • thedeciderU

      hahaha great point

    • audi lover

      I wouldnt even consider getting out my snes so makes that point completely mute

  • palomino blue
    • Baum 「ツリー」

      Yeah, but most people nowadays don’t understand how friggin’ difficult (or better EXPENSIVE) it is to get those older games…

  • thedeciderU

    i understand why people are annoyed. if it was a game i’d been waiting for, i’d HAVE to pay it no matter what. this is why i suspect people are annoyed.

  • nappyp

    Then why was Vegas Stakes more than free?

  • Denvy

    People balking and complaining about an extra 2 bucks? Go get a cart from the aftermarket and then see how appealing 9.99 is. Geez, people are such whiners.

    • audi lover

      Just gives nintendo a nod to dip there hand futher in to your pocket, why not pay 2dollers extra on evey game then? Why? Cause frankly there not worth it

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      People have the right to complain. That doesn’t make them whiners. Lol. You’re just too judgmental towards those who have a different opinion. Personally, I think the price is a little high, but I’m not worried since I have a copy of the original. Plus, also to note, high pricing is why people also download roms or rip their own for emulators. Unless you have your own original copy I wouldn’t recommend downloading illegal roms.

      All in all,I think 8 bucks would’ve been a better price. That’s my two cents on this. Good day.

      • Denvy

        I’m not being judgmental. Complaining about 2 bucks is whining for people BEGGING to have a game released for years. I didn’t say they weren’t allowed to “complain”. People aren’t going to go the route of illegal downloads because of two bucks. If that’s the case, it’s those people who already have done so already and refuse to pay anything for it. Ten bucks is not an unreasonable price to pay by any means, regardless of it’s age. If people have been clamoring for year over this game (and they have) 2 bucks will not break the bank.

        • Daniel Gonzalez

          Quite sure that those who wanted the game badly for years aren’t the ones complaining. I would say it’s the ones who are just the everyday buyer. Even so, that is being judgmental since you’re calling them whiners without knowing what their actual reasoning is for the complaints. Every consumer’s opinion varies.

          If you bought the game, then good for you and hope you enjoy it. I enjoy my old copy on and off, but who cares if they complain. They’re entitled to it and it’s their free speech. You’re entitled to your opinion on it, but I stand by what I said. No offense.

          Regardless, the game will sell plenty despite the complaints. That much is obvious and for Nintendo, that’s all that matters to them. It’s business. I’m sure the pricing eventually will drop for those who would rather wait on it.

          • Denvy

            Why do you keep bringing free speech into this discussion? It has absolutely nothing to do with the 1st Amendment. No one is saying they should be jailed or penalized in any fashion because they say they’re mad about a $2 price increase.

            Fact is, it’s really not a price increase if you factor in the players/strategy guide you get with the game itself. Can’t say I’ve seen any other VC titles offering this which easily justifies that $9.99 price tag. Sure, most reasons for whining about the “price hike” may vary, but we all know for the most part, it’s people feeling entitled to have every VC game priced the same. So when they see a game, with or without a 130 page players guide (which can fetch upwards to $100 all by itself on the aftermarket) that is priced a modest $2 more, they should keep in mind they COULD not play it or fork over $150-200 instead if that suits their fancy. Instead of looking at Nintendo as greedy bastards, I think a little self examination would do them just as good.

            I won’t buy the VC title myself as I have the original cart. But anyone who has played the game knows, even at $9.99 it’s a steal.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            LOL. Why are you bringing jail and penalized into the discussion? Free speech in this discussion makes sense, but your end goes beyond that, but I digress. Come now. Anyways, back to the topic, as I’m not gonna get into a big debate over this. I played the game and I think even 10 bucks is a bit high. Strategy guide added or not.

            Nah, I’d rather read a strategy guide from users over the internet who do it way better and are more informative to me. Strategy guides are unnecessary these days to me as they’re just a waste of cash considering the errors from most of them. It’s just another way to sucker gamers into giving up more money. I don’t buy it into them. Besides, video walk throughs are better in comparison, but that’s just me.

          • Denvy

            I can tell then that you don’t have the original guide that came with the game. It’s not just a typical guide, but filled with great artwork and humor. Regardless of whether or not you want it, the download comes with it and that more than justifies the $2.

          • Daniel Gonzalez

            Like I said. That’s your opinion. Lol. If you feel it justifies it, then you’re entitled to it. I feel that it isn’t worth it and I could care less about the artwork. I prefer user strategy guides more and they’re more informative to me than companies that publish them. That’s how I see it.

            No, I don’t have the original guide, but that has nothing to do with what I feel about the price. My opinion won’t change on that. The internet as tons of them from gamers have played the game for years now. Therefore, I don’t need the guide.

            Thank you for your friendly discussion, though. :)

    • Ford Crews

      People not complaining and just paying is the only reason we have inflation, as long as people are willing to pay without walking away or at least complaining, they will just increase the price forever.

      • Denvy

        Then boycott it. There are plenty of others who will be enjoying a classic piece of gaming history.

  • starwars360

    I really want Earthbound into a new 3D RPG game like X is for Wii U!!!. :D

  • $41809923

    ITS ONLY $2.00 MORE ITS NOT THAT BAD

  • kenny Johnson

    Wasn’t there music (Chuck Berry) in the original game? Perhaps they had to pay to re-license it?

  • Scott Duperree

    I will pay the extra money eventually, especially since I’ve never played it. I am taking my time and playing some other games right now, so I will probably get it when I am not playing anything else. I don’t mind so much for a game that was completely unavailable any other way for so long to be priced at ten dollars, but other SNES games should be brought down to 5 bucks. C’mon, Super Mario World was on GBA and Wii. The game shouldn’t be 8 bucks once again.

  • Pikachief

    The playstations store does the same thing with heir ps2 and psone games, guys. Its nothing new. Im surprised they havent done it before actually.

    • audi lover

      Why be like sony? strive to do sumthing different I thought thats what ninty consoles do?and screwing with a price plan that most people find to high as it is, is not good business in any country

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      PS One classics are for the most part fair, minus a few of them that I find a bit high. PS2 games I don’t know since I prefer buying them physically.

  • Victor O

    I haven’t played the game, but a $2 increase does not bother me. This is the problem with online forums and comments: everybody’s nonsensical thought has a place to breed.

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      Lol. How is it non-sensical to have a different opinion on pricing? Your comments are non-sensical for judging people you don’t know. Nice job contradicting yourself.

  • Zuxs13

    $10 is a bit steep for a VC game, but considering the price of trying to get the original its not bad. Then again I didn’t have to pay for it I got this game for free.

  • http://MacroManJr.blogspot.com/ Brian Lockett

    I won’t complain about the price. I don’t think it’s that big a deal. And if you want to buy the game, it’s certainly not a showstopper. But I will say that after 19 years…the game would cost only $5.

    It’s not like the developers who worked on the game 19 years ago are getting a cut of the game’s re-selling. I personally don’t understand why two-decade old games still cost more than $5, even if they are classics.

    Just on principle alone, I personally wouldn’t sell a game that old for anything more than $5. Esp. since most people probably will save their $10 and use an emulator. But at $5, some might be willing to part with $5 to have it on their console.

    But hey, if you want the it, buy it. Especially if you never played it before–and most gamers under 24 haven’t. At least it’s a timeless classic like Earthbound. It’s still one heck of a fun game. If I had to spend $10 on an old game, it’d better be a solid classic like Earthbound.

    As for myself, I may buy it later, but right now, I’m good. I’ve played it several times already, and I think I’ll just wait for the Earthbound 3D remake…because you know it’s only a matter of time.

  • fabian

    i definitely think that it is worth it but than other games like balloon flight should be cheaper. different prices is something i want, but than not only that the bigger games get more expensive but also that the smaller games get cheaper.

  • Antar Rodríguez

    i guess the price should be cheaper, but hell im already tired of snes games for virtual console, where are the n64 games? or gamecube games everyone expected to see released as virtual console titles?

    • John Raybell

      yeah snes down should be free, and they should release n64,gamecube and wii games and charge for those :) BAM instant sales, imagine people without anything to play can just go grab a bunch of oldies, would be cool

  • José Abraham Cervantes Posadas

    Under tris rule I think (in my subjetive/personal opinion) that games like wrecking crew lr donkey kong must be a lot cheaper., i said this as a consumer, not as a troll.

  • Tekina Sibawo

    Haters gonna hate

  • TrueWiiMaster

    I can’t believe anyone would actually complain about this. The cart goes for well over $100, and has been the only legal way to play the game for almost 20 years. Fans have been begging for the game on the VC since it came out over 6 years ago. Nintendo finally re-released the game, and people really complained that it was $2 more than other SNES games on the VC? Really?

  • slush_puppie

    it’s like “rule 34″, except: if it exists, people will complain about it (on the internet).

    i can’t imagine anyone moaning about this in a real-life conversation, but on the internet it’s so easy to be butt-hurt and whine publicly about the most trivial of things.

    • audi lover

      Buy 10 games at the hiked price and your 20 dollers down, better spent on ganga frankley

  • Jon

    I honestly don’t see the problem here. People have been begging for it for years now, it comes out and they complain because of an extra $2. Well, lets see, it is an incredible game, they had a hard time (from what I understand) trying to get it plus they made the original strategy guide available for everyone… to be, the strategy guild would be more than enough for the price raise and well worth it.

  • Andrew W Garttmeyer

    BS. Not only are we the few that are supporting the Wii U, but now they adjust the pricing on titles that were supposed to be the same amount across consoles. Don’t give me that, since the Wii ALL games from NES were a price, SNES were a price, etc etc.

    Call me whatever you want, but I find it extremely rude of NES for doing this to us.

    They make me bend over for the past 8 months after supporting their new console from day one with NO GAMES, but now that they start releasing cool old school stuff, they attempt to rip us off.

    I don’t really even have any interest in this title, but once I started writing this reply I got a bit angry.

    • Andrew W Garttmeyer

      People on here saying ‘two dollars?, whats the big deal”. Really? OK, why don’t we all just ask NES to do this for every game from every console. Would you be upset than? Just two dollars adds up dumios.

      • Daniel Gonzalez

        People have a right to free speech. People complain about everything that’s non-gaming related too. Are they whiners? No, because they’re exercising their free speech. Deal with it. It’s a free country(at least for most).

  • DigitalBlawks

    I think it’s a good price. Yes it’s a couple dollars more than the regular maximum price of an SNES virtual console game, but remember this:

    1. It was in high demand and companies take advantage of that stuff.

    2. It included the original strategy guide completely digitalized for fans. This takes work and they took the liberty to go and do that for us so it’d be just like the original packaging! So it’s worth the extra 3 or 4 dollars since they did that favor for us!

  • Vextrum

    Of course it’s two dollars more. Nintendo spent about a quarter of a year making Super Metroid, while they spent about TWO YEARS making Earthbound. It just makes sense.

    • audi lover

      Not really it was made 18 yeas ago

      • John Raybell

        EXACTLY, its a freaking SNES game for Christ sake.

        VC is just a big MILKER, nothing more, resale crap they have sold over and over, and over, never ending milking, but nintendo has been milking shit for awhile, look at mario hes a freaking whore, hell every gen has basically recycled everything from the last gen, and the gen before that.

        No wonder whats his face is getting tired of working on the same old zelda formula.

        Love nintendo, but holy crap they love to be dairy farmers.

      • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

        People still buy movies made 10,20,30+ years ago and yet that is acceptable to get a movie you may have once had on VHS and now want it on DVD or BluRay. To me this is the same concept.

        Sure Nintendo makes a profit off of this but some think it is negligible but those servers and network to handle the distribution and online services are not free.

  • Fred

    It didn’t bother me, I bought it Thursday night! I’ve never played it and $10 was well worth it to me to see what all the hoopla is about

  • Michael Jurado

    who is so broke that they complain about 2$??? if it was 10 or 20$ increase yeah that would be bs but, 2$ lmao please

    • audi lover

      Its the principle of setting a price plan and then changing it as you see fit quite frankly it dosnt matter if it was 50p of 500pound, its bad business and nintendo should be ashamed of them selves, makes them look more like an american company and not an honourable Japanese company like they should be

      • Michael Jurado

        “its the principle of setting a price plan and then changing it as you see fit” isn’t that basically supply and demand?

        • audi lover

          its a digital copy so in fact your argument about supply dosent hold up there maybe a demand, but there is no need for a supply chain, im a building surveyor and I produce digital drawings for free but charge 10 pound for a phisical plot copy, so in actual fact there is no reason what so ever to increase costs if there is no attained phiscal copy, that to me is just bad business practice

          • Michael Jurado

            eh your opinion I for one think it was an awesome business decision to even bring Earthbound to the VC I’ve always wanted to play this game, have always heard great stuff about it, yet I’ve never been able to find one. So 10$ for a game that i’ve been searching 10+years for is fine by me :P

  • audi lover

    Great game but should it cost more than any other snes game short answer NO it shouldn’t, if you go to the trouble of setting a price plan you should stick to it, not change it as and when you see fit, if I did that in my company we would soon lose alot of repeat business and in business you have to stick to the principles quite frankly

  • audi lover

    Why would anyone pull out there old snes to play that? ive only bought it cause of the games drought weve had over the past 3 months and its definitely not worth any more than any other vc snes release

  • JBeauregard

    Ah, who cares! Just take my freaking money!

  • Justin Gray

    Hang on. Has any of those who complained looked into buying the game in cart form on Amazon or eBay? It will run you well over $100 and an unopened copy will cost more than $400!! You could buy a WiiU, a external HD and download the game for that kind of scratch.

    • John Raybell

      yeah bring up places that people rip you off on, lol, they will buy a BRAND NEW console and try to get a couple hundred more.

      Horrible example everyone keeps making.

      Ebay and Amazon suck

      • Justin Gray

        Show me anywhere you can get the game for less than $10.00. Walmart has Hyrule Historia for $25 and Amazon has it for 19. If you get ripped off, it is your fault. Nobody forces you to buy from them.Go buy Earthbound somewhere else then.

        • John Raybell

          fine then “runs away crying”

  • Adrian

    Didn’t Japan get Earthbound for 30 cents?

    • JamesJose

      did they?

  • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

    For earthbound I won’t complain about the 2 euro/dollar/pound (or whatever the price is for europe I really don’t know) the game has neverr been released in Europe in the first place. So no complains from me :D

  • Your money

    10 dollars seems fine for an Earth bound game.

  • Jack5221

    Its well worth the extra 2$ in my opinion. The guide is really nice too.

  • AWwriter

    I think they overall pricing scheme is a bit out of whack with retail – especially with new releases since its all profit to the publisher (no wholesale price they must sell it to at retail, no replication, no packaging, etc) and the fact that many go on sale or overall the price is reduced not long after for less than the digital copy costs (though it seems Nintendo has done a bit of response in price changing on those, which is a good direction). And not to mention it has zero resale value.

    I also think overall that the retro games are a bit over priced – $5 for a NES game (depending on the game) is a bit high considering these games turned a profit decades ago, and I don’t really buy the “oh it’s so tough to code” stuff – If it is, Nintendo hasn’t been paying attention to the emulation community that past decade or so, and needs to design a better “drag and drop and adjust based on game” system of implementation.

    All that said – a game like this likely did take more time because of its complexity, and this is a game with a ton of content. I don’t think an extra $2 is all that crazy, and as demanded as this game is, people are going to pay it and it is worth it for the many hours of possible play.

    It’s really a non-issue, particularly compared to the “digital divide” on new retail titles and their in-store retail counterparts.

  • Kevin Sepulveda

    If you think its too high of a price don’t buy it. I know it sounds crazy but this way you wont over spend your money and just maybe Nintendo will get the message.

  • Lil J Moore

    I wonder now. do people complain when Sony and MS do this?

  • Arthur Jarret

    Worth it – even if it was to simply make the statement that we want more Mother games in the EU and US.

    The game is great, too

  • fireheartis1

    What the heck is everyone complaining about people? $9.99 isn’t that expensive for a game you will own in digital format. Man the only greedy ones here are the ones complaining about the price. What would you rather pay, $9.99 for the digital copy, or $300.00 for a loose copy of a game that’s been around since the late 90′s? I personally thank Nintendo for making it so cheap for me to own. It cost money to put a game over a server for us to play people. It get’s really expensive. I know this because I’ve taken a college class on it just last month. Stop being so greedy buy the game if you want it and shut up.

    • John Raybell

      free is nice too.

      But hey you guys seem to miss the whole point, how many times have people payed for these same games?

      Think about it, people like my self have bought these games before, maybe even a few times, ill spend money on wiiu games instead, or get roms of games I already own and play them on my pc or on the go on my tablet

  • Henry Hotspur

    For me, it’s 2 extra bucks. Not a big deal to me, but I can see why people would raise their eyebrow over it.

    I’ve yet to purchase it, but it’s good that they released it. Seeing as how the cartridge alone goes for $150+ online. So at least there’s that. Still, weren’t all Virtual Console games priced the same for Wii and Wii U at this point, only differentiating on what system they were originally for?

  • Rick Valenta

    An extra few bucks for the optimized strategy guide, plus it’s a hard to find cult classic. 10 bones is a steal. People need to pull out their brushes and clean the sand out of their ******’s

  • jay

    $10 is a steal for that classic. I wanna buy a Wii U for this game alone.

    • John Raybell

      you would be one of those stupid consumers huh :)

      3 down votes for the truth, only a moron buys a next gen console for a 20 year old game lol.

      We got our Wiiu for Wiiu games, imagine that

    • John Raybell

      Why not buy a wiiu for wiiu games, makes more sense

  • iamserious

    Not paying $10 for a 20 year old SNES title. Honestly Nintendo should be selling these games at no more than $5 a pop. Have they not heard of emulators on PCs?

    • John Raybell

      yeah some people dont understand, if these were cheaper all the way around,they would make more money in the long run. FACT.

      Until then i will emulate my games i have purchased

  • Bridger Holt

    Two extra dollars, not that big of a deal for an amazing game such as Earthbound.

  • Adam Fox

    if $9.99 is too much to pay for this game, you got issues….they could have easily made it a disc like they did the 25th Anniversary of Mario and sold it for $30…..if they don’t like paying $9.99 for a digital copy of this game, they can go buy the physical copy…good luck finding it for $9.99 or less….

    • John Raybell

      ok done and done, got it free and can play it on my pc or my tablet :) lol

      • Adam Fox

        I meant legally…not via emulation…..

        • John Raybell

          if a hard copy is owned, its fully legal, emulation it self isn’t illegal, its all in how you get your games.

          • Adam Fox

            which means i’m sure he spent alot more than $9.99

          • John Raybell

            yeah in the past, so why buy again? by all means you all can buy your games a thousand times, doesn’t hurt my wallet :)

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            Not true… Only if you made the ROM or Game Dump yourself from your original copy. Just because you may have the original on cartridge does not mean you can just download it. Fair Use Copyright dictates that you have to make the backup yourself.

          • John Raybell

            done and done, some people do have full past library’s, sad thing is i think by Nintendo standards its still illegal.

            Oh well who cares, if i purchased it i will do what i want with my own property and play it on my PC.

            In the end i will never rebuy a title i payed in full years ago.

            Its a form of milking, if along side these other games they had some free ones, maybe id consider dropping some cash, but re buying my games and not even getting a hard copy like the ones i already have, no thanks.

            In any case every VC title is over priced, they already made there profits years ago, I frown upon milking of the consumer

          • https://www.facebook.com/BlueLightningTechnicalServices Bob Wilkerson

            I agree with that… I run the Dolphin Emulator on my HTPC/Gaming Rig and made the game dumps from my many GC games myself. Some of them play fine while others are a tad glitchy.

            I think the pricing structure needs to be re-evaluated myself but even if the game is old they have to pay out a license or royalty to the games developers or publishers (other than themselves of course) and quite possibly to the individuals that worked on the game for each title sold. Kind of how Actors and Music artists get royalty checks every time their Movie, TV Show, Commercial airs or when their song plays on the radio.

            They make a profit off the VC titles but it may not be as high as some may think after the infrastructure to deliver these games is paid for and the royalties go out.

    • discuss

      This is a digital copy of a game released 19 years ago. The costs of putting it on the VC are probably neglectable. The money spend is to much for the value gained.

      • Adam Fox

        okay…..same can be said about EVERY title on the VC…..not just this one…its $2 more than the REGULAR price ones…..they are charging a premium because its a premium game…they know the alternative….you can pay $9.99 here or go hunt down a physical copy of it for alot more…..of course, there is always emulation which I do not condone b/c it often leads to piracy…..

        • discuss

          I am saying this about every VC game. However with Earthbound they raised the prise even more making the prise even more rediculous. Anyways I don’t mind them being expansive as no one forces me to buy them. I just disagree with people trying to justify these prices.

  • Ricky__Spanish

    I wont pay 10 bucks for a SNES game. I dont care what it is. VC prices are too high

    • John Raybell

      yep always have been too

  • John Raybell

    screw the VC, i have spent enough money on the real copys to want to rebuy the same thing, this crap is mind games at its best.

    Roms and PC is the way to go for the classics, or hook up your snes,nes what ever to your old crt lol, in any case i disapprove of VC so far, should be cheaper and some games should be free as well.

  • Johny

    well hey. its true. business is business. and nintendo is a business company after all… making a profit.
    I do agree with them on the point that different games should be priced differently. Peoples brains got too scrambled with those “all games 99 cents on iphones” and shit like that

  • Quicksilver88

    First I will agree with others that ‘classic’ games are too expensive. I have had the same complaint on $ony with ps1, ps2, and psp games costing too much. 3DS VC is unreal the cost of GB games is unreal. With that said 9.99 for a game that everyone has begged for for years is not bad. Earthbound is a big and lengthy game so $10 is not a bad value. I personallythink all Snes should be $5 and NES like $3 and then N64 $10. Hey at least Nintendo us giving you a nice break on WiiU VC if you already bought it on Wii….

  • TCar

    All this for $2.

  • Dorfdad

    I bought the game, but cant seem to find this strategy guide.. Im stuck and not sure what im supposed to do next…How does one access this strategy guide??

    • Dorfdad

      FYI – I found the answer and it’s weird.. First you need to open the internet browser in-game and go to: http://earthbound.nintendo.com/playersguide/#/intro

      I thought it was built into the game rom, guess not it’s just a website so thats why it’s more expensive? Weird cause it’s a free website for anyone!

  • Ricky Guzman

    Anyone who complains about it being to pricy most likely wasnt going to buy it anyway.

  • Uh Mazing

    I honestly don’t care. I’d rather pay 9.99 than 200.

  • Jared Garcia

    as i keep saying its way better than $150. please keep in mind i could still be playing it on the SNES and make you watch me if you don’t like the idea of a virtual version.

  • Wanderlei

    On the flip side it wouldnt hurt them to make some NES games that pretty basic a bit cheaper.

  • Ford Crews

    They are making a bet they won’t lose 20% of their sales with it $2 higher, I think they are dead wrong.

  • Steven Penberthy

    The price is less than going to hoyts on cheap tuesday, just pick it up if you want it, and support NINTENDO so they work on providing us with more VC games and a better firmware updates

  • felony211662

    Hell yes! This shit prints money remember?!

  • bradtastic2

    It’s ten fucking dollars. Boo hoo. Don’t like it? Get a ROM and play it on PC like people have been doing until now.

  • Fishy

    The people who are complaining about the game “costing too much” are exactly what is wrong with our society.

    Because the average person has NO TASTE, they do not even consider the question of: “is this purchase worthwhile based on the quality of the experience?” Quality is of second importance to price, which I guess explains the success of Angry Birds and it’s ilk – simple, cheap, addictive distraction-gaming for daily commuters, and yet as a game just a totally boring piece of shit.

    Most of the people here complaining about an extra 2 dollars – what a crime – will gladly spend 2 dollars on a McDonald’s french fry to shove into their face. Even worse is the people who somehow feel justified to being angry – over 2 dollars – and will instead steal it off the internet to avoid it. A bunch of entitled selfish children, it’s an embarrassment.

    • A SNES Day Off

      If every VC game on the eShop was priced (quote) “on a game-by-game basis”, then why is Earthbound the first title to break the current pricing model?

      By Nintendo’s logic, Earthbound is indeed worth £6.99 at the absolute minimum, but then why is Vegas Stakes considered to be worth £5.49? Oh wait, because every other SNES title apart from EarthBound just so happens to be valued equally.

      Nintendo took advantage of a title that they knew would be an instant hit and hiked the price. I wouldn’t be so annoyed if their other titles were priced individually, because I cannot for the life of me understand how Donkey Kong Jnr. is supposedly worth the same amount of money as Metroid.

      • Fishy

        I think you’re looking into the wrong end of the telescope. A product SELLS for more when it’s WORTH more. Earthbound has a cult following and people have literally been begging for it for years. Why does Earthbound cost more than Vegas Stakes?? You guessed it – people will pay more for it because it’s worth more to them than Vegas Stakes.

        Donkey Kong Jr. and Metroid are both considered classics in their own right, but I would say neither of them are great games that I “have” to own, and neither of them are as interesting as Earthbound. What’s more is all of this whining and complaining has been brought about by an extra two dollars – a bottle of water costs almost as much. Stop being petty. Pay for quality.

        • A SNES Day Off

          So how do Nintendo decide when one game is “worth” more than another? Is it the scale of the game? The amount of data? The time it took to emulate? It’s cultural following? It’s entirely subjective to say that EarthBound is “worth more” than, say, Super Mario World just because fans have been requesting it.

          And comparing the additional cost to a physical product makes no sense. It’s not the amount of money people are concerned about, but the fact that Nintendo made a pricing exception (outside of their current model) based purely on the fact that Earthbound hasn’t been available since it’s original release. I personally think thats wrong, and in no way justifies charging more for a game when it’s exactly the same product as another title on the store.

  • WhackaBump

    People are crying over a little $9.99 while the cartridge is priced at least over $100? I don’t see the logic here, plus you also get the handy digital strategy guide (minus the Scratch and Sniff parts). It’s a great deal. A two dollar difference isn’t going to hurt anyone (other than their butts apparently).

  • Ryan House

    I’ve already bought it for 9.99

  • Stephanie Cardenas

    I brought it, I mean it’s a pretty low price if you think about it (MY OPINION).compare to prices on ebay, last i check someone was selling it for 5,000 dollars…WTF;_;

  • Seth S. Scott

    easily worth the extra $2. go buy it anywhere else for $150+…