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GameStop considering working with publishers to re-print old games

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Last year the Wii title Xenoblade Chronicles made news more than a year after release for GameStop setting the price of used copies of the game at $90. While this was temporary as the price was eventually lowered to $40, this led many people to speculate that GameStop had been hoarding unsold copies of the game in order to jack them up at player demand. That wasn’t exactly the case, though GameStop did capitalize on the game’s popularity. The company actually worked with Nintendo to reprint copies of Xenoblade Chronicles and Metroid Prime Trilogy in order to bring them to customers, and it looks like they’ll be doing it again for rare titles.

According to GameStop, there’s a type of customer that comes in at the start of every new console generation, looking to capitalize on lower hardware prices and the great games of the previous generation.

“There’s a value buyer that comes back into GameStop at the start of a generation, and we want to serve them better than ever.”

According to GameStop chief executive Paul Raines, meeting demand for popular games that may not have tons of copies in circulation is no different than buying up pre-owned copies.

“The way to think about it, these games don’t really need to be promoted differently than pre-owned games. We’re gonna meet unmet demand. There are games that are just not available in some stores.”

Where once you had to browse internet sites like eBay to find old games, it looks like GameStop is looking to break into the market by creating new copies of fan favorites. It worked well for them in working with Nintendo to re-produce Xenoblade Chronicles, as it was in top demand for a few months in 2013. What do you think about this new business strategy? What games would you like to see reprinted to make more available?

[via Yahoo]

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

    And the only current gen console that can play all the great games from the last generation is the Wii U!.

    • Daniel Carvalho

      If only Nintendo used that in order to advertise the Wii U as something you want to choose over the PS4…

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

        Yeah and I got the perfect slogan

        Buy a Wii U and get a FREE Wii*

        *Free Wii comes in the form of backwards compatibility with existing and future Wii games and accessories.

        • Daniel Carvalho

          I’d make something more like this:

          “10 VIDEO GAMES IN ONE!!
          Buy a Wii U and get 9 more consoles for FREE!*

          *Wii U’s services include backwards compatibility with Nintendo Wii home consoles, as well as digitally downloadable NES, SNES, N64, GCN, GBA, NDS, Sega Genesis and Sega Saturn titles through the Wii U Virtual Console and Nintendo eShop. ”

          This could only work if Nintendo would put the complete library for the VC already, including N64 and GC, though.

          Isn’t it one heck of a deal? Specially since the Wii U is the cheapest console of this generation!

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

            Very True.. It is one of the reasons I bought a Wii U. I can play games from the Wii U and Wii natively off disc and have access to a library of classic games from a variety of systems in Wii and Wii U mode. All for less money than the other guys. For what I cannot get on Wii U I get on PC. Perfect combination for my gaming needs and interests

          • Daniel Carvalho

            And for some reason Nintendo doesn’t advertise it…

            You know what? Those big companies forgot what gaming is and how to do business with it. Microsoft is striving for their all-in-one VHS to rule the world, but only gives services to USA (they sell the Xbox One for the same price in other countries without taking any of the North America only features – you pay 100% and can only use 20~30%); Sony is only trying to make everyone connect to FB and Youtube with their PS4 and Nintendo is trying to gather the so-called “casual gamers” again. Have you realized that none of those consoles have been made to cater for us, who want to play games? The Wii U may be the closest to that, but it’s full of stuff for the “casual gamer” that I’m never gonna use!

          • Arthur Jarret

            Time to pay up and get a gaming rig PC. Steambox ahoy!

      • LonDonE247

        EXACTLY! i have said for a long time, the retro gaming scene is HUGE! and also the demand for retro games, imagine if nintendo actually put proper effort into the virtual console, and made emulators themselves with the cooperation of companies like snk, sega etc, imagine the virtual console with perfect versions of neo geo games, snes, genisis, sega master system, nes, game boy, atari, sinclair, amiga, jaguar, dreamcast, game cube, sega saturn, sega cd, cega 32x, game gear, the list goes on and on!

        I know licensing would be a nightmare for some of the older games and consoles, but nintendo has DEEP POCKETS, and money talks in this world! iif they secured perfect versions of most of the games for all the platforms above the WII-U would have a massive advantage also would be the retro gamers go to platform since allot of the old games for the older consoles cost a BOMB and nintendo could make a nice profit off of those rare games,.

        It would cost them, but the return would be greater and also the image of the wii u would get a massive boost!
        I still dont understand why nintendo hasn’t figures this out yet, the virtual console is a potential GOLD MINE! they just need to get some dedicated teams converting and porting over all the old games faster then they have been! i mean come off it the wii u vc has been pitiful!! surely nintendo realises that the retro scene is worth allot of money and so making it the go to place for wii u would be a lucrative move and would keep us older games happy!

        Think about it, buying digital versions of all your favourite retro games would in essence mean you have it forever, all you need to do is download them,and wack them onto s external hard drive.
        And yes lots of people do this the illegal way with emulators and roms, but those never run perfect! and so if nintendo invested into this they could potentially corner the retro market!

        Why is there no one at Nintendo who thinks of these things?

        • Daniel Carvalho

          Exactly. Also, they could even make a big profit by selling Wii games digitally (and launch an update to make Wii games run with 4x Anti-Aliasing). Imagine them selling rare games like Xenoblade or Metroid Prime Trilogy, that stopped being printed but everyone keeps telling you to buy them! Come one, Nintendo, start using what you have and stop trying to create some kind of miracle with something no one wants!

    • TCar

      The PS4 and XB1 claim to be a all-in-one entertainment device yet you need it and an older machine to play the games owned. Just plain dumb. Now, if only the Wii U could play my Gamecube games.

      • Quicksilver88

        Actually your WiiU can play your old GC games but it takes a little ‘modification’. You have to softmod your vWii mode, then you have to use a homebrew called Devolution, then you have to rip your own games and run them once on a Wii (prevents piracy) and then you can play the ripped games from SD card on a WiiU without disks. The upside is the WiiU upscales them to 1080P and with devolution you can use the WiiU pro controller or even a ps3 controller. I am currently playing StarFox Adventures and it looks beautiful. There is no reason Nintendo can’t bring us GC games on VC if they chose too.

        • Daniel Carvalho

          What about saving? You can do it without a GC Memory Card?

          • readypembroke

            Nice reference to the Wii

          • Quicksilver88

            Devolution creates a virtual memory card file on the SD card of wii/WiiU. This is actually superior to a GC card because it is less prone to corruption and the file can be moved to a PC and opened or used with the Dolphin emulator. This allows you to manipulate and backup the saves. It is all pretty slick….if we could just get gamepad controller support in vWii mode then you would be able to play right on gamepad…hopefully Nintendo will bring us gamepad controls as a classic pro controller in a future system update and then this would be super awesome.

        • TCar

          I prefer to leave my system the way it is. Adding things to it only ups the possibility of it failing. I would prefer a trade in system. You send Nintendo your old Gamecube games, they acknowledge the games sent, send confirmation codes to the NintendoID attached for download, then return said games with come kind of no damaging marker that eliminates duplication of its re-sending. All it would cost is shipping and handling.

        • rp17

    • Shane Michaels

      And also PC.
      I stand by that statement.

    • Elitepwnsface

      Add in pro controller support and we will talk haha. Do not want to use that wiimote rofl.

  • Christian Schoff

    Hmm….interesting question. I’m not exactly sure. I already have all the rare titles that I enjoy.

  • incoherent1

    I definitely was this kind of buyer with the Wii generation. I got a Wii in college and played basically 1 or 2 games, then used it as a Netflix box, only to rediscover great Wii games a year or two ago.

    This is a win-win for everyone. The consumer gets great games, and hopefully Nintendo captivates buyers through old games and convinces them to pull the trigger on new games (I’ve gone on to buy both a Wii U and 3DS in the past 18 months).

  • Jared Garcia

    Some early games of the past gen that didn’t get the love until later deserve a second chance. I’m looking at game like Tales of Vesparia, Lost Odyssey, and Zelda Twilight Princess on the Gamcube. I know that last one’s on the older generation, but I liked it better than the Wii version.

  • Adrian

    Hmm, the only “rare” game I can think of that I want and don’t already have is Metroid Prime trilogy. Although I’m not entirely interested in it honestly. When I bought my WiiU, I went and got all the popular Wii games that came out during the Wii life cycle.
    …But I kind of lost my desire to play any more Wii games, I dunno why. I still need to get through Last Story, and redsteel 2.

  • Ryan F

    Been waiting for X for months now — but that Xenoblade pic looks so beautiful I might just cave and get it :P

    • Fred

      GET IT!!! I’m playing Xenoblade on my Wii U right now. I’m about 60 hours in. It’s amazing. It has certainly solidified my day 1 purchase of X!

    • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

      The game is worth it for sure. I spent nearly 400 hours to do and unlock everything in the game it’ll keep you busy during the game drought (talking on 1st, 2nd and 3rd party games with the drought not the indies)

      If things dont change soon for WiiU I’ll start the game all over again :D

    • Daniel Carvalho

      GO PLAY IT NOW! The game is amazing, the gameplay mechanics are very creative, you’ll stay tens of hours doing quests (optional, by the way, so you can have it all at your own pace), and you can customize your characters with weapons and armors that reflect on their appearance, not to mention the extremely detailed and beautiful scenarios and amazing story!

    • Entropyguy

      I just got it recently myself. It’s quite fun – plays kind of like a single-player MMO. And the price just dropped down to sane levels – It had been priced at $90, but it’s now down to $50.

    • Mitch Hall

      Just a word of warning(?), the game doesn’t actually look that good. The screenshot is from the game running in Dolphin. Still a great RPG, though.

  • gamingpalooza

    well, sounds great and all but the gamespot near by where i am located are scumbags… i wanted to buy a new copy of super mario 3d world and… yes.. they had it… but sold me an open copy and charged a new price for it, and then to top it off… the disc was scratched. They claim it was the last copy, but when i brought it back the next day, they magically found a copy of the game that was never opened.

  • steveb944

    FF7. BUT we all know that won’t release in hard copy again. I still wish I had known of Xenoblade previously.

    • Blue Hernandez

      You can get FFVII on PC digital though.

  • Ryan F

    I think they’ve actually been doing this a long while for Xenoblade. I don’t the think the 2-3 “used” copies of Xendoblade at my local gamestop and others I’ve visited came out of nowhere. Gamestop removes the shrink-wrapping so they can sell the game used at whatever price point they want rather than the MSRP.

  • Sycamore

    On the Nintendo side of things, I think we should get one last round of Nintendo select titles. I don’t think reprints should come at such a high price tag. A couple titles I can think of are WarioWare Smooth Moves, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Brawl, Mario Kart Wii, and Kirby return to dreamland. Anyone got any other ideas?

    • HungryMetroid

      well, for Nintendo games it’d be nice to see dkc: returns, battalion wars 2, and xenoblade released as selects in addition to what you listed. If they did third party, rayman origins, the last story, Pandora’s tower, and mad world would be a few good choices. I really hope Nintendo brings back the Player’s Choice lineup for Wii U games at some point for those of us on a budget.

      • Fred

        You can find DKC Returns, and Last Story right now today. THis is for games you CAN’T find like Wario Ware SMooth Moves or Punch-Out Wii or Excite Truck/Bots

    • https://twitter.com/Zorpix_Fang Zorpix

      All the phoenix wright games are still like, 30 bucks. that should change

      • Sycamore

        Those games need a compilation of some sort with miles edgeworth 2 thrown in.

  • Daniel Gonzalez

    Sounds like a good deal and should make those fans who have a hard time finding rare games, happy.

  • MerryBlind .

    I wish we could just order the games directly from Nintendo website or something like that. I’m trying to find Metroid Prime Trilogy and Xenoblade right now. Not easy.

    • Blue Hernandez

      Really GS by my house has like 8 x’s in stock as of a week ago

    • flybass

      if only nintendo had some sort of electronic shop ;) (with a large library and proper account management :'( )

      • MerryBlind .

        Yeahhh…. I wish I could get any Nintendo game on the Wii U VC, from NES to WiiU, and GameBoy to 3DS.

  • J_Joestar

    i remember that, still never saw a single copy of either game at gamestop though.

  • Nintenjoe82

    That looks like the Dolphin version of Xenoblade!

  • Dark-Link73

    If I understand this right, a “re-print” is just like a new game, only produced after the original batch. They are still made at a factory and as such should be packed and sealed like the original batch, maybe with a different cover (Nintendo Selects collection), but sealed nevertheless. So why was Gamestop selling these re-prints as “used”? Because they manipulated a situation in which they had complete control and took advantage of their deal of exclusivity they had with Nintendo.

    If is true that Xenoblade was a reprint, I bet you Nintendo sold to Gamestop each copy for a cheaper price than the original batch. Whether Gamestop hoarded those “used” copies or they were a reprint, we can’t overlook the fact the Gamestop deliberately waited for Xenoblade to sell out of the Nintendo online store to open all the reprints and sale then as “used” at any price they wanted.

    That’s the problem with Gamestop being given exclusivity deals. They’ll take advantage of them any way they can.

  • Ducked

    Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn

  • hahahero

    Off topic but, came across this today:

    Nintendo Wii U Mario & Luigi Deluxe Set Black for $259.99 on ebay (free shipping) today only. If you have friends waiting on a deal, tell them about it.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nintendo-Wii-U-Mario-Luigi-Deluxe-Set-Black/301134707998?pt=Video_Games&hash=item461d06fd1e

    • Shane Michaels

      I do not have a Wii U yet, but I would gladly pursue this deal if I could. Unfortunately, I have to wait until Mayish June. Sigh. And please dont kill me for not owning the console, like they do at My Nintendo News.

      • Sdudyoy

        I don’t understand why people judge others on what they own/ don’t own, you shouldn’t be ashamed to say you don’t own a Wii U yet, it just means you haven’t been able to afford one or are waiting for more or better games, and there is nothing wrong with that.

        • Shane Michaels

          Thanks for the nice words. I mainly am waiting for school to let out though, I gottA worry about semester grades first…

          • hahahero

            whoa, whoa, whoa! First, no judging from me. Good for you, putting school first (I’m about to finish a graduate degree). Secondly, from my experience, its best to avoid My Nintendo News. Comments get can get bit annoying here of course but it is nothing compared to the headaches from the other site.

          • Shane Michaels

            Yeah, they’re pretty crazy up in that place. I don’t comment there, just check for the news update.

          • Sdudyoy

            That’s good, I’m glad you’re putting school first!

  • RyuNoHadouken

    not a bad idea. I personally never played Xenoblade on Wii because the prices were astronomical…I beat the original Xenosaga, so I have a feel for the game. looking forward to the Wii U version

    • Fred

      You really should go get a copy of Xenoblade now that it’s not so expensive. THat’s what I’ve been playing on my Wii U. I’m 60 hours in and LOVING IT. Xenoblade has solidified my day 1 purchase of X!

      • RyuNoHadouken

        my backlog is already insane…i dont have time for it now

      • NkoSekirei

        same im replying it as well cause of X/Xenoblade2

    • NkoSekirei

      heres the thing xenoblade isnt part of the xenosaga franchise its a new series

      • RyuNoHadouken

        it doesnt fit into the timeline? Xenogears and Xenosaga were awesome…

        • Dark Lord Sauron

          xenoblade is not part of xenogear or xenosaga timeline this is an new series.

          • RyuNoHadouken

            gotcha…well, ill just read the events of xenoblade before I get X for Wii U. im not paying that much for a used game

          • Fred

            It’s not that much anymore

          • RyuNoHadouken

            i cant find it for less than $50…i wouldnt pay more than $20 for it…i’ll just emulate it on PC :)

          • Fred

            Wow you wouldn’t pay more than $20? I feel for you. I paid $80 and my only regret was waiting as long as I did to pull the trigger. (normally I hate paying $60 for games, but this time was my exception)

          • RyuNoHadouken

            the game is ugly to look at…idc what anyone says…its bad on the eyes…someone did an unofficial HD remaster…looks much better :)

          • Fred

            Yes, that is the consequence of trying to fit a world that monstrously HUGE on the Wii. I can’t argue that (I had a hard time getting past that myself) but once I got past that (it bothered me for about 4 hours) it hasn’t bothered me at all any more. Amazing game.

    • Entropyguy

      It’s now priced like a normal game.

      • RyuNoHadouken

        $50 for a Wii game is ridiculous

        • Entropyguy

          I usually figure that if I can enjoy the game for an hour for every dollar I spend playing it, it’s a good value. So far I think that will be true for this game.

          • RyuNoHadouken

            when you look at it like that, it should be priced at $25 :)

  • http://www.captincomics.webs.com CaptinnDaGameMaster!

    GIVE US PIKMIN 2 AND PIKMIN 1 PLEASE.

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

      Those games were hard to find. I got them both (Wii versions) eventually and on sale for $15 or less but they were out of stock as used games in most places I went to and online.

  • ETeach

    Silly Gamestop, that’s what Steam is for.

  • Fantasyorigins

    If they get xenoblade again hopefully it’s 50$ and not 90$ would love to get this game.

  • Carlos Webster

    This is good for everyone.

  • GregoryTheRainMaker

    I see. O.O

  • William Mendoza

    N64 Games please, specificly conker :)

  • WiiUPS43DS

    Not if the games 80 bucks no thanks

  • iamserious

    Wait I still want to buy Xenoblade Chronicles and Metroid Prime Trilogy but not for double the price. Does anyone know where I can still get them at regular prices?

  • Arthur Jarret

    Noooo… reprints ruin the rarity of my awesomely huge collection! At least change the title screen so purists can tell the difference!

    • blasterman

      SERIOUSLY? Are you a hoarder or just like to brag that you have things that other people can’t get? Either way, it’s a problem.

      • Arthur Jarret

        Both. I don’t have any problems with it, though.

  • Rinslowe

    If the price is right….

  • Sharingan

    They’ll probably opened the boxes and labeled them used. And sell them for a much higher price. Never trust Gamestop. If they can, Nintendo and the other publisher should just probably do a downloadable version instead.