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Expensive games that are now out of reach
23-Jun-22 1:00am
#1
MrBean
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 1 Review

Have any misses on your list that you held off on due to price that now in the realm off "not gonna fudgein happen"?

I've got a few, but Zeldas Adventure is my biggest regret. I scored Faces of Evil and Wand of Gamelon (both sealed) for like $50 a lifetime ago. Zelda is my Achilles heel. I have (to my knowledge) largely every Zelda console and game (including random repros and after market of bigger fan made titles - I'm sure there's more), minus two Zelda games, and a system -
1. Windwaker / Metroid Prime combo (GCN)
2. Zelda's Adventure (CD-i)
3. Minish Cap system (GBA SP)

When I was first shopping it, it was around $200ish if memory serves. Forgot about it for years. Jumped between $300-$500 when I was debating it again. NOW, randomly browsing eBay with a buzz on ... It's over 2 grand.

Just fudge off. Not gonna happen now. I don't collect stuff I didn't play growing up, with this being my only real exception. To date I've watched the CD-i Zelda games, but never played.

Still... I feel like I have to get this but the price point is just stupid and my wife would murder me.

Yet all 3 of the above are in the same realm of insanity when ample opportunity existed to get them at realistic prices a lifetime ago. No one to blame but myself.
23-Jun-22 5:01am
#2
mcorrado
Triple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally

Growing up my parents would always rent a video game at the local video rental. The two NES games I remember most were GI joe and Power Blade 2.

I made a deal for a power blade 2 on NintendoAge like 8 years ago for $65 (market price at the time, so maybe a little longer than 8 years). When it came time to accept he asked for $70, claiming the price didn't include shipping. I was stubborn and said he was just trying to nickel and dime me. We ended up never making a deal and that's the closest I got to ever owning a copy. I think it's like over $400 now?
23-Jun-22 7:57am
#3
Scott
GameTZ Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews

There are several NES/SNES games I'd like to own but refuse to pay what they're going for now. Those don't bother me quite as much though, since I'm mostly switching to using Everdrives. The main thing that comes to mind though is the Gamecube component cables. I remember them being around $40-50 for quite some time. I kept putting it off because I didn't want to pay that much for a set of cables, and hoped to luck into finding a pair at Gamestop. Well, that never happened, I stopped following the prices for a while, then when I checked again they were going for over $100. I still didn't bite the bullet, then before I knew it, they were going for over $200.
23-Jun-22 8:24am
#4
Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa

Thankfully there are some solid alternatives for aftermarket gamecube cables now. I still don't care enough to buy them instead of using a Wii, but they exist. The Prism cable is like $60 and seems fine.

Like @Scott I don't mind pirating old games. I enjoy collecting but Snatcher for instance is a game I've never owned the US release of and don't care to given the price. It depends on your goals and why you are buying things. My main personal example is the Magic card The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale. If I were investing I would have no problem buying and holding the card. But for what it is as a game piece (one I would admittedly love to have) it's just not worth it at the price point, especially when you consider crap happens and playing a card leads to putting more wear on it.

So that card is probably my top example. If it was like $500 I wouldn't mind having it as a game piece. I can't think of any video games that I'd like to own if they were less as I am getting away from super old disc collecting with my oldest stuff now being PS1 in that regard.
23-Jun-22 9:17am
#5
bumsplikity
Double Gold Good Trader

Fire Emblem Path of Radiance - I had a friend who had a copy, and I was confident he'd eventually break down and sell it to me, so I never super pursued picking it up. I assumed at the time it was one of those games that is expensive but not rare, so I'd inevitably eventually find a copy for cheap out and about.

But nope - i've never came across it.
23-Jun-22 9:23am
#6
Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa

bumsplikity wrote:
Fire Emblem Path of Radiance - I had a friend who had a copy, and I was confident he'd eventually break down and sell it to me, so I never super pursued picking it up. I assumed at the time it was one of those games that is expensive but not rare, so I'd inevitably eventually find a copy for cheap out and about. But nope - i've never came across it.
Finding PoR for $8 from a rental store selling off some games was actually what got me hooked on Fire Emblem. I since sold that copy, and rebought/sold it off many times. Beat it over 5 times and honestly if I want to play it again I'll fire up Dolphin.
23-Jun-22 9:31am
#7
bumsplikity
Double Gold Good Trader

@Gypsy I now have it on the steam deck and look forward to trying it, as i've heard it's one of the best games in the series.
23-Jun-22 9:39am
#8
Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa

@bumsplikity personally that and Radiant Dawn are my favorites but there is a bit of bias there as I started there.
23-Jun-22 9:46am
#9
nonamesleft
Gold Good Trader

bumsplikity wrote:
Fire Emblem Path of Radiance - I had a friend who had a copy, and I was confident he'd eventually break down and sell it to me, so I never super pursued picking it up. I assumed at the time it was one of those games that is expensive but not rare, so I'd inevitably eventually find a copy for cheap out and about. But nope - i've never came across it. Some years ago, I was looking for a new copy of Path of Radiance. It had already gone up in price a bit, but not crazily. Someone on here offered it to me for $100. I didn't take it. Probably should have, as it's a great game, but yeah, hindsight being 20/20 and all that.
23-Jun-22 10:08am
#10
beavis
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 1 Review

I'm cheap and most every game/system pre PS3/360 era is too much for me. The other issue is finding systems that actually work. I have gotten a couple of N64s for varying prices over the years with varying issues.

I think the biggest one for me though is Rock Band/Guitar Hero. My kids are now 5 and 8 and are big into gaming. My wife is not but grew up a musician, playing multiple instruments. I think it would be really fun to play these games as a family. Finding a system to do that would be no problem really, PS3 and 360s are relatively cheap and I've read you can actually play some of the newer games in the series on the PS5. The problem is finding instruments. I get that it is a niche market at this point, but you would think someone would sell replacment instruments at a decent price.
23-Jun-22 10:59am
#11
Bleed_DukeBlue
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader

I had a hard time finding decent deals on the instruments too. The dongles for them are the craziest part. You can get a guitar for $30-$40 off Mercari, but you need the dongles (which I've seen regularly go for $80 or more). I eventually bit the bullet on the best I could find, but it wasn't cheap.

beavis wrote:
I'm cheap and most every game/system pre PS3/360 era is too much for me. The other issue is finding systems that actually work. I have gotten a couple of N64s for varying prices over the years with varying issues. I think the biggest one for me though is Rock Band/Guitar Hero. My kids are now 5 and 8 and are big into gaming. My wife is not but grew up a musician, playing multiple instruments. I think it would be really fun to play these games as a family. Finding a system to do that would be no problem really, PS3 and 360s are relatively cheap and I've read you can actually play some of the newer games in the series on the PS5. The problem is finding instruments. I get that it is a niche market at this point, but you would think someone would sell replacment instruments at a decent price.
23-Jun-22 12:31pm
#12
Sun
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 5 Reviews

bumsplikity wrote:
Fire Emblem Path of Radiance - I had a friend who had a copy, and I was confident he'd eventually break down and sell it to me, so I never super pursued picking it up. I assumed at the time it was one of those games that is expensive but not rare, so I'd inevitably eventually find a copy for cheap out and about. But nope - i've never came across it.
I was looking at my trade history here and I traded:
Tales of Phantasia (Game Boy Advance), Gran Turismo 4 -- Strategy Guide (guide)

for Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (Gamecube) & the Nintendo Player's Guide

ToP was brand new from Circuit City clearance. GT4 guide was definitely a Best Buy penny guide.
23-Jun-22 1:21pm
#13
SupremeSarna
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Silver Good Trader

I have a nearly-complete NA Virtual Boy collection. Just need to get Panic Bomber and... ugh... Waterworld. I can get one of those for a tolerable price. Honestly, I'm going to treat my collection like it's complete once I have Panic Bomber.

There's also my Kirby collection. I've got every game in some form, barring Kirby Slide (no one cares about that) and Kirby Air Ride. That game gets pricier every time you blink, so I might not get it. I think someone offered to trade it for my newly-acquired F-Zero GX, but I'd rather not trade a great racer for a lesser one.

I bought Air Ride in high school for $20, then foolishly sold it back the next day when I discovered how bad it really was. At the same time, though, I used the store credit to buy some GBC games, one being Game & Watch Gallery 3. I formed some awesome memories with that one, so much so I had to buy a new cart this year so I could replay it without overwriting my old scores. The moral of the story is: Stop worrying about expensive games and form precious memories with cheaper ones--those'll be more valuable in the long run.
23-Jun-22 1:28pm
#14
Sun
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 5 Reviews

For the most part, I've stopped collecting games unless it's a new release special edition for a specific game series (Zelda, Metroid, Fire Emblem, Metal Gear, amiibos).

I actually want to sell off the majority of my collection, but it's a lot of effort and I want top dollar. I will probably wait until they rise up in value even more and sell them off when I'm near retirement and have the time.
23-Jun-22 1:39pm
#15
MrBean
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 1 Review

@SupremeSarna virtual boy... Ugh another painful memory. I had the console, boxed, and most games. Sold ages ago, and always wanted to rebuy. That ship has sailed...
23-Jun-22 1:49pm
#16
MrBean
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 1 Review

Sun wrote:
For the most part, I've stopped collecting games unless it's a new release special edition for a specific game series (Zelda, Metroid, Fire Emblem, Metal Gear, amiibos). I actually want to sell off the majority of my collection, but it's a lot of effort and I want top dollar. I will probably wait until they rise up in value even more and sell them off when I'm near retirement and have the time.
Kinda in the same boat. I almost want to get rid of everything to stop the fomo and additional spend. Yet, after it happens... I know I'd regret it.

Sooo much work to sell it all, ugh.
23-Jun-22 2:03pm
#17
DrizzDrizzDrizz
Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Croatia

I genuinely had no idea so many old games are so expensive now
23-Jun-22 3:50pm
#18
Damian254
Triple Gold Good Trader

As someone who just traded for a copy of Earthbound on here, never underestimate what you can find at a yard sale and what someone else is looking for -- but you are going to have to give up expensive things from your collection that you might not come across or own for a very long time. Nevertheless, I will probably never own a copy of either Panic Restaurant or Little Samson.
23-Jun-22 4:09pm
#19
Cevil
Gold Good Trader

Pokemon Crystal CIB comes to mind. It is quite pricey now and I'm not sure I can stomach spending $500+ for it.
23-Jun-22 4:12pm
#20
nonamesleft
Gold Good Trader

Cevil wrote:
Pokemon Crystal CIB comes to mind. It is quite pricey now and I'm not sure I can stomach spending $500+ for it. This hurts. Around 10 years ago, I sold a sealed Gold, Silver, and Crystal, together for about $200.
23-Jun-22 4:12pm
#21
sa330206
500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader

Rhythm Thief on 3ds. Its one of the few games on the system that i still want. It was like $75 now its hundreds. I have tons of games to trade toward it but just cant find a match and i refuse to pay hundreds of dollars to satisfy my OCD.

Expensive games that are now out of reach