Wii U Rarity Guide

banner2.jpgNow that the Wii U is wrapping up, I thought it would be a good time to go back and look at what are the rare, or hard to find games and how much they were selling for on eBay.  These prices are based on what the games have sold for, and not necessarily what people are asking.  There are always sellers who ask ridiculously high prices on rare or limited items, it’s not necessarily how much it’s actually worth (unless it’s the only one online).  Rarity is mainly based on the ability to get a new/sealed copy and their value.  All used games are priced on being complete with good/great condition case, manual and disc.  This is entirely based on North American releases. If I missed anything or you have any additions, please contact me.

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Release Date & MSRP: September 26th, 2014 – $69.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? Its only North American release was exclusive to the Nintendo World Store in New York City.  The game is the same as the standard version but it does include a cool scarf

Is It Holding Value?  Yes and it will probably remain high.  The Japanese Collector’s edition has even more items and can be purchased cheaper.  Fan-made scarfs can also be found online, but it is still holding its value strong

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Release Date & MSRP: May 29th, 2014 – $69.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? Its only North American release was exclusive to the Nintendo World Store in New York City.  This makes this item very limited and rare, all for the blue shell and packaging included

Is It Holding Value?  Very much so, and most likely will only go up.  There was a similar collector’s edition released overseas that was more widely available, but this still is highly sought after.

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Release Date & MSRP: November 24th, 2014 – $99.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? They only made enough of these to fulfill pre-orders, and maybe a handful of extras.   It sold out quickly online and was never brought back as a bundle.  The controller and adapter were sold separately but were hard to find for months.

Is It Holding Value?  It has remained at the $150 – $200 price range since release.  The controller and adapter are available separately, so the value really is just the packaging in a bundle.

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Release Date & MSRP: September 20th, 2014 – $69.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? This was a limited Collector’s Edition released exclusively at GameStop.  The game is the same as the regular edition but the packaging and inclusion of a Ganondorf figure are different.

Is It Holding Value?  It shot up to $150 right after selling out at release and has held that value since.  The new price for first print Wind Waker HD with a gold cover has gone up slightly.

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Release Date & MSRP: March 28th, 2014 – $19.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? The only explanation I’ve found is that a lot of physical copies weren’t printed with hopes of selling more digitally.  It is the quality of a cellphone game and is probably why it was released on a low budget for higher profit digital sales.

Is It Holding Value?  It continues to climb in price, you are serious about your Wii U collection if you have this one.

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Release Date & MSRP:
June 24th, 2016 – $59.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? One of the last games published on the Wii U by Nintendo and they apparently did a small print.  It didn’t sell well either.

Is It Holding Value?  It’s a newly discovered “rare” title and is climbing in price quickly.  Unlikely it’ll ever get a reprint or re-release since it’s dated by the “2016” Olympics.

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Release Date & MSRP:
July 25th, 2014 – $29.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? The gamesi n Wii Sports Club were released digitally in months prior to it’s physical release.  This was never reprinted and was pushed more as a digital title.

Is It Holding Value?  It continues to go up both used and new and it doesn’t look like it has any signs of slowing down.

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Release Date & MSRP:
August 25th, 2013 – $29.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? Originally released 2 months earlier as DLC.  The physical print was relatively small as Nintendo wanted to push people towards the more profitable digital sales.  NSLU was never reprinted, but was added to NSMBU reprints.

Is It Holding Value?  Yes, new copies are harder to find and going up

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MSRP: $59.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? NintendoLand was the game originally bundled with Wii U and even included in other bundles.  When Nintendo released this controller bundle it was well after the initial release of the game.  This was somewhat limited edition.

Is It Holding Value?  Yes, but mainly because you get a new Wiimote with it.  It’s also hard to judge what it’s actually selling price is, since nobody has bought a New Bundle in a while.  Amazon sellers are trying to fetch ridiculous prices that almost certainly don’t sell that high.

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Release Date & MSRP: October 25th, 2013 – $39.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? This was a great price if you needed a Wiimote, this was basically a free game since Wiimotes cost $40.  That most likely made this more sought after.  Surprisingly Nintendo sells the non-Wiimote one for $30.

Is It Holding Value?  Because it comes with a new Wiimote, it probably won’t go down much.  I’m actually surprised it doesn’t sell for more, since the bundle is the only place to get a special stand for the GamePad when playing table top mode.  I figured that should make the bundle more appealing.

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bayoboxRelease Date & MSRP: October 24th, 2014 – $59.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? The original first print of Bayonetta 2 came with a copy of Bayonetta 1.  After the first print sold out Nintendo only published copies of Bayonetta 2 by itself.

Is It Holding Value?  It’s gone up , used prices go for more than the standalone price of Bayonetta 2 new, but of course it includes an extra game.  The New price is worth slightly more than it’s original MSRP

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Release Date & MSRP:
November 19th, 2012 – $49.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? Who the hell knows, the game was a $50 rip-off at launch and I imagine it didn’t sell well. They either didn’t print many, it got clearanced out, or shipped back to the publisher

Is It Holding Value?  Used has a relatively high price, and new is actually higher than when it originally came out.htf3funkbarn.jpg


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Release Date & MSRP: June 23rd, 2013 – $39.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? This reviewed poorly, Nintendo seemed to print a conservative amount of copies (it’s a niche game) and it’s been 3 1/2 years since it was new.  This is why it’s no longer easy to find

Is It Holding Value?  Used prices go for what this originally sold at.  New prices are up from it’s original MSRP, it doesn’t seem to be going down any time soon either.

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Release Date & MSRP: November 19th, 2012 – $39.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? This was a launch title, and my guess is that it was basically shovel ware that tried to capitalize on a thin launch, but still wasn’t over printed.  Also probably hit the clearance bin at some point

Is It Holding Value?  Used it’s still a decent price, but is actually worth more now as a new game than when it came out.

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Release Date & MSRP:
December 4th, 2012 – $49.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? This came out right after launch, most likely the new copies have all hit the clearance bin and made their way off the shelves by now.  Used copies are still common online

Is It Holding Value?  As a 4 year old fishing game it is holding it’s value, but it’s doubtful this will ever go up or be valuable.htf5rapala2


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Release Date & MSRP: May 21st 2013 – $59.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? This was within the first 7 months of the Wii U’s release. Most likely wiped out in the clearance bin.

Is It Holding Value?  Not really. There are plenty of used copies available, and a lot of people overpricing new copies.  It’s worth less than at release, but will probably double when the cheap copies are gone.

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Release Date & MSRP: August 13th 2013 – $29.99

Why Is It Hard to Find? The cartoon series just recently ended and it’s already available on other platforms, Wii U likely got the smallest print

Is It Holding Value?  Amazon sellers have it around $100 new, but it’s recently been selling on eBay at a lower price.  Who knows if it’s actually selling at the Amazon price

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Release Date & MSRP: December 11th, 2015 – $59.99

Why Was It Hard to Find? NoA wasn’t too fond of the game and quietly released it at the end of 2015.  Rumors were that they apparently filled just the pre-orders and some extras to GameStop, shipping only 400 – 3000 copies.

Why Did it Drop?  After a couple months of rarity hype from collectors and scalpers, Nintendo reprinted more copies and it has been on Amazon ever since.

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Release Date & MSRP: March 18th, 2014 – $59.99

Why Was It Hard to Find? This was one of Nintendo’s first published released for Wii U.  I’m unsure why it really became hard to find.  It was at $59.99 MSRP for years and slowly disappeared from shelves over the years.

Why Did it Drop?  Nintendo re-released/reprinted this as a “Nintendo Select” title for $19.99.  The non “select” version is still more valuable, but not by much.
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Release Date & MSRP: August 4th, 2014 – $59.99

Why Was It Hard to Find? This was a title Nintendo fans had been anticipating since Wii U was announced, although it wasn’t a system seller it was still popular. Without a price drop, Nintendo must’ve printed a conservative amount of copies that got widdled down over the years.

Why Did it Drop?  Nintendo re-released/reprinted this as a “Nintendo Select” title for $19.99.  The non “select” version is still more valuable, but not by much.piklego.jpg

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  1. Excellent post. I have 8 of those 13 games apart from the impossible-to-get Nintendo World Store / GameStop collector’s sets. Just tracked down Funky Barn today at GS for $15.

    Missed out on getting Barbie’s Dreamhouse Party at that same store a couple months ago, but couldn’t justify it at the time — now I wish I had gotten it because the box was in immaculate condition. Pretty sure they’ve also raised its price from $20 to $25 since October.

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