Now 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
NX Plans: With NX information coming next year, we’re all kind of curious to what approach Nintendo will make with their next console/device. I’ve decided to have fun with this and speculate different plans/options Nintendo could have when releasing the NX. None of this is actually based on information from Nintendo, this is not a leak, this is speculation and strategy ideas. Over the next week I will be posting at least 4 different strategy plans laying out objectives and how it is expected to succeed.
Plan B’s Objective:
To bring Nintendo back to the “core” video game crowd and re-stablish itself a leader in the video game industry. Release the most powerful console on the market and make the development process as simple as possible for third party developers. Nintendo will also Publish, or help fund development for some third party titles to entice them to make exclusive games on the NX. Nintendo will be aggressive in gaining the “hardcore” gamer, but will still remain a “family” console as Nintendo’s titles are mainly for “everyone”. The NX is an early start on the next generation, some can look at Nintendo as 3 years behind, or maybe 3 years early.
Nothing specific, but it is the most powerful console on the market. The cost to manufacture PS4 & XB1’s tech will continue to drop and become more profitable by the time of the NX’s release. But the NX will get more bang for your buck at a slightly higher price than the PS4 & XB1, and be less profitable. The idea is to fit as much power in the console as possible while still selling around the same price as PS4 & XB1, the sacrifice will be made by the amount of profits made off each console sold. The system will smoothly handle an active interface and operating system, streaming games, recording, and networking with other devices (mobile, tablet, handheld console). Graphics will clearly be better than those of the PS4 & XB1 and it will be able to handle 60fps smoothly and display in 1080 (maybe 4K). Nintendo will push/market the fact it is the most powerful console, over and over again to make sure “Sony” and “Microsoft” don’t try to downplay the difference to casual consumers.
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My collection of games keeps growing and so does my backlog. There are plenty of games I want to 100%, finish the main campaign, or even play at all that I’ve never taken the time to do. I’ve decided this summer I’m going to focus on completing a lot of the games I have on the Wii U and I’m going to set specific goals towards completing them. I guess this is similar to an achievement/trophy system but I’m making these goals primarily progress and collectible-based. As I attempt to complete these games and reach these goals I’ll stream my progress on twitch through my channel twitch.tv/thegamerpad I’ll also keep this post updated here.
Anyone else tired of not finishing their games and building up a backlog? If so and you’re interested in doing the same,please feel free to set your own goals for games you want to play and share your information. I’ll later be adding goals for Virtual Console/Retro games, Wii Games, Playstation 3 games and specific franchises as well. Hope you enjoy!!
Updated 6/27: Completed Goals in Super Mario 3D World
Updated 6/28: Completed Legend Mode in Hyrule Warriors
Updated 7/4: Completed World Crown and Collected all of the Green Stars in Super Mario 3D World
Updated 7/6: Completed all the Challenges and found all the Pixel Toads in Episode 2 of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Completed Operation 002 in The Wonderful 101 and Reached Level 20 in Splatoon
Updated 7/11: Collected all of the All Star Coins in World 1 & 2 of New Super Mario Bros. U
Updated 7/12: Unlocked R.O.B., Completed All of the Solo Events & Completed All of the Co-op Events in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Updated 7/15: Collected all of the Star Coins in World 3 & 4 of New Super Mario Bros. U
Updated 7/17: Achieved Gold on All of 100cc Cups in Mario Kart 8
Updated 7/18: Collected All of the Fruit in the Twilight River and Distant Tundra in Pikmin 3
Updated 7/19: Collected all of the Star Coins in World 5 & 6 of New Super Mario Bros. U
Updated 7/28: Cleared Blue Sky Palace (World 4) in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Updated 7/29: Cleared All of The Levels, Complated All of the Challenges and Collected All of the Gems in Episode 3 of Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
Updated 8/2: Completed World 3 of Hero Mode in Splatoon
Super Smash Bros for Wii U – I want to 100% this game, and that’s probably unrealistic because I don’t know if I can actually complete all of the challenges (such as beating it on Intensity 7.5 with all characters) but I’ll try to do it all. Smaller goals I’m shooting for now are completing Classic & All-Star with all of the characters, unlocking R.O.B. and completing all of the events.
Unlock R.O.B.– Cleared 7/12
- Complete Classic Mode with all Characters
- Complete All-Star Mode with all Characters
Complete All of the Solo Events– Cleared 7/12 Complete All of the Co-Op Events– Cleared 7/12
- Collect Over 700 Trophies
Super Mario 3D World – I completed the main game’s 8 worlds but I’d still like to complete all of the levels from the secret worlds, also want to 100% all the collectibles. At the time of starting these goals I have 218 Stars and 55 Stamps.
Complete World Star– Cleared 6/27
Complete World Mushroom– Cleared 6/27
Complete World Flower– Cleared 6/28
Complete World Crown– Cleared 7/4 Collect all 380 of the Green Stars– Cleared 7/4
- Collect all 85 of the Stamps (Currently at 80)