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This week’s GameSided Roundtable topic: “What game have you missed out on picking up now due to its rarity?”
Keith Myers (Twitter)
I love the original, and still break out and play through the PS1 game every year or so. I’ve also played every subsequent sequel even though the franchise has gone down hill since it’s glorious beginning. Every one, except for Suikoden 2.
I was a poor college student back then, and couldn’t afford to pay full price for games. I typically waited for a couple of price drops and combed the reused market for games at a discount. The reviews for Suikoden 2 weren’t great, so i decided to wait. There were other games I wanted to play more.
Then one day i decided to look for it and couldn’t find a copy. I went on eBay and found it selling for over $200. So now i’ve waited for another 15 years, and I still can’t find a copy of the game. We’ve had 3 new console generations begin in that time. My only hope that that Sony will release it as a digital download on PSN, but I’m not holding my breathe.
Editor’s Note: Upon informing him that Suikoden 2 has been recently released on PSN, here was his response: “OMG! OMG! OMG!”
Rebekah Valentine (Twitter)
Last summer, one of my friends brought me the best present ever from a tiny, obscure game store in the middle of nowhere.
I had been wanting a copy of Pokemon Stadium forever. I hadn’t owned an N64 back in the day–just mooched off my neighbor. My husband had one, so I was finally getting to play Donkey Kong 64 and Ocarina of Time for the first time ever. But I wanted Stadium. I combed the city, but couldn’t find copies anywhere. The Internet had them, of course, for exorbitant prices that I wasn’t willing to play just to battle with the original 150 -mons on my TV.
I had let my desire for such a game be known to all my friends, asking for tip-offs if they ever found one when, one day during the summer, my friend (who lives about an hour away) was visiting us and brought me a copy, from the game store in his tiny town, as a gift. Friends are awesome.
Barrett Womack (Twitter)
When it comes to games, I’m a pretty big collector. I miss plenty of games, but I strive to complete series’ I enjoy. So much so that I even bought a PSP purely for Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, once of my favorite series.
However, this series completing impulse also led me astray in one key situation. When Metroid Prime: Trilogy was re-released for the Wii alongside Xenoblade: Chronicles, I sprung for Metroid out of instinct. In the process, I missed out on a chance to own one of the best RPGs of last generation. This has been accented by the recent announcement that the Trilogy is coming to Wii U eShop. I love the Metroid series, but that’s one game I definitely missed out on owning.
Editor’s Note: Although it may not be the same as owning the original, Xenoblade: Chronicles 3D will be coming to the New Nintendo 3DS XL here in North America in April.
Daniel George (Twitter)
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Oddly enough, Barrett touched on the game/game series that I missed out most from the Gamecube/Wii eras, in the Metroid Prime Trilogy. As an ardent fan of Super Metroid, and swear to the greatness of Metroid Fusion and Metroid: Zero Mission, there was a period of time during the early-mid 2000’s where I didn’t have as much access to a wide variety of consoles at home. My sister did own a Gamecube, but it was hers, and I wasn’t about to drop what very little money I earned for a game on a console I couldn’t reliably used.
That meant missing out on the three 3D Metroid games that are worth one’s time. Owning a Wii U, it wouldn’t take that long or cost that much money to get a copy of Metroid: Other M, but I don’t want to subject myself to that. The Metroid Prime Trilogy, until fairly recently, fetched a pretty penny for used copies online due to its rarity. Thankfully, Nintendo will be releasing the three games as a digital download on January 29th, going for 50% off ($9.99 USD) in its first week back, on the Wii U. Hopefully, it will lead towards more Metroid content from Nintendo in the near future.
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