Warning: Canadian Video Games Prices Raised Again


Man, it feels like just yesterday when I was reporting the fact that video games prices in the Great White North have been raised from $60 CAD up to $70. Now it looks like things have taken a turn for the worse once again, as there is now confirmation from the Games Deal Canada Twitter account that Canadian video games prices are on the rise once more.

Over at EB Games, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is available for pre-order at $74.99. Best Buy has The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Edition, also on pre-order, at $74.99. Worst yet is Amazon, which lists Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker at $59.99. That’s a stark difference from Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, which is currently listed at the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $39.99.

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I mean, I get why games companies are seeing an increase in Canadian video games prices. The Canadian Dollar has been hurting for quite some time, in no small part due to lowering oil prices (thanks, Harper). The CAD stands at just under 79 cents to 1 USD right now, despite standing at 92 cents mere months ago. Right now, $75 CAD actually comes close to the standard $59.99 USD price games go for in the United States, meaning Canadians are essentially paying the same price, dollar for dollar, as their neighbors to the South.

However, as we have come to know, once the Candian Dollar normalizes it will take some time before we actually see Canadian video games prices revert back to normal. It took way too long before buying a PS3 in Canada was actually affordable, with prices hovering in the $600-ish range years after launch. It took only two additional months last year before the PS4 raised its price in Canada to $449; who knows if it will rise again.

In turn, all it will do is create another incentive to not buy video games on Day 1 in Canada. Canadian video games prices being the way they are, you could be spending roughly $87 after taxes to buy one game. Just 4 full-priced video games carry almost the same worth as a Deluxe Wii U console. Batton down the hatches, folks. Winter just got a little colder for the Canadian gaming community.

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