So why are console games priced about $20 more than handheld games? (on average)

#1Emerald_MeliosPosted 3/18/2013 6:17:43 PM
I can't see what accounts for the extra twenty dollars. This is why console sales are being slow; why should someone get a Wii U or PS4 (or even a PS3 or Xbox 360) when the 3DS and its games are far cheaper with the exact same entertainment value?
#2nickvd8Posted 3/18/2013 6:22:26 PM
They're cheaper and easier to make so the development costs are less. The only thing that's more is the manufacturing cost since cartridges are more expensive than discs.
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#3trenton97Posted 3/18/2013 6:29:25 PM
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#4ZBug_Posted 3/18/2013 6:50:38 PM
Good question TC. Especially when the same exact game gets released on bother Wii u and 3DS. Or both PS3 and Vita.
The latest example is MH3.
It's a good thing amazon had that deal for MH3 to get both versions at the 3DS price.
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#5PendragoonPosted 3/18/2013 6:52:41 PM
nickvd8 posted...
They're cheaper and easier to make so the development costs are less. The only thing that's more is the manufacturing cost since cartridges are more expensive than discs.


And this sums it up.
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#6lufia22Posted 3/18/2013 6:59:31 PM
Especially when the same exact game gets released on bother Wii u and 3DS. Or both PS3 and Vita.

Aren't Sony's crossbuy games $40 even on the PS3? I know Sly Cooper was. And it's crossbuy, which means you get one of the games for free.

But I agree on the topic of MH3U, although I suppose someone could argue that adding online makes the price higher. I'm not so sure how valid that is, though.
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#7Jaime_BennPosted 3/18/2013 7:02:14 PM
Big reason why I don't want to spend $60 for MH3 Wii U. It's an updated HD port with more content. It shouldn't be priced at $60. RE: Revelations shouldn't be $50 either although I have seen it priced at $40. I heard the MSRP is $50 though.
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#8SinfullyvannilaPosted 3/18/2013 7:03:15 PM
I think the licensing fees are higher for the home consoles.
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#9SolisPosted 3/18/2013 7:04:00 PM
Emerald_Melios posted...
I can't see what accounts for the extra twenty dollars. This is why console sales are being slow; why should someone get a Wii U or PS4 (or even a PS3 or Xbox 360) when the 3DS and its games are far cheaper with the exact same entertainment value?

Most 3DS games don't offer anywhere near the same "entertainment value" as console games provide. They're typically lacking in features or just plain of lower production quality. Otherwise you might as well question why 3DS games aren't $1 or free-to-play like many iOS and Android games are.

The main reason however is simply that the market has been shown to accept that price, so they're obviously going to charge as much as they can while still retaining high sales numbers. It's doubtful that the loss of revenue would be made up by the additional sales; it's not very likely that sales would increase 50% for games that are sold for 33% less (and that doesn't even account for the overhead such as manufacturing, packaging, and shipping).
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#10Emerald_Melios(Topic Creator)Posted 3/18/2013 7:04:54 PM
nickvd8 posted...
They're cheaper and easier to make so the development costs are less. The only thing that's more is the manufacturing cost since cartridges are more expensive than discs.


But you see how that hinders consoles, when the 3DS is cost efficient? It also further casts doubt on the validity of those complaining that the Wii U "looks like 6-7 year old consoles," when that would just make it less risky financially for developers than a system that pushes the envelope.