Let's see the true amount of money you're saving with these free games.

#1Swan3624Posted 7/28/2011 8:09:22 AM
With the NES games, let's just assume they'll release them at $5 each when they come out to the general public. Simple math dictates that 10 free NES games, you will have already saved $50, if you go by the price of them on the eShop.

For the GBA games, they apparently won't be released on the eShop for anyone except for the Ambassadors (how awesome of a name is that? :D), so let's just look at how much you'd have to pay for them on eBay and Amazon, used, at the lowest starting price:

eBay
Mario Kart Super Circuit - 7.99
Super Mario Advance 3 - 11.16
Warioware Inc. - 5.00
Mario vs. Donkey Kong - 9.99
Metroid Fusion - 10.95
Total - 45.09

Amazon
Mario Kart Super Circuit - 6.95
Super Mario Advance 3 - 9.99
Warioware Inc. - 4.39
Mario vs. Donkey Kong - 9.99
Metroid Fusion - 9.80
Total - 41.12

In terms of used prices, the average price for the five games that were announced, alone, totals $43.10.

So far, looking at the absolute cheapest prices, you have already gotten $93.10. This is before the other GBA games come into play, too.

But you're not receiving the games used... you're getting them new. So let's look at that, as well:

Mario Kart - 37.00
Super Mario Advance 3 - 79.99
Warioware Inc. - 39.99
Mario vs. Donkey Kong - 39.90
Metroid Fusion - 99.00
Total - 295.88

That's for eBay, and taking a quick look at the listings.

For Amazon, it's even more expensive, at 319.29.

Obviously if these games come out on the eShop, the money you saved going from this logic will be thrown out the window. But for now, if you need some rationalization for this kind Nintendo gesture, look at these numbers. :)
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#2VampireRoninPosted 7/28/2011 8:14:04 AM
A fine analysis.
How you like that haters?
Nintendo has basically mailed all of us elite early adopters a check for $300.
I think I may go buy another 3DS RIGHT NOW, so that I can get all the games twice, for a savings of $599 US DOLLARS.
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#3rashrulesPosted 7/28/2011 8:16:42 AM
inb4ICOULDPLAYTHOSEFORFREE
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#4VampireRoninPosted 7/28/2011 8:18:35 AM
Yeah I'm a genius I figured out how to play them with a herpderpulator.
*Thumbs Up*
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#5Fer476Posted 7/28/2011 8:19:54 AM
inb4http://static1.spreadia.com/images/c3ba2c/obj_43727ad86cc14497b87108e63cf0009b98a07450.png
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...so what?
#6TeremeiPosted 7/28/2011 8:21:31 AM
correct me if I'm wrong, but they are DLC titles. I still have a GBA collection. And a DLC warioware isn't worth as much to me as a perfect condition boxed version of warioware on my shelf.
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#7TerotrousPosted 7/28/2011 8:22:50 AM
Obviously, you aren't getting the games new. These will be only as functional as a used copy, you can play the game and that's it. You don't get the box or manual which is the main contributor to the new price.


Also, a digital copy of something obviously isn't worth as much as a physical one because it's not transferable. The relative worth compared to a physical copy is debatable, but a 1-to-1 price match is silly in any case.


That being said, you're likely getting at least $40 worth of digital "goods". Which really isn't bad compensation for buying the system early.
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#8Swan3624(Topic Creator)Posted 7/28/2011 8:29:58 AM
Gnik posted...
Obviously, you aren't getting the games new. These will be only as functional as a used copy, you can play the game and that's it. You don't get the box or manual which is the main contributor to the new price.


Also, a digital copy of something obviously isn't worth as much as a physical one because it's not transferable. The relative worth compared to a physical copy is debatable, but a 1-to-1 price match is silly in any case.


That being said, you're likely getting at least $40 worth of digital "goods". Which really isn't bad compensation for buying the system early.


Touché and good point. However, I think the "a 1-to-1 price match on physical goods versus digital goods" thing is more your opinion. Looking at Games on Demand, Xbox Originals, PS3 games offered on the PSN, iTunes Music and Movies, Steam (their onslaught of deals notwithstanding), it's clear that digital storefronts view digital media as being worthy of the same price tag as physical media, and in some cases even more expensive.

So I don't think comparing physical games prices on Amazon and eBay is quite as moot as you're implying.
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#9TerotrousPosted 7/28/2011 8:44:06 AM
Looking at Games on Demand, Xbox Originals, PS3 games offered on the PSN, iTunes Music and Movies, Steam (their onslaught of deals notwithstanding), it's clear that digital storefronts view digital media as being worthy of the same price tag as physical media, and in some cases even more expensive.

Not really. Steam puts all games on massive discounts, and most digital-only games are launched at way cheaper prices than you'd see at retail. On the VC and similar services, many games are priced way below the level at which you could possibly purchase them.
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