Xenoblade Chronicles “Drops” To $65 On GameStop

By Viet Do . September 7, 2013 . 11:01am

xenoblade-chronicles-gamestop-dealFunnily enough, years after release, you can finally buy Xenoblade Chronicles for near the original retail price. Well, almost. Now at $5 more than MSRP, you can get the GameStop “exclusive” pre-owned copy of Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii for $65.


A few weeks ago, GameStop decided to slash the price on the previously out-of-print game from a ridiculous $89.99 to $79.99 (gee, thanks GameStop!), but with a new September GameStop coupon, you can take another $15 off, making it much less of a rip-off.


This deal is definitely better than buying from eBay sellers who ask anywhere from $70 all the way up to $169.99 (what the…). Other console deals of note include the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V, for which can get a pre-order bonus of 1600 Xbox Live Points if you purchase from Microsoft Store online. Given Microsoft will be converting the points value to dollar amounts whenever the Xbone arrives, you’re essentially getting a bonus $20 in your Xbox Live account.


Start End Game Title MSRP % Off Sale Price
Sep 5 Sep 10 Xenoblade Chronicles – Pre-owned (Wii) $89.99 28% $64.99
Sep 6 N/A Grand Theft Auto V + Xbox Live 1600 Pts
$59.99  n/a $59.99
Sep 4 N/A Madden NFL 25 (360, PS3) $59.99 17% $49.99
Sep 4 Sep 17 Killer is Dead (360, PS3) $59.99 17% $49.99
Sep 4 N/A Tales of Xillia (PS3) $59.99 17% $49.99
Sep 4 Sep 17 Rayman Legends (360, PS3) $59.99 17% $49.99
Sep 4 Sep 17 Diablo 3 (360, PS3) $59.99 17% $49.99
Sep 2 Sep 7 The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (360, PS3) $59.99 33% $39.99
Sep 3 Sep 9 Ben 10: Omniverse 2 (360, PS3) $39.99 13% $34.99
Sep 3 Sep 9 Scribblenauts UnMasked (Nintendo 3DS) $39.99 13% $34.99
Sep 2 Sep 7 Deadpool (360, PS3) $49.99 40% $29.99


PC game deals for the week include Final Fantasy VII from GameFly for only $6.39. This is the recently reworked Steam version with slightly less annoying DRM, in addition to extra PC features like Cloud Save and Character Booster.


Start End Game Title MSRP % Off Sale Price
Sep 4 Sep 9 BioShock Infinite (Steam) $39.99 60% $15.99
Sep 6 Sep 13 Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (Steam) $14.99 20% $12.00
Sep 5 N/A Castle of Illusion… Mickey Mouse (Steam) $14.99 20% $11.99
Sep 6 Sep 13 Dragon Age 2 & Origins Bundle (Origin) $49.98 84% $8.00
Sep 6 Sep 10 Final Fantasy VII (Steam) $11.99 47% $6.39


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  • British_Otaku

    A “sale” which ends in a few days with preowned copies above the price of the MSRP? Quotation marks have never had a chance to fit a sentence so well…

    • ShawnOtakuSomething
    • Eh its a long out of print game. I guess you missed the news when GameStop started magically having these back in stock. GameStop claimed they are selling preowned copies but word on NeoGAF was that GameStop was reprinting them, selling them as hard to find preowned copies for $90 (the street price at the time). Anyhoo, the game is now $65 after coupon. *shrug*

      • British_Otaku

        I didn’t miss it and if I was an American who miss out on the game, I would probably appreciate this deal more.

        *Insert thanks for making GameStop look good for a whole working week*

        Unless there is something particularly special about a game rarity on top of multiple years on the market (Shantae and Earthbound have this factor), I can’t support paying more than the standard retail price.

        It’s beyond $50, the Wii’s standard price. It’s beyond $60. >_> It is a game from just over a year ago (not even a few years or generations), there wasn’t even a limited edition in America for that to be taking this price.

        It may seem irrational, but I would rather support those reselling strangers of Ever17 (hundreds of dollars for an English copy) over this. It is something about how the package is done.

        • MrSirFeatherFang

          I bought Ever17 for $200 new

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    ……..should I buy it now?

    • JustThisOne


      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        but but but still feels like a rip off dawwww man

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          Dont Worry, just play it.

          • Guest

            Yeah, playing it leaves away any bad feeling about the price…

            At the time I had to buy a cleaning kit to play it, totally worth it!

    • DanteJones

      Well, I’ll say the game is ridiculously awesome and leave it at that.

  • almostautumn

    Sorry, Gamestop: being a more ‘reasonable’ bastard doesn’t make you any less of a bastard.

    Put the game at $50, which is its actual value, and I’ll buy it. Until then, blow yourself; you’ll be having none of my business.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      MSRP=//= Value

      If you like rpgs full of content then its the best 65$ spent ever.

      • British_Otaku

        I recall the artbook of Okami having Kamiya say that he thought that Okami was worth more than $60 (probably a translation of the standard console price in Japan), I would definitely agree that it and Xenoblade are some of the best fun that you could have for $60 or so especially considering that the competition includes tons of shovelware.

        However, I’m not going to move forward and pay for these masterpieces at a price beyond that $60 (technically I always do, as I pay British prices but bear with me) when the market should really be pricing the less inspired and lower budget games for a lower price.

        The game had a recommended price, I expect the market to compete and go lower than it especially when the copies could be really second hand not “just ripped off the factory sealing” condition. I get the feeling that the primary markets like GameStop shouldn’t be charging beyond the price point on principal, but I guess for some they are meeting demand and at a point which makes them a good profit margin… >_>

        • I always have to wonder what would have happened had Nintendo given the game a proper US release instead of making it a Gamestop exclusive (which seems like poor form). I bought mine from the Nintendo website (while in England, ironically) just to avoid Gamestop.

          • British_Otaku

            If it got a proper and big print run across many stores, as it should have as clearly a lot of Americans want the game even when priced beyond what I accept, we would probably have a more healthy market where more people enjoy and promote the game without fear of GameStop’s practices and contribute sales instead of overpriced first/second hand sales being the market like it’s Pre-2013 Shantae/Earthbound.

            I guess it was nice of them to get them in the most popular game store in the US, exclusive or not, just as it is more accessible than those “Nintendo World” places I hear about.
            If I was in the states, I would have imported the whole trio before they got localised. >_> And probably never looked back in the case of Xenoblade due to the pricing later down the line.

          • The whole thing is a big old jip, in my opinion.

            I thought about getting the UK versions (I even go to the UK fairly regularly, and my fiancee comes here regularly), but I would have had to get a British Wii as well. But, considering there are about 10,000,000,000 Wiis in the world, it wouldn’t have been enormously hard.

          • British_Otaku

            For some games, the UK versions are cheaper, I can’t say Xenoblade is one of them, though it isn’t pushed beyond the standard pricing of a PS3 or 360 game second hand here and isn’t sold exclusively by GameStop and evil resellers (we have vigilante resellers instead who are much more like Batman or Carl Clover).

            If you ever have another occasion when a UK version is cheaper or has more features on the Wii… Budokai Tenkaichi 2 counts for both on the top of my head. You can rely on Homebrew to bypass the region lock (no hardware modification or soldering needed, one SD card, a few files, then you can even download apps from the Wii).

            I’m assuming you don’t use this method for your aforementioned UK Xenoblade though nearly no one would use a Freeloader at this point.

          • Very interesting! I should really look through UK Wii releases and see if there’s anything I’ve missed. My Xenoblade is a US copy that I, ironically, ordered whilst I was in England. :)

            My experience with gaming in the UK is pretty limited. I did notice games being sold at Tesco and thought that was pretty darn nifty. I went to a Game to buy a USB charger for my 3DS and was terrified by an employee. :) (I wondered if Game was the UK equivalent of Gamestop.) And I grabbed a few UK-only DS games used at CEX, which was pretty neat. I’ve also shipped a few UK-only DS games to my fiancee via Amazon.co.uk, poor woman, and she’ll have to bring them to me at Christmas. (Actually, I bought DQM: Joker 2 this way since it was significantly cheaper in the UK at this point, but that’s my fault for not buying it when it first came out in the US.)

  • JustThisOne

    I hate that they’re doing this, but at the same time – this seems like the best price you can get it for nowadays if you really want to play this game. It’s kind of skeevy of them, but you gotta make do with what you’ve got.

  • SlickRoach

    Seriously, how good can this game be to warrant such a price?

    • Aaron K Stone

      Not that it isn’t, but it doesn’t have to be good to be rare.

    • Arrei

      It’s pretty bloody amazing, that’s how good!

      But still, the bigger problem is the rarity.

      • SlickRoach

        Too bad it’s not multiplatform, then it’d probably be on PSN and GameStop wouldn’t be able to jack the price up so high.

        • Arrei

          That’s just circumventing the real heart of the problem – that it was a JRPG coming out in the wake of the FF13 fallout and publisher confidence in the genre was at an all-time low, leading to a rare print that shouldn’t have been rare.

          Plus, it’s a game made by Nintendo, zero chance of multiplatform.

          • Tatsuya1221

            What i find most ironic about that is that xenoblade sold more copies in the us than it did in japan and europe all things considered, thus proving that jrpg’s are in no way dead in the west.

          • I didn’t know it sold so well. Funny thing is, all Nintendo had to do was slap it on a US Region disc and sell it since it was already localized. Why they’re so hesitant to perform these simple deeds, I’ll never understand. They act like it was charity putting Earthbound on the VC, but it’s sold really well, too. I guess it’s just not worth it to them when they could be investing in Sonic at the Olympic Games or whatever.

          • Tatsuya1221

            Nintendo’s always been extremely careful about jrpg’s, to their own detriment, this is also why i do not expect the xbox one to sell as well as the 360, the ps4 and wii-u will definitely have more diversity in their game sets compared to the xb1, it’s quite unlikely that a tales of game or most niche jrpg’s for that matter, will end up on the xb1 due to the porting costs and a low chance of a major return.

            As for the region matter it’s not quite the same but pretty close, the pal version runs at 25fps while the ntsc versions run at 30, but yeah it wasn’t hard to localize

          • I keep wondering if poor sales of Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 are what are keeping DQ VII from the west. (No theories on Fantasy Life…) Joker 2 came out so close to the end of the DS’s lifecycle though. It doesn’t seem fair to judge it on that.

          • Tatsuya1221

            Probably not, none of the dragon quest remakes have done well in the us, though i would argue it’s part the fact that most people have played the originals in some fashion already due to not expecting them to ever be released outside of japan and the fact that there is nowhere near the advertising done for them that dragon quest IX got, heck i completely forgot that DQVII had a 3ds remake, which should say enough considering i check siliconera and other gaming sites daily for jrpg news.

          • Yeah, I really want Dragon Quest VII. :(

            DQIX really got the marketing push, but I don’t know how well it actually sold. That could have been another nail in the coffin. I really think they should try the series again on the 3DS in the West. (Wouldn’t be surprised if it got a UK release but not US!)

          • Tatsuya1221

            Dragon quest IX sold over a million copies in the US and Europe according to an old siliconera article, again though it had a ton of advertising as well as nintendo being the publisher.

          • Well that’s a really good thing! I suppose there just isn’t enough profit to get them very excited (same as the Earthbound VC launch), but at least this means it’s not due to a heinous lack of interest.

          • Well, published by Nintendo anyway. I wish they’d do a 3DS version or something. It’s begging for a sequel.

          • Kevin Tan

            Monolith Soft is a Nintendo first-party, so it is “technically” made by Nintendo.

          • Ah, didn’t know that! When did Nintendo buy them? Didn’t they develop the Xenosaga games for PS2?

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Since 2007.

          • Is that when Baten Kaitos came out?

          • Arrei

            No, that was three/four years prior, Baten Kaitos was made under the banner of Namco, who previously owned Monolith. Namco sold their 96% stock to Nintendo in ’07.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            he means the sequel

          • Arrei

            I don’t think so. He didn’t say “Origins”, and the sequel came out in ’06 anyway.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu


    • AFatHouseCat

      After having played it I would gladly pay $65 for a sequel, so I don’t think the price is that bad, it’s the only JRPG I’ve ever put in over 200 hours in with stuff STILL left to do.

      • SlickRoach

        I can put that amount of time into most Nippon Ichi games and those usually retail at $50. Heck, I put 700+ hours on Pokemon Diamond alone.

        • Arrei

          Endless grinding in the vein of NI games and monster raising doesn’t really qualify as “stuff left to do”, you realize? Just an addictive activity you can’t stop doing.

    • MrTyrant

      It’s a great game but I don’t think this price justify it. I also had my complains with the game and I think is far from perfect yet with some amazing elements and being ones of Wii gems that any RPG fan should play.

    • Matthew

      I’d say it’s worth $65. Definitely one of the best games of this console generation. Kind of a shame it was a Wii game I guess, but I suppose that allowed them to focus on getting the gameplay right because of the weak specs.

      • Guest

        With X on Wii U they surely are going to make that up this time. Most likely 1080p & 60fps, but the best part for me: Mechs :D
        I know for the most part I’m going to just ride around that world in a mech!

        And now that I say it… I’m really hyped for X!!!
        *Goes to see trailer again* o(º▽º)o

        • Matthew

          It looks really great but I can’t afford to get a Wii U for one game when I’m already getting a PS4 :(

        • fayt255

          X is the game that will most likely get me to buy a Wii U .

    • Considering how meaty it is, I’d say them selling it for $50 in the first place was kind of a steal. It’s the kind of game that makes you look at a lot of other games on the market and think, “They’re charging $60 for that?”

      It isn’t like most RPGs where “meaty” translates to “post-game grinding” either. It’s all exploration-based. Xenoblade’s a very visual game—much more about exploring than drowning yourself in pointless numbers.

  • Chaos_Knight

    Er……..this is great…..?

  • TheDarkEmpress


  • Maumac77

    Still can’t believe I bought this at release, and traded it in a week later…..such a foolish action for me ; _ ;

  • MrRobbyM

    Nope. I have a feeling it’ll be available digitally or something by Nintendo at some point in the future for much much less.

    • Probably. But there’s always a lot of barrier for a developer/publisher to re-publish a game under a different format. Great example is FF7. Two different “versions” for the PC already.

  • I sold my used copy of the game for $120 on Amazon a while back. Now I’m really glad I did…

    I’m the worst kind of person, I know.

    • Vesperion

      I would have done the same.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        You all are peasants

        • I still have a copy to play, so I’m okay. Don’t worry.

        • TheBlackRabbit

          i know…….Q.Q

    • Richard N

      I was tempted to buy two copies at the time of release. Kinda regret I didn’t, but hey.

      • It’s okay, I’ll enjoy my second copy for you.

        …Or sell it once Gamestop is out. Wa-hey!

      • Wow, I’ll have you know that I’m a very classy–

        Oh, wait, you didn’t mean it like that. Never mind.

    • 하세요

      No shame. If someone’s willing to pay that much, it’s on them.

      • In their defense, it was sold before Gamestop started listing the game on their website again, back when it was a bit harder to find.

      • Juan Andrés Valencia

        That’s a double edged blade. While I can’t approve spending 120 bucks on a Wii game that isn’t even rare, I can approve spending 100+ bucks for a rare game that’s probably not getting a port (Like Panzer Dragon Saga).

    • Don’t feel too bad. I had two copies of Marvel Vs. Capcom 2, and sold GameStop the copy that skipped for almost twice the price I paid for it…

    • revenent hell

      God im so out of the time loop lately even though this is a few days old I have to say I don’t blame you.
      I ended up with an extra , free no less, SMT IV LE and im just kind of biding my time and hoping in future I can milk it, Not that that will happen but one can hope haha

  • Aoshi00

    I only played the Jpn ver for about 20 hrs and still haven’t touched the us ver even though I picked it up from Gamestop on day one with the mini artbook, backlog :(… It’s really an amazing game actually a bit overwhelming for me.. Never realized it would get so rare.. Need to finish on the Wii u one day since I alrdy transferred everything..

    Oh the 360 alrdy converted all existing MS points to money, couple months before xbox one’s release, to both us dollars and yen for me…any ms points redeemed automatically becomes your local currency now after u agree to the notice… The ms points in your acct they converted for you won’t be taxed on purchase, but tax would apply to those redeemed after sept :(… PSN has no sales tax now, and on eshop one could avoid as well.. So itunes and xbla have tax :( So yeah, getting GTA V from MS Store getting $20 would be better, since Best Buy is being cheap and gives $10 to members only (previously it was $20).

  • CirnoLakes

    Omg a steal.

  • Freud_Hater

    Well, I already have three copies of Tales of Xillia… Should I get a fourth? ‘_’

    • Testsubject909

      If I recall properly how a Pack Rat works.

      It’s 4 copies:
      1 to play
      1 to keep
      1 to sell
      1 to give (lend to friends)

      So… your choice.

  • Testsubject909

    I’m not too sure if the points actually convert to money.

    I say that because I recall someone stating that they checked and noticed that their Points in the XBLA apparently had an expiration date and was forced to either purchase something now or just see all his accumulated points waste away without any reimbursement.


    I’d like to find some sources to see if the amount of points people have currently purchased will actually transfer into money for them to use. Or if the points will just eventually fade into nothing.

    Yes. I realize the latter is ludicrously stupid.

    And it would be really stupid if it were to be.

    • GGear0323

      the point do convert to money but they will also expire after a year. not the code you redeem for points, just the points themselves. so if you have a points card right now, it won’t expire but once you redeem that card and the points are turned into money on your account, that money itself will expire a year after you entered the code.

      so if you get GTAV for the 360, they will give you $20 bucks that you have to spend inside of one year.

  • Christopher Nunes

    I’m SO glad I bought this game Day One when it got released in the US for the first time, the prices for the “pre-owned” version is ridiculous. So I only played the intro and the first area of the game and didn’t pick it up again, though I did love the look of it. I need to go back to it as well as play The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower I got as well.

  • Dagobert

    I refuse to by Xenoblade from Gamestop now that they’re trying to sale used games more than a new copy because they check what people are selling it for on ebay and amazon. I’d rather get it from ebay.

    • JohnNiles

      Agreed. They’ve been pulling that stunt with other games too.

  • Willeyy

    Shoot, there goes my chance for selling it now.

  • Covnam

    Wasn’t the msrp $50? Regardless, hopefully the price will continue to come down until it reaches normal pricing.

    • Testsubject909

      Yes, but that applies to games still considered New.

      Once it’s considered Used. Gamestop/EBGames reserves the right to put the price tag it wants.

      • Covnam

        Right, which is why I’m sure they’re selling these likely reprints as used rather than new, but I was actually referring to the line from the article “Now at $5 more than MSRP”. If the msrp was $50, then it would still be $15 above msrp, rather than $5.

  • MrJechgo

    Because I already have the game… and there’s absolutely no way that I’m selling it. Have you guys ever thought of how much time we’ve waited JUST to get the game here in NA? I’m telling you, I don’t care how long I’ll keep my Wii around, but the Operation Rainfall games are here to stay on my shelf. If I sell them and want to play them again for a weekend or so, no way I’m going back on a game hunt.

  • Pfft! So glad I pre-ordered mine when it first came out lol =^_^=

  • Learii

    whoever want a used game for $80 that just crazy lol anyway $65 not bad but still overprice

    • Testsubject909

      It’s only “used”. From everything I’ve seen, it’s more likely actually new, just out of the shrink wrap.

  • kangms872

    anyway, still so expensive

  • Total_Overdose

    I was one of those who did not get the game when it first came out (didn’t have a Wii at the time), so I was gutted to see it being sold for over $100 a year later.

    So this deal was actually kind of all right. With the coupon codes and gamestop points, I was able to knock it down to $61 (including tax) and got free shipping to boot.

  • TrueDefault

    If I was in america I would get it now… 65 doesn’t sound too bad really for such a classic game.

  • Shuga Suenaga

    used or not this is all or nothing, im getting it >.>

  • Quantum Blue

    “Are we not merciful?!”

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