Xenoblade And Metroid Prime Trilogy Are Available At GameStop For $40

By Ishaan . November 29, 2013 . 8:30am

Last month, it was reported that GameStop would be reselling two out-of-print Wii games—Xenoblade Chronicles and Metroid Prime Trilogy—for $40 each in time for Black Friday. This deal is now in effect.


Xenoblade is available here, and you can find Metroid Prime Trilogy here.

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  • MrJechgo

    Both are a must for your Wii library people, especially when they are waaaaaaaaaay more expensive the rest of the time.

    • XaviIniesta

      Xenoblade is way more expensive BECAUSE of Gamestop owning the rights to distribute the game in America. They only distributed a limited amount, and sold it at retail price (because Nintendo won’t allow any Wii game to be sold retail for over $50 I believe), and then when the short supply ran out, Gamestop re-printed the game again and sold new copies labeled as USED for $90+ which is legal, but very shady.

      Nintendo controls how high a new Wii game may be sold for, but they don’t control the price of used games, which is why Gamestop did that.

      In that regard, while $40 isn’t terrible, a 1,5 year old game should probably be lower than that on sale. But thanks to Gamestop’s shady business policy, it’s not.

      • James McEneely

        Yeah man, those fucking Capitalists suck. I mean, seriously. There’s no way a normal person with a monopoly on a good would sell it for so hi-

        Oh wait.

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          Haahah yeah its the markets fault

        • XaviIniesta

          The difference is that Gamestop are lying about the availability of their product. Consumers need to know what they are buying in order to properly assess whether they should buy it or not.

          It’s one thing if a guy is selling an out of print 14 year old copy of Suikoden 2 for $200 on eBay.
          You know it’s rare and that few people are selling their copies. So you might want to get it.

          It’s another thing to lie about the availability of the game, claiming that a few people have sold back their rare copies of Xenoblade in limited quantities, making you think you have to strike fast before they’re gone for good, when in actuality Gamestop were printing up new copies all along.

          • Pyrotek85

            Exactly, the problem is the deception. I wouldn’t hold anything against gamestop otherwise. Like your Suikoden 2 example, people buying that won’t feel cheated because they know what they’re getting into. Gamestop makes you think you’re buying something out of print when it’s not, so the value is off.

      • Pyrotek85

        At the least both games will give you a lot of hours of play, so the price isn’t too bad all things considered.

        • XaviIniesta

          Oh yeah, for sure. They’re both great games and worth the money if you’re a fan of jrpg’s or Metroid games.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        No games dont go down in price just because they’re old….

        • XaviIniesta

          Games go down in price with declining demand, which takes time. Smaller game retailers wait for the distributors to tell them to sell the games at a lower price, while larger electronics chains can afford to take a hit on each game sale in order to attract people into their stores, and keep them away from others.
          Among the few exceptions are Nintendo first party titles, which always seem to be in high demand, and rare/out of print old games.

          But due to Gamestop only shipping a limited amount of the original print, and then making the second print expensive/unaffordable, and selling them under the false pretense of them supposedly being rare used games (which was quickly discovered to be untrue, due to the box interior being designed differently than the original print, along with the game discs being brand new) they are keeping the demand high, along with the price.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Exactly. And they’re getting away with it due to exchlusiveity and people selling copies for 175$

          • XaviIniesta

            The problem is that people sell their copies for a lot because they believe that the game is more limited and rare than it actually is. And this is because of Gamestops lying about the supply. Printing up new games, and selling them as “rare used” games.

            If Konami re-printed Suikoden 2 discs today for PS1, you wouldn’t see people trying to sell theirs for $200 any more.

      • Max

        Is this for real? They re-printed a game and than sold it as USED? Where do you know this?

        And how come it’s allowed?

        • XaviIniesta

          You can find topics about it on a lot of gaming news sites.
          Here’s a thread on NeoGaf though showing pictures of the different looking cases between the launch batch, and the “used” games.


          And why it’s allowed? Well what constitutes as a used game? If Gamestop themselves open up the plastic wrapper, that can count as the game being used.

          • Max

            You know, this is my first time in America and as soon as I could I went to a local Gamestop and I was surprised that their games are open, not wraped in plastic.

            I was surprised! I mean how do I know if this game is new or used without it’s wrap? I can’t just take the word of the store employee!

            But seeing peoples reaction now I can understand all the rage against this store and all the name calling it gets.

  • AuraGuyChris

    I bought the Trilogy as soon as I saw this post.

  • Jirin

    Yeah, what Gamestop is doing is pretty much how diamond sellers have these huge vaults full of massive quantities of diamonds that they just don’t let out because they want to keep diamonds nice and expensive.

    I’m glad I was able to sell my copy before the deal.

  • James Enk

    buy both of them, if you don’t have a Wii/WiiU buy or borrow one, in this occasion stealing one is also acceptable

  • Ahh, Metroid Prime Trilogy. If I didn’t refuse to give a single cent to the disgusting corporation that is GameStop, I’d have totally picked it up for that price.

  • J_Joestar

    wish they would ship some to Canada…

  • GH56734

    I’ll never forgive how the GameStop exclusivity killed Chibi-Robo DS…

    • Ace Trainer Chris

      But Chibi-Robo DS was exclusive to Walmart…

  • ZEROthefirst

    Really tempted to get the Metroid Prime Trilogy, but I have all of the games individually. Those updated Wii controls for the 1st 2 games makes it a lot more tempting too, but with the dual layer disc thing probably causing issues since Brawl does for me, I don’t really want to have to send my Wii in and stuff to play MP3. Of course there’s being able to play on my Wii U… T_T I can’t decide here.

    • Pyrotek85

      Might as well play it on the Wii U if you have one, plus the quality is far better than on the Wii in my opinion. And it’s not the upscaling per se, but the image quality is a lot cleaner since the Wii had poor signal quality in general.

      • ZEROthefirst

        That’s what I was thinking. I have the component cables for the Wii, but all that does is up it from 480i to 480p. You can notice the difference with Gamecube games, but most Wii games look exactly the same or just a biiiiiiiit crisper. I don’t know I’ll probably buy it to play and if anything to sell down the road.

        • Pyrotek85

          I actually used a component cable for the GC and used an external upscaler, so those looked great. But Wii games just look awful on the Wii, and the upscaler didn’t help. It kinda reminds me of composite output at times, like it’s just blurry. Maybe my unit is particularly bad or something.

          But anyway I was so happy that the Wii U does a nice job of upscaling internally, the system has a number of games I really like, but I always hated the video quality.

  • Blue_Falcon

    I just bought both of them.

  • Rake

    Got Xenoblade from a random Jewish Retailer a few days ago for 40 bucks.

    I ain’t even mad.

  • ReidHershel

    Wish someone told me this before I bought it for 80 in August :/

  • sharpshot909

    My friend bought Xenoblade for $95 two weeks ago…

  • Michael Martin

    Can anyone who purchased it before today confirm whether it’s the steelbook or the regular plastic keepcase? The image on GameStop’s listing is the steelbook, but I don’t necessarily trust that…

    • Pyrotek85

      Oh, yea wait for confirmation but if I had to guess I’d say it’s the regular plastic.

  • VietKnight

    Dont forget buying them also gives you Nintendo Land for free

  • Kornelious

    I really REALLY, shouldn’t have sold my copy of MPT X(

  • I had Xenoblade sitting in my gamestop shopping cart for the past few days and was literally planing on purchasing it today for the original price they had it up for (I had no idea they’d drop the price). Then bam, the price drops and the game is sold out now… lol :/ I actually was waiting because I wanted to see if they’d bring it back here in Canada as well, so I wouldn’t have to purchase it from across the border…

  • Tiramii

    Went on Black Friday and picked up Xenoblade. I was never going to pay 150+ on Ebay for it. :/

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