While most EarthBound fans were positively ecstatic over the surprise announcement of EarthBound being released for the Wii U Virtual Console, some were a little perturbed by the price of the game. Most SNES games go by the price of $7.99; however EarthBound’s price was about $2 dollars more, coming in at $9.99 (and with tax, that came to $10.69). Some fans are crying foul about this, insisting that this was Nintendo being sneaky and exploiting the fan base, a complaint which isn’t entirely without merit.
Nintendo decided to address the situation by… not exactly explaining anything. In a statement, the company basically said that pricing was always going to vary in a game-by-game basis. EarthBound just happened to be in the more expensive category for game prices. It should be noted that there is also an online strategy guide that comes with the game, but is it worth the extra $2? Maybe for a new fans, and there are a ton of new fans who will be getting into this game for the first time.
Regardless of how you feel about it, it’s at least nice to see EarthBound around again.
However, taking off the newsie hat (not like it was completely on in the first place) for just a moment, I just want to say: Pipe down and be thankful. Us fans get another chance to experience a game we didn’t fully get to appreciate the first time around thanks to bad advertising and marketing. The fact that there’s another chance? That’s well worth the extra $2, at least for me. Unless you’re living dollar to dollar, there’s no need to be upset over a little price hike. So what if Nintendo deliberately did it? The company knew people would buy it no matter what, and that’s okay. Besides, it’s not like the price that eBay was charging for copies of EarthBound for the SNES.
And now with the newsie hat back on, I shall finish: EarthBound is available now for the Wii U Virtual Console for $9.99.
Source: Wii U Daily