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The Nerdy Oasis: by Andy Hye

 

 

Metal Wolf Chaos was a mech game originally released on the Xbox in Japan but sadly never made it to the United States. Copies of this game sell for around a hundred dollars or more. When a remake was announced at E3 2017, I was beyond excited to finally have the chance to play this game. Eventually the news came out that this remake was going to have a limited physical release that is going to be exclusive to GameStop stores in the United States and through the online site Special Reserve Games. This is going to cause madness for fans that have clamored to play this game and that would prefer a physical copy over a digital copy. The scalpers are going to scoop them up as fast as they can and resell them on Ebay for three times its MSRP.

 

It also doesn’t help that it’s GameStop who has the exclusive rights to the physical rights. GameStop is known for some shady practices. One of GameStop’s shady ideas was taking all of their new copies of Odin Sphere Leifthrasir for the Playstation Vita and opening them up because they sold used copies for $40 while their new copies were priced at $30. They also had a surplus at their warehouses but were only sending 1 copy to each store to create a false sense of rarity to justify their price increase. Let’s also not also forget their “bundles” of items that no one wanted that came with the Nintendo Classic when they were a very hard item to find a couple years ago. These bundles were priced at nearly $200, while the Nintendo Classic’s MSRP was $59.99, but GameStop would pack in statues, lights, and other trinkets from their ThinkGeek brand of the company to boost the price of the Nintendo Classics and to move items they were having a hard time selling in store.

 

I feel that between the scalpers, GameStop’s greed, and real fans of this title, that this game will increase in value rapidly due to the limited supply and the high demand. If fans are frustrated by what happens with sites that do limited print games, then just wait and see what happens when GameStop starts their tricks again with this game, especially with the news of their recent profit losses that have been reported along with store closures. If you are a fan of this title and don’t want to pay over retail for this game then I highly recommend picking it up sooner rather than later, otherwise you might have a hard time getting it for a decent price in the future.

 

Andy is a video game collector and enthusiast, who is your all around type of nerd. He has an admin role in the Pittsburgh Retro Gaming Facebook group and a social media content editor for their public pages which can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

 

 

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Andy is a video game collector and enthusiast, who is your all around type of nerd. He has an admin role in the Pittsburgh Retro Gaming Facebook group and a social media content editor for their public pages which can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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