Earthbound: is it worth paying over $100 for?

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#1 Posted by Shenmue_Jehuty (5211 posts) -

So I have recently been looking into possibly getting Earthbound for the SNES, however the biggest roadblock, as it is with most people, is the amazingly high price one must pay for this game; the cheapest I've seen this game for is $100. For those of you who have either played and/or own Earthbound, is it worth paying over $100 for? Is it truly one of those truly amazing video game experiences that can completely justify forking over the big bucks for? I can think of few game that I'd actually pay $100 or more to experience, and I guess I just want to know how you few retro gamers that have played it feel about Earthbound.

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#2 Posted by slamminjammin69 (1599 posts) -

Hell no I wouldn't pay that damn much just for one stinkin old SNES game.

I can find a game like Earthbound cheaper than 100 bucks where I can find it at 3.99 at the pawn shop and all of my games I bought from the pawn shop and they work just fine

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#3 Posted by Shenmue_Jehuty (5211 posts) -

Hell no I wouldn't pay that damn much just for one stinkin old SNES game.

I can find a game like Earthbound cheaper than 100 bucks where I can find it at 3.99 at the pawn shop and all of my games I bought from the pawn shop and they work just fine

slamminjammin69

That is my hope as well, but Earthbound is one of those games you'll be very, very lucky to ever find at a Pawn Shop, Garage Sale, or Flea Market. If you find a copy at one of these places for less than $10 let me know so I can marvel at your extreme fortune :p

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#4 Posted by Orlando_Magic (37447 posts) -
I've yet to see it in a pawn shop, garage sale or flea market in my area, but there's always hope. I do occasionally find gems though, most recently Secret of Mana for 99 cents. But finding something like Earthbound will be much tougher than even that. I wish Earthbound would end up on Wii Virtual Console.
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#5 Posted by Dudersaper (32951 posts) -
I would never pay that much for it. But that's probably because I don't really like it to start with.
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#6 Posted by DyranLK (104 posts) -

Absolutely not, lol. Or at least, for me, anyway.

Earthbound was definitely a unique, beautifully sculpted experience for its time, and was well worth its price, but at a generation like this, the value of even a game like that certainly shouldn't be anything over a hundred bucks, imo. :P I mean, I've literally played it for free at another website just for the hell of it and it ran pretty well, from what I could tell.

Unless you enjoy collecting video games for their rarity and/or overall cultural value, I'd say that actually paying $100 for the sole intention of playing through the game for the first time is a little bit much, lol.

Still a pretty incredible game, though, and I'd really recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good 'ol old-fashioned RPG any day. ;)

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#7 Posted by Blueresident87 (5657 posts) -

I've yet to see it in a pawn shop, garage sale or flea market in my area, but there's always hope. I do occasionally find gems though, most recently Secret of Mana for 99 cents. But finding something like Earthbound will be much tougher that even that. I wish Earthbound would end up on Wii Virtual Console.Orlando_Magic

I'll never be able to understand why this game isn't on the VC already...The fact that it will probably never be is sad. I've never seen Earthbound lying around in a 'bargain bin' area before, but one could always get lucky. Is it worth $100? It probably is, but I wouldn't pay that much. I paid 30 for mine, but I still have the copy I bought during the days of the SNES being king of the video game world; I have the player's guide still as well that came with the game when you bought it off the shelf.

Secret of Mana is a good find for a dollar!

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#8 Posted by arkephonic (6734 posts) -

Some guy has a retro game shop near my house, and he has a beat up looking Earthbound game for $300 bucks. It's really odd, because everything else in the store is very comptetitively priced, even compared to online prices, but this Earthbound he has sticks out like a sore thumb. I wonder if he really thinks he is going to sell it for that much. Whoever buys it is crazy.

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#9 Posted by jdc6305 (4713 posts) -

I've been buying a lot of vintage games lately. Some of them are expensive. I say it's worth what ever your willing to pay. If you can afford it go for it. Some games make a nice addition for collectors. I just bought Crono Trigger for SNES and paid $50. I bought Mega ManX collection too and paid $40.

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#10 Posted by NinjaLegacy (189 posts) -
Im about 10 hours in and it's cute with a good story but the fighting is really bad. It's not worth the money that it goes for there are much better RPGS for a lot less money. Lufia series, breath of fires, chrono trigger, mario rpg, etc... Not worth the money IMO.
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#11 Posted by Eikichi-Onizuka (9068 posts) -
I highly doubt it really but at least if you buy it and don't think it was worth it it should be easy enough to sell it and get most or all your investment back.
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#12 Posted by Megavideogamer (6357 posts) -

If you really want a game then yes it is worth it. Earthbound is worth it or it wouldn't command a high price to begin with. I've spent $100.00 on worse things

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#13 Posted by tab134 (346 posts) -
nah i wouldn't pay a hundred for it, its an awesome game but its not that awesome. i consider myself lucky, a friend of mine had it and lemme borrow it for a few months.
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#14 Posted by JannettyTRocker (1160 posts) -

I have watched videos on Earthbound for years, and have been dying to get myself a copy of this game. I wanted the physical SNES cart in my collection, but don't really care about the box/guide/etc. I just recently bought it on eBay for $125 w/free shipping, can't wait for it to arrive. I've never played it before, but from everything I've heard & watched, it looks awesome. I don't mind paying for a game if it really interests me. This isn't even the most that I've payed for a game. Yup, I'm a sucker for these things. ;)

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#15 Posted by Shenmue_Jehuty (5211 posts) -

I have watched videos on Earthbound for years, and have been dying to get myself a copy of this game. I wanted the physical SNES cart in my collection, but don't really care about the box/guide/etc. I just recently bought it on eBay for $125 w/free shipping, can't wait for it to arrive. I've never played it before, but from everything I've heard & watched, it looks awesome. I don't mind paying for a game if it really interests me. This isn't even the most that I've payed for a game. Yup, I'm a sucker for these things. ;)

JannettyTRocker

I hear you man, I'm still not decided on whether I'm ready to drop the big bucks on Earthbound yet, but I have dropped some serious cash on retro games before; I paid just a hair over $100 for a copy of Radiant Silvergun about a year ago. What's funny is that isn't too bad of a price considering what it typically goes for :p

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#16 Posted by homegirl2180 (7161 posts) -
I'd say wait until it comes on the Virtual Console (for Wii). Yes, I'm still holding out hope. But dude, unless you're a millionaire, $100 for a game that you have no idea how much you'll enjoy is simply not worth it.
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#17 Posted by Talldude80 (6321 posts) -

nope. IMO NO game is worth $100+ I dont even buy brand new games with "collectors edition" stuff for that much. If it comes with a sweet controller (Like a flight stick or steering wheel) then maybe near $100, but not for JUST a game. But thats just ME. If you really want the game, and the going price is $100+, then that's what you'll have to pay unless you get lucky. pawn shops, amazon.com, ebay, shopgoodwill.com, yardsales etc etc are good ways to find games for a good or great deal.

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#18 Posted by MLBknights58 (5016 posts) -

I paid 80 dollars for my copy of Earthbound.

I would've paid 100.

It was worth damn near every penny. I sorta feel like I ripped the store clerk off by not telling him he coulda made more money. (Not really but you get what I'm saying :P)

Earthbound isn't just a game, it's an experience. Almost infinitely replayable IMO. So much charm, humor. A truly one of a kind game. And besides, if you buy it for 100 dollars now, it'll be worth equal or more down the road right?

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#19 Posted by Bubble_Man (3100 posts) -

I've yet to see it in a pawn shop, garage sale or flea market in my area, but there's always hope. I do occasionally find gems though, most recently Secret of Mana for 99 cents. But finding something like Earthbound will be much tougher than even that. I wish Earthbound would end up on Wii Virtual Console.Orlando_Magic

It's a bit surprising that it isn't considering that Nintendo owns it.

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#20 Posted by Blueresident87 (5657 posts) -

[QUOTE="Orlando_Magic"]I've yet to see it in a pawn shop, garage sale or flea market in my area, but there's always hope. I do occasionally find gems though, most recently Secret of Mana for 99 cents. But finding something like Earthbound will be much tougher than even that. I wish Earthbound would end up on Wii Virtual Console.Bubble_Man

It's a bit surprising that it isn't considering that Nintendo owns it.

It is surprising, but for some reason it hasn't happened. I've heard a lot of theories as to why, but I don't know if any of them are true.

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#21 Posted by Allicrombie (26207 posts) -
I loved Earthbound, but $100 is a bit steep unless its in the box with the guide and the yummy scratch and sniff stickers intact.
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#22 Posted by AcidSoldner (7051 posts) -
I'd really love to play Earthbound but that yeah.... that price tags just means I'll to wait till I get really lucky at my local flea market or Nintendo has it re-released as a digital download.
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#23 Posted by sayyy-gaa (5812 posts) -

[QUOTE="Orlando_Magic"]I've yet to see it in a pawn shop, garage sale or flea market in my area, but there's always hope. I do occasionally find gems though, most recently Secret of Mana for 99 cents. But finding something like Earthbound will be much tougher than even that. I wish Earthbound would end up on Wii Virtual Console.Bubble_Man

It's a bit surprising that it isn't considering that Nintendo owns it.

didn't know that. It really should be on VC then.

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#24 Posted by Banjo_Kongfooie (3838 posts) -

nope. IMO NO game is worth $100+ I dont even buy brand new games with "collectors edition" stuff for that much. If it comes with a sweet controller (Like a flight stick or steering wheel) then maybe near $100, but not for JUST a game. But thats just ME. If you really want the game, and the going price is $100+, then that's what you'll have to pay unless you get lucky. pawn shops, amazon.com, ebay, shopgoodwill.com, yardsales etc etc are good ways to find games for a good or great deal.

Talldude80

This anything over $20 for a old game and it better be an amazing experience and the highest price I would pay for an old game would be $60 as it is the same as current gen.

I can not see any old game being worth $60 though.

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#25 Posted by Dudersaper (32951 posts) -

[QUOTE="Talldude80"]

nope. IMO NO game is worth $100+ I dont even buy brand new games with "collectors edition" stuff for that much. If it comes with a sweet controller (Like a flight stick or steering wheel) then maybe near $100, but not for JUST a game. But thats just ME. If you really want the game, and the going price is $100+, then that's what you'll have to pay unless you get lucky. pawn shops, amazon.com, ebay, shopgoodwill.com, yardsales etc etc are good ways to find games for a good or great deal.

Banjo_Kongfooie

This anything over $20 for a old game and it better be an amazing experience and the highest price I would pay for an old game would be $60 as it is the same as current gen.

I can not see any old game being worth $60 though.

For once I agree with you. I'd RARELY go near 60 euros for an old game.
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#26 Posted by Aero5555 (1333 posts) -

Unless you're a collector, I don't see the point of paying so much for an old game that's a technical relic for the sake of playing it. Unless it's legally available digitally just emulate it.

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#27 Posted by VintageVader (75 posts) -
Thats way too much to pay for it, if I was you I would go look around local pawn shops for a much cheaper copy of the game.
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#28 Posted by Shenmue_Jehuty (5211 posts) -

Thats way too much to pay for it, if I was you I would go look around local pawn shops for a much cheaper copy of the game.VintageVader

I have, but it is a very hard one to come by; I've only seen it once or twice at used game stores, and never at any flea market, thrift store or garage sale (if I had, I would own it right now). However, since posting this thread I quickly realized that I will not be paying $100 for it, hell I'm not going to even pay $60 for it. Like many of the rarer games in my collection, I am going to wait and find it at a garage sale for $5 or a thrift store for $3. If I can find Valkyrie Profile for $2 at a garage sale, Earthbound is "bound" to pop up one of these days for next to nothing :p

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#29 Posted by videog (327 posts) -

No.....just NO