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Demon's Crest 2nd Opinion
March 15, 2015
11:39 am
Masamune
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It seems Demon’s Crest didn’t get the attention its quality deserved back in its release. I wonder if that had anything to do with the box art? I can imagine parent’s hesitation to buy a game with a hateful-looking demon on the front cover!

Now the game commands over $100. What’s all the fuss about? Another take on the game can be read here.

March 17, 2015
10:26 pm
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Can anyone add some insight as to why this game pulls such a high value (~$100)?

It sounds like a wonderful game, but it also seems difficult to get a hold of for a reasonable price.

March 17, 2015
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Well I believe it didn’t sell well so there was a low print run for the title. Capcom USA would know for sure on this.

If it did have a low print run relative to other games, and it’s a solidly good game, you can bet the price on it would jump once the Youtubers started making videos about it.

Thus here we are at $100 for a cart only copy.

March 18, 2015
12:49 pm
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I guess that makes sense. If there was a low print run, but the game has aged extremely well, then it would pull a very high value to this day.

I wonder if this is true for other high-pullers: Chrono Trigger goes for about the same, but I’ve always explained that away due to its unequivocal status as one of the system’s top titles. But what about Earthbound ($150+), or Wild Guns ($180+)? I’m curious about these enough to look into this more. 

Games that go for ~$45-50 like Super Metroid and Kirby’s Dreamland 3 seem to deserve their value. But games higher than that — that’s where I get intrigued. 

March 18, 2015
2:08 pm
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Well I know Earthbound didn’t sell very well in its day despite a huge advertising campaign. It did however have a large distribution run.

How Earthbound became so popular was the appearance of Ness in Smash Bros for the N64. Ever since then the price of Earthbound has been climbing.

It’s not always about how scarce a game is. It has more to do with demand. Demon’s Crest, Earthbound, Wild Guns and Chrono Trigger are high in demand right now. And why? Because we’re living in the information age where someone can find everything about a game in a few clicks.

And I really do believe people on Youtube have been hyping these games up and that’ driven up demand tremendously.

March 26, 2015
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YouTube coverage has done a LOT of damage to classic game prices across the board, particularly NES and SNES. Scarcity certainly factors in, too. If everybody goes looking for a game after AVGN  (or whoever) covers it, and there are only a handful of copies on eBay, then that’s a recipe for an enormous leap in value. Earthbound is one that kind of defies everything, because it’s not all that rare (there are ALWAYS plenty of copies to be had on eBay), and I never felt it was all that amazing. But I am clearly in the minority here, as the value indicates. :)

Demon’s Crest, though, is kind of weird. I wouldn’t call it a must play, though it is certainly has some unique elements for an SNES title. I guess it has reached cult classic status at this point? I only ever saw a couple-few copies in the wild, in all my days of hunting, so the legend of its extremely poor sales (and thus, scarcity) must be true.

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