The limited-release Xenoblade Chronicles is once again available for purchase, but fair warning- it will set buyers back $90.
Xenoblade Chronicles is available for purchase through GameStop, at a lofty $90 for a “Used/Pre-Owned” copy. While the price may seem absurd, the critically-acclaimed Wii-exclusive is a rare title and goes for much higher prices on Amazon and eBay, much like another limited-release Wii game, Metroid Prime Trilogy, which sells for $85 through GameStop -assuming anyone can find a copy- and upwards of $250 online.
The sudden influx of shipments throughout the US is causing some GameStop customers and media outlets to flag this as a possible scam; Xenoblade Chronicles is strictly available through GameStop as a “Pre-Owned” title, which gives the company control over the retail price. According to a statement from GameStop, the company was able to gather a limited number of copies, possibly through some kind of “Trade-In” promotion, to distribute to stores nationwide; GameStop says Xenoblade Chronicles will be the first of several “vintage” titles to return to shelves:
GameStop regularly receives feedback from our PowerUp members regarding old titles they would us like to bring back, such as vintage games like Xenoblade Chronicles. We were recently able to source a limited number of copies of this title to carry in our stores and online.
In fact, we have sourced several more vintage titles that we will be hitting stores in the coming months, including Metroid Prime Trilogy.
As always, our pricing for these games is competitive and is based on current market value driven by supply and demand. PowerUp Pro members always receive a 10% discount and earn PUR points on pre-owned purchases.
The banner on the GameStop page suggests a future selection of “Collector’s Item” games will be available through the retailer, both in-store and online.