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Solid Amazon Deals this Week (12/17)

As we get further into a new console generation, the prices on last gen titles start dropping like a rock, and us savvy collectors get to reap the benefits. I must stress that now is the time to buy, especially if you see a good deal on a PS3 game released within the past year or so.

Obviously, fewer copies of these games are being printed as the demand for current gen stuff eats up the market. Yet once the collectors come sniffing, it’s these low print-run games that end up the mega rarities. Don’t believe me, look at the PS2? .Hack//Sign, Rule of Rose, Haunting Ground, Ju-On the Grudge… all of these saw release late in the PS2’s lifespan, and it’s not a coincidence that they are now some of the rarest games for the system.

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Man, that’s a lot of money

Anyhow, this is why I think $12 for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is an obvious buy. My copy even came with the Tarot Cards and Teddie bop bag which were only included with the first run of the game. That… kind of rules.

Yay, free stuff

Yay, free stuff

Anyway, here’s some stuff I’ve either bought already, or am waiting for them to get to around the $12 price point before I pull the trigger. Prices fluctuate on these because of Amazon’s weird algorithms, so check back (and fire me an tweet once Under Night hits my price point!).

As an important note, yes I get a small kickback if you use my links to buy a game. If you don’t like me, feel free to just plug the game’s name into the Amazon search bar.

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax | $11.48 at time of posting.
Verdict: Buy
I’ll update this page if the Bop Bag / Tarot Cards are reported as no longer being available, but until then I’m honestly considering picking up multiple copies as a long-term investment. Persona is a series with a devoted fan following, these won’t remain in stock too long!

12/12 Vito Purchased at $11.67
12/17 Posting
– $11.48. Down $0.17
12/18 Check In –
$11.19. Down $0.29

Arcade Heart 3: Love Max!!!!! | $15.84 at time of posting.
Verdict: Your Call
Yes, the five exclamation points are part of the actual title, lol. I think this will hit $10. This game is as niche as they come, and the price isn’t going anywhere. That being said, $16 won’t break the bank.

12/18 Check In – $21.67. Up $5.83

Under Night In-BIrth Exe: Late | $19.99 at time of posting.
Verdict: Hold Off
What the hell is with these bizarre Japanese game titles? I think this will hit $10. This game is as niche as they come, and the price isn’t going anywhere.

12/18 Check In – $19.99. No change

Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord | $17.16 at time of posting.
Verdict: Your Call
Again, I’m personally gonna wait a bit on this one, but if you’re the kind of RPG collector who isn’t interested in trying to squeeze a few extra dollars of value out of Amazon, go nuts.

12/18 Check In – $15.43. Down $1.73
12/19 Check In –
$14.88. Down $2.28 (VITO OBTAINED!)

Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (Vita)  | $12.56 at time of posting.
Verdict: Buy
I’m bullish on the Vita market. Not only do I love handheld stuff, but the Vita It’s a weird console with some super low print runs. My copy came with the soundtrack and all. The 3DS version is currently $19.82 through a secondary retailer, though I’d hold off at that price. Reviews were not terribly kind to this game.

12/18 Check In – $22.40. Up $9.84

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