Between Etrian Odyssey (3) and Radiant Historia they're both 70-90 bucks here and ebay. What's going on? Zombie Daisuki at that price I'll give you, but these two titles for that kind of money is strange.
That's because both games are out of print and are rare now, therefore the prices go up. I own RH with the Bonus CD, and I must say, I'm quite happy with my purchase, The most I'll spend on RH is 40$. Anything over that isn't worth it.
Don't buy this game at these ridiculous prices... I just picked up a copy today at Gamestop for 26.99. They now have 2 boxes left, and one is without the book. You want it that bad, try looking around before you succumb to the inflation.
The few Gamestops by me didn't have any copies, but they checked other locations that had, and I ended up driving 25 minutes to nab a copy. Good thing about gamefly is that they sell you the game with the case and manual. I love collecting unique and rare ds games and this one'a a great addish to the collection.
Then you my friend are fortunate. I live in the Dallas area. There is only one copy of the game (New and Used) within 100 miles at Gamestop. I've also checked Wal-Mart, Target, and Best Buy. I even checked zip codes for my family in North Texas and South Texas thinking I could call in a favor. Not one copy.
There are only 2 for sale at Half.com (new for $85+). eBay prices are continually rising and I'm sure will likely match what is here on Amazon.
Right now, I'm really considering how badly I want to play this game. Though, it's doubtful, I REALLY wish Atlus could get one more run printed. The game is not even one year old!
First off, you cannot find this game "anywhere" and it is extremely rare ("TENS OF THOUSANDS" is borderline delusional). Best Buy, ToysRUs, Gamestop, WalMart, KMart and Target do not have this game. I've spent a good deal of time looking thru bargin bins. I called Atlus and a very polite individual explained to me that it's not some plot to jack up the price. The game was released in February of last year with an additional run in April. Atlus is a small company and they do not make a ton of money of of cartridge games. If enough people call them, maybe the will produce more , but with the 3DS in full swing it's doubtful. We can't even get some of the excellent Japanese only games.
The 3DS is a non-issue, considering that their latest title "Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2" is releasing on the DS later this month.
AtlusUSA has asked fans for their opinion on a reprint (rather bluntly - would you buy it?); if you go to their Facebook page, you can see the post and adding your own response can't hurt. As of this date, there's been a lot of optimistic hints towards a reprint. Contact Atlus and let them know!
EDIT: Though not confirmed by reliable sources, there are convincing rumours going around that pre-orders for a rerelease in March have begun in Canada. http://www.amazon.ca/Atlus-RH-40042-3-Radiant-Historia/dp/B004CVWETI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328742145&sr=8-1
"If enough people call them, maybe the will produce more, but with the 3DS in full swing it's doubtful."
I see Atlus not reprinting because of any reason relating to the 3DS is/was not very likely, in the respect that they're launching the sequel to a highly successful game on the DS platform, not the 3Ds, even though the original title did have a 3DS version. I interpreted your comment as the platform inhibiting a re-release; if I interpreted that wrong, sorry. :]
In any case, whether or not my opinion is/was correct, Atlus has indeed finally announced they are reprinting Radiant Historia! In the meantime, I suggest people keep an eye out for used copies. Gamestop.com allows you to check stores within your area from online, and it was in this way I was able to snag Radiant Historia pre-owned for about $20 two days ago. So keep an eye out! Even when the odds seem against you: I called up the store to see if they actually had it and could put it on hold, and the associate told me he couldn't find the game. I made the drive out there myself and was able to find it!
With the re-release coming out in late march, do NOT buy this game at these hyped up prices. So far, you can't pre-order through any place but Amazon, so far as I know. The reprint price looks like it's going to be $35.