In case you are wondering the main reason that this game is 49.99 that is because the game is packaged with and I quote, "Produced by Prima Games. 176 page starter strategy guide and full-color artwork." Now this is not an uncommon practice as this has been done for a couple of notable games (Dragon Quest in Japan and Earthbound in America). It was also done recently with Deus Ex Human revolution and the Enhanced edition of Witcher 2. Also I am going to assume that this is only for launch copies and will later on down the line cost 39.99 or maybe a version without the guide. Just thought I should point this out. Oh and it also comes with a soundtrack cd as well.
"First-print copies of Shin Megami Tensei IV in North America will come with a bunch of goodies, Atlus have announced. The first-print run will include a 176-page Strategy & Design Book, a music collection spanning several games, and a special slip cover case containing the entire package."
I like the part where it says "a bunch of goodies" and then lists the same 3 things that come with nearly every first print run of Atlus' games. I still appreciate the pack-ins. I always have. I feel the 50 bucks is more justified now, I just can't help but point out that a bunch is generally quantified as more than three...
I'm not so sure if I want the bonus stuff for this game enough to pay the extra $10 and get it at launch...I want to play the game, but I don't know how much I want to dive into another really long RPG at the moment.
EpsilonX, I'm feeling similarly. I'm getting Animal Crossing New Leaf in the mail today, and I have about 10 other games in my backlog. However...since I'll try to play Animal Crossing a bit every day, I may need an extra handheld game :-). The other games in my backlog are for consoles. At this point I'm just making up excuses to get the game! I should probably wait until it drops in price though. Even with the extra goodies, I don't know if I need to spend $50 on a handheld game, especially since I have not played anything in the SMT series and I don't know if I'll love it.
I'm honestly not expecting them to lower the price $10 afterward. I mean, we've seen plenty of $40 titles from Atlus including as much bonuses. I think this game is $50 and is staying there. They've never claimed they'd lower it after the initial run and I'm not sure why they would. Even in PR materials, they've referred to this as a "premium 3DS" title even when not talking about the pack-ins. I have a feeling that has more to do with cartridge size and development and localization costs than a book.
It's $50 across the board, retail or eShop, at every location. Unfortunately, anyone who told you $40 was simply mistaken.
The eShop price makes it clear that the bonus items are not what is making this $50, really. They're bonuses, same as other releases from Atlus. I'm thinking it just has more to do with the cost of developing and translating this compared to the average 3DS game. Many of the other big games in this regard were ports.
If they do a second printing without the bonus items, I'd honestly still expect it to cost $50.
Yeah I guess $50 is just the price. With Atlus games, when they run out the price usually goes up. So I don't think it'll be going down, unless some retailers just have a sale. I guess it's possible that the e-shop will have a sale in a few months.
I just don't know. I like Atlus games, but bonus stuff or not, $50 seems a bit steep for a handheld game. I guess here soon before that special offer for registering SMT IV and Fire Emblem expires, I'll get it if I have the money and decide I really do want it, but right now, I really do not like reading it'll likely stay at $50, even without the bonus stuff. I wouldn't even pay full price for Far Cry 3 or the Mass Effect Trilogy Collection, and I definitely wanted them.