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Resident Evil: Revelations Now $39.99

by Pedro Hernandez - January 27, 2012, 11:07 pm PST
Total comments: 29 Source: http://www.capcom-unity.com/brelston/blog/2012/01/..., Capcom Unity Blog

The premium-priced Resident Evil title for 3DS is now 10 dollars cheaper.

Resident Evil: Revelations will now be priced at $39.99, Capcom announced through its community blog.

Originally, Revelations was priced at $49.99 due to the game being on a more expensive 4GB cartridge, making it one of the few 3DS titles to be sold at that price. While Capcom maintained that the value of the content justified the original price, after "weeks of effort," the company was able to lower the game's price.

Talkback

EnnerJanuary 27, 2012

I do wonder what that effort could be. Maybe some sort of deal with the production of the carts? The obvious answer would be that Capcom felt they could no longer get away with the higher price.

NeoThunderJanuary 28, 2012

Is it really 4 Gigabytes or 4 Gigabits, which is really 512 Megabytes

KDR_11kJanuary 28, 2012

I think it was the default price in Europe from the start (that's 45€). Guess that higher US price was based on the US dollar exchange rate.

GoldenPhoenixJanuary 28, 2012

Quote from: MegaByte

Gigabytes

That is impressive, will be funny when solid state media overtakes disk based media in gaming.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJanuary 28, 2012

Let me go over here and put on my conspiracy hat...

::walks over to the hat rack, takes the tin foil hat, puts it on::

If I'm correct, there's only one company that makes the memory cards for the 3DS - Nintendo.
Any attempts to get the cards cheaper are going to go through them.

Shot in the dark here - Nintendo cut a deal with Capcom to get the price down in exchange for - something.  Maybe they think this will be a huge title to get "core" gamers to seriously consider the 3DS?  Maybe something with Capcom and the Wii U? 

KDR_11kJanuary 28, 2012

Maybe Nintendo was worried about price complaints?

joshnickersonJanuary 28, 2012

I'm curious as to what these "weeks of effort" involved...

motangJanuary 28, 2012

I had no idea it was going for $50, good that it is not.

CericJanuary 28, 2012

I think Nintendo Realized this was a system draw but, weren't going to just roll over because of the presidence that set.  I would not be surprised if there in an exclusivity deal now on the game.  Maybe a Capcom eShop game agreed to.

I will not be surprised if Nintendo lowers the 4GB cart price to stay competative to whatever Sony is charging for the Vita ones.

BlackNMild2k1January 28, 2012

Or maybe Ultimate Capcom vs Marvel Super Special Edition is coming to Wii U as a launch title with 2 exclusive Nintendo Character cameos Samus, Link and a bonus Bad Box Art Megaman

AdrockJanuary 28, 2012

Or Nintendo x Capcom.

NeoStar9XJanuary 28, 2012

Great that it's dropped in price. I'll be getting it now. The extra $10 was a problem for me to the point I was going to wait. The latest demo sold me on the game but still wasn't going to bite. The games already cose more then PSP/DS games. Capcom wanted to get even more.


Part of me hopes the reason for the change in price was that the game wasn't doing well when it came to pre-orders and sales where it was already released. Being hurt or worried where it really counts is possibly the only thing that got Capcom to change their mind.

AdrockJanuary 28, 2012

Handheld games have reached a certain level of sophistication that I'm actually surprised that the major titles aren't all $50. I'll gladly take the $10 savings but I would have paid $50 for Resident Evil Revelations and Super Mario 3D Land.

Unless Capcom managed to compress the files so they could use a smaller card -- doubtful since this effort would only apply to the American release -- I'm sure their "weeks of effort" were simply a negotiation with Nintendo to reduce the manufacturing cost based on production size, marketing dollars, future cooperation, etc. Capcom probably assured they could meet the economy of scale that has so far only applied to Nintendo's first-party titles, so they argued they should get a deal on the card production price that is similar to what Nintendo pays for its own games. Given the quality and appeal of the game, Nintendo probably decided that taking a small hit on their own margins would be worth it in the long run.

Steel DiverZack Kaplan, Associate EditorJanuary 28, 2012

They saved money from firing the guy who works the spell check :P:

DiscostewJanuary 28, 2012

Quote from: UncleBob

If I'm correct, there's only one company that makes the memory cards for the 3DS - Nintendo.
Any attempts to get the cards cheaper are going to go through them.

They may assemble them, but they don't exactly make everything from scratch. The memory modules (the bulk of the price) are purchased from some other manufacturer.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorJanuary 28, 2012

Quote from: Discostew

Quote from: UncleBob

If I'm correct, there's only one company that makes the memory cards for the 3DS - Nintendo.
Any attempts to get the cards cheaper are going to go through them.

They may assemble them, but they don't exactly make everything from scratch. The memory modules (the bulk of the price) are purchased from some other manufacturer.

I'd be very, very surprised if:

A) Nintendo allowed a third party to negotiate prices with their suppliers
B) Nintendo would switch suppliers at the request of a third party developer.
C) Any negotiations with a particular parts manufacturer were done in such a way that they effected the final price of the product by 20%... after the game was already published and has started distribution.

ShyGuyJanuary 28, 2012

The final level will now be DLC because it couldn't fit on the smaller cart.

NeoThunderJanuary 28, 2012

It must contain a lot of full motion video

fordrobJanuary 28, 2012

Here's to hoping these sensibilities carry over to Wii U pricing

KDR_11kJanuary 28, 2012

Neat, I grabbed the game for 40€ instead of 45.

Kytim89January 28, 2012

Quote from: UncleBob

Let me go over here and put on my conspiracy hat...

::walks over to the hat rack, takes the tin foil hat, puts it on::

If I'm correct, there's only one company that makes the memory cards for the 3DS - Nintendo.
Any attempts to get the cards cheaper are going to go through them.

Shot in the dark here - Nintendo cut a deal with Capcom to get the price down in exchange for - something.  Maybe they think this will be a huge title to get "core" gamers to seriously consider the 3DS?  Maybe something with Capcom and the Wii U?


Nintendo might have cut a deal with Capcom to insure that Resident Evil 6 is a Wii U launch title. If RE Revelations is successful then I could easily see this happening.

ThePermJanuary 28, 2012

well maybe they want to move product faster, theres 100,00 copes of the game where Revalations is spelled Revalaitions.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-twnqgpE05RU/TyIxABDqDiI/AAAAAAAA3Xs/svumaJqKmaU/s400/Capcom%2BMispelled%2B%2527Revalaitions%2527%2BIn%2BThe%2BResident%2BEvil%2BRevelations%2BBox.jpg

NinSageJanuary 28, 2012

That is such a smart idea.  Starting to change prices based on perceived quality is only a smart idea if it works, consistently, in the opposite direction.

Does anyone know if there is a pre-order bonus for this game at any retailers??

Mop it upJanuary 28, 2012

They must have gotten a lot of backlash on the higher price. People are already getting used to the higher standard price for 3DS games, so trying to raise the price even higher at this point was a bad idea.

Quote from: NinSage

Does anyone know if there is a pre-order bonus for this game at any retailers??

GameStop was offering a hard case, but it looks like they may all be filled by now.

oohhboyHong Hang Ho, Staff AlumnusJanuary 28, 2012

The missed spelling mades it "more" valuable.

Wait, a corporate license for Photoshop costs *that* much?

KDR_11kJanuary 28, 2012

The European box uses the styled logo on the side so there's no misspelling there.

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