If you head over to GameStop's website you'll see a banner for "Vintage Video Games," with Xenoblade Chronicles as the highlighted title. "You asked, we delivered," it says once you click through to the game's page, where the Nintendo Wii RPG is priced at $89.99 for a pre-owned copy.
Sold only through Nintendo and GameStop in its first printing, the much-demanded Xenoblade quickly became hard to find, and it's going to cost you if you want some of GameStop's recent influx of copies. Naturally, some folks haven't been too happy about the price hike, so the company issued a response:
"Gamestop regularly receives feedback from our PowerUp members regarding old titles they would like us 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 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 percent discount and earn PUR points on pre-owned purchases."
While the source of GameStop's copies is unknown, and Nintendo hasn't clarified whether or not this is a reprint or just a case of pre-owned copies surfacing, it's understandable that it's ruffling some feathers. Personally, I can't even get past the distasteful use of the word "vintage" to push a sought-after Wii game that didn't hit North America until 2012.