Back in 2012, Xenoblade Chronicles was released on the Wii and was absolutely ignored. Maybe it was because the console was nearing the end of its lifespan, or the game was hardly promoted, but suffice to say there weren’t many pre-orders locked in. After its initial release, word begin to spread that it was not only one of the best Wii games of the year, but also one of the best RPGs of the generation. As such, those who initially scoffed or weren’t aware of its existence began to clamor for a copy. As Nintendo didn’t think it’d be a hit, there weren’t enough copies to meet this new demand and it quickly went out of print. Since then, prices have skyrocketed to over $100 on eBay and it’s been nigh impossible to find a copy in the wild. That is until this week, when suddenly thousands of used copies became available at GameStop for $89.99.
As many CAG users are reporting, even though the game has long been out of stock online and both in stores, it suddenly appeared widely available as used (including in my area, where the game is suddenly available at four stores after being out of stock for over a year). While this is odd enough, the situation became outright suspicious when near everybody who sought out a copy was surprised to find it to be a brand new copy that was simply taken out of its shrink-wrap. The discs are clean, the manuals are crisp and the Club Nintendo codes are unredeemed.
No other retailer has added copies for sale, so it seems unlikely there was a reprint, leading many to speculate that GameStop had a back supply of copies, or simply pulled unsold new copies months back and is now circulating them as “used” so they can charge almost double the MSRP and closer to what the games are selling for on the secondary market.
We’ve reached out to GameStop for comment on the matter and will monitor the situation closely.