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One of the biggest money makers for video game companies is collector’s editions. Generally, companies include a junky art book, a soundtrack, and some form of cheap plastic that no one really wants. The price is jacked up to an obscene level, and profit for the publisher goes through the roof. I even included collectors editions into my list of biggest rip-offs in video game history.
However, some video game collector’s edition have held their value in a big way. While they may have seemed like an insanely overpriced piece of junk at the time of release, some of them are worth well over double their initial price. That is certainly not a bad investment. Of course, for every one that’s worth big bucks, there are ten that are not worth anywhere anything.
Still, if you have one of these collectors editions sitting around collecting dust, you may want to cash in and celebrate your savvy purchase.
Fallout 3 Survival Edition
Fallout 3 Survival Edition was one of the few collector’s editions I actually considered purchasing, and now, I am kicking myself for passing it up. It came in with a retail price of $119, which is actually a decent deal for a life-sized Pip-Boy 3000, a bobble head, and the typical art book and other nonsense.
Well, a few years later, and a used copy is worth in the ballpark of $300. That’s more than double the initial investment. It doesn’t get much better than that in terms of collector’s editions.
Dead Space Ultra Limited Edition
Ultra limited is the perfect way to describe this version of the original Dead Space. EA only released 1000 of these for $149, and they sold out about as quickly as EA could release them. This one does come with some pretty cool stuff as well, but it would be hard to argue that it’s actually worth the price for a figure, some posters, an art book and some other little trinkets.
However, because of the crazy limited nature of this one, the value skyrocketed right away. Almost immediately after it sold out, there were successful eBay auctions selling for upwards of $450. Currently, it has a value of about $480, so anyone who bought one new for $149 made a really smart purchase.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Bundle
This is highly sought after by collectors for its gold Wii Remote Plus that came bundled with the game. Not only that, this limited edition cost only $70, which is actually quite a reasonable deal for the game with a Wii Remote. It even included a music CD featuring orchestral arrangements of select songs from the game.
Currently, the bundle is valued at about $125, which is a pretty good return on the $70 investment. Even if you bought it with no intention of selling, it’s still a solid deal for the game and really cool looking Wii Remote.
Ni No Kuni Wrath Of The White Witch: Wizard’s Edition
This one actually just came out recently, and it’s already worth way more than the launch price. Thanks to an abundance of preorders, there actually was not enough copies to meet the demand, and Namco Bandai has had to issue and apology and a $20 clubNamco voucher to disappointed gamers.
The Wizard’s Edition retailed for $99 and was only available from Club Namco. Only a little while after launch, and it’s already valued at $310. That’s more than triple the initial cost, and the game has not even been out for long. Will the value keep going up, or will it slow down once the hype of Namco Bandai’s screw up goes away? Time will tell, but regardless, if you were lucky enough to grab one of these, you have certainly made a solid video game investment.
I have not included Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Fortune Hunter Edition, which is the mother of all collectors editions. It was never actually for sale, but rather, it was given away as a prize. It’s worth about $2000, so if you won one, consider yourself among the lucky few.
If you were lucky enough to snag one of these video game collectors editions, count yourself among the lucky few. The value of these has skyrocketed since the original release, and all signs point to them continuing to rise. Whether you choose to sell now, or hold on for later, you are still looking at a tidy return on investment. If you choose to keep them, than you have an exclusive item in your collection, and there is certainly nothing wrong with that!