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    General games Nintendo: Used games aren't in the consumers best interests

    Nintendo of America's Reggie Fils-Aime has said the company does not believe second hand game sales are in the best interest of consumers.

    He said that consumers prefer brand new products, and claimed that sales of second hand goods in other entertainment mediums has not been successful.

    "We donít believe used games are in the best interest of the consumer" Fils-Aime told Venture Beat.

    "We have products that consumers want to hold onto. They want to play all of the levels of a Zelda game and unlock all of the levels. A game like Personal Trainer Cooking has a long life."

    He continued: "Describe another form of entertainment that has a vibrant used goods market. Used books have never taken off. You donít see businesses selling used music CDs or used DVDs. Why? The consumer likes having a brand-new experience and reliving it over and over again. If you create the right type of experience, that also happens in videogames."

    Fils-Aime suggested that some retailers can't make the second hand business model work, despite trying to copy competitors who have made it successful.

    "We just think itís a bad idea," he insisted. "The one retailer that has a substantial business in this has figured out a way that is effective for the consumer.

    "Thatís tough for other retailers experimenting with this, in part because their employees donít have the expertise in this market."

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    Hmmmm, have you gone into Game or Gamestation recently? The prices they charge for a lot of their used games are ridiculous and only a couple of £'s less than brand new!

    And besides theres nothing worse than when they bring a used game out and then having to refuse it because the disc has got scratches all over it!!

    Might as well buy games brand new and avoid the hassle, and if you choose your games carefully you wont need to trade them in anyway!!

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    I'm sorry is this intended to be serious? Used music stores are awesome. You can find things there sometimes that are no longer being sold as new and sometimes that's the best way to get it. For example I picked up a copy of Nine Inch Nails Broken with the mini disk for the tracks Physical and Suck for $6 at the used music store. Try finding that on Ebay!

    I'm sorry if this was meant to be sarcastic. It's hard to tell on the internet... But I'm a firm believer that used music and DVDs are a good business and something that we should support just like used games. On the other hand used book stores smell funny...



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    He continued: "Describe another form of entertainment that has a vibrant used goods market. Used books have never taken off. You donít see businesses selling used music CDs or used DVDs. Why? The consumer likes having a brand-new experience and reliving it over and over again. If you create the right type of experience, that also happens in videogames."

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    Aww Boo Hoo Hoo Cry me a f*****g river Nintendo. games are expensive and we not made of money.

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    Agreed there. Granted its generally not worth it when there's less than a five dollar gap, but given the times and the fact most of us are just trying to sc$#@! by, start scaling back the budgets on your games to reflect the current realities plz.

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    ...and do we care?! Nope! We're quite happy with our used games, but thanks for the heart felt advice Reggie...

    ...you coporate prick!

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    "used books have never taken off"

    is this some kind of subtle april fool thing?

    most of the books on my shelf are from second hand bookstores. I'm pretty sure i saw some dvd and cd shelves in my local cash converters too.

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    LOL, great article!

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    (dries tears of laughter) Ah Reggie... as always, your advice has all the relevance & practical applications of a prudish $#@!.

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    May I also add a heartfelt LOL. If it's not an April Fool, it should be.

    Just this weekend I bought my son Sonic and the Secret Rings for Wii at £7.95 in Gamestation I think. Or maybe it was Game. Anyway, it is in mint condition without a mark on the disk or the box. He'll probably get a couple of weeks of play out of it, which makes £7.95 a good price. If it was £7.95 for a new copy, Reggie is right - I would have preferred that.

    If the physical distribution is what makes new games so expensive, go with download distribution Reg. If the excuse is that pirates make the games more expensive because they don't buy them, then somebody needs to go back to marketing school. Pirates would pirate a game at £1.

    I guess what Reggie needs to learn is that people will buy something at a price they are willing to pay. I bought Chinatown wars on the day of release at full price and was happy to do so. If a shop was selling it used that day for 5 quid cheaper, I would have bought that.

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