The ripples Nintendo’s announcement in regards to shutting down the 3DS and Wii U eShop has had far reaching consequences. Players have rushed to purchase titles before they disappear from the digital shops. Most, if not all of these titles have corresponding physical copies. And those editions are seeing rapid rises in price. One such title is Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D.
While there will always be a lot to say about Kojima’s series, Snake Eater 3D set a new standard in handheld gaming. It included an auto-stereoscopic 3D viewing capability, increasing the details in game beyond even the PS2 release. With critical and player acclaim, Snake Eater 3D was considered a success. Up until November 2021, it was still available for purchase on the EU eShop.
The reason for the removal of Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D, according to Konami, is an issue with “historical archive footage.” This means there is license content that has an expiration date, and like most copyright conflicts, Konami will have to either negotiate renewals or replace the footage. As of today, it still is not relisted.
Prices fly sky high
So, with the digital copy for the 3DS MIA and soon to be completely removed, physical copies are a hot commodity. And their prices reflect that. Pricecharting.com keeps track of the ups and downs of multiple markets and have noted that since February, the prices for physical copies have at least doubled. Just the cartridge only sold for around $30 in January, to upwards of $80 USD by the end of February. Latest price check for last week showed games were still going for around $99.
In other words, if you want one, you’ll have to pay, or wait.
Is Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D worth it in your opinion? How much would you pay to own a copy?