Mario Kart Wii - prices

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  1. Bob Evil
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    Basically, I get my rant on over game pricing, fairly regularly ... and my current focus will be the pricing of Mario Kart Wii. I will also be complaining over the issue of release dates ... you have been warned [​IMG]


    Japan (in. sales tax) : 5,800 yen = £28.72 / $56.93 USD / $62.51 AUD / 36.39 Euros / $57.88 CAD

    USA (ex. sales tax) : $49.99 USD = £25.23 / $54.89 AUD / 31.96 Euros / $50.82 CAD / 5,093 yen

    UK (in. sales tax) : £34.99 = $69.31 USD / $76.14 AUD / 44.31 Euros / $70.46 CAD / 7,063 yen

    Australia (in. sales tax) : $99.95 AUD = £45.93 / $91.02 USD / 58.17 Euros / $92.54 CAD / 9,273 yen

    Canada (ex. sales tax) : $54.99 CAD = £27.28 / $54.04 USD / 34.55 Euros / $59.38 AUD / 5,505 yen

    Germany (in. sales tax) : 49.99 Euros = £39.47 / $78.20 USD / $85.89 AUD / $79.59 CAD / 7,967 yen


    [I chose Germany as my representative nation from Europe.]

    [All prices shown are for the version which includes the wheel accessory.]


    As is clearly visible, the disparity in pricing between nations is far too great ... despite what many might think, this is a cause for both piracy and importation ... both of which are not tolerated by games companies.

    Either prices should fall in line, globally, or companies should have a greater tolerance for importation, at the very least.

    This title is a good choice for use in comparisons, as it is released in Europe only one day after it's launch in Japan ... Multi-language support, across half the globe, in a day.

    If this is possible ... and it evidentially is ... then why the normal disparity in release dates?

    Games that are of the same language should have virtually identical release dates, don't you think?

    If North America, for example, gets a game on a particular day, then why shouldn't other English speaking countries have that game on, or around, the same day?

    The U.K., Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong ... we should all get games in the same week, at least, as North America does.

    Not only do we often have to wait an unreasonable amount of time to get a game, but there are times when we don't get the game at all, and we are forced to import ... or, in some cases, pirate ... if we wish to play a particular title.

    The world is getting smaller, so shouldn't things be getting easier, and cheaper?

    The rest of the world is penalized for not being North American or Japanese.


    I apologize for the disjointed nature of this post ... I have been awake far too long, and have yet more hours ahead of me, before I can rest.

    Thanks for reading this.


    Side-Note : Not only does the U.S. have the lowest prices, but they also have less tax levied against them, when importing titles from other regions.
     


  2. rhyguy

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    As usual, Australia pays the most:(
     
  3. Hadrian

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    This is why when I occasionally buy a DS game, I get it on import. Not only is it actually cheaper I get the game sooner (though I do have the ROM before).

    Oh yeah and on the subject of release dates, Rune Factory is out on September 26th over here...why exactly when FFCC got released only a week after the NA release?

    My heart really goes out to you Aussies.
     
  4. Bob Evil
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    It's sadly true ... my sympathies have long gone out to Aussie gamers.

    It's why the piracy levels in Australia are amongst the highest in the world.

    Seriously, how can your average parent in Australia expect to get games for their kids, or themselves?
     
  5. phaerun

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    Prices in Greece are the same as in Germany. It is actually kinda ironic that by pre ordering the game from England I end up paying about 3 euros less with the shipping costs included and the current pound-euro exchange rate, over going to buy it from the game shop next door
     
  6. rhyguy

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    whats the difference between £ and euros?
     
  7. Bob Evil
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    The Pound is the currency of the U.K., and the Euro is the currency of a large part of Europe.
     
  8. katsuce

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    Here and there
    France, 50€

    still, won't spend more than a rewritable DVD if I ever want to try it
     
  9. superrob

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    Denmark from cheap internetshop: 394.00DKK | 82.75 USD | 52.84 € | 41.68 £ | 8324.71 Yen

    Wtf... i hate the high danish taxes....
     
  10. kedest

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    It's not very fair to compare prices like that. Because of the currency exchange rates (the dollar is very low) it only seems like USA is so much cheaper. But for Americans 50 dollar is still 50 dollar, a normal price. Here the game will cost 50 euro I guess. And that's 50 euro and nothing else, don't compare it with other currencies.
     
  11. Bob Evil
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    You are totally missing the point, we are paying too much for games.

    It's because the Dollar is particularly weak that makes their prices especially low ... due to it's weakness, their prices should be higher than they are.
     
  12. Link00y

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    well, if I look back in time.. prices for video games in Germany have always been 100 DM to 120 DM when they were freshly released.. then 2002 the Euro came - and well 1€ = 1.95 DM, many publishers divided by 2 - so they selected prices between 50 and 60€ - prices were very static over the time.. there were times when 1€ was less then 90 US cents, and right now 1€ is nearly 1.60$ - that's not because the Euro became very strong.. most of the time thanks to Iraq and Afghanistan the dollar is dropping and dropping. However Europe internal prices are normally not affected by this.. even if 1€ would soon be half a US dollar I highly doubt the prices would get much higher here.

    However one thing's true about it: people with modded Wiis can really consider importing now.. if we import Amazon or other sellers most of the time do not charge US taxes just the shipping is kinda higher - and it takes longer to deliver - my Mario & Sonic version - I ordered it from Amazon.com - express shipment - still I was cheaper than the Euro release and had the game nearly 2 weeks before the Euro release. The only "fear" is: sometimes the customs want to put on charges - but they rarely did for me (90% of my imports just arrive).

    So right now for Europeans it's the best time to import - yet, it could turn around if our economy is breaking down - then the Americans might import ^^.

    I still tzhink.. for the people who never think of importing.. price stability is something nice to live with. Although on the first look it seems like Europeans are ripped off!
     
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    Again, that's only when you compare it. It's only the falling dollar which makes it seem like USA is so cheap. But that's only for people importing from the US. But to Amercians 50 dollar is 50 dollar. To Americans it feels like they're spending about the same as a European buying the game in Europe and paying 50 euro for it.
     
  14. Bob Evil
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    No, that's not how it works. You are seeing numbers, not buying power. Comparison is the whole point. Because you are trying to remove comparison from the equation, you are unable to see the point.

    $50 dollars buys less than £50 or 50 euros ... so something that costs $50 dollars is 'cheaper' than something that costs £50.

    As an American, who lives in the UK, I know that when I go back to the States for visits, what my money can stretch to, and what it can't.

    We pay more for many things ... especially entertainments items ... than America does.
     
  15. gorillazfan1210

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    But aren't all the economies in all of these places different? So games might be more expensive in Australia, but the average wage might be higher. I don't know if that's true, but I'm just wondering.

    Also, people in the UK; who actually buys games at full price? SHop around on the internet for the best deal.

    Also: gamestracker.com - game price search engine

    savygamer.blogspot.com - blog of good game deals

    Edit: Also, I like saying "also".
     
  16. Bob Evil
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    The majority of the game buying public pay full retail.

    They don't know/think to shop around.

    You have to remember, the majority of the game buying public are kids, parents and casual gamers.




    The majority of people who buy anything, pay full retail. They see what they want, in the first shop they go to, and they buy it.

    Just because many of us, on sites like this, are savvy to the ways of online shopping, and such, doesn't mean everyone is.



    Most people think getting a game cheap means going to Tesco or ASDA, as opposed to GAME ... they don't know they can get things even cheaper elsewhere.

    Just because you do a certain thing, a certain way, doesn't mean everyone else does.
     
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    Norway probably beats everyone. $ 100-120 for the game, around there.
     
  18. tomqman

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    £22 for me in the U.K. [​IMG] (from work with discount + i won a £5 voucher)
     
  19. rix

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    normally it costs around 50 euro.
    i paid 45 euro in pre-order, wheel included, shipping included.

    it looks like the norwegian version is the most expensive.
    maybe the karts are more pimped....
     
  20. FoulPlay

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    £28.90, ASDA.