So, a while back I was linked to Solaris Japan, an import store, basically. Nice places, folks. Import video games can be fun, take it from someone who has a PC-FX, and a Satellaview. 😛
Ah, yes. First thing I ran a search on? Satellaview stuff.
The results? “Boy, this is really expensive.”
Well, Radical Dreamers and Treasure Conflix, being from Square’s line of games, tend to go for that price anyhow, sometimes on an unlucky-for-me-bid-day even higher on YJA. I’m not so sure about the F-Zero 2 one, though…
The big thing to see here, though, is the entry for BS-X Shooting.
Check it out. 49,800 yen. Same as the Square games.
Now, here’s the thing. Is it a fair price to ask?… I don’t know!
You see, this is the very first time I’ve ever seen this game listed as for sale.
Yes, the ROM dump was released here.
To pad a bit more to the story behind it, though, ChronoMoogle was supplied it’s 8M Pack without any prior knowledge of what it’s contents were – and was pleasantly surprised when he first booted it up. His BS-X Shooting is the first one I’ve known to still be in existence (Since it’d be hard to say if the old video recording of the game came from someone who had the cart or not.).
He might be even more surprised now if he’s reading this. SolarisJapan has stated BS-X Shooting’s value to be equal to the rarest and most demanded of Satellaview 8M Pack software. If someone actually forks over that money, then it’ll set the precedent, and he’ll kinda have a small fortune in his hands.
Question is… well, would anyone buy it? It may be one of the rarest games, but with the ROM dump in circulation (and fairly easy to emulate) it doesn’t have the air of exclusivity that I’d suppose Radical Dreamers and Treasure Conflix have…
I guess only time will tell, though…
SolarisJapan’s “Contact” section says you can request them to search for something if they don’t have it shown on the site. I’m wondering whether I should ask if they have anything shown in the Undumped Satellaview list…
EDIT: Updating. I figured after I wrote this I’d contact SolarisJapan with their reasoning. I got a pretty interesting answer.
The price for BSX shooting derived from the price Japanese stores would pay if you sold it to them. They pay about the same amount as for RD or TC, even though I have never seen it in any store before.
I doubt anyone is going to buy any of the higher priced titles anyways, but figured it would be a nice thing to have them listed in the shop as a rarity. 😉
So, this pretty much confirms that at least someone -will- pay that much for BS-X Shooting, at least if they’re the owner of said Japanese stores.