Originally Posted by iamkoza
it's tough justifying another $250 + $40 games in this economy.
The $40 per game thing is the bigger problem imo. Sure, if Sony were to drop the price of the Vita to $199 they would see a huge uptick in Vita sales, but the $39.99 price is still very prohibitive. I remember when Nintendo first dropped the price of the 3DS to $169.99. I was VERY, VERY tempted to buy one. But I was at Target, and I was looking at the game library and every game was $39.99 (at the time). I thought to myself, "Well it's nice they dropped the price to $170, but the games are still too damn expensive".
We ended up buying one of our boys a 3DS for Xmas, but we got it on a deal where it only cost us $120 for the brand new unit, so it wasn't so bad. We only bought him 3D Super Mario World, and a couple of $9.99 games that Best Buy had at the time (Steel Diver and Nintendogs). We just got him Rayman 3D for $9.99 for Easter, since I heard that game is kinda decent and it was only 10 bucks.
If you go to Target now and look at the 3DS lineup, you'lll notice that there are some games on sale for $9.99, some games for $19.99, and all the other prices up to $39.99 for the tentpole releases. Vita needs this to happen as well. It needs to have a handful of $19.99 games, and some $29.99 games, because that $39.99 price on every single game is a non-starter imo.
(Note: I buy 85 percent of my physical games via Craiglist, because usually I can save around 50 percent off retail, but I know that many people don't want to bother with Craigslist, because they feel it's too much of a hassle, or it's not safe where they live)