$8 sounds high? I guess it's all perspective - you could blow $8 on two movie rentals that you don't know anything about, or spend $8 and know what you're getting. With the movies, it's a rent and return. The games are keepers.
$8 is like 6 cups of coffee. I could give up six cups of coffee for a game.
Just my opinion, but $8 is relatively cheap comared to other stuff we willingly spend our money on.
Wow, I'd never pay $4 for a movie rental. Good thing I use Netflix, but my local grocery store has a vending machine that spits out the latest DVDs for $1.50 including tax (have yet to try it since I use Netflix), so I could rent 5 movies for the same price as a nearly 20 year old game.
I don't drink coffee either, usually just barley tea, 52 bags for $4 and each bag makes about a gallon.
The only VC game that I've thought was worth the money was Mario 64, and I bought that. But compared to other ways to get classic games the VC is overpriced. Consider the Street Fighter 2 example sited in my first post. Not good enough? How about Sonic the Hedgehog?
Sonic on VC $8 - 1 Game
Sonic Mega Collection Plus on PS2 $20 - 7 Games
Sonic & Knuckles
Sonic 3D Blast
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
If each title were available individually on the VC it would cost you $56, almost 3x the price!!!