A few years ago, SEGA’s open-world, very Japanese brawler series, Yakuza, was pretty much a non-factor in North America. It has since blew up into a B-tier release with solid market presence, thanks to games like Yakuza 0. Demand for the older games is at an all-time high. So, SEGA is responding in a classic Atlus-like manner with a series-wide reprint, going back to even the PS2-exclusive Yakuza 1 and 2.
The interesting thing about this reprint is those PS2 games are re-entering the market at full retail price. $49.99 will net you these long-lost games, which only seems like a confusing move if you haven’t been paying attention to what eBay sellers have been asking for these two titles. For what it’s worth, the PS3 half of the series, Yakuza 3 and 4, are a bit more budget-friendly at $39.99 a pop.
Yakuza 3 and 4 have been available digitally on the PlayStation Store, of course, but the PS2 Yakuza titles have yet to see any sort of digital re-release. Their prices probably reflect the unfortunate intersection between collectors and people who are new fans in search of the whole story.
This harkens back to the earlier days of Shin Megami Tensei and Disgaea. Both are popular in their own right today, but were subject to low initial sales and retail-priced reprints well after the fact.
Always hold on to your niche games; you never know how much they’ll end up being worth.
Source: Game Idealist