Surprise! One of the most valuable games in the entire Wii U library is now Devil’s Third, a game universally panned by critics and ignored by Nintendo fans. Was it good all along? …..no, not even close. But it does have one quality that makes collectors salivate, and that’s rarity.
Devil’s Third is a Wii U exclusive, but it wasn’t intended to be. It was originally produced by THQ for a multiplatform release, but when that company went bankrupt, Nintendo picked up the rights to the game. It was released in Japan earlier this year, and due to its development completely outside Nintendo’s strict supervision, it bore none of the quality gameplay we normally associate with the company. Despite word of its stinkitude spreading around the world, an American release was confirmed at E3.
It would appear Nintendo only realized they had a turkey after they had already committed to release it Stateside. No copies were given to critics for review before the game’s release, and the absolute minimum number of copies were produced for the physical version. They’ve already been sold, and we can assume they are all that will ever be.
If anyone really wants to play Devil’s Third, the digital version is $60. Given the lack of logic in paying over twice that, its obvious not a single one of the people forking over 150 clams for a Devil’s Third copy have any intention of playing it. It’s the rarity that’s making Devil’s Third valuable, and this is after it’s only been out for one week. Imagine how much it’ll be worth once the Wii U ceases production.
If you see a rare DT in the wild, you may be tempted to spring for it and lock it in a safe, but if you want my advice, those searching for rare games should buy Rodea The Sky Soldier instead. It’s a Yuji Naka game that was taken from him and sloppily ported to the Wii U, but the first editions of the physical copy come with his Wii original that’s far superior. Unlike Devil’s Third, you can’t get the good version of Rodea digitally. Buy a collector’s item you can have fun playing!