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    Default Which Strategy Guides Are Rare?

    I remember a few topics about rare guides that are always worth a lot. Could someone refresh my memory ?
    I know ones like Super Metroid , etc. But aren't some newer ones rare to? Like Suikoden and such.....

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    IIRC Harvest Moon 64 & Harvest Moon: Back to Nature are. Possibly the original printing of Final Fantasy Tactics, not sure though.

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    Default Re: Which Strategy Guides Are Rare?

    What do ya mean Super Metroid is rare? I just got a copy along with Super Metroid itself (complete + shrinkwrap around box) $45 or so.

    Rare? o_O

    Oh, and one other thing...this guide is UGLY. I don't think it ever had a poster, either (unless somebody stole the one from this copy and I can't see where it was ripped out, I think that poster was just in NP magazine).

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    Default Re: Which Strategy Guides Are Rare?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Oscuro
    What do ya mean Super Metroid is rare? I just got a copy along with Super Metroid itself (complete + shrinkwrap around box) $45 or so.

    Rare? o_O

    Oh, and one other thing...this guide is UGLY. I don't think it ever had a poster, either (unless somebody stole the one from this copy and I can't see where it was ripped out, I think that poster was just in NP magazine).
    I guess it would depend on WHICH guide , you think ?
    I sold a Super Metroid Guide for $50 last year.

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    Default Re: Which Strategy Guides Are Rare?

    Quote Originally Posted by jonjandran
    I guess it would depend on WHICH guide , you think ?
    I sold a Super Metroid Guide for $50 last year.
    The Nintendo Power one.

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    Which raises an interesting question.
    Why in the world would you sell a game with the guide ?
    You ALWAYS get more selling them seperate . x_x
    Anyway could someone please tell me what the guides are that I'm thinking about. They are out of print and I think Prima's.

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    Well, the Harvest Moon guides were mentioned. Suikoden 1 and 2 both seem to be rare guides, from Prima. (But I bought my Suikoden 2 book with the game when it came out). Curiously, the book for Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare always seems to fetch high prices as well. So do the guides covering all of the King Quest and Quest for Glory series.

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    The Lunar 2 hardcover guide from Working Designs is rare -- tiny print run, sold out immediately. Seems to go for roughly $50 on eBay.

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    Final Fantasy Tactic guides don't go for much anymore ever since they rereleased the game and did a special GH guide for $9.99 new

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    I picked up a Final Fantasy III strategy guide around the time the game was released. It was callled something like "The Unauthorized Guide to Final Fantasy III" or similar. It was huge, having a couple hundred pages. I have no idea who the publisher was, but everything in the book was based on the Japanese version, using the Japanese names for the monsters, characters, etc. The book was pretty worthless (well, to me at the time, anyway), with not only a ton of typos and errors, but it was difficult to match up the monsters/items with their Japanese counterparts. I ended up selling it in a garage sale for a quarter.

    I spotted it on ebay a few months ago for about $125.

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    I'll chime in with the guide to Xenogears. I'd love to get my hands on one of these, and I saw one at Gamestop a few months ago for $1.99, not really registering what it was until I got home. I haven't finished the game yet, and for an RPG I don't like printing out 100 pages of image-less text from GameFAQs. Anywho, bastards on Ebay sell 'em for $40 at times. Though that certainly doesn't mean they're "rare"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by petewhitley
    I'll chime in with the guide to Xenogears. I'd love to get my hands on one of these, and I saw one at Gamestop a few months ago for $1.99, not really registering what it was until I got home. I haven't finished the game yet, and for an RPG I don't like printing out 100 pages of image-less text from GameFAQs. Anywho, bastards on Ebay sell 'em for $40 at times. Though that certainly doesn't mean they're "rare"...
    Up until a week ago you could buy it for retail off Amazon.com. Check it out, they'll probably have more back in soon. I got mine 2 weeks ago for $8 shipped.

    Lunar 2 guide is amazingly expensive, as is the SSSC guide. Final Fantasy III (NP), Chrono Trigger (NP), and the Final Fantasy Anthology (Brady) guides all fetch a price.

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    Up until a week ago you could buy it for retail off Amazon.com. Check it out, they'll probably have more back in soon. I got mine 2 weeks ago for $8 shipped.
    I'll be checking in regularly, thanks...!

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    I picked up a Final Fantasy III strategy guide around the time the game was released. It was callled something like "The Unauthorized Guide to Final Fantasy III" or similar. It was huge, having a couple hundred pages. I have no idea who the publisher was, but everything in the book was based on the Japanese version, using the Japanese names for the monsters, characters, etc. The book was pretty worthless (well, to me at the time, anyway), with not only a ton of typos and errors, but it was difficult to match up the monsters/items with their Japanese counterparts. I ended up selling it in a garage sale for a quarter.

    I spotted it on ebay a few months ago for about $125.
    Wow, I didn't realize that guide was actually sought after. I definitely remember that guide mostly from it being the worst of the 3 Final Fantasy guides that came out at the game release (I was obsessed and bought all 3 when the game came out). I just looked on my game bookshelf, and for some reason I have two of them there. The full title is 'Complete Final Fantasy III Forbidden Game Secrets' by Hayaku Kaku (Prima published). Anyway, thanks for posting about it as I think I will track these guides on eBay for a while.

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    The KONIP Lufia 2 guide went over $150... Though the one I sold only ended at $6.50...

    I liked the Prima FF3 guide, I loved going through the guide and correcting it and drawing little pictures of the items and spells.

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    Yeah, the Xenogears guide must have been reprinted or something, because I see it pretty often for in the 10 dollar range, and the guide goes on ebay for a similar price.

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    Has anyone checked the Prima Games site. Last time I checked they
    still had many old guide availible including one for Gex 1 for the
    Playstation which I bought 2 weeks ago

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    Yeah, I got a good price for my FFA guide, more than the game IIRC.

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    The Nintendo Power FFIII guide might not be rare, but it fetches around 30 dollars on the bay on a regular basis. It's also filled with lots of rad art from whatsisface who does the conceptual sketches.

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    Add another book to the 'rare' list --

    I just sold my Star Ocean: The Second Story Official Guide from Prima on Amazon for $55!

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