The standard that's been set so far puts most Nintendo 3DS games in the $20-40 price range. A few of the launch titles can be found for even less than that now, but nothing's out yet that we've seen climb past $40. Capcom will change all of that when it launches Resident Evil: Revelations on February 7 next year.
GameStop's product listing confirms that the game will hit stores carrying a $50 price tag. Kotaku followed up with Capcom to find out why fans will be asked to pony up the same amount that they'd pay for a typical Wii blockbuster. Whether or not you agree, the publisher's reply actually sounds like a very sensible explanation.
"Resident Evil Revelations is an all new Resident Evil title with over 20 hours of gameplay, and cutscenes beautifully rendered in fear-inducing 3D," the statement reads.
"A true console experience on a handheld device, Resident Evil Revelations is an epic title that offers both a single-player campaign for that classic survival horror gaming experience, and an additional RAID mode that can be played cooperatively or single player. To handle all of that data Resident Evil Revelations requires a 4GB cartridge, resulting in a higher price point."
Even once you cut past the PR talk, there's still the basic fact that the game ships on a larger-than-average cartridge. I'd wager that those cost more to make. How much more, I couldn't say, but it certainly justifies the higher price point from Capcom's point of view.