Last week I decided to pick up Fatal Frame 3, since I really enjoyed the previous two games in the series. My local game store chain had never heard of it, and I couldn’t find it at the local big box store either. But it wasn’t until I found that even Amazon.com doesn’t carry new copies of this game that I realized that it has become incredibly hard to find. There are a few used copies on ebay, a few copies available through Amazon Marketplace, and you can buy a copy direct from the official site (for $57, ugh), but otherwise it’s nowhere to be found. Ebgames.com has a pretty neat feature that allows you to see which stores carry a specific game, and according to them, there’s only about three copies left in the entire San Francisco Bay Area.
Since the game has been out for almost a year, I was hoping that it would have dropped in price. Instead, it seems like Tecmo decided not to press any more copies of the game after its original run. I guess this means that it must have sold terribly, because I think it is pretty rare for a company to only make a single run.
In the end, I found a store about 45 minutes away from home that was selling it for full price, so I picked it up there. Since it was so hard to find, I really hope it’s a good game.