DuckTales: Remastered jumps up sales charts as it leaves digital stores

Capcom’s DuckTales: Remastered recently saw a massive increase in sales, jumping more than 1,000 positions on international physical and digital sales charts. The DuckTales: Remastered sales increase came just as the game was leaving digital storefronts.

Capcom announced the imminent DuckTales: Remastered delisting earlier this month, giving fans who hadn’t previously purchased the game just a few days to buy it on the PlayStation Store, Steam, the Xbox Live store, and the Wii U eShop. The last day to get the game on any digital store was August 10 on Steam. That week, Capcom also discounted DuckTales: Remastered on all storefronts by 75%, dropping the price to just $3.74. This was apparently enough to boost the game’s sales significantly.

According to GamesIndustry.biz, DuckTales: Remastered sales jumped from spot 1,191 on EMEAA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) charts for combined physical and digital sales to spot three for the week ending August 11. The game’s sales that week were only beaten by Grand Theft Auto 5 (most likely in the number one position because of GTA Online) and by Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.

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Although Capcom did not give a reason for the DuckTales: Remastered delisting, it was likely due to an expiration of the game’s Disney licensing. Luckily, Capcom is still supporting disc-based versions of DuckTales: Remastered installation, and those who bought the game prior to its delisting will still be able to download it again, even if they delete it from their systems. This might seem like common sense, but it hasn’t always been the case: When Konami removed the P.T. demo from the PlayStation Store, the company infamously made it so that even those who had already downloaded the game would not be able to do so again.

DuckTales: Remastered isn’t entirely unobtainable at this point. There are tons of eBay listings for sealed physical copies of the PS3 version of the game, along with a few for Xbox 360 and Wii U. While Wii U and Xbox 360 copies are listed for about $60 to $90 and $60 to $240, respectively, PS3 copies are much more affordable, each listed for about $25 to $30.