The Danganronpa series is considered by most as the holy grail for the PS Vita, with each installment of the main trilogy netting over an 80% review rating on Metacritic. They are easily must have titles for anybody that owns a Vita. As a collector though, the biggest problem when it comes to these games is having the funds to afford them. The lone spinoff in the series Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls is the cheapest one to acquire, and it goes for around $25 complete. Next up is Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, which I’ve seen go for about $35 complete, followed by Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc at around $40 complete. Last but not least, we come to the most recent game in the series, Danganronpa V3: Killing harmony, and honestly, you’d be lucky to find it complete for less than $50.
In my opinion, here’s how I deduced why these games became in such high demand. The first two games in the series were originally Japan only releases for the PSP, so NIS America was taking quite a gamble porting and localizing such unique titles over to the US, so they weren’t going to produce an abundance of copies to be sold here. Combine that with the fact that the first game in the series Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, came out over two years after the Vita was released, and at that time, the writing was already on the wall when it came to the Vita’s, virtually guaranteeing a limited print run for weird localized Japanese games like Danganronpa. No matter how acclaimed the original game, and it’s sequels would be, there just weren’t enough consoles out there to justify making a vast amount of units. Hence, that’s why they were all ported to the more popular PS4, which are cheaper to purchase than their portable brethren. The Danganronpa 1&2 combo disk for the PS4 goes for about $35 complete, half as much as buying both games separately on the Vita.
The biggest problem with collecting the Vita versions is that the prices aren’t going down, they are getting higher by the day, month, and year, and while they won’t be the most expensive games on the Vita when it’s all said and done, they will certainly be up there. So strike while the iron is hot and nab these amazing games before it’s too late!