Gradius III is intriguing, but it's nothing worth going out of your way to get, especially for 800 points. Probably an intentionally weak VC week so as to not take the spotlight away from the new Pokemon release.
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At the original retail price, Nintendo was actually making a slight profit on the sale of the consoles. At $99, they're losing money but probably not nearly as much as Sony and definitely nowhere near as much as Microsoft.