EP used to have a number of them if memory serves. But as others have said, there's often a factor of inaccuracy to the ones out there, especially for longer, larger games. And in the case of particular classic RPGs and the like, at least the ones to come overseas, seeing if they have an RPGshrine probably would serve better than looking for a strategy guide, and unlike gameFAQs guides, can have screenshots. Certainly better than something like forking over $30 I've seen the Tales of Eternia PS1 guidebook go for here, and of which I hear is questionably accurate. Also the factor of if they were written specifically on the author having to try to 100% the game himself within [X time], as opposed to either translate an existing guide (and thus perhaps terminology not syncing with the official game translation for added confusion), or one of the devs or someone else in official know doing so (which could actually be a plus to utility).
>Strategy guides are good if you want hi res artwork that hasn't been scanned and were often purchased back when no one had a clue if artbooks for certain games were released in Japan, much less scanned.
Yeah, except if he art's got text strewn over it due to being used primarily as page backgrounds. Though I suppose some games got it better off than others. Lack of artbook scans is still a definite issue for some games or series. And it's always obnoxious to find somewhere claiming to have them when they're just crops with all extraneous information to the actual character art removed.
>theres a reason EBgames here in australia tries selling them for 5 dollars brand new all the time instore.
At launch, or just a quick markdown on unsold ones? Just saying since I'm pretty sure hardcover ones, depending on length, can be $20-30 at launch here in the states.