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RKasaRKasa7 anno/i fa
After something of an ordeal, I got my Ni no Kuni Wizard's Edition yesterday!

I was somewhat ambivalent about doing an unboxing post for the Wizard's Edition, considering the fact that many people who ordered the North American version had their orders cancelled. Mine was cancelled as well, thanks to a clunky online storefront (managed by the notorious company Digital River) that doesn't take changes in credit card numbers into account very well, but I got that straightened out after two days and three phone calls. Others weren't so lucky, though :/

For those who aren't aware of what happened, the story goes like this: Namco Bandai opened preorders of the North American version of the Wizard's Edition (exclusively at their official online shop) alongside a promotion called the Ninostarter, which would add more goodies to the set depending on how many orders were placed. This was a successful promotion, and two additional items made their way into the set, but apparently, it wasn't clear to some as to when preorders for this made-to-order set would close, which turned out to be the end of the Ninostarter campaign in late Aug./early Sept.

On top of that, preorders opened again briefly on January 17th, but many orders later had to be cancelled because a glitch on the online store didn't close said preorders when they were supposed to.

And on top of that, it turns out that a reseller named PlayCanada obtained well over two hundred Wizard's Editions and have been selling them on eBay for more than three times the asking price upon release. The theory goes that they were able to do this since that first round of preorders had no per-person limit!

Anyway, a lot of gamers here in North America have been unhappy about the situation, myself included, even though I got my set. Others have been smartly making do with the European versions of this collector's edition.

So how did this hotly-anticipated and controversally-handled collector's edition turn out, anyway? Pretty good, actually. Today, I've enlisted some help from one of the JRPG world's favorite mascots to take a look at the thing.

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"What a big box, hee ho."

Jack Frost and I present: the Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Wizard's Edition!

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"Mind if I take a break before we get to work, hee ho?"

Here's the back of the box...

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...and here's the left side, with images of all the goodies inside.

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"That's a lot of stuff, hee ho! But is it any good?"

Let's take off the shinkwrap.

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"I knew it... you're making me do all the work!"

While I was trying to figure out the best way to open the box, I noticed something funny about the front cover: it opens up!

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"Whoa, very nice, hee ho!"

On the back side of the cover is an image from the game...

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...and on the right, two of the major extras are displayed: the plush of Drippy and the Spellbook, which is a fully-translated version of the one that was first packaged with the original Ni no Kuni, for the Nintendo DS.

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Let's open the box itself!

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"They couldn't find a way to fill up all that extra space?!"

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"This is it? Eh, I'm sure we at Atlus could've done better, hee ho!"

Tucked into the middle-left compartment there is a special CD, a collector's coin, and the game itself. When I got the Wizard's Edition yesterday, I could hear something rattling in the box which sounded like either a piece of broken CD case or broken PS3 case. Turns out it was the latter.

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Here's the "Wizard's Coin", in a close-up shot taken with a flash. This coin was one of two Ninostarter items that made it into the Wizard's Edition.

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I was hoping the CD would have more than two tracks! Kind of lame...

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The game case looks much the same as the one for the regular retail release, save for the "Not for Resale" marking and bar code full of zeroes. (ETA: In the comments, sukianime mentions that the manual and the inside of the cover insert are in color, unlike in the regular edition, where they're both in black and white.) There's also some exclusive DLC included with this set, the code for which is included inside the game case (which I opened after taking these shots, to make sure the game itself was all right).

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"Oh right, there was more. We'll just have to put out an even better box set for Shin Megami Tensei IV, hee ho!"

Next, we have the Spellbook, a set of prints, and the Drippy plush.

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Drippy is mostly made of felt, with some embroidered facial features. He's not the best quality plush in the world.

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The embroidery job isn't the best, either, as you can tell by the slight unraveling in the eye on the left side.

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Next are the prints, the other Ninostarter item to make it to the finished product.

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Here is the entire set, all laid out. They are, appropriately enough, printed on watercolor paper. The artist for all of them is Yoshiyuki Momose.

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Finally, let's dust off and take a look at the Spellbook. This is the very reason so many of us ordered this Wizard's Edition in the first place. I don't even have a PS3 (yet), but I had to have this book!

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Here's the back cover...

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...and some of the contents. In addition to spells, there are alchemy recipes, a bestiary, lists of items and equipment, maps, and even a set of stories. The binding is merely okay, but otherwise, it's a wonderful little guidebook, filled with information and illustrations.

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"See you next time, hee ho!"

So that's the Wizard's Edition, North American version! However, not so fast, Jack, since there's one more thing which I almost forgot to take pictures of: the shipping box.

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My Wizard's Edition came in this thing-- a box just barely big enough for it to fit in, plus a thin layer of foam. It's damn near a miracle that the only major damage my set sustained was a broken PS3 case.

Yes, believe it or not, some online stores do have worse shipping than Good Smile Company's!
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What's your favorite Level-5 game or series?

3%Dark Cloud
8%Dark Cloud 2
14%Dragon Quest VIII (w/Square Enix, et al.)
14%Rogue Galaxy
5%Jeanne d'Arc
27%The Professor Layton series
3%The Inazuma Eleven series
0%White Knight Chronicles
19%Ni no Kuni (DS and/or PS3)
5%Dragon Quest IX (w/Square Enix, et al.)
3%Danball Senki (The Little Battlers)
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Haha I also would have wanted the Wizard's Edition just for the book ^-^
But then I found a seller on ebay who sold only the book and it was way cheaper for me to buy the two things (game and book) separately. Then the book arrived and it was completely in japanese q.q
I guess I'll have to go for the Wizard's Edition in the end ^^'
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RKasa Deal Hunter ( =₃=)*
YuanMori7 anno/i fa#1339710I preordered mine back during round one of preorders and it finally arrived yesterday. I held off on a box opening shoot for the reasons you mentioned, I didn't want to risk stirring up any bitterness.

Same shipping box here, although my copy luckily arrived unharmed. Although, shipping anything plastic in such cold weather is risky no matter how well packed it is.

The wizard's handbook alone is worth the price of the pack. It's amazing, everything else just feels like a small bonus item.

I ended up doing this post because I was sure that others wanted to see what was in it, and whether it was worth the price after all. Perhaps individual pieces of this set will show up later on eBay so that people can just get the item or items they want (this happened a lot with the Japanese CE of FFVII: Advent Children).

As for the cold weather, that's true, and this isn't the only game case I've had that's arrived new and broken.

The prints turned out nice, but yeah, it's all about the Spellbook. The biggest letdown for me was the CD, especially since I'm a game music collector.

Dvalinn7 anno/i fa#1339716Oh great, mine just got cancelled. Apparently they didn't get enough Wizard's Editions in here in Europe either, so I'm not getting mine.

FML.

Sorry to hear that >_<

Sure, Collector's Editions are supposed to be made in low quantities, but you'd think they'd have enough for everyone who preordered (or at least not screw it up)...

Moro7 anno/i fa#1339717Art style of this game reminds me so much of Studio Ghibli.
There's a very good reason for that: Ghibli was involved in the production of the game!
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Art style of this game reminds me so much of Studio Ghibli.
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Oh great, mine just got cancelled. Apparently they didn't get enough Wizard's Editions in here in Europe either, so I'm not getting mine.

FML.
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YuanMori Fluffy gumiho
I preordered mine back during round one of preorders and it finally arrived yesterday. I held off on a box opening shoot for the reasons you mentioned, I didn't want to risk stirring up any bitterness.

Same shipping box here, although my copy luckily arrived unharmed. Although, shipping anything plastic in such cold weather is risky no matter how well packed it is.

The wizard's handbook alone is worth the price of the pack. It's amazing, everything else just feels like a small bonus item.
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You are supremely lucky to have been able to get your hands on this!

All that I'd want extra would be those prints, Ghibli artwork always turns out great, and actually that was a major appeal to this game.

I had it pre-ordered too and got the cancelled email. Called them and they gave me the usual lame excuse and claimed they couldn't do a thing about it, gave Digital River some very negative feedback.
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Cute bundle! I was only really interested in the book though myself.
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I want that book so bad
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Milkbiscuit ¥¥~~\(´Д` ) \ NOOO
I voted for Rogue Galaxy but I also love Dark Cloud 2, which introduced me to level 5 games. But my copy of DC2 was glitchy so I only completed it halfway, and I never got around to finding a new one. One reason for that was because I had spent so much time trying to complete every single quest and get all the weapons and tools. That's one thing I love about level 5 games, they bring out that completionist side of me. And I spend hours on their games but I love every minute of it!!

I should try out Ni no Kuni one day.
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Great contents for the Wizard Edition! I never paid attention to any Ni No Kuni news. Heck I didn't even remember that I pre-ordered the standard version , the automated text from Gamestop reminded me(LOL). Even if I did know, I don't think I would have pre-ordered the Wizard Edition, as I have pretty no space left to put any more limited edition games. I have so many already and they are second only to my figures when it comes to taking up space.
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