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Namco Summons Strategy Guides for Cancelled Ni No Kuni Orders

Posted by Sammy Barker

Consolation prize

The past few days have proved a distinctly unmagical time for many of those that ordered Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch’s gorgeous Wizard’s Edition. Due to an administration error, the premium bundle was oversold, forcing a number of orders to be cancelled earlier in the week. Namco Bandai has since responded to the uproar, pledging an apologetic Club Namco voucher and Strategy Guide to all affected customers.

“We understand the $20 Club Namco voucher that has been offered to our affected fans may give little solace in place of an actual Wizard’s Edition package,” the publisher noted in a statement issued to Destructoid. “With that in mind, Namco Bandai will be giving the affected fans a 400 page hard bound copy of the Ni No Kuni strategy guide which includes an exclusive code to unlock a Gold Hurly Familiar in the game in addition to the original $20 Club Namco voucher.”

The backlash to the unfortunate incident intensified earlier this week, when it emerged that eBay-based retailer PlayCanada had obtained more than 200 of the in-demand collector’s editions, and was selling them for $399.99 apiece – a figure more than four times the item's recommended retail price. Namco Bandai has since clarified that it did not work in conjunction with the outlet to sell copies of the premium bundle.

“PlayCanada’s claims that they officially worked with Namco Bandai to obtain their stock is entirely false,” the company said. “According to our records, this individual or group of individuals purchased [the Wizard’s Edition] during the NiNoStarter promotion period in August 2012, at which time, no limits were placed on how many units an individual could order.”

The collector’s edition itself includes a 300-page companion book, in-game DLC, and a Drippy plush doll, which is no doubt the attraction for most consumers. Did you manage to obtain one of the sets, or were you unlucky? Let us know in the comments section below.

[via destructoid.com, ebay.com, polygon.com, mcvuk.com, joystiq.com, vg247.com]

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User Comments (10)

rastamadeus

#1

rastamadeus said:

Is this affecting US pre-orders only? Had my UK game pre-ordered for almost five months now and I will be seriously miffed if it turns out I've lost out.

Squiggle55

#2

Squiggle55 said:

Mine is in the mail. I heard some people got theirs cancelled even if they ordered in July/august, while others that ordered a week ago got theirs. I cannot describe how angry/disappointed I would have been if they cancelled mine from august. Unbelievable.

Stuffgamer1

#4

Stuffgamer1 said:

Mine is in the mail, too...already got my guide from Amazon for only $20! This attempt at an apology would be small compensation for me if my order had been cancelled...especially since I already HAVE the guide...so my sympathies to those in that boat. And all my hate goes to Namco for allowing this to happen and to PlayCanada for abusing the system.

theblackdragonAdmin

#5

theblackdragon said:

you'd think they would have anticipated people preordering big numbers of a special edition game this highly anticipated just to jack up the prices and sell them on eBay. why was there not a limit in advance so that a wider range of fans would be able to get a copy? 200 is crazy! :/

rastamadeus

#7

rastamadeus said:

If my copy - which Amazon say hasn't been sent yet - isn't the Wizard's Edition I'm afraid a poxy stratergy guide wont cut it and I will want my money back, but not from Amazon but Namco.

SuperconsoleAdmin

#8

Superconsole said:

@Squiggle55 You really won't need a strategy guide. It's quite straightforward in terms of what you have to do. As long as you grind your familiars to high levels you should be fine.

AceSpadeS

#9

AceSpadeS said:

@Superconsole
I dunno... If it's a gorgeous, hard bound, fancy pants strategy guide, I might "Need" it too. Just like I needed that amazing Skyward Sword guide...

Stuffgamer1

#10

Stuffgamer1 said:

Plus, it comes with a special piece of DLC for the game! Of course, so did the Wizard Edition, so...yeah. If you want that stuff, better to have both. Sorry to those who were unable to pull that off, but my copy came in today, thankfully. :)

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