Do you see that beautiful Ni no Kuni Wizard’s Edition? It’s magestic, perhaps even glorious, and you will never have it. Ever. This is the one case where when a publisher says they’re making a limited edition, it’s truly limited. Namco Bandai actually sold out of this $99.99 bundle. Yes, there was so much demand for the Ni no Kuni Wizard’s Edition that people went crazy offering up their $100 for it.
It was quite a sight to behold. There were even two runs where it was made available through the Namco Bandai Online Store. Both of the two runs sold out. And, while people who placed orders for the Ni no Kuni Wizard’s Edition during the first run are guaranteed a copy, it’s very likely people who placed orders during the second run won’t get their copy. No game, coin, stuffed Drippy, The Wizard’s Companion book, soundtrack, art or DLC for them. Even people who are still guaranteed a copy are having trouble getting theirs due to demand.
Of course, people who are experiencing the Ni no Kuni Wizard’s Edition issues are the best people to go to if you are affected by the problem. A post by a user named Guacamole on the Namco Bandai Games Forums is a thing of beauty. It’s a comprehensive guide explaining the situation, offering contact information for Digital River, which handles the Namco Bandai Online Store and answering some of the most common questions that people may have.
On the plus side, people who aren’t getting the Ni no Kuni Wizard’s Edition now have some extra money. I’m sure they’ll still buy Ni no Kuni, which means they have at least an extra $40. I’d like to offer some suggestions for extra games they could buy to ease the hurt. Atelier Meruru is a lovely PS3 exclusive JRPG, as is Valkyria Chronicles. Eternal Sonata is also both pretty and cheap. Or, you could go to Best Buy and grab three uDraw GameTablets!