What's New in Video Game Collecting: Psycho-Pass, Final Fantasy XV, Persona 5, and Pokémon Go
While the rapidly advancing video game industry races ever deeper into a digital future, we collectors still value the novelties and applications of physical editions and extras. In that regard, September has been a big month for new announcements and releases regarding special and collector’s editions of games and consoles.
We’ve recently learned about a Special Edition Final Fantasy XV PS4 Slim which will be releasing in North America, Europe and Japan. The bundle includes a themed PS4 Slim and DualShock 4 controller, Final Fantasy XV in a special SteelBook case, the Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV animated film, and the Royal Raiment outfit, Masamune weapon, and Leviathan Regalia skin DLC packs. Announced roughly a month after the news of Final Fantasy XV’s two month delay and just days after the reveal of the PS4 Pro, many users decried the inclusion of a Slim instead of a Pro model.
I’d definitely be more inclined to jump at the bundle at the same price if it only included a themed PS4 Pro and the game, but as someone who has yet to get a PS4, the reduced price of the regular Slim model makes it more appealing than this one. There’s also strong overlap with the Ultimate Collector’s Edition of Final Fantasy XV, but if you missed out on that and still don’t have a PS4 and you want all this stuff, then this could be your bundle. Regardless, if you’re interested I’d think you’d wanna get a move on: just about everything FFXV related is selling like hotcakes.
If you’ve managed to make it to this point without a New Nintendo 3DS – or you’re one of the rich hobbyists who buys all variants of Nintendo handhelds – you’ll want to watch out for the Solgaleo Lunala Black Edition. Available for the standard New Nintendo 3DS rate of $199.99 and coming without Pokemon Sun or Moon, it doesn’t bring much additional value outside of its unique appearance.
Japan’s biggest release this month (and very likely one of the biggest of the year) came in the form of Persona 5 on September 15th. While North America is getting a sauve limited Take Your Heart Edition when it releases in February, Japan has gotten the superior set as per usual. Their 20th Anniversary Edition Famitsu DX Pack Crystal Set includes Persona 5, a hardcover art book, 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album, Special Combo DLC Set, Mini Figure set, four huge A3 size clear posters, and a 3D crystal with a light up LED stand.
Available now, you can still order the set via import sights like Play-Asia, but the $249.99 asking price may ward off the economic collector, if such a thing exists. I can never get enough of the lit crystals (pictures via CheapAssGamer user Covnam):
Square Enix unveiled the Black Box Edition of NieR: Automata at this month’s Tokyo Game Show 2016. Priced at a whopping 25,800 yen (roughly $251), the Square Enix store exclusive will include a collector’s box, a YoRHa No.2 Type B character figure, a novel, an artbook, a soundtrack, and a DLC code. While this game will be available for PS4 and PC, this set appears to only be available for the PS4. I really want this, but that price tag!
Another highlight this month was the limited edition of the PS4 exclusive Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet. At just $49.99 it includes a thin hardcover art book, soundtrack CD in a jewel case (instead of a sleeve), 5-postcard set and a collector’s box. If you took advantage of Amazon or Best Buy’s pre-order deals, you could further reduce the price to $43 (with shipping included). Looking at our glowing review of the game, this seems like a pretty solid buy. See the unboxing below (video via POPnGAMES):
Fans of Idea Factory’s titles had a reveal and a release this month. Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls is getting a $64.99 Limited Edition. Pre-orders are live now and IF released their own unboxing video for this set:
The company also provided this treatment for MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death. At $57.99, this is a cute bundle (particularly because of the mouse pad), and I thought it was a decent video game. If you want either of these you should act now, because like NISA, Idea Factory’s limited editions always sell out after some time and hike in resale value:
Speaking of which, NISA also has Criminal Girls 2 out on September 20th, although both variants of its Limited Edition are already sold out. A shame I missed it too, because this game is pretty fun. Some scalpers currently have the “Party Bag Edition,” which was up at $74.99, listed for more than $150:
The Pokemon Go Plus peripheral had an interesting launch on September 16th. As expected, the device sold out at every retailer and is currently only available from a third party seller via eBay or Amazon, to the tune of $100 or more. I’ve watched stock vanish from my PC. When I checked GameStop in my area on Friday, they had multiple units and various stores around the city did too. Today, there’s apparently not a single unit at any GameStop store within 100 miles of my location.
I just spoke with a GameStop rep who said the stores were holding pre-orders for customers longer than usual because of the ravenous demand for the product. Walmart, Amazon and every other retailer appears to have low or no stock as well, although your mileage will vary. If you didn’t manage to get your hands on one, you shouldn’t be too bummed out. Given the ongoing success of Pokemon Go, a restock is definitely happening, it’s just a matter of waiting. In the meantime, just keep looking at your screen while you play.
Even after Final Fantasy XV was delayed, the biggest release of September for me took on the form of Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness. I finally saw the anime a few months ago and then quickly binged on season two and the movie. I found it to be one of the most profound and thought provoking anime series I’d ever seen and one that has become, of the many dozens of series I’ve completed, one of my absolute favorites. Thus, when I heard we were getting the visual novel in English and when I learned of the limited edition, I was even further in. The Vita version is $59.99 and it includes some lovely extras.
The box overall was bigger than I expected. That’s a PS Vita game case for reference: the box is in a case sleeve that features the standard cover art:
The actual box has unique artwork on the front:
The new characters feature prominently on the album artwork:
The microfiber cloth features a kitty:
The pencil boards are wonderful, even if I’m not sure what to use them for:
I can actually appreciate the art book being softcover because I can peruse it without fear of the pages breaking from the binding:
All in all this is pretty nice and I can’t wait to tear into the game, especially after Azario’s very positive review.
All this said and we’ve only covered some of September’s many releases. Some other highlights include ReCore’s collector’s edition, Europe’s SteelBook and art book editions of BioShock: The Collection, and the reveals of collector’s editions for Sonic Mania and Aragami. Are you planning to buy any of these? Were you one of the players lucky enough to get a Pokemon Go Plus at MSRP? Which collectibles are you picking up in September?