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Inside The Box - Wii U Wind Waker HD Limited Edition

Hello and welcome to yet another new blog series I've decided to start up. Inside The Box will focus on packaging and extras that come with various "editions" of games, though I won't limit myself to just games. Anything nerdy is fair game on this blog!   For this entry I went with a limited edition console, the Wind Waker Wii U!   **Note: This is NOT a review of the game, only the packaging**   Nintendo Wii U Deluxe - Wind Waker HD Limited Edition   Release Date - September 20, 2013 Manufacturer - Nintendo Platform(s) - Wii U Price - $299.99 Price Paid - $279.99 (Newegg) Retailer/Region Exclusive - US Only - Gamestop/Newegg Only     Included: - Packaged in Zelda Themed Wii U Box - Wind Waker HD Downloadable Game Voucher - Hyrule Historia Digital Copy Voucher - Black and Gold Embossed Wii U System (32GB Deluxe) -Standard Wii U Deluxe Components (HDMI, Power, Stand etc) My first venture into next-gen territory, and it's the Wii U! But not just any Wii U, the Wind Waker Limited Edition console! This is a limited run Wii U that's essentially a black Wii U Deluxe with gold embossing. It released on September 20, 2013 in the US.   Has a Zelda themed Wii U package, which is nothing special really, but nevertheless increased the excitement when opening the box.   This package comes with the system itself, all the usual assorted components etc, but this specific version also comes with downloadable vouchers for Wind Waker HD and Hyrule Historia on Wii U.   I can't deny that I'm a bit disappointed that the copy of Wind Waker was a voucher and not a physical copy, especially since it'll take up a huge chunk of the default system memory. Hyrule Historia I originally passed on so it's nice to have a digital version as an added bonus, I don't particularly mind that being digital since I had passed on the physical originally anyway.   For the price I paid for it, I am quite happy. I've been wanting a Wii U for a while now but the right price and deal hadn't come along just yet. This particular bundle was perfect, it was under $300 (10% off coupon from Newegg helped!) and even came with a game to boot! If you've been wanting a Wii U and love Zelda, then I'd suggest you pick this bundle up soon because I doubt it'll last long!   Pictures of the system! The Tablet, it's so nice! The vouchers!     Presentation - 8/10 Price/Value - 9/10 Extras - 8/10   Score - 8 / 10 *   Great   *Score rounded to nearest increment of .5     What did you think of this type of review? Are any of you considering a Wii U?

Ludono

Ludono

 

Inside The Box - Atelier Ayesha Premium Edition

Hello and welcome to yet another new blog series I've decided to start up. Inside The Box will focus on packaging and extras that come with various "editions" of games, though I won't limit myself to just games. Anything nerdy is fair game on this blog!   For this entry I went with Atelier Ayesha, agame we did not get a Limited Edition for in the US.   **Note: This is NOT a review of the game, only the packaging**   Atelier Ayesha The Alchemist of Dusk - Premium Edition   Release Date - June 28, 2012 Developer - Gust Platform(s) - Playstation 3 Price - Unknown (But is on eBay for upwards of $100) Price Paid - ï¿¥3,200 or about $32 (Retail Shop) Retailer/Region Exclusive - No / Japan Only   Included: - Collectors box/packaging - Game - Framed Artwork Atelier Ayesha is yet another entry in the Atelier series from Gust. It was released in Japan in June of 2012 and had a standard release as well as this limited edition. It was released in the US about a year later.   The box feels high quality and sturdy, but isn't particularly notable.   Inside the box is simply the standard game and a framed artwork. Not much to say about the game, though it does have a full colour manual, a rarity these days. I'm not sure if the US version has the same, could someone who has it correct me on it?   The framed artwork is gorgeous looking. The print is in a wooden frame and uses glass rather than cheap plastic. There's also a nice backing to the picture to add to the look.   For the price I paid for it, I am quite happy. There's not much to this edition but for a hair over $30 it's a great buy. However those seeking this edition online should be weary, because I found it hard to find at under $100 which it is in no way near worth.   Presentation - 9/10 Price/Value - 10/10 (For the price I paid for it because I can't compare it to MSRP) Extras - 5/10 Score - 8 / 10 *   Great   *Score rounded to nearest increment of .5     What did you think of this type of review? Is there something else would you like to see next?

Ludono

Ludono

 

Inside The Box - Steins;Gate Senkei Kousoku no Phenogram Limited Edition

Hello and welcome to yet another new blog series I've decided to start up. Inside The Box will focus on packaging and extras that come with various "editions" of games, though I won't limit myself to just games. Anything nerdy is fair game on this blog!   For this entry I went with the third entry in the highly popular VN series, Steins;Gate Senkei Kousoku no Phenogram.   **Note: This is NOT a review of the game, only the packaging**   Steins;Gate Senkei Kousoku no Phenogram - Limited Edition   Release Date - April 25, 2013 Developer - 5pb Platform(s) - Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Playstation Vita Price - ï¿¥7,400 or about $75 Price Paid - ï¿¥5,320 or about $54 (Retail Shop) Retailer/Region Exclusive - No / Japan Only     Included: - Collectors box/packaging - Game - Replica SG001 (Okabe's phone)   Steins;Gate is a series of Japanese Visual Novels from 5pb. This particular game is the third released thus far. It was released exclusively in Japan in April of 2013 and had a standard release as well as this limited edition. It also had simultaneous releases on Xbox 360 and Playstation Vita.   This edition may still be available a retail, depending on where you look. You will not however, find it anywhere outside of Japan other than on import websites, so expect to pay a premium.   The box itself is sturdy and nice to look at, it features artwork from the game and is slightly larger than your average game box lengthwise. The game itself is just the standard release, nothing special there either.   The phone replica is pretty neat, because not only does it look good (it doesn't feel like a cheap plastic knockoff) but if you insert a battery the phone actually becomes usable! Not as a phone of course, but pressing the various buttons allows you to, from what I understood of the manual, access voicemails, dialogue and other assorted sounds. It does require one of those circular flat batteries so I have been unable to test it (batteries not included!).   The phone.       That being the extent of the extras in this package is quite disappointing I'd have liked to at least have a soundtrack or something thrown in as well. Ah well.   For the price I've seen it at in most stores, and especially at the price import sites are asking for it I can't in good conscience bring myself to recommend this edition, unless you are the most die hard Steins;Gate fan with too much money to spend.         Presentation - 8/10 Price/Value - 3/10 Extras - 3/10     Score - 4.5 / 10 *   Bad   *Score rounded to nearest increment of .5     What did you think of this type of review? Is there something else would you like to see next?

Ludono

Ludono

 

Inside The Box - Persona 4 Golden Solid Gold Premium Edition

Hello and welcome to yet another new blog series I've decided to start up. Inside The Box will focus on packaging and extras that come with various "editions" of games, though I won't limit myself to just games. Anything nerdy is fair game on this blog!   For this entry I went with something a little smaller, Persona 4 Golden.   **Note: This is NOT a review of the game, only the packaging**   Persona 4 Golden - Solid Gold Premium Edition   Release Date - November 20, 2012 Developer - Atlus Platform(s) - Playstation Vita Price - $69.99 Price Paid - $69.99 (Amazon) Retailer Exclusive - Yes, Amazon and Gamestop     Included: - Premium Packaging (Box) - Game - Hori Hard Pouch - Hori Face Cover - Vita Skin - Stickers   Persona 4 Golden is a Vita-exclusive port of the highly acclaimed PS2 JRPG, Persona 4. It was released in the United States by Atlus in November of 2012. It had a normal standard edition as well as the edition featured in this post. The Solid Gold Premium Edition was limited to 10,000 copies, split up 50-50 amongst Gamestop and Amazon.   This edition is no longer available at retail, though you can still easily find it via online re-sellers, albeit at double, if not triple the original price.   The box that holds the whole package together is nice, featuring artwork from the game as well as embossed lettering and gold coloured finish (no real gold here guys, sorry!). Because Amazon doesn't know how to properly ship games in cardboard boxes (hint, not in a bubble mailer!) mine is a bit squished at the top.   Now on to some of the extras.   Inside the box you'll almost immediately notice the giant bulky Vita hard case and clamshell. This is essentially why you (or rather I) bought this edition for. The case and clamshell combo is great and my Vita is safe and snug in it whenever I travel with it.   There is also a Vita skin that looks cool, though I won't be putting it on my Vita because I don't think the yellow goes well with the white colour. It's a cool skin though. The sheet also as a url that you can visit to download Persona 4 themed wallpapers for your Vita. These are by no means exclusive though as they can be found via a simple google search.   There are also some stickers tossed in because why not right? They're cool and all but not really that noteworthy.     For $30 more than the standard edition (at release) it's a bit of a stretch saying that it was worth it for the extras alone. In fact, you can buy almost all these extras for less than $30, because they were released in Japan separately. However, as a collectors piece or for a huge fan of the Persona series it's a no brainer.   Presentation - 8/10 Price/Value - 6/10 Extras - 8/10   Score - 7.5 / 10 *   Good   *Score rounded to nearest increment of .5     What did you think of this type of review? Is there something else would you like to see next?

Ludono

Ludono

 

Inside The Box - Dunamis 15 Limited Edition

Hello and welcome to yet another new blog series I've decided to start up. Inside The Box will focus on packaging and extras that come with various "editions" of games, though I won't limit myself to just games. Anything nerdy is fair game on this blog!   This time I've decided to try something a little different, Dunamis 15, a Japanese Visual Novel.   **Note: This is NOT a review of the game, only the packaging**   Dunamis 15 - Limited Edition   Release Date - September 15, 2011 Developer - 5pb. Platform(s) - PS3, 360 (Later ported to PSP) Price - 8,700 Yen or about $85 Price Paid - Around $50 (eBay) Retailer Exclusive - No       Included: - Collectors box/packaging - Game - 2 Disc Soundtrack (42 Tracks) - "Anti-Dunamis Headphone Type B Prototype" Headphones     Dunamis 15 is a Japanese Visual Novel from 5pb. It was released exclusively in Japan in September of 2011 and had a standard release as well as this limited edition. It was also released on 360 at the same time, and then on PSP (With it's own, different, limited edition) in July of 2012.   This edition is no longer available at retail, though it's still available on multiple import websites. It cost around 2000 Yen more than the standard edition.   The box itself is not too noteworthy, it features some nice artwork from the game but other than that its pretty unimpressive. The game itself is just the standard release, nothing special there either.   The OST is however, a nice touch, as 5pb visual novels usually have a great soundtrack and this seems to be no different as evidenced by the two songs used in the unboxing video. It comes on 2 discs and includes 42 tracks. Not too shabby.   Finally there is the centerpiece of this limited edition, the headphones themselves. They are a replication of the anti-Dunamis headphones worn by Chihaya, the poster child for this game. They are shiny gold plastic and have the Dunamis logo on the top. However, they feel very cheap and flimsy and while I haven't tried them on, I don't think they'd be very comfortable for everyday use either. These remain more of a collectors item rather than an actually useable piece of equipment.     Overall I don't see much value in this limited edition, especially for more than $20 (or more!) over the price of the standard edition. It's packaged together quite nicely, but contains very lackluster extras, though the soundtrack is very good. However, if you're a fan of 5pb and it's games you'll likely appreciate this for what it is.   Presentation - 6/10 Price/Value - 3/10 Extras - 5/10     Score - 4.5 / 10   Poor     What did you think of this type of review? Would you like to see more imports or more US games? Or is there something else would you like to see next?

Ludono

Ludono

 

Inside The Box - The Last of Us Survival Edition

Hi and welcome to yet another new blog series I've decided to start up. Inside The Box will focus on packaging and extras that come with various "editions" of games, though I won't limit myself to just games. Anything nerdy is fair game on this blog!     The inaugural post features one of the most highly anticipated games of this year, The Last of Us, specifically the Survival Edition of the game.   **Note: This is NOT a review of the game, only the packaging**     The Last of Us - Survival Edition   Release Date - June 14, 2013 Developer - Naughty Dog Platform(s) - PS3 Price - $79.99 Price Paid - $79.99 (Amazon) Retailer Exclusive - No   I decided to make an unboxing video for this!       To summarize the above video: - Collectors box/packaging - Steelbook case featuring Ellie/Joel - Sounds and Sights DLC - PSN Avatars and Theme - 170 Page Hardcover Artbook - Issue #1 of The Last of Us comic   The Last of Us Survival Edition is one of two different special editions, the other being the Gamestop exclusive Post-Pandemic Edition which substituted a 12 inch statue in place of the Artbook included with the Survival Edition.   This edition is available for $20 more than the standard edition, which seems fair for what you get with it. The box is much larger than I expected it to be, below is a comparison picture with a standard PS3 game.         The box everything comes in is large and looks like one of those promotional display boxes you'd see at Gamestop. That said, the artwork for the game is nice and I know I won't mind putting this box up for display on a shelf somewhere. However, a box this size might be the bane of those more space-conscious that myself.   The steelbook is simple yet elegant, with the added bonus of having artwork on the inside as well. The Artbook is definitely a premium book, more along the lines of the Uncharted 2 or Mass Effect artbooks rather than a small pack-in artbook most games get.   The DLC and PSN Avatars/Theme are a nice bonus, but definitely not worth any amount of money. Finally, the comic seems to be the afterthought of this edition, being more of a teaser than anything else, likely in the hopes of getting you to buy more issues of the comic as it comes out.     Overall you get your extra $20 worth out of this edition, though not much more than that.   Presentation - 9/10 Price/Value - 8/10 Extras - 7/10   Score - 8.0 / 10     Edit: The art book is available separately, albeit as a preorder (July 2) and at $40 MSRP ( $27 on Amazon)   What did you think of this type of review? More videos or more pictures in upcoming ones? What would you like to see next?

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