As if the Ni no Kuni – Wizard’s Edition wasn’t good enough already, Namco Bandai now wants to sweeten the deal. Today the company announced a new promotional program for North America called ‘Ninostarter‘, which will start tracking the number of pre-orders the game gets in order to unlock special bonuses.
What’s interesting is that just like Kickstarter, as more fans pre-order the collector’s edition exclusively from the Club Namco store (pre-orders from other outlets like Amazon don’t count), more extras will be unlocked and added to the final packaging at no additional cost. These items will unlock after pre-orders hit certain pre-established levels. Fans, however, need to act fast as Namco will stop taking pre-orders and end the promotion on August 31, 2012.
Currently the Wizard’s Edition costs $99.99 and comes with a copy of the game, a 300+ page physical copy of the game’s spell book, a plush doll of Oliver’s guide Drippy, and two exclusive DLC monsters to use in the game. Namco has yet to reveal exactly what will be added, but from looking at what’s currently included, we can assume that the extras will certainly be of high quality and will fit the game.
The first pre-order goal appears to involve reaching a certain number of ‘Likes’ on Facebook. As of this writing it is 35% complete with 2404 fans and 42 days remaining. Overall I think it’s a very interesting idea and will hopefully give fans more of an incentive to get this special edition. The game is not that well known outside of Japan, so it will need all the help it can get to make sure it sells well.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will debut in North America exclusively on the PlayStation 3 on January 22, 2013. It is a beautiful RPG developed by LEVEL-5 (Professor Layton series), with animation by Studio Ghibli and music by composer Joe Hisaishi.