Background of Ni no Kuni’s collectors edition
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a truly beautiful JRPG from one of my most beloved developers; Level-5. I still have very fond memories of Dark Chronicle (Or Dark Cloud 2 as it was called in other countries) for the PS2. It’s one of the best games I ever played and for that reason Ni no Kuni was on my radar when talk of release outside of Japan emerged. At this point, I still worked at Gamestop and had great info about availability and news regarding the launch. The Collector’s edition – or Wizard’s Edition – was sold out well before the game was out and I had, of course, secured my own.
Width 27,5 cm, Height 21 cm, Depth 8 cm
DKK: 899,- | EUR: 121 | USD: 142 | GBP: 110
*Please note that I worked with Danish prices at the time and all the prices are based on this. Denmark is VERY expensive with their video games, so keep that in mind.
Ni no Kuni Wizard’s Edition came in a semi-big box made of cardboard. All the normal information of a ps3 game is printed on the back, so it’s always visible on the box.
The collector’s box sleeve is made of a fairly thin kind of cardboard, almost paperboard. Mine has unfortunately received damage over time from this flimsy quality. This is especially sad when you have a look at the beautiful artwork on the box. The design looks very clean and classy and it deserved a better quality cardboard or even plastic.
When you slide the sleeve off the box there is a slightly more sturdy box inside. This box is made in a more glossy style and has aged way better than the outer sleeve.
The box does what it’s supposed to but to be honest the build quality is just mediocre.
When I look at the box I have not a bit of doubt about what kind of game this is. It is a JRPG and there seems to be a lot of inspiration from the Final Fantasy template of designs. Both the outer sleeve and the inner box share the same design with the sole difference that the inner box does not have all the logos and text added. The overall design is a variation of the one also used in the game case. This is the European version and as I recall both the American and Japanese designs are different.
Overall I really like the fairly simple and classy look of the box. It reminds me of fairy tales and makes me curious to experience the content.
The Wizard Edition is deep enough to stand securely on its own. It even looks great next to most other collector’s boxes that usually have a much darker color theme. The eggshell white box with the golden and very stylized text really looks exclusive. It draws both attention and curiosity.
However, there is no fancy details or things that have never been done before. Like I mentioned before; It does its job and looks great while doing it. It might just be a bit boring.
Mr. Drippy plush doll
One of the more unique characters in the world of Ni no Kuni is Mr. Drippy, Lord High Lord of the Fairies or just the Tear Fairy. The first time you see him in the game he is just a plush doll in the possession of the game’s protagonist Oliver. When the game really starts up Drippy is awakened to his normal state by the sad tears of Oliver. This plush doll is built with the normal, living version of Mr. Drippy in mind and he is indeed cute.
The plush doll is about 15 cm long from top of the head to the end of his small legs. His face, which is oh so happy, is embroidered onto the fabric and is a very fine quality. The fabric, however, is all polyester and feels a bit cheap and thin. It’s not like it’s going to break on you, but there is nothing fancy or exclusive over this part. His little, red lantern is dangling from two pieces of nylon string and has plastic ironed on for the glow effect.
Quality 6/10 Mr. Drippy is a fine little plush that really adds to the collector’s effect, but he’s not living up to the potential.
Relevance 9/10 There’s a lot of characters in Ni no Kuni you could have made as a figure or plush, but none as charming as Mr. Drippy!
The Wizard’s Companion Book
When you are playing the game Ni no Kuni you often have to look up information, advice, and spells. The game provides an in-game digital solution where you can find all this, but in the Wizard’s Edition, you get this as a physical 340-page hardcover book. This book is really high quality and superbly sexy!
There is a lot of detail and things going on in this design. The spine of this hardcover book is made with stitching and glue on a piece of cloth making it very sturdy. The outside of the spine is heavily detailed with golden patterns and looks very very exclusive on the bookshelf (If you choose to display it this way). The front and back details on the outside of the book are raised to give a slight 3D look and feel. In the center of the front, there is a hole with a rounded pearl placed in the dent. The pearl functions as a distorting mirror and looks great!
Quality 9/10 This is the main piece of the Wizard Edition and it lives up to this status!
Relevance 10/10 I remember preferring this over the digital solution. It’s just the perfect piece of content that enhances the experience of the game.
In the box, you get two DLC leaflets each containing two familiars. Familiars are the game’s variant of fighting roosters that you can use in battle. Think Pokémon or cockfighting. During the game, you can find, catch and train these little critters to do your bidding. The four familiars you get in the collector’s edition are
- Griffy (Preorder bonus)
- Flutterby (Preorder bonus)
- Golden mite
- Golden drongo
It’s a fine bonus that offers something unique for the game without making you too overpowered or feeling indifferent.
Quality 8/10 You will most likely use these critters in the game (Unless you are going to sell on eBay, where this box is doing pretty good) and get a minor boost while feeling special snowflake.
Relevance 9/10 Some companies would have given you 5 different colors for Oliver’s pants and an XP boost. I like this bonus way better for giving you unique bonuses that can not be obtained otherwise.
There is nothing special in this part of the content. There is no steelbook or exclusive design for the game case. No. Only the regular game case from the standard edition.
Ni no Kuni Wizard edition has a special place in my collection and I doubt I will ever let go of it. I adored the game and am looking forward to the sequel with huge anticipation. However, the Wizard edition is far from perfect and has its ups and downs. To really score a collector’s edition fairly we have to look at all the different scores and hold it against the price tag at the time of release.
This was not an expensive box compared to many other similar sized collector’s editions. And given the content and its quality, I think it was very fairly priced. The wow-effect only really occurred to me when I was holding the companion book but the content is solid. The look and feel of the box are mediocre at best.
the final score for Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Wizard’s Edition is
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