I’m late since the game came out in March, but I left it with my Chinese relatives until my dad went back to visit in order to save on shipping costs. This is one of the many different Chinese limited editions, priced at 299 Yuan (~$50 CAD). It’s slightly smaller than the Ys Seven box length*width-wise, but also thicker (as thick as a DS game case is tall).
China sure knows how to care about its female fans. As mentioned in a previous post, the Chinese PC release of Ao no Kiseki will have a limited edition targeted to the female audience.
The limited edition includes a PVC Loewe figure (SD, likely around the size of a nendoroid petite), and is now revealed to come with a dakimura of Wazy and Randy (it’s double-sided).
The page for this limited edition is here.
On another note, the Chinese blog also revealed that certain limited editions from other suppliers (Amazon China and some others) will have a dakimura of Rixia and an unknown character.
Prototypes of the Wazy figure and the store-specific Rixia figure + double-sided Tio dakimura have been revealed, and can be seen here. That limited edition also comes with an SSS badge and Enigma keychain.
Update: Girls’ side LE is also confirmed to come with an SD figure of Olivier. I am suddenly tempted. A release date of March 28, 2012 is also revealed.
I’m sure Endless History has covered pre-release details on the Chinese PC Limited Edition of Ao no Kiseki, but the Chinese developer blog also announced a “Girls’ Version” of the LE, which includes a Loewe SD figure. Further details about the Girls’ Version will be released in October. They are also announcing different limited editions for different retailers like Ys Seven, Amazon China included.
I’ve already got my LE preordered from their Taobao store, but if other retailers offer better versions, I might have to change…I’ll wait to see what else is in the Girls’ Version, Loewe is certainly tempting, but it’ll be hard to sway me from my Tio dakimura (will they have a dakimura for the Girls’ Version!? M-Maybe a Joshua or Lloyd?).
There are several different limited editions of the Chinese release of Ys Seven depending on where you buy it from, each with minor differences.
First up is the box. There’s 5 different box covers. There’s the general cover, which is the default one (has the generic RPG look that includes all characters). The other four are unique to select online sellers. I have the Amazon cover, which looks like this:
The Limited Edition comes with a bunch of stuff, cellphone pictures (bad lighting in my room in China) after the cut.
I disappeared for a while since I went on a trip with my family and some other people to Chicago for Christmas. We went there for shopping only, since the US prices are almost always lower.
I wasn’t going to care for a Chinese PC edition since I much prefer gaming on my PSP (I take forever to finish PC games so the only things I usually play on the PC are visual novels) and in English, which Ys Seven has been translated into already, but DAMN, LOOK AT THAT FABULOUS LIMITED EDITION. Chinese LEs will never fail to amaze me.
As long as it isn’t videogames or at an anime convention, I’m a pretty small spender. I never spend my allowance or gift money on clothes, since I’m fine with the cheap t-shirts and pants my mom buy me. I re-use stationary every year (no back to school shopping) and I use the library if I absolutely need a book. When it comes to videogames though, I completely lose the ability to ‘wait for price drop/desperately need it moment.’ I’m actually glad I live in North America, because we’ve got relatively cheap prices compared to most places. The average handheld video game in Japan costs around $50-$70 USD, from what I see on Play-asia and some Japanese sites. Most of the ones I want to buy are around $60. In Canada, new handheld games are usually $30-$40, with some puzzle games starting at $20! Console games are more expensive, obviously. There’s also the limited editions that companies like to release with their galge…Ohh! My imaginary Japanese wallet!! People usually buy either just the normal edition or the more expensive LE (usually $20+ more expensive), but then there’s extreme galge otaku like Keima (from the manga, The World God Only Knows) who buy both the limited edition and the normal edition. Oh yeah, not to mention how they buy “one copy for collecting, one for playing, and one for…(lending to others, looking at, and other variations).”
I love it when limited editions get released here in the West. It’s good to have merchandise available in a physically reachable place. I know XSeed likes to release LEs on their RPGs, and Atlus has pre-order bonuses for some of their games. They release games with soundtracks and artbooks. An artbook is usually a major deciding factor in pre-ordering for me. I LOVE ARTBOOKS. When I heard that Etrian Odyssey III came with an artbook as a pre-order bonus, I ordered as soon as possible. I really like EO’s art style, so I got it even if the game ends up into the backlog territory (won’t be surprising, seeing as how slow I am and the amount of games coming out this fall). YS Seven’s LE comes with an artbook, and I’ve heard many positive things about the game too…should my wallet take a rest before I venture forever into the world of limited editions? Or is my place at the land of old and used games good enough? What about tracking down limited editions of games that were released long ago? Oh, how my heart pains when I think of the Persona 4 artbook that I don’t have!!
Oh, the limited editions! Not only is crack cheaper, it is also less troublesome, unless I’m somehow mistaken and there really is a limited edition crack package released 2 years ago which includes soundtracks and artbooks of crack. Maybe every time a druggie buys crack, he has to ask himself “should I get the limited edition of crack A for $20 more or wait until crack B comes out?” Yeah…I clearly did not do the research about crack.