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Posted by Caitlyn Muncy on Jan 25, 2013

Ni No Kuni Special Wizard’s Edition Issues


As I’m sure you all know, Ni No Kuni came out last Tuesday. There was a special bundle that you could preorder called the Wizard’s Edition which cost around $100, and with shipping would’ve been around $120. It seems that even though people have put money down on this, they still aren’t getting their game. Why you might ask?

Digital River, the middleware provider had a problem with their ordering system, and have oversold to the point where they can’t take any new orders. The current, official word of why you’re not getting your game is as follows:

Due to an error in our ordering system, the available inventory of Wizard’s Edition was oversold by mistake. We want you to know that Digital River does not take this situation lightly. We are implementing process improvements to prevent this issue from happening again and are committed to regaining your trust.

It may be inventory/distribution problems, but there is some shady business happening. An eBay user named PlayCanada has over 200 copies of this edition, and is selling them at sky-high prices. Seeing as the maximum order quantity was one, people are feeling a bit ripped off that they managed to get a hold of so many copies of the game.

PlayCanada did order these copies in advance, but still, they shouldn’t have been able to nab so many when there was an order limitation (They likely bought them one at a time for a while, the system probably couldn’t sort out who had bought just one of the game before). Especially when that means that customers are having their orders canceled because a scalper company won out. Yes, that’s right folks, canceled.

The best part? PlayCanada doesn’t even have the physical copies of the games they’ve sold.  Someone decided to purchase a copy from them off of eBay and emailed them about the subject, and this is what they posted to the NamcoBandai forums, “They told me they don’t have them and will probably not have them for 1 week but they said they talked to Namco directly on the phone and were told they would be getting them.”

They can say that there were only a limited number of these available, but that is all kinds of not true. When the preorder option was available during the Ni No Starter program, it had different “levels” and the more people that ordered meant more things that would come with the special edition. These were made to fit however many people bought them, so you can imagine that there is some shady business happening. If you’re one of the people who is affected by this, there is the forum link posted above, and a fb page has been created. Hopefully it’s all just one big misunderstanding. At this point, there’s nothing anyone can do really, so we just have to wait for whatever sort of resolution comes of all this, though it will likely be an email with an apology.

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