Open Forum #028
posted on 01.23.13 at 12:00 PM EST by (@salromano)
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Open Forum #028

Our twenty-eighth Open Forum is ready for discussion.

The Open Forum is your domain for anything and everything. Whatever you feel is inappropriate to discuss in other threads, you can discuss here. Want to talk about sports? You’re in the right place. Have a random question? Ask it here. Want to poll the community? Do it here. The Open Forum is what you make it.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

    Today is awesome!

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      I agree, good sir.

      • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

        Nintendo really brought it today. Very impressive.

        (Thanks for all the coverage Sal.) =)

    • Rezar

      With the exception of THQ closing yes it was a great day, especially for Nintendo who seems to be upping their game.

  • LordKaiser

    Today is very awesome! Nintendo convinced me to buy a WiiU. A xenoblade like game where you can use a mobile suit is too awesome!

    I was depressed to see my guild and the community fall apart on WKC for lack of support but Nintendo fixed my day. It’s time to move on.

    • HassanJamal

      My god, the only i was interested was that Lego exclusive and i wasnt totally into the wii u. After that NintenDirect, I really want a wii u now. That Monolith game, Lego City Undercover, and Zelda HD O_O

    • xMCXx

      Yup, the WiiU looks really promising now.
      I’m still waiting for the release of these games before I buy one, though.

  • Gaara D.Dragon

    what im wandering about is how possible would it be to see 3ds rpgs like Megaten 4, Monster Hunter 4, Bravely Default ported to the WiiU ?

  • DesmaX

    Damn, I don’t want to buy a Wii U.
    But, oh well, at least Nintendo is getting more support from 3rd party, and that’s nice…

    I just hope Persona 5 doesn’t end up being a Wii U exclusive

    • Bloodios

      Not unless Atlus has gone mad or Sony caught the no-want-Persona-on-my-system disease (they might as well lobotomize themselves if that’s the case)

      • shogunknight

        Persona has been a Sony game but if P5 is not released on PS3 or PSP/PSV, then theres still a possibility of a nintendo release. I wont be surprised, but ill be sad if its an exclusive to nintendo. The line-up on that console has made it almost impossible to look away

        • DesmaX

          Hm… I would like a PS3/X360/WiiU release, actually.

          Makes everyone happy

          • shogunknight

            Yep, true to that

    • LordKaiser

      Lol Nintendo will make you buy 1

  • Bloodios

    What a depressing day…

    • DichaTesoro

      Why is that? Because everyone else appears so happy? :)

      • Rezar

        Maybe because of THQ closing?

  • 8ing mii 8ing u

    Funniest name for a video game is Grabbed by the Ghoulies.

    • xMCXx

      Oh, Rare…

  • http://twitter.com/zabardo The World

    Anyone else got into the closed beta of PSO2?, got me really impressed even for the limited time to play it.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

      I played some of the JPN version. I didn’t realize they were already doing closed beta. It makes sense though, I’m impatiently waiting for the game to be released here.

      How is the localization? Did they just subtitle and translate? Or did they hire english voice actors?

      • http://twitter.com/zabardo The World

        My bad I missed out in context, was meaning about the japanese closed beta for vita that you could apply just by clicking on the psn store.

        There was one paragraph on their mail that caught my attention:

        “定員5万人に対して10万を超える非常に多数の応募をいただきま

        したので、

        『PSO2』にご期待いただいたお客様の声にお応えすべく、

        このたびクローズドβテストの定員数を拡大することを決定いたしました。

        厳正なる抽選の結果、本メールが追加当選のお知らせとなります。おめでとうございます。”

        It translates roughly to something like “Due to the high demand and over 10 million applications for our 50k slot we have decided to accept more into the beta, here’s your mail for going in, congratulations” (roughly really roughly)

        That 10 million line really caught my attention, my guess is that there’s a large base of people outside japan using that store, thought it was interesting.

        • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

          That is impressive. I’ve been keeping an eye on the game though. It’s incredibly popular in Japan. This is the type of game JPN gamers actually play on PC. I think the Vita version could also be very successful.

          • http://twitter.com/zabardo The World

            It’s amazingly playable compared to the PC ver, it uses a weird build compared to the PC Beta, netcode wise is excellent, and while you can tell the textures are lowered in quality this is a really playable, quite a system seller since it costs nothing for how much you can do.

  • PrinceHeir

    anyone here still waiting for their Wizard’s Edition?

    it’s still in Order of Process :(

    when will they ship mine :(

    today is an awesome day for a Nintendo Wii U owner :)

    Monolith Soft’s X Game, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, Bayonetta 2 progress, Dragon’s Dogma Arisen(should have announced a Wii U version) Wind Waker Remake and a new Zelda to boot

    awesome start for the day!!!!!

    but for now i just wany my Wizard’s Edition ._____.

    • xMCXx

      Be glad you get the game on time.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

      I hope you get your Wizard Edition man.

      • PrinceHeir

        thanks man :D

  • almostautumn

    After watching the Fate and Paradox video, I have built an occultist shrine and am now sacrificing gallons of goldfish blood in that, someday, the game receives a vita port.

  • paperclichepixel

    I seriously think this has been a great day, with more to come. The Japanese game market is going to shake the games foundation, with their games again.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

    Hello everyone! I hope this week is treating you well.

    (Please read this! I’m considering writing something for Gematsu. I really need user feedback! Sorry about all the text.)

    I’ve been thinking about writing some community based stuff for Gematsu. I haven’t really discussed it in detail, only because I’ve been contemplating what to write about. You see, I’ve had some ideas lingering in my head for quite a while now.

    So many of them started as cloudy visions in my head, but with the open forum, reading and commenting here, things are starting to become clearer.

    I like to write about topics that get the community interested. I don’t have the ability to provide secret gaming news scoops or anything, which rules out that type of stuff.

    So, what does that leave me with? I think when it comes to video games, I enjoy talking about past experiences. Both good and bad. I got to researching and looking at other gaming websites, publications, etc. I found that most stories about video games are set in the present, or the future.

    I find that kinda bizarre. I think talking about the past, about video game memories, I think it gets the community interested, reading stuff like that makes you want to post a comment.

    You might read something about a tough boss fight in an older game. Oh! I remember that fight! You might say. Chances are, you suddenly have the urge to share your story and experience. This is the type of stuff I’m looking at, the type of stuff I’d enjoy writing about.

    To sum this up, I’m looking into writing some community stuff, but I want to run that by you guys, the Gematsu community. Would you be interested in stuff like this?

    I’ve already got some ideas in my head about topics, and I would like to feature many of you in the articles.

    For example – I’ve had this topic floating around in my head for months.

    Who was your first video game crush? (Note – Don’t answer that here, I’d rather you save it for the article. You know, the one I might write up. xD)

    I know, it might sound silly to some of you, some might even consider it embarrassing. I think it’s perfectly normal. So many of us grew up playing video games, we all have that character that we just love. It doesn’t always have to make sense, but often times crushes connect to something in the real world.

    Perhaps Samus reminds you of a past girl friend? Maybe Snake’s badassness is attractive to you? Yes, I would be including everyone in this type of piece. If I decided to actually start working on this, I would probably ask anyone interested to contact me via email. I’d ask you to share your first video game crush story with me via email, and it would be used in the article.

    This is just an example of one way to directly involve the community. I think including stories from others in the community is a great idea. I think it should be done more often. Hopefully, that type of article would resonate with others in the community. They would post replies, and that might result in some great discussions in the comments.

    I think we’ve had those types of discussions here in the open forum before. They tend to be focused on past video game experiences, memories, that type of stuff. I not only enjoy discussing stuff like that, I think you all do too.

    So, does this sound interesting to anyone? Please post a response if you think it sounds good. It doesn’t have to be a long response. I just think fusing all the stories from the community, from gamers, into one article with a interesting topic is a cool idea.

    • whiteferrero

      i’m all for community building. it would be great to get others to contribute, but maybe with topics a bit closer to home? like i dunno, an experience where you bonded with family/friends through gaming?

      • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

        Sure, the example was just that. I have plenty of other ideas, some of them more serious. Stuff like you mentioned, but maybe even more serious. Something like, discussing a bad time in your life where video games helped get you through.

        If I started something like this, I would mix it up. One week might be something more serious, the next week something funny, maybe something lighthearted, etc.

        (Thanks for the reply!)

    • Kobracon

      You have my support, Zero! Maybe even a catchy name for the article section like “Games of future past!”….or something like that :P

      • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

        Thanks!

    • DichaTesoro

      It’s an excellent idea! Go for it!

    • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

      Sounds sound to me, I’m hooked!

    • Zancrow

      Cool idea!

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Started working on a Wii U exclusives page: http://gematsu.com/wii-u-exclusives

    It uses the same color formatting as our PS3/360 Exclusives page: http://gematsu.com/ps3-360-exclusives

    All of the currently announced games are there, just need to format it and what not.

    Eventually going to give each console their own pages and put “Released” games on the left and “Upcoming” on the right.

  • Ichimaru

    I’m impressed with today’s Nintendo Direct. It surpassed everyone’s expectations. I’m seeing a lot of people saying things like “Nintendo just made me buy a Wii U today”. As for me, I’m probably buying it as well, but not now. I’m satisfied with my PS3, and have a huge backlog to play. And I like to buy a new console only when it’s almost in the end of its lifecycle anyway. It’s a sort of strategy I have (though I didn’t follow it with the 3ds). The bummer is that when I get to play the games nobody wants to discuss about them anymore.

    Well, it’s been a good week. Recently I finished playing Planetarian, a visual novel by Key. It’s not really a game, it’s more of a novel with sound and pictures, you don’t make any choices during the story. It’s really good, and also a real tearjerker. When I read that Key was releasing one of its novels for the iPad in English I could hardly believe it, and downloaded it on the same day. I never played any other Key game, actually, but this one surely delivered. Now, next on my backlog: P4 Arena.

    • MosquitoLemon

      Same here, just got a PS3, playing through a lot of older stuff. If it’s a good game, people will still want to talk about it. Though I also want to get a 3DS sooner than later… maybe once all those Atlus games start dropping.

      • DrForbidden

        I just bought a PS2 a couple of weeks ago… XD

  • Kobracon

    Alot of great and unexpected news this morning ^_^! Almost too much for me to handle.

  • new_tradition

    So I finally got to play the MGR demo from PSN. I guess I’ll preface this by saying most of the games I play are turn-based RPGs with the occasional action game thrown somewhere in there. I played the demo on easy, but even then I had some difficulties.

    I never was able to parry, and I found myself just button smashing rather than using any proper strategy. I barely touched Blade Mode, so I kept missing out on getting health from the enemies (I assume it’s only possible if you attack them in Blade Mode?), which resulted in a game over once a Gekko(?) knocked Raiden out with 10% left. Not to mention I wasn’t sure if I should check out the surrounding area or just go straight to the marked points. It was fun slashing random stuff up, but at least in the demo, it didn’t seem necessary (no new paths opened up, I didn’t find any items, etc). Some of the markers on the screen weren’t explained, so I didn’t understand what that alert count down was for. Oh, and I couldn’t save that one civilian. My finesse with the blade is nonexistent :(

    That said, it was quite fun. Despite my struggles, the battle system wasn’t as complicated as I expected, it just needs some getting used to. I could probably play my way through the game story just by hacking and slashing if I really had to, so I could still see myself buying the game. The story, characters and graphics are still incentive enough to check it out anyways, lol.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

      It’s not an easy game. I played the demo on 360 and had problems with parry. I’m downloading it on PS3 as we speak.

      The demo is pretty straight forward, but you have a bit of freedom to run around with. The countdown alert is for when enemies see you, or detect you are in the area.

      (You can also bring up the codec menu and talk to the other members of the team for tips.)

      Yeah, you have to adapt to using blade mode. It’s pretty important to use it for restoring health. The parry system is sorta timed. You kinda have to watch the attack, and parry it back the opposite direction. It takes some getting used to, it’s not a very easy game. It’s one of those games that the player has to adapt to.

      • new_tradition

        Haha, thanks for sparing my feelings. I feel better knowing others struggle with it too xD

    • DichaTesoro

      I downloaded and played it yesterday. Really liked it, but, yeah, it was a tad hard. I’m terrible at most action games but love them—played Bayonetta on easy and could hardly get through some parts. Anyway, played MGR on normal and had a tough time with the stupid Moo Moos (the Gekkos) but figured out how to defeat them after a few tries. That kitty boss (I like using cute references, sorry) was totally hard for me. Died a dozen or so times but kept at it and learned the pattern…then it brought another Moo in! It was a fun challenge though, so proud when I beat it!
      It is a difficult game, just got to keep at it and study the patterns, and the parries and such will be second nature in no time.
      I’m going to buy it when I can…problem is, may be a bit too hard for my brother who is disabled and has difficulty with the quick-time button mashing stuff.

    • Kobracon

      Yeah it took me two runs on normal to really understand parry. It turns out there are two kinds. If you do it way before the enemy attacks, its just a block (negates damage), but if you do it at an exact moment, its a parry (block and auto counterattack).

      Theres also a few hidden moves you can do like back ->up + square/X is a powerful palm attack that blows the enemy away and slows them enough for you to blade mode them.

      Blade mode is EXTREMELY important as health goes down quite fast and eating enemy spines is the best way to heal (You have to cut exactly at the square box on the enemy and press the prompt)

      If parrying is a problem, just try dodge slashing first (square/X + X/A). Like most PG games, mastering the mechanics feels fantastic ^_^

  • MosquitoLemon

    I recently borrowed Catherine from my friend and I’m on the final stage. I liked the game a LOT more than I thought I would, though it’s a dang shame I don’t have time to go back and go for golds and all the endings. You better believe I’m youtube-ing them!

    • new_tradition

      If you made a save point around stage 8 (or maybe it was 9?), it’s only that point where your choices effect the kind of ending you get. But you need to get all 8 first to get the 9th once, so maybe youtube is the better option after all xD

      • MosquitoLemon

        Yeah, I just saw that… I don’t plan on going through the final stage over and over though, so I’ll cheap out. I was a little upset when I found out you need gold on a stage to skip it on your next playthrough, ahahh.

        edit: Finished the game now, I highly recommend it! Most of the puzzles were really satisfying, though there were a few where they gave you the solutions almost immediately AFTER you spent an hour trying to figure them out -_-

  • new_tradition

    Famitsu scoop on popular series
    http://gematsu.com/2013/01/surprise-new-scoop-on-popular-series-in-next-famitsu

    I guess I missed it, but, uh, what was the popular series?

  • paperclichepixel

    Gematsu, if you get any xtra passes to E3, I would kill for one, especially this year.

    :)

  • Pyrofrost

    Now if we can just get a localization announcement for DQX on Wii-U

  • almostautumn

    Hey did anyone pick up Monster Monpiece? I’m looking for some impressions as to the complexity of the system; really want to pick it up, but without knowing much Japanese I’m very worried that, as a card game, it will be too thick with language barrier?

    • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

      My copy should arrive tomorrow (it’s in Osaka right now) so I hope I can play a little over the next couple days. initial reactions on Amazon are rather positive.

      • almostautumn

        Cool beans. If you get the time, share your impressions; I’ve been interested in that title since reveal, so I’d really love to find out about its complexities.

        • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

          No need to worry, MonMon is extremely import friendly! The basic system is a simple, yet fun, card battle game where you only play monster cards (Monster Girls) and receive 3 Mana per turn. They advance on a 3×10 (3×3 per player + 1 neutral row) field to reach the enemy base and attack it directly. The official website should have an explanation/videos. There are 4 Classes and 6 Types.

          It’s import-friendly because each new mechanic is introduced with a pictured tutorial that can be grasped without any Japanese skills. It’s as if the developers and publisher were expecting foreigners to import the game. What’s disappointing, however, is the sad fact that screenshots are completely disabled in this game. Probably because some sensitive westerners might get offended or whatever. It’s a real shame as the game looks gorgeous.

          Oh, and the musical score is amazing!

          • almostautumn

            Yes!!!!! I’m ordering my copy right this—
            Now! …only 3 weeks to wait :/

            Seriously though; thanks for returning to this thread and giving impressions. Very appreciated, as I’ve just been so uncertain with this being a card game and all. どうも ありがとう dude!

            • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

              どういたしまして!You’re welcome, mate. The card game is quite simple at first but it gains some depth after a while. Personal tip: try to limit yourself to 2 (of 4) auras (i.e. colors) as playing 3 cards of the same aura consecutively earns you huge bonuses upon playing the 3rd one. Played it a couple hours straight today and it’s really, really fun. The “scratching” element is hilarious btw. I recommend using that feature in a closed room with headphones on ^^.

              Compile even imitated real card game rarities by giving B-S rares (rarity is indicated by letters, starting at “I” all the way to “A” and then “S”) a holographic effect when you tilt the Vita. Looks awesome in motion. Unfortunately Screenshots have been completely disabled which is a crying shame and the only nitpick I’ve got with the game. The story also seems rather interesting. Put in a nutshell I do not get the hate CH receive, MonMon is a stellar game and I absolutely love the soundtrack, that score is incredibly catchy.

  • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

    Guys, I strongly recommend using your translator of choice, or better yet, Rikai-chan (FF)/ Rikai-kun (Chrome) as this is pure comedy gold.

    360 fanboy trolling Demon’s Gaze on amazon. His review is funny on its own (in a fanboy-ish kinda way) but the comments are beyond hilarious!

    While you’re at it please also make sure to check out his other reviews as well, guy’s a master. Personally I liked the Okamoto Condoms one very much.

    http://www.amazon.co.jp/review/RJ5HPURM4P49N/ref=cm_cr_dp_cmt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B009WKZMT8&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=637394&store=videogames#wasThisHelpful

  • PrinceHeir

    been 3 days now and STILL no email watsoever.

    they already have my money(which they didn’t even bother to email me, had to check my bank account)

    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-WN9I5YJzw0U/UQFmWqCkOdI/AAAAAAAAAok/9wx-5Xpqn7M/s1502/Order.png

    the other order unsubmitted, i just put it on cart and never bother with it.

    i order this since June 30, 2012 and i have been waiting ever since!!

    this is fucked up Namco, where the hell is my Wizard’s Edition!!!

    where should i contact them?

    im getting worried and restless.

    if i still have no email by friday, i plan on cancelling it.

    this is getting ridiculous.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    So, just finalized our exclusives hub: http://gematsu.com/exclusives

    Thoughts?

    • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

      Sal, I am impressed. 良くできました!

  • fireemblembeast

    Ha ha! I have 200 votes now :3
    …But who’s keeping track?

  • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

    The Wizard Edition debacle continues!

    I got an email yesterday from Digital River. I called the phone number included only to be shot down again. This time was a bit different, I got an apology! I was even told I would be receiving some kind of apology coupon, and put on the top of the list if they got anymore in stock. I ordered it early on which is supposedly why I’ll be near the top of the list or whatever.

    Here is the email I was sent –

    Dear Customer,

    Digital River would like to express our sincere apologies for the problems that you had ordering NAMCO BANDAI’s Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch™ – Wizard’s Edition. Because of an error in our ordering system, the available inventory of Wizard’s Edition was oversold by mistake. The good news is because you were among the very first customers to place an order when inventory was available, we still have an opportunity to fulfill your original order. Before we are able to ship your order, we just need to you to contact our customer service department at 952-392-2057 to update your payment method. When you call, please have your order number available.

    I highlighted the part that stood out to me. This is the first time I’ve heard of some kind of error in the system. I also think the way that next line is worded is funky. We still have an opportunity to fulfill your original order? Wait, what? You either do, or you don’t. It’s that simple. If you have my order set aside, then you probably do, if not, then don’t tease me about it, not after all the other bullshit. If the opportunity means I have a time limit, then tell me about it! I’ve also yet to receive whatever coupon I’m going to get.

    I was very nice on the phone, you might imagine I’d be very angry sounding. I realized early on, the guy on the other line was basically powerless to do anything. I asked him a few question and he was clueless.

    I’ve been keeping a watch on ebay, I, along with many others, found this sellers page. http://offer.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewBidsLogin&_trksid=p2047675.l2564&rt=nc&item=280933846873 (Over 200 sold!)

    You can read more about that here – http://www.namcobandaigames.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=13057

    You can view even more about this huge mess on various websites. It’s all over the web right now. This entire thing is just… man… what a mess.

  • MosquitoLemon

    So I just spent the last few hours playing DMC at my friend’s place (he did a last minute pre-order on Steam and got the classic Dante skin). The game is PHENOMENAL. The demo is a lie. I haven’t had that much fun with an action game since…. well Ninja Gaiden a week ago, but before that, hadn’t had that much fun since DMC3.

    If it has a flaw, it’s that it’s too easy (we were playing on the highest available starting difficulty and rarely took a hit). It’s not easy so much because the enemies are stupid or telegraph everything (the bosses are/do, however), but because you have so many incredible attacks and combo options. Lack of targeting has not been an issue whatsoever, since you are usually surrounded by enemies and opt for crowd control or single-target air combos (which can easily deal splash damage depending on the weapon you use).

    Anyway, as long-time DMC fans and fans of action games in general (my friend is the one who recommended Ninja Gaiden to me) we both give this game the instant OK. I am usually against buying new games right away (unless it’s something special w/ preorder bonuses), but I am seriously considering picking this one up now.

    • MosquitoLemon

      Played 4 more hours (after my friend had played another 4 after I left), and I can say with some confidence that this game is easily the second-best DMC, maybe even the first if not for a lack of challenge. While it’s fundamentally a different game, overall there are a ton of parallels to the experience of Okami: Outrageously easy yet extremely fun combat, tons of random stuff to collect, well-paced progression, fantastic art style and environments, excellent soundtrack, tolerable platforming bits (which are there mostly for show, not challenge)… largely throwaway bosses (also for show)… so on and so forth.

      I could seriously go on about the game forever, I am just infuriated that there is so much misinformation about the game going around. Like I read what look like honest and unbiased opinions on the game, apply them to the reality of the game itself, and start to wonder how many, if any, of these people have actually played it. Those who try to divorce it from the other DMC games are in total denial.

  • Kobracon

    Hey I have an idea for the next OP pic, @salromano:disqus. Since its Chinese New Year soon AND its going to be the year of the Snake, how bout putting a pic of Snake from MGS ^_^ Or even Christie from DOA since she uses the Snake style.

  • PrinceHeir

    okay i knew this would happened :(

    ever since i saw the funds back at my account.

    so yes it’s been cancelled.

    even though it says in the email i was one of the FIRST people to preorder it.

    the reason? they can’t ship it to my location.

    fucking WOW.

    seriously New York you can’t ship?

    unbelievable, im pissed right now, the reason is soo freaking vague it’s making me angry even more.

    and you know what? some people even received there’s and they ordered the same time as me

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjNPzMIJZA4

    it’s depressing as hell, i was hype as hell for this.

    NEVER EVER gonna order from that shitty store ever again.

    definitely won’t be sleeping well(and it’s already 5AM here)

    • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

      I’m sorry prince, hate to read about that crap. I’m not sure if you checked out my previous post. http://gematsu.com/2013/01/open-forum-028#comment-777970659

      In that post is the customer service number I was told to use via email. You could try and contact them on that number. Why bother you ask?

      This was sent to kotaku yesterday –

      NAMCO BANDAI Games America would like to officially offer clarification to certain stories and sentiments surrounding the Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Wizard’s Edition.

      NAMCO BANDAI Games America would first like to acknowledge our fans that will not be receiving their copy of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Wizard’s Edition. This situation is truly unfortunate, having come about due to a glitch within our E-commerce provider’s ordering system. NAMCO BANDAI Games America continues to monitor the situation and is actively working with our E-commerce provider to offer remedies to each and every order. We are also working to ensure that a situation like this never happens again. We respectfully ask for our fans’ patience during this time.

      NAMCO BANDAI Games America is not, nor has it ever, worked with or in conjunction with the EBay seller known as “PlayCanada” to sell units of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Wizard’s Edition at a price premium on EBay .

      According to our records, this individual or group of individuals purchased Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Wizard’s Edition during the NinoStarter promotion period (August 2012); at which time, no limits were placed on how many units an individual could order.

      PlayCanada’s claims that they officially worked with NAMCO BANDAI Games America to obtain their stock is entirely false.

      We understand the $20 clubNamco voucher that has been offered to our affected fans may give little solace in place of an actual Wizard’s Edition package. It is unfortunate that we are unable to produce additional Wizard’s Edition units to fulfill all the extra orders; with that in mind, NAMCO BANDAI Games America will be giving the affected fans a 400 page hard bound copy of the Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch strategy guide which includes an exclusive code to unlock a Gold Hurly Familiar in the game in addition to the original $20 clubNamco voucher. Our E-commerce provider will be contacting the affected customers in the coming days with instructions on how to obtain their copy of the Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch strategy guide. We hope that this can give the affected consumers some comfort; NAMCO BANDAI truly does value and care about its fans.

      To sum it up – They f**ked up and we are supposed to get a $20 coupon and whatever the hard copy strategy guide is as an apology. While I don’t feel like those gifts really make up for all of this bullshit, I do want to receive them if they are promising to give them to customers like us for free.

      I’ll try and keep you updated about this. I haven’t received any emails about a the coupon or guide yet.

      • PrinceHeir

        the funny thing is that i almost have the same email, except they didn’t promise me any new copy of the guide.

        “Thank you for contacting the Namco Bandai US Online Store.

        Digital River would like to express our sincere apologies for the
        problems that you had ordering NAMCO BANDAI?s Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch? ? Wizard?s Edition. Your order was cancelled because we were unable to ship to the address provided.

        Unfortunately we are unable to replace your order at this time. Since you were one of the first people to place your pre-order with us, we have taken down your information and will be contacting you back if we are able to locate additional stock to complete your purchase.

        As an apology, we will also be sending you a $20 off coupon good through March 31, 2013 for any item at the online store. This will come in a separate email and if you do not receive it in the next 24-48 hours, please check your junk and spam folders.”

        you see those ? ? ? on the Witch of the Wizard sentence.

        seriously wtf is this shit!?!?!

        i already ordered the guide ASAP, i don’t want to rely on this crap anymore

        i suggest you do the same, they might fucked up the free copy guide as well.

        http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/030789598X/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00

        • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

          I’m kinda waiting it out. I don’t have the money to spend currently, I ended up having to loan some money out to my sister. Thanks for the response though.

          You ever get that email by the way? I haven’t received any emails.

          • PrinceHeir

            that is the email i got in the above.

            pretty stupid of namco :(

            oh well i already pre ordered the book just in case.

  • PrinceHeir

    hello, since my cancellation of Ni No Kuni Wizard’s Edition.

    im looking for more into Metal Gear Rising.

    with all the stupid pre order exclusive to multiple stores, i found out that in the US, gamestop has the best pre order(Gray Fox DLC, plus exlucisve 20+page art book)

    http://www.gamestop.com/ps3/games/metal-gear-rising-revengeance/78135

    so with that said, i bought the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection LE last November 2011, and they emailed my a coupon code that gives a $10 off of Rising(any edition) for amazon only purchase.

    im willing to give one right now since i decided to buy the gamestop one.

    if anyone wants one give me a reason to give it to you.

  • new_tradition

    Well I stumbled upon some awesome news just now.

    If you’re like me and missed out on getting “The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy” by Yoshitako Amano and published by Dark Horse, there’s gonna be a “light” version due for July 2013.

    http://www.amazon.ca/The-Sky-Fantasy-Slipcased-Edition/dp/1616551607/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359336223&sr=1-1

    While it’s not the uber awesome original version that had a whole lot of amazing extras, if you’re interested in the core FF amano art, here’s a chance to get it.

  • 8ing mii 8ing u

    I perfer the left front cover (might be japanese front cover) of Metal Gear Rising Revengeance rather than the front cover pictured in the middle.Raiden should have been pushed back like in the picture pictured to the far right.

  • 8ing mii 8ing u

    Darth Vader was cooler than a Trillion ice packs but Soul Calibur IV should have had Darth Maul in the game.Now that’ll be more cooler than Wrigley’s Extra Cool Breeze Sugar Free Gum.

  • 8ing mii 8ing u

    Crucifix Clique squad based 3rd person shooter to play like Devil May Cry or could be an RPG.

  • 8ing mii 8ing u

    For Street Fighter X Tekken Capcom-san (joke) they should have put Klonoa,Jack Slate (Dead to Rights:Retribution),Mr Driller but with Mr Driller they should have designed him like they have done with Mega Man (see in picture) have an adult body instead of having a toddlers body should have had an option to choose between Mega Man characters by pressing the select button at the character select screen.