In October Sony’s two tiered price structure for first party PSP games starts in Japan. Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida or2, an expanded sequel to last year’s awesome dungeon management simulator with blocky Dragon Quest inspired graphics, will be a distributed as a downloadable PlayStation Network game and in retail stores. About a 1,000 yen ($9.50) separates the two versions. The extra money goes towards a box, physical UMD, and if you pre-order Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida or2 a capsule figure of the demon king.
Neat, but the boxed retail version would be more memorable if Sony treated it like a special edition bundled with a soundtrack, a toy, and maybe a plush slime for a premium price. I don’t think gamers in Japan are that connected to the PlayStation Network to make the digital version a direct competitor to the retail version for Sony to do this yet. Also, the retail version comes with an inherent disadvantage. You can’t sell it as a second hand game.
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