Unfortunately for fans of Nintendo’s Xenoblade Chronicles 3, scalpers are snatching up pre-orders for the special edition of the role-playing action game. Excitement for Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has only increased with the announcement of a new special edition. The bundle promises a steel book case, an oversized box covered with special art, and a hardcover art book alongside a copy of the game. However, pre-ordering a special edition is proving difficult for many fans of the series.
The current set of pre-orders for Xenoblade Chronicle 3‘s special edition is not the first batch that has been made available for purchase online. Nintendo announced and released the first round in early June, with fans flooding in to snag a copy, ultimately causing the website to crash. The rush was prompted by a tweet from the official Nintendo of America Twitter account announcing the launch, quickly overloading servers and causing many to receive an error stating the website was at capacity. While many were hopeful they would have more success during the second wave of pre-orders, that hasn’t been the case.
As reported by The Gamer, scalpers have taken advantage of the game’s popularity, buying up a good portion of the pre-orders and listing them for a severely inflated price on eBay. Several scalpers are now selling their special edition copies on eBay for up to $350, almost four times the original price. Unlike the first wave, the second round of Xenoblade Chronicles 3 special edition preorders was restricted, only allowing customers to purchase one bundle per person, but the change has done little to slow down the rate of sales. Adding to fans’ frustration, Nintendo has also kept pre-orders for the special edition version of the game open in Japan.
Unfortunately, the scalping of video game special editions and home consoles has been a prominent issue for gamers in recent years. Similar challenges have plagued those attempting to purchase both PlayStation 5 and Xbox X/S consoles, as well as impacting early sales of the OLED Switch. Nintendo has been particularly susceptible to scalper attention, with many special edition Nintendo Switch consoles and game bundles purchased by scalper bots online, making it difficult for gamers to purchase desired options from reputable retailers.
Despite the frustrations surrounding the special edition pre-orders for Xenoblade Chronicles 3, those who were able to grab a pre-order online will have an exciting bundle to look forward to when the game releases late in July. Additionally, there is a possibility a third round of pre-orders for the special edition bundle could be announced in the coming weeks. While nothing has been confirmed by Nintendo, this could offer those looking forward to Xenoblade Chronicles 3 another opportunity to pre-order the special set ahead of release.
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Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will be released for the Nintendo Switch on July 29, 2022.
Source: The Gamer