So after miles of driving and collecting names and numbers of store supervisors and electronics section staff, my hunt for an NES Classic and a Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Master Edition ended in futility. I was so close to nabbing one when I visited one Target store (late by a few days after someone drove about 80 miles to get an LoZ BoTW Master Edition).
I didn't stand a chance when they were up for pre-order months back and I wasn't about to fork out money on eBay to the benefit of scalpers, so on I went scouring stores hoping to get them at retail price. In hindsight, the extra effort cost me more in time, gas, and car mileage than what I might have paid for on eBay; or maybe not since the mark-ups aren't exactly wallet friendly for limited edition Nintendo stuff.
Even on Amazon's Marketplace, the prices are ridiculous.
So after the Holiday bank account drain, I'm back to searching titles worth adding to my library. I lost out when I bet against Nier: Automata and cancelled my Collector's Edition Preorder. The reviews have been up there and people are saying the visuals and gameplay have been surprisingly superb.
The latest installment to Sega's Valkyria Chronicles franchise is on top of my list: Valkyria Revolution. I almost missed out on this deal, too. Apparently, retailers are listing this as standard, but there's a kink to the pre-order deal, because they're actually going to be Valkyria Revolution Vanargand Editions for the first batch.
A Soundtrack CD and a variant of the box art won't hype up the excitement to be honest, but I think this could be a start for the next round of collectibles this year for me. It also doesn't hurt that the gameplay of Valkyria titles are as entertaining as the top titles out there.