Namco Bandai denies accusations of collusion with reseller


Have you ever been hustled? Like, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air hustled? Because it looks like Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch — Wizard’s Edition fans is Canada might be getting hustled.

Namco Bandai told Joystiq “some orders for the Wizard’s Edition of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch started being mysteriously cancelled” and the company worked “to clarify that the special edition had been oversold.” At the same time as these orders were being canceled, copies started showing up on PlayCanada’s eBay store. These eBay items were going from a ridiculous $400 a piece. Which is almost as bad as a Square Enix iOS game.

So in light of this coinky dink, Namco Bandai came under fire from fans suggesting they had colluded with the eBay sellers responsible.

In an effort to clear it all up, Namco Bandai informed Joystiq that it has “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.” The statement asserts that the PlayCanada person(s) ordered copies of the game during the, “NinoStarter promotion period (August 2012); at which time, no limits were placed on how many units an individual could order.”

Of course they’re still trying to sort out exactly who’s getting hustled here and fix it. The report states that, “every affected person will receive a 400-page hardbound strategy guide that includes a code for an in-game “Gold Hurly Familiar,” as well as a $20 clubNamco voucher.” As bad as it is to take comfort in others sorrow, I do feel good knowing I’ve never been hustled before. Even on Kickstarter.

….knock on wood.


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