Pre-orders for Xenoblade Chronicles 3The Special Edition Special went on sale immediately earlier today in the US, and is now more than threefold priced on Ebay.
The special edition, which comes with a steel bookcase and art book, has a suggested retail price of $89.99, and was exclusive to nintendoOnline store.
However, issues with the site have left many potential customers for pre-ordering empty-handed.
At the time of writing, many listings on eBay are selling the special edition for between $250 and $350.
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Much of the frustration from customers appears to be due to Nintendo deciding to sell the item only through the official store.
As a possible result of this, the site experienced widespread outages when pre-orders began.
At the time of writing, the game’s product page was experiencing issues, as users were presented with a queue page that said, “We have a lot of visitors right now. Wait there, we’ll be with you soon.” Despite the queue, the product was reportedly out of stock.
Many have taken to Twitter to express their frustration with the post.
This is the second time the item has been pre-ordered on the Nintendo website. The first round of pre-orders also caused problems, as Nintendo allowed two copies of the Special Edition to be purchased at the same time, leading to similar speculation issues.
It’s unclear if Nintendo plans to roll out a similar special edition in different regions, or if there will be a third wave of stock.
Frustration is compounded by the fact that Japan’s Nintendo Store has left pre-orders open for the game, and plans to produce what’s necessary, despite warning of longer waiting times for Special Edition items.
in Europe , Special Edition delayedIt will not be released alongside the game itself.
However, the Collectors’ Edition, which comes with other physical items, won’t be brought into July alongside it, effectively ‘delaying’ it.
Last week, Nintendo announced plans to release a Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Expansion Pass.
Priced at $29.99 / £26.99, it will include four waves of DLC, which Nintendo said won’t be available for purchase individually. The first wave arriving alongside the game on July 29th will include a selection of useful items and outfit color variants.
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