I’m all for strategy guides. I don’t buy a ton of them, but with certain series I always buy them for the art and collectibility. For instance, I own all of the Zelda and Dragon Quest guides that have been released over the past fifteen or so years.
As strategy guides have become less and less of a popular item and publishing houses have closed, Prima and others have resorted to creating collector’s editions of guides to garner more money from the hardcore fans. Such is the case with Pokémon Sun and Moon guides. Suggested retail price of the standard guide is $24.99 and the hardcover collector’s edition is $39.99.
Imagine my surprise when a new Collector’s Vault Edition of the guide was put up for preorder on GameStop and Amazon today for a whopping $129.99! That’s more than a 2DS and a copy of Pokémon Sun or Moon! I can’t imagine paying that much for any guide that covers a single game. Here’s what you get for your money:
- Special edition hardcover guide includes a soft-touch dust jacket featuring exclusive Pokémon artwork
- Collectible Vault Edition box with magnetic clasp to hold your Pokémon treasures
- Exclusive hardcover 240-page journal displaying a debossed pattern and gold foil with a ribbon bookmark and inside pocket – perfect for recording your adventures in the Alola region
- Elegant roller ball pen etched with Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon logos in classic silver color
- High-quality lithograph set of all-new artwork in a protective sleeve
- A thank you card with gold-foil-stamp signatures from members of GAME FREAK
- Full-sized bookmark with tassel showcasing Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon art
- Striking removable decals highlighting five newly discovered Pokémon
- Detailed double-sided poster map of the Alola region
- And more!
What do you think? Has the Pokémon Company officially gone too far? Or is this something that you’re planning on picking up? Let us know in the comments below.