Shinobi: Latest 3DS Game To Feature Special Packaging
Metallic paper makes buying Sega's ninja romp so much easier.
I'm one of the few gamers disappointed with the Super Mario 3D Land instruction manual, and believe me, calling it a "manual" is quite generous. More like mini poster...or napkin.
It's very different from the full color booklets Nintendo normally pairs with its games. Yes, companies like Electronic Arts have chopped pages from video game manuals, the same ones that most players never read, for years, but that's not the point. I appreciated the big N's effort.
That said, Sega earned kudos for the packaging of its newest 3DS game, Shinobi.
The artwork carries a cool metallic sheen, both in the background and within the silver outline of the game's title. No, it doesn't improve the software's quality, but it does scream to prospective buyers, "hey, look at me. I'm important."
With this in mind, I've always been a huge sucker for special packaging. Case in point, Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition's cardboard sleeve, the one that was supposedly exclusive for a limited time, but continues to appear on newly shipped copies of the game. It features the same artwork as the standard cover, but with a neat hologram that conveys the system's glasses free 3D.
NIS America did the exact same thing with the more recently released Cave Story 3D, which features the game's protagonist flying through the air while brandishing a combat knife.
Most customers will probably dismiss this without a second thought, but to gamers like myself that pay close attention to a product's overall presentation, it's a fun thing to have, especially if it's associated with a highly respected title.
I'm also a huge fan of reversible inserts, where a publisher puts art on the back of the game's title card. I've never pulled one out and made the switch for long. Again, I just like knowing it's there.
On that note, hopefully companies like Sega continue to put a little more effort into a game's box and packaged materials for fans to enjoy. It may be insignificant to you, but to us, it shows that a publisher cares a bit more than the competition.