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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Buddy Mission: BOND | My Nintendo Japan Exclusive Postcard Set | Showcase

As many of you know by now, Buddy Mission: BOND is the adventure/visual novel out on the Switch from a collaborative effort between Nintendo and Koei Tecmo. The game received respectable scores from Famitsu (34/40) and IGN Japan (9.0)  and seems to be generally liked by gamers in Japan at large. Unfortunately, this hasn’t let to sales, with the game only selling through 11,027 units according to the last time it charted on the Famitsu sales charts in mid-late February. While Nintendo didn’t go too crazy with promoting the game in Japan, NCL still did offer some extra goodies for fans who picked up the game, specifically a special set of post cards available only in Japan for those that purchased that game.

How to Get Them
Getting this postcard set was pretty simple for fans. As long as they had a My Nintendo account in Japan (with a proper address and payment option linked) and purchased the game, they were able to get their hands on these. This worked for both the physical and digital versions of the game. I bought the physical version and the game came packaged with a small leaflet which contained a code for the postcards. If purchased digitally (either on the eShop or via a download code), a special code was sent out in the purchase notification email assigned to the user’s My Nintendo Account. 

To actually order the postcards themselves, users would have to head over to the Japanese My Nintendo Store. A special page was set up for the item that had list price of “Free” but could only be added to your cart if you enter the aforementioned code. The window for the purchase ran from January 12 until February 15. The postcards would be sent out in mid-April (I received mine on or around April 9). Typically on My Nintendo Japan, even for some “free” physical goods, you are still asked to pay shipping. Fortunately, the code also worked as a “coupon” of sorts to get this postcard set to you free of charge. 

The postcards come housed in a tough card stock booklet that features the packaging key art on the front and chibi versions of the four main characters (Luke, Aaron, Mokuma and Chesely) on the back. After opening the booklet, you are greeted with 12 postcards. The first postcard in the set features chibi style artwork of all of the main characters in the game, a “signature” from Yusuke Murata in Japanese and English as well as a message which in Japanese which reads:
Japanese: 戦友 (とも) は近くに置け!相棒 (バッディ)は良いものです!!
English meaning: Stick close to your allies. Buddies are an amazing thing! 

From there, there we have the rest of the 12 postcards (the first one listed above) which were teased on the product page. You can take a look at all of them in the pictures below. To get a full view, be sure to click on the photos so you can view them in a gallery. 

So, what do you think of this set? Were you able to get your hands on these postcards? Have you tried out the game or the free demo? Be sure to sound off in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

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