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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Metroid Dread: Special Edition | Showcase

Metroid Dread is real and more importantly, its here. Not only that, but it’s also the first original 2D Metroid game to hit the market in nearly two decades. I’m really hoping that many of you out there are enjoying the game. Luckily for fans, Nintendo has went all out with release in the series with a shiny Special Edition for the game that some of you might have got your hands on. I, too, am one of the lucky ones to have picked this thing up. It's been a long journey, as I pre-ordered/pre-purchased the set back in mid-June from My Nintendo Japan, but it's finally here. What's all included here and is it worth adding to your collection? Let's take a look. 

The Set
Just to dive right in here, everything that’s included in the Special Edition of Metroid Dread comes housed in this nice box that you can see in the image above. This thing is massive so you'd better make sure that you have enough room on your shelf for it! You can see the front and back of the box here. Just to note, the back of the box does not feature a holographic surface. 
Inside, you have the standard Switch case for the game itself, a steel book, art cards and a packed 190 page art book. While most of the set is more or less the same regardless of region, there are a few differences that you might not know about if you didn't pick up the Japanese version of the set. For one, the art book here is a softcover book - the US features a hardcover version. Another slight difference here has to do with the steel book. While it's pretty much the same, the Japanese version features the game title on the spine. 
Lastly, the art cards, obviously listing the Japanese information on the cards, refer to the Japanese names of the systems (Famicom, Super Famicom). Not only that, but the art card for the first Metroid features the Famicom Disk System artwork for the game. Again, this is to be expected, but it is a bit more striking than the western box art in my opinion. At any rate, you can take a look at the Japanese version of the set (and a close look at the amiibo two pack) below and/or our video version of the showcase on the bottom of the page. 


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