Annapurna has announced a collector’s edition with 12 of their best games, but should you buy it?

Two months from now it will be Christmas Day, which is a terrible realization. But marketing company iam8bit they hope to have you covered if you have a big Annapurna fan in your life. They recently announced the Annapurna Interactive Deluxe Limited Edition Collection for the Nintendo Switch, which is a mouthful that the title alone feels like it justifies a $200 price tag.

Yes, the Annapurna Interactive Deluxe Limited Edition Collection for Nintendo Switch will set you back $200 – the equivalent of roughly £165 if you live in the UK, and that’s not counting some potentially hefty international shipping charges if you live in the UK. outside the USA. Okay, that’s not at all out of the ordinary for Limited-Special-Collector’s-Ultimate-Editions these days, but I suspect it’s still a bit overwhelming for most of us.

I’m not here to be snarky; I love Annapurna’s curation of excellent indie games, and 12 of the biggest hits from the publisher’s back-catalogue are included in the cartridge that is the centerpiece of this collection. I think it’s to their credit that my first response to seeing the list of games was to question some of the major omissions: seriously, no Stray, no Gone Home, what gives? (OK, so Stray isn’t actually on Switch and iam8bit isn’t a porting studio, but Gone Home is a legitimate one to miss.)

It’s hard to choose which one is the included, however, because the games in this collection are quite a few wall bangers, including at least two that most agree are GOTYs in the form of What Remains Of Edith Finch and Kentucky Route Zero. There are also four games in there that haven’t received a physical release on the Switch before, so if you want a box containing If Found…, I’m Dead, Solar Ash, or Hindsight, this is your one. option.

Rounding out the collection with a little something for everyone we have Gorogoa, Donut County, Sayonara Wild Hearts, The Pathless, The Artful Escape, and Neon White. This collection is genre-agnostic enough that even the most ardent Annapurna supporters probably won’t be able to play all of it, which can be good or bad depending on how you evaluate the value of something like this.

Everything included in the physical Annapurna Interactive Deluxe Limited Edition Collection for Nintendo Switch: a console storage case, game folio case, and artbook.
Here’s what the physical collection includes. | Image credit: iam8bit / Annapurna Interactive

Buying each of these games individually from the Nintendo eShop will cost $259 from the US store or £213 from the UK store. So while the bundle discount is pretty decent if you’re based in the United States, actually getting it physically to you if you live elsewhere will likely wipe out any savings you might have — not to mention the fact that if interested if you are all then you probably already own some of these games, maybe not all of them interest you do not already, you can probably pick most of them up super cheap in a Steam sale if you’re also gaming on PC, etc.

But of course, access to the games themselves is only part of why people buy collector’s editions. In addition to the satisfaction of owning a physical cartridge containing all of these games, the collection features an exclusive Annapurna-branded Switch case with cartridge storage, and an art book including a two-page spread with developer notes on each game and an introduction. by Annapurna’s founder Nathan Gary.

You can pre-order the Annapurna Interactive Deluxe Limited Edition Collection for Nintendo Switch from the iam8bit website, and it is expected to ship in Q4 of this year (ie in time for Christmas, hopefully).

As a limited special edition there are only 2,500 copies printed, so if you need it, then it’s worth placing your order sooner rather than later. iam8bit products are shipped from the USA and manufactured additional fees and taxes for international buyers; but in addition for many people around the world who live in a country other than America, the cartridge included in this collection is region free.

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