Physical Release Overview
As the release of the Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster looms ever closer, details regarding its physical release plans are becoming crucial for fans. With less than two months to go until the game’s launch on the Nintendo Switch on September 14, 2023, the physical release situation looks pretty diverse depending on your region. We’ve gathered information from various trusted sources to clarify the situation.
No Physical Release for North America
Firstly, for fans in North America, it seems that no boxed version is in the pipeline. According to NintendoEverything, there aren’t any retail listings for a physical copy of the game in North America. The outlet did reach out to Bandai Namco for official clarification but did not receive any response. The lack of a retail presence strongly indicates that a physical edition isn’t coming to the States.
Limited Physical Release in Europe
European fans are in for slightly better news. In Europe, the physical release of Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster will indeed be available, but it will be very limited. GAME appears to have the exclusive rights for the retail version in Europe. So, if you’re in Europe and interested in securing a boxed copy, GAME is your go-to source.
Wide Availability in Asia
In contrast to the limited supply in Europe and the complete absence in North America, the game will be widely available in Japan and Asia. According to GoNintendo, there are no plans for retailer exclusivity in these regions. This means you should have an easier time picking up a physical copy if you’re located in Asia.
Importing: A Possible Solution for North America
For North American fans feeling left out, there is a silver lining. The Nintendo Switch is a region-free console, and Play-Asia is accepting pre-orders for the Asian version of the game, which includes English language support. Thus, importing seems to be the best option for those who want a physical copy in North America.
In summary, while it’s unfortunate that there’s no planned physical release for North America, at least there are options to secure a physical copy from other regions. Importing appears to be the most viable way to do so for those residing in North America.
So there you have it. Whether you’re planning to get the digital copy or endeavoring to get your hands on the physical one, now you know where things stand. Keep those calendars marked for September 14, 2023!