There’s nothing quite like owning physical goods, but they can be expensive and shelf space can come at a premium. Every month, Hardcore Gamer picks a premium collectible from our cavernous swag vaults and tells you whether it’s worth a spot in your Collector’s Cabinet.
There need to be more games like Pokemon Snap out there. Unfortunately, we somehow only have a few that get anywhere close — Pokemon Go, Afrika and Sonicomi: Communication with Sonico. The biggest difference with Sonicomi is that these photos have more purpose other than to please some professor. In this game, players are the (apparent) sole photographer of an up and coming superstar by the name of Super Sonico. Her bouncy personality, amazing musical talents, and modeling skills are winning her copious fans. It’s up to you to ensure her fanbase grows even more as she matures as a famous figure. Keep these aspects in mind as we go over the Limited Edition because the included items make the most sense with this specific story setup.
The Sonicomi: Communication with Sonico Limited Edition includes a copy of the game on disc, a Steam key, Super Sonico acrylic figure and three collectible art cards. First, let’s go over the packaging. The box itself is wide enough to accommodate all the goodies, but that’s it. Inside you’ll find the DVD game case as well as a folded cardboard sleeve of sorts with no artwork on it. Tucked safely inside, however, are both the art cards and acrylic figure. Unlike some Steam-only titles in physical format, it’s nice to see an actual data disc included in the case. Inside the case is also where you’re going to need to look to nab a Steam key. This is probably the best bet as it will allow you to quickly grab any updates. There’s no cut content between the Steam release and JAST USA version, either.
It’s incredibly important to note that the acrylic figure is not a “figure” in the typical sense. Instead of getting a 3D figure like you might expect from a North American game special edition, what you get is a flat piece of plastic (ie: acrylic) artwork. This does come with a base if you’d like to stand your Super Sonico upright, but is not required. The quality of the print on the acrylic is great and colorful, but seems a bit silly as far as limited edition collectibles are concerned. There totally are Sonico figures available in Japan so it’s a shame a fancier one couldn’t be included here. For reference, this figure stands at about five inches tall and features the same artwork on both sides.
The other inclusion in the Sonicomi: Communication with Sonico Limited Edition are art cards. These basically are the size of postcards but have a nicer finish. There are three cards included and each features two pieces of artwork (one per side). Each and every one features Super Sonico in some varying outfit and pose. This keeps the tone of the game itself since one of your tasks is to manage her wardrobe and photograph her continuously. While the art in the provided photo is mostly tame, the other sides of these artwork cards is much more risque. Of course, that’s just par for the course with Sonicomi.
Hopefully superfans of Sonicomi: Communication with Sonico were actually able to nab the Collector’s Edition from J-List. This immense (and expensive) upgrade to the Limited Edition added one key goodie — a mouse pad. But this isn’t just any mouse pad; it’s deemed a “full body” mouse pad which means you basically have a huge plush pad of Sonico’s bathing suit clad body to rest your arm/wrist on. It’s ridiculous, massive and has long since sold out. Aside from the mouse pad, both editions are the same and include the same box (the mouse pad shipped separately). Of course, if you’re not willing to spend the $55 premium on the Limited Edition then you can instead nab Sonicomi: Communication with Sonico for $35 directly on Steam.
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