Most highly anticipated video games now come in some sort of super special limited edition or feature a pre-order bonus offering gamers any number of art books, soundtracks, exclusive DLC or a collectible of some sort - a statue, figure, toy or other novelty.
I have to admit to being a bit of a collectible hoarder. Even if I'm only a wee bit interested in a game, a shiny limited edition bonus will usually make this magpie cough up the cash. Here's a list of some of my favourites!
The Legend of Zelda
Zelda games offer increasingly awesome bonus gifts and are probably some of the best around. Presented in a very nice embossed tin, Spirit Tracks on the DS came with 2 figures, Link and a Phantom and used to be one of my favourite collector's editions, until A Link Between Worlds gave me a musical chest!
DJ Hero 2
While DJ Hero never seemed to take off quite the way Guitar Hero did, I really enjoyed it. I would play with friends who came up with some pretty odd DJ names for each other. I'm DJ Hairy Chest, don't ask. The limited edition version of DJ Hero 2, the Renegade Edition, was kinda cool. I got a great big carry case that doubled as a stand for the decks, way better than trying to balance them on your knee, while the decks were decorated in gold instead of silver.
Dead Rising 2
Very few collectables can beat a zombie, and the 12" figure from Dead Rising 2 Outbreak Edition is some zombie! This is one of the biggest figures I've ever got with a game and it comes with changeable heads! I played with the figure longer than I played the game!
Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition
As well as four classic Mario games playable on Wii with enhanced graphics and updated sounds, the Super Mario All-Stars Collection came with a soundtrack and the full history of Super Mario in a charming collectable book!
While the game never held the appeal of the N64 original, the collector's edition on the Wii came with a limited edition gold classic controller pro. I love alternative controllers and limited edition ones are even better! The gold pro controller is eclipsed by the SNES classic controller for the Wii, available from Club Nintendo, but it's still cool to have.
Stay tuned for Part 2, featuring some of the greatest collectable guides around!