Hyper Light Drifter’s Retro Collector’s Edition Is So Hot

Hyper Light Drifter’s Retro Collector’s Edition Is So Hot
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Most digital download only games don’t get a fancy collector’s edition release. Hyper Light Drifter is not most download only games, and its collectors edition, up for presale tomorrow from iam8bit, is very fancy indeed.

I used to be all about collector’s editions, but then my house collapsed under a load of useless plastic crap and I backed off. I am willing to make the odd exception for something special, and this $USD65 ($91) version of Heart Machine’s challenging action RPG qualifies.

Available for PC, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, the game itself is a digital code delivered automatically for PC, or eventually in the case of the unreleased console versions.

The collector’s edition is all about that Super Nintendo-style box and what comes inside.

There is nothing inside the light blue replica SNES cartridge, molder with coloured plastic in the fine tradition of real SNES games before it, but it would look damn fine on a shelf sticking out of a classic console.

Then there’s the 24 page game manual. This will sound weird, but I can almost smell the ink. I’ve spent a good bit of time sniffing manual ink in my life. I would really love to smell this book. That’s all I am saying.

The Hyper Light Drifter collector’s edition goes on sale tomorrow, with an expected ship date of late summer. There are no set quantities available at the moment, but I assume iam8bit will have to draw the line somewhere.


  • Psh, not only is it the the fugly US cart but you couldn’t even actually play the game on the SNES anyway. Lame 😛

    • The only downside to the PAL/NTSC carts is no end labels, whish is a bummer if youre stacking the carts only on a shelf.

        • I kinda like the Repro Clam shell box’s people sell on Etsy.

          The custom boxes Look Slick and have interesting art, also they dont break down easy. if i was seriously collecting for 100% original snes games, i would obviously go the boxes.

  • An empty cart is kinda pointless. Surely they could have done something with it. Even embed a USB drive with behind the scenes footage or something.

  • If it was an actual working SNES cartridge, I’d scoop this up in an instant. But it’s not, so I won’t.

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