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Any Nintendo Switch Steelbook released in the UK but not the US | Pro Club Bd

Special edition video game versions with ornate steel book covers have become very popular in recent years Nintendo jumped on the train. However, Nintendo Switch Steelbooks often come with a caveat: they are typically released exclusively outside of the United States. Of course, this does not apply to every Steelbook (Mario Kart 8 deluxe had an aesthetically pleasing steelbook case available in the States), but US releases were relatively rare compared to those in the UK.

Nintendo has gotten better at distribution over the past year and upcoming titles such as anonymous; code and the latest Mario + Rabbids Game, spark of hope, Steelbook editions will be available in the US. However, there are still many unreleased games such as Pokemon Scarlet and violet who will likely never see a shiny, metallic special edition in the US. In view of the culture of collecting cultivated in the West, this seems like a missed opportunity.


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Some distributors in Europe and Asia still ship Steelbooks to the United States, although shipping costs are obviously much more prohibitive. Many collectors sell steel book cases online without the accompanying games, albeit at inflated prices. For curious Nintendo collectors and Steelbook fans, here are all the Nintendo Switch Steelbooks released in the UK but not the US.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

The Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening Steelbook

The 2019 remake Link’s Awakening, originally for the Game Boy, saw a steelbook edition exclusive to Europe and Southeast Asia. The case is a tasteful homage to the Game Boy Link’s Awakeningan unorthodox zelda Title in which Link wakes up shipwrecked on an island and must collect eight magical instruments to awaken the island’s guardian unit. The box looks great too, but the art book is arguably the biggest jewel in the limited edition.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword Steelbook

The other revamped Switch Legend of Zelda title, Skyward Swordis in the same boat as Link’s Awakening in terms of availability. However, this steelbook features a shadowy illustration based on the game and came with a poster and key ring. Skyward Sword was originally released for the Wii in 2011 and serves as a prequel to all others zelda Play in an area where Hyrule doesn’t exist yet.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Steel Book

The fifth entry in the Super Smash Bros. series is one of the most popular Switch titles out there, but the Steelbook was only released in the UK. smash bros Ultimate contains the most impressive roster of characters in the franchise, with newcomers out Final Fantasy 7, dragon quest, Tekken, street fighterand Minecraft. The Steelbook features a fiery Smash Ball, the series’ logo, on the outside; The interior features artwork from the Battlefield stage.

Pokemon Sword and Shield

The individual Pokémon Sword and Shield steel books were not released in the United States.

This Pokemon Duo, sword and Sign, spanned the first set of Generation 8 games, and took some bold creative liberties with the franchise’s formula. It received generally positive reviews, but was criticized for its lack of substance and empty world, among other things.

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However, these Galar-based titles experimented with mechanics that have since been used and will no doubt be used again, so their steelbooks – featuring the games legendary Pokemon – will be missed.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Pokemon‘s latest game Pokémon Legends: Arceus, blew up immediately after release. Considering how recently it hit shelves, its UK exclusive Steelbook came as a bit of a shock. It features gorgeous cover art by Legends: Arceus‘ Hisui region and various Pokémon and comes with a Pokéball cartridge holder.

Chaos double pack

Chaos Double Pack Steel Book for Nintendo Switch

This double pack contains two games from the visual novel series: CHAOS;HEAD NOAHan expanded version of the 2008 visual novel CHAOS HEADand CHAOS;CHILDwhich an earlier Switch version had. CHAOS HEAD is viewed positively for its story and world, although it was later eclipsed Stein’s gate, it was a huge commercial success upon release. The steel book includes exclusive art by character designer Mutsumi Sasaki CHAOS Characters Rimi and Serika.

Super Mario Maker 2

Super Mario Maker 2 Limited Edition with Steel Book

The original great Mario Maker was respectably popular in the US, but its success was not enough to warrant a US Steelbook release for its sequel. The community creation is based great Mario Maker 2 is a modern one Super Mario Bros. reinvent where players create their own stages. The Steelbook features graphics that represent actual gameplay and comes with a pen and drawing pad.

Luigi’s mansion 3

Luigi's Mansion 3 Steel Book

The third game in the Luigi’s mansion The trilogy has basically the same premise as the first two titles: Luigi is vacationing in a haunted place. The climax of Luigi’s mansion 3however, was its asymmetrical co-op gameplay.

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The setting for this entry is The Last Resort, a glamorous mountain hotel where King Boo ambushes the Mario gang. The stylish glow-in-the-dark steelbook, which came with a polterpup keyring, was only released in the UK.

Super Mario 3D world

Super Mario 3D World steel book

This Switch title was a re-release of the original Wii U game with an added expansion that is incredibly urgent Bowser’s wrath. The cover of the Steelbook shows the original Super Mario 3D world Art on the front and stunning Bowser’s wrath art on the back; It also includes a collection of fun stickers featuring characters from the game. 3D world‘s isometric viewpoint separates it from others Mario platforms and makes it particularly suitable for cooperative play.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition Steelbook

This special Collector’s Edition of the Action RPG Xenoblade Chronicles includes not only a steelbook case, but also an art book, vinyl soundtrack and poster. The steelbook is nice, but the front is simply a reproduction of the original cover; The back is novel and stunning. The original Xenoblade Chronicles It is about a warrior named Shulk who protects his people from a machine race called the Mechon and has been critically acclaimed for its story. A Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Direct prepared fans for the next game in the series ahead of the July 29, 2022 start date.

Monster Hunter Ascension

Monster Hunter Rise Collector's Edition with Steel Book

Monster Hunter Ascension is the newest entry in the monster hunter Series, a franchise where the main attraction is epic battles with huge monsters. Monster Hunter Ascension follows the tried and tested formula, so it’s a complex action role-playing game with an emphasis on online play. Although the Steelbook only features the original cover, it’s still quite aesthetically pleasing and probably would have found a market in the US.


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deduction is a casual relaxing adventure game about exploring the underwater world with beautiful graphics and simple gameplay. Both the standard and steelbook editions (which feature the same cover) included an artwork, manual, sticker, and pack of trading cards featuring wildlife from the game’s explorable aquatic environment. Super Rare Games have been shipped deduction physical releases from the UK to the US, however, created a limited supply and only produced 2,000 copies of the Nintendo Switch steelbook edition.

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