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Sometimes wizards have to get creative, especially when they’re up against the evil of canceled preorders.
An error affecting publisher Namco Bandai’s online store jilted many would-be buyers out of the Wizard’s Edition of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, a new PlayStation 3 role-playing game (you can read our review here). While the special edition includes a lot of goodies, the best was a real version of an in-game book called the Wizard’s Companion, which contains detailed information on the world’s monsters, items, spells, along with some charming fables and stories.
Not only is the book cool, but it’s incredibly useful. You can read the Wizard’s Companion inside Ni No Kuni’s menus, but it’s a pain to scour through a digital encyclopedia to find a single alchemy recipe. Besides, you have to unlock the tome’s pages slowly as your progress through the story. Having a physical version of the thing right next to you while you’re playing is incredibly convenient.
Reddit user PrimeJunt was one of many who missed out on the special-edition preorder after Namco Bandai oversold the $99 package, so he decided to make his own version of the ornate wizarding guide. You can see the process that went into his book’s creation below. We also included some pictures of the official Wizard’s Companion for comparison. PrimeJunt’s version might actually be nicer than the real thing. We commend him for using a crappy situation as an opportunity to get inventive and make something awesome.