This is the Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable special edition bundle which includes a variety of items along with the game.
When I first received this bundle I was surprised with how big the box was. Here next to HomuHomu you can appreciate how big it is. I suppose to carry all the nice goodies it couldn't be that small to begin with.
Apparently the box illustration was made specially for this bundle. I find it a nice illustration showcasing one of my biggest unfulfilled wishes from the actual show, seeing the five girls together. If you are a Kyouko fan it also gives you an opportunity to see her in a school uniform.
Compared to previous figma and PSP game bundles it is a meatier release with more things included. Previous releases I gotten as a figma + game where essentially the PSP game and the bonus figma included in a wider figma box, at the very least that was the case for the Index and Railgun games. Other games such as the Nanoha PSP games have also gotten nice big boxes like this.
The back of the box shows you information typically found on the back cover for game releases as well as the contents of the box. Most importantly for me, it shows the included school uniform version Madoka, the primary reason I bought this bundle in the first place.
Here you can see all the contents of the box. The PSP game, a blu ray disc with bonus material, a handkerchief, a pouch, and a special clear card.
Let's take a closer look at the contents.
Here are the game and the blu ray disc, both share the same cover illustration featuring all five girls.
The blu ray disc includes bonus content such as voice actress interviews, promotional videos, illustrations, the game soundtrack and wallpapers for the PS3 and PC.
The game, is what I find very interesting. It is a collaboration by Bandai Namco, Nitro+ and Shaft. You get the producers who were responsible for games such as God Eater on the Bamco side and Steins;Gate on the Nitro+ side with collaboration with Gen Urobochi for the scenario and Shaft providing the illustrations.
The game is a combination of a visual novel with fully voiced dialogue and branching path with a variety of routes and endings for the girls, one route for each of the five girls plus a final bonus route. The other part is a Roguelike RPG played in a first person view with dungeon crawling, battles and boss battles. Not only do the choices you make throughout the visual novel affect the routes and endings you get but also your actions in the battles as well.
The game contains a lot of interesting fan service and I mean in the form of providing interesting material for fans to experience rather than the erotic kind. You get to experience a lot of "what if" scenarios, for example what if Sayaka was saved from her fate as a witch or Mami survived her encounter with Charlotte.
I think this game is way more fulfilling than just a straight up visual novel as anime adaptions tend to get. Here you can watch a trailer for the game.
In case you were wondering what that Kyubey face was it's a nice pouch. The pouch is made from a furry material on the outside, a way to emulate Kyubey's fur? Although because of the color and the material I suspect it would get dirty and stained quite easily.
As you can see the pouch is a fair size, enough to carry a PSP to play the game with as well as few other things such a figma for example.
The handkerchief included is adorned with an image of a cat and pink in color. It is also listed as Homura's handkerchief, I don't particularly remember but did she use one like this in the show?
Oddly enough the clear card includes only half of the illustration, as you can tell by Homura's hair it has been cut off. Weirdly enough I seen photos of a clear card including the whole illustration, I don't have any idea why I only got half of it.
The figma is of course the main focus for me as my enjoyment of the game is hampered by lack of Japanese proficiency.
As you can see this figma is pretty skimpy in terms of accessories, only two alternate expressions for Madoka, the school bag and an attachable Kyubey to go on the shoulder. Although I see it more as an extension of the Puella Magi version more than anything else.
When you remove the figma from the box you get a nice surprise with the background illustration! I didn't take pictures of it but Kyubey's face also adorns the UMD for the game.
Over all I'm quite pleased with this special edition of the game Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable, a nice collector item for fans with quite a bit of content.
I actually had no intention of buying this at all. That changed though, when Max Factory announced they were doing school uniform versions for Mami and Sayaka, and I suspect a casual clothes version for Kyouko as well. I already owned Homura's school uniform version after I bought her from the GSC web shop. I started to look into buying Madoka as soon as possible before the others released and she came to be in bigger demand. As I was looking for a good deal I came to notice the game bundle with Madoka was still in stock in AmiAmi at a discounted price, essentially half off around 5000 yen. A price that was very close to what the figma was going for alone at Mandrake at the time. I figured, if I'm paying the same price might as well get all the other goodies as well.
With that I now own the two exclusive releases, Mami and Sayaka school versions are regular releases, so is Madokami and probably Kyouko as well. I own the five Puella Magi versions already giving me the chance to collect the whole set of Madoka figmas in a nice and easy manner with nice retail prices.
Alright folks, I'll catch you later!