There certainly have been some unique promotions over the years for pre-orders. Some have gotten you the ability to have you receive your own island, while others never actually get you what you wanted in the first place. But sometimes you get a pre-order bonus that may be useful, but doesn’t actually tie to the game in question. And that’s exactly what the case of Best Buy’s new promotion for the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles X. So you’re probably asking: some cosmetic DLC or something to do with Amiibos right? Nope, in fact, if you pre-order by December 3rd, you’ll get 10 dollars in e-Pizza cash. Yes, there is such a thing as e-Pizza cash.
We’ve seen tie ins via Mountain Dew and Doritos to games in the past with things such as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and double XP timeframes, but this one is a bit different. The pre-order gets you a code for ten dollars that can be entered over at XCXPizzaCash.com and is redeemable until January 14th, 2016. By doing so, you get a virtual prepaid MasterCard for $10 that can be used to purchase a pizza of your choice. These cards are valid until January 31st, 2016 and can be accepted where any MasterCard would be accepted, similar to pre-paid gift cards you see at the stores. You will get no compensation for anything left over on the card when it expires. This deal is a Best Buy exclusive deal, and highlights a unique look at the pre-order culture that has developed over the last several years.
Please note however that the pre-order benefits do NOT apply to the Collector’s Edition of the game in an odd move, meaning that those looking to not only get a custom USB with a digital sound track of the game, an art book, and a pineapple pizza will have to make multiple purchases.
I feel like this should be easy for me to bash on, but I’m sad that it’d be more useful then most of the cosmetic DLC that you get now a days with pre-orders. I give Best Buy credit for trying something completely different, but the fact that this exists further highlights the point of how desperate some pre-order bonuses are getting. At least if you would spend the money on pizza normally, you can somehow justify it because it’s like getting 10 bucks off, but as always, barely anyone wins when pre-ordering. Contact your local Totalbiscuit for more information on what pre-ordering can do.
And for the record, I hate pineapple on pizza.