Fire Emblem Fates Receives New Nintendo 3DS XL System


Headlining the 3DS RPG news is a New Nintendo 3DS XL system containing the upcoming Fire Emblem Fates.

It’s been a while since our last Nintendo Direct, but despite the break in the news-informative action fans received a bevy of new information about upcoming RPG’s for the Nintendo 3DS. Most prominent is news that Fire Emblem Fates, which is due out on February 19, will also receive a special Fire Emblem Fates New Nintendo 3DS XL system starting from the game’s launch date.

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The system will launch at a suggested retail price of $199.99 and has game-related art etched into both the white (Hoshido) and dark (Nohr) sides of the 3DS. The New Nintendo 3DS XL specifically tailored for Fire Emblem Fates, unfortunately, does not actually come with the game itself. Instead, players will choose between Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest and Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright for $39.99, each detailing the events of the over-arcing game for one side of the conflict.

After Chapter 6 is complete, players will then have the option to buy the other side’s Fire Emblem Fates campaign for a reduced price of $19.99. Finally, on March 10th, a third story called Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation (a campaign that sees the protagonist pick neither side) will be released as $19.99 DLC, effectively making Fire Emblem: Fates a $80 to buy on top of a $200 special edition handheld device. A special edition of the full game collection, which includes an artbook and a Nintendo 3DS XL pouch at $79.99 all-in.

Despite the New Nintendo 3DS XL being a great gaming device, the way that this version is being shoehorned in without any special bonus relating to Fire Emblem Fates seems like a waste. It’s easy to play the role of Paul Marketing without responsibility, but it would be way better of an incentive if the console offered the other campaign that you didn’t choose at launch for free, effectively offering both sides of the same coin for new handheld purchasers. That way there would be a reason to pick up the handheld other than “I have lots of money to spend,” or “I currently don’t own a Nintendo 3DS.”