Fire Emblem Fates Special Edition
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
In 2011, Nintendo released Fire Emblem Awakening for the Nintendo 3DS to universal acclaim and solid sales. For their second Fire Emblem release on the system, Nintendo took a different approach. The game was divided into three parts, titled Birthright, Conquest and Revelation. Birthright and Conquest were released in the form of two different retail releases, while Revelation was later made available as a digital download. And then there was another version: the Special Edition. Both the US and Europe received a special edition, but both the presentation and the contents are somewhat different in both regions.
Demand for this edition was very high, and there’s a simple reason for that. Not only is it the only way to get all three parts of the story on physical medium, it is also the cheapest way. This means that the edition isn’t only interesting for collector’s but for anyone who wants to get the full game. Unsurprisingly, it was hard to secure a copy of this edition, especially for a reasonable price.
Aside from the three parts of the story all contained on one cartridge, the special edition also comes with a few extras.
First, there’s a nice steelbook, featuring the characters from the game on an illustration that wraps around the entire case.
Also packed in is a small, hardcover artbook containing illustrations of the characters, environments and weapons from the game, as well as sketches, in-game character sprites and more.
Lastly, the edition comes with a double-sided poster. A nice extra, but of course it had to be folded up to fit in the box.
On one side we have the same artwork of all the characters, on the other a map of the two kingdoms.
Basically, there is no reason not to recommend this special edition to anyone interested in the game. As stated above, it’s the cheapest way to get the full experience, and aside from that it’s also a nice collector’s edition and the only means to get all the games on a cartridge. The only problem is that there is a limited supply and since it’s such a good deal, it is exceeded by its demand.