With the launch of Fire Emblem Fates creeping up ever so swiftly, there’s no doubt that most of us have already either pre-ordered the game(s) or intend to buy them on release or shortly thereafter.

While this seems like a reasonable prospect, I have to warn those of you who intend on buying both versions physically: Do not do this.

For a while, we’ve known that Fates is split into two separate games, titled Birthright and Conquest respectively. Many view this like Pokemon, in that both versions differ and the player is meant to choose one copy and roll with it. The difference being that both Birthright and Conquest are very different games, unlike many of the double releases of Pokemon.

When you couple that with the fact that Nintendo offers a discount if you buy the second one in the eShop and really wants you to buy the third part, Revelation, when it comes out, it’s quite obvious that you’d be missing out if you only bought one.

What Nintendo doesn’t mention, however, is that if you buy both Birthright and Conquest physically, you will get severely punished for not somehow knowing a few key details beforehand.

  • Save files do not intertwine. Most importantly, support logs.
  • You will not receive the bonuses given to players who purchase the second game digitally.
  • Your DLC does not transfer over and must be purchased twice if you want to use it on both versions.

Now, this will definitely not impact those of us that only want to play one version, but to have critical limitations like this and not provide any substantial warning is ludicrous at best. Especially when you consider the fan base of this franchise, and how dedicated they are to having everything Fire Emblem. 

But, I must give credit where credit is due. In the eShop under the description for the game, they tell you not to buy both on the eShop separately. Hell, save-files are linked to the cartridges on all 3DS games, so that part is quite obvious. The problem, though, is that they do not clearly outline all of the specifics surrounding this ridiculous release.

Why do they not tell you on the official website for the game, or on the retail websites where people will be buying them? Why is the eShop information so damned vague? Why did Nintendo limit the Super Ultra 358/2 Xtreme ReMiX Legends Edition that rectifies these problems so much that it sold out in minutes, filling up Ebay with price-jacked auctions courtesy of scalpers?

Sadly, I possess no answers to these questions. What I can say though, is that I am definitely not buying both versions of Fates physically.

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