I normally avoid limited/collector’s editions of video games simply because I don’t need the extra stuff that these versions come with. These extra stuff, they not only cost more, but they also take up more space than the usual game. And storage space, that’s a resource that can be harder to come by than actual money. I know – running out of storage space was one of the reasons that got me to stop collecting comic books and board games.
In my sizeable 3DS game library, I only have two limited editions: Code of Princess because it was sold to me used at a really good price, and Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson because regular editions of it never became available. I ignored all the other special editions that got released for the 3DS. Even the highly sought after Bravely Default Collector’s Edition failed to grab me, despite being packaged with really good bonuses like an artbook and soundtrack CD (this game had excellent art and music) and all those neat AR cards with actual (but unnecessary) game functionality.
But when I found out about the Special Edition of Fire Emblem Fates, I knew that I had to have it. And not because it came with an artbook and a pouch, even if the artbook is awesome. It’s because the Special Edition of Fire Emblem Fates comes with a special version of the game – a single cartridge that has all three versions of Fire Emblem Fates. That’s right, the cartridge has both Birthright and Conquest (the two retain editions) AND Revelations as well.
If you’re a big Fire Emblem fan and you want all three versions of Fire Emblem Fates, then having all three in one physical cartridge will offer several small advantages – no need to switch between cartridges (if you own both Birthright and Conquest), no need to download any of the other paths, and you get to save your memory card space for games that are truly digital-only.
Having the Special Edition of Fire Emblem Fates also allows those who have multiple 3DS consoles to play any of the three paths on any of their 3DS devices without needing to purchase multiple DLC copies. It’s a real problem – I own both a 2DS and a New 3DS XL and my Fire Emblem Awakening DLC are all on the 2DS, so I can’t access any of the DLC content on my New 3DS XL. With the Special Edition, I don’t need to worry about switching between devices because I can access all the three paths from the cartridge. Because the Revelations path is DLC only, I’d have to purchase two copies of it if I wanted the freedom to play that path on both my devices. The same logic applies for lending the game – when you lend your standard copy of Fire Emblem Fates to a friend, you won’t be able to lend that friend any of your DLC.
And speaking of Revelations – the Revelations path won’t be available for download until March 10, so the Special Edition offers early access to it. While it’s not recommended to go through the Revelations path on your first playthrough (that storyline has some spoilers that can ruin both the Birthright and Conquest paths), it’s certainly nice to have that option available right off the bat.
While I don’t have any plans of selling my copy in the future, I can’t ignore the fact that the Special Edition of Fire Emblem Fates will have a very high resale value given it’s rarity and the demand for it. The MSRP of the Special Edition is at $79.99 but this was actually sold for an equivalent of $100 in my country; just yesterday, I saw someone selling his copy of the Special Edition for around $125 – and he actually got offers from interested buyers! I’m already seeing prices of $200 over at Amazon.com, so I’m not at all surprised.
Finally, having the Special Edition will allow you to play through the introductory chapters and get a feel of the general storyline before you’re asked to make a choice between the different paths. That’s only half true for the standard versions – buying the Birthright version essentially means that you’ve chosen your path even before playing the game. If you change your mind after playing the introductory chapters, you’ll need to either purchase the Conquest path as DLC (the cheaper route) or get a physical copy of the Conquest version. Because I bought the Special Edition, I didn’t have to make my choice at the store – I went through the introductory chapters without bias on which path to start with.
All the reasons above is what made the Special Edition THE version to get, at least from my perspective. I was even prepared to spend more than what I did for this, and I’m glad that I didn’t have to. The Special Edition of Fire Emblem Fates is, to date, the crown jewel of my 3DS game library.
Were you able to get your hands on the Special Edition of Fire Emblem Fates? Or are you satisfied with playing just one of the available paths? Please let us know what you think by leaving a comment or two below!