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Fire Emblem Awakening 3DS Bundle Confirmed For US And Canada

By Kevin on Jan 11 2013 06:40 PM
Nintendo of America have just confirmed that a Fire Emblem Awakening 3DS bundle will be headed to North America and Canada. Yesterday, a scanned image from the most recent video game magazine, Game Informer, ignited worldwide rumors. Nintendo still haven't revealed how much the Fire Emblem Awakening 3DS bundle will cost, however.

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Either way, it's now official and there are some very, very happy fans out there! We'll be sure to provide further updates as we receive them. Thanks to everyone who was proactive in sharing the tip yesterday. Fire Emblem Awakening will be released in North America next month, on February 4th. It will be released in Europe at some point in April 2013.

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The box itself says that the game is pre-installed, so I think that answers that question. A price tag would be nice, though. I'd also like to know if this will be headed to European regions and Australia/New Zealand.
That's nice. I still wish the US would see a version of the Charizard XL.
These limited edition handheld systems have never really been my thing. The two Pikachu and Charizard 3DS LL systems have been really cool-looking though. I'd upgrade to a 3DS XL if they came out with a white K.K. Slider one or something.

I'm a bit surprised this isn't a 3DS XL but I suppose they already did that with the pink ones.

View PostPastaFriend, on 11 January 2013 - 10:26 PM, said:

I'm a bit surprised this isn't a 3DS XL but I suppose they already did that with the pink ones.
It's been discussed all over the Internet, but the reason is most likely because Awakening initially launched in Japan before the XL model even existed.

I'm honestly glad that Nintendo of America didn't get HQ to design a Fire Emblem XL, as I've never been too fond of the XL upgrades. I will get a 3DS XL only if they come out with a cool enough limited edition.

View PostLuffyFoxtrot, on 11 January 2013 - 08:32 PM, said:

The box itself says that the game is pre-installed, so I think that answers that question.

Duh! Thanks, Luffy! Fixed!

View PostLuffyFoxtrot, on 11 January 2013 - 11:48 PM, said:

It's been discussed all over the Internet, but the reason is most likely because Awakening initially launched in Japan before the XL model even existed.

I'm honestly glad that Nintendo of America didn't get HQ to design a Fire Emblem XL, as I've never been too fond of the XL upgrades. I will get a 3DS XL only if they come out with a cool enough limited edition.
Thank you for the insight, LuffyFox. That makes sense. The developers probably didn't even know a 3DS XL was being designed!

I, too, am not fond of the 3DS XL because it feels too big to be a handheld. Also, when I tried one in a store, the stereoscopic 3D seemed off. It was like the screen was too big to carry off the effect properly. I recently saw one again and liked it a bit more, but I'll be sticking to my Cosmo Black 3DS for a long time. I'm glad to hear another player isn't really into the XL either.

(Design-wise, as a side note, the rounded corners of the 3DS XL are awesome. But the buttons seems a bit cheap-looking on the interior. The 3DS has sharp edges that I'm not crazy about, but it also has a solid feel that's really nice.)
First off: so jelly!!
Aww I won't hear any hate on XL! :P
I love my XL. Paper Mario looks brilliant on it! And I play it at max 3D.

I can't wait to play Fire Emblem on it!! But alas, I have to wait till April ;_;

Forgot to add, that I'll be waiting for someone to design some Fire Emblem 3DS stickers. Will be much cheaper than a new system ;) (I currently have a pair of Mario and Luigi stickers on my XL that I got off etsy).

View PostDarthArk, on 11 January 2013 - 10:21 PM, said:

That's nice. I still wish the US would see a version of the Charizard XL.

Me too! That'd be an insta-buy for me!

View PostPastaFriend, on 11 January 2013 - 10:26 PM, said:

I'd upgrade to a 3DS XL if they came out with a white K.K. Slider one or something.

Can you imagine what that would do to sales figures (external to Japan) for both Animal Crossing and the 3DS? Japan has an Animal Crossing-themed 3DS LL, but a KK Slider model would be a really neat bonus for North America and Europe.

View PostLuffyFoxtrot, on 11 January 2013 - 11:48 PM, said:

It's been discussed all over the Internet, but the reason is most likely because Awakening initially launched in Japan before the XL model even existed.

I'm honestly glad that Nintendo of America didn't get HQ to design a Fire Emblem XL, as I've never been too fond of the XL upgrades. I will get a 3DS XL only if they come out with a cool enough limited edition.

Seems legit, Luffy. Thanks for the info.

As for me, I really like this Fire Emblem Awakening 3DS bundle, but I'm not a fan for pre-installed software. Because of that, I likely won't get this.

View PostKevin, on 12 January 2013 - 04:35 AM, said:

Can you imagine what that would do to sales figures (external to Japan) for both Animal Crossing and the 3DS? Japan has an Animal Crossing-themed 3DS LL, but a KK Slider model would be a really neat bonus for North America and Europe.
Yeah, the Animal Crossing-themed 3DS LL looks like an underwear print. Or like, a print on a baby's onesie. I love that it's white, but it doesn't really excite me all that much.

K.K. Slider exudes "cool" and is just so iconic to me. They could make a 3DS that looks like it's made of wood with a wood grain pattern and they could put a little K.K. Slider jammin' away on his guitar in the corner... It's nice to dream.

View PostKevin, on 12 January 2013 - 04:35 AM, said:

As for me, I really like this Fire Emblem Awakening 3DS bundle, but I'm not a fan for pre-installed software. Because of that, I likely won't get this.
Y'know, I was all about getting the digital version of Animal Crossing New Leaf until I read that Nintendo hasn't really perfected the concept of digital software. Not like other companies. They really need a cloud system where you can make sure you'll always have access to what you purchase AND your save data as well. Right now it feels a bit clunky to me. I'm sure they'll get there though.

I've still purchased a handful of games off the eShop. The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave is incredible. But I won't be getting a retail game digitally until I'm sure it's safely in more than one place.

View PostPastaFriend, on 12 January 2013 - 06:42 PM, said:

Y'know, I was all about getting the digital version of Animal Crossing New Leaf until I read that Nintendo hasn't really perfected the concept of digital software. Not like other companies. They really need a cloud system where you can make sure you'll always have access to what you purchase AND your save data as well. Right now it feels a bit clunky to me. I'm sure they'll get there though.

Man, this is another subject I feel very passionate about when it comes to Nintendo. I'm not really sure what the disconnect is with Nintendo on this. They have the money, means to provide infrastructure to support a better online experience overall so I'm just...baffled. They simply need to go to an account-based system. For example (not trying to insult you here; just not sure if you're aware), the Wii U personal accounts are tied to the system. o.O
I don't like the pricing when it comes to digital (retail and indie). With regards to retail games that have boxes in shops, they are priced at full RRP which means I will always avoid it, regardless of how much I really like the game.
Now that they have a Nintendo ID account on Wii U they need to extend that to the 3DS. They also need to detach the eShop from the hardware!! It's only half a job! Though I have been reading that Nintendo will do that, eventually... Just hope they don't take their sweet time. There are so many game account systems out there that understand the basic concept: link the games to your account, and your account is portable.
I do get the impression that Nintendo is still scared (almost a luddite in a way) of the internet!!

View Postdiaglyph, on 12 January 2013 - 07:18 PM, said:

I don't like the pricing when it comes to digital (retail and indie). With regards to retail games that have boxes in shops, they are priced at full RRP which means I will always avoid it, regardless of how much I really like the game.

I'm not really sure how I feel about this. I'm more or less sitting on the fence. I can see pros and cons for why Nintendo have chosen to keep the prices of digital and retail consistent. I've spewed my thoughts about this somewhere in our Google+ community before, but consumers will pay for convenience (save gas and time). Consumers will also never have to worry about not being able to find a "copy."

On the other hand, I could see giving consumers a break due to the fact that raw materials aren't actually being purchased. For what it's worth, I'm sure the raw materials (case and game card) cost at least a couple, maybe even four or five bucks? If that's the case, that's a 10% discount.

View Postdiaglyph, on 12 January 2013 - 07:18 PM, said:

I do get the impression that Nintendo is still scared (almost a luddite in a way) of the internet!!

Luddite! I haven't heard that word in quite some time. You made great use of it there, diaglyth. Well done!

View PostKevin, on 12 January 2013 - 08:57 PM, said:

I'm not really sure how I feel about this. I'm more or less sitting on the fence. I can see pros and cons for why Nintendo have chosen to keep the prices of digital and retail consistent. I've spewed my thoughts about this somewhere in our Google+ community before, but consumers will pay for convenience (save gas and time). Consumers will also never have to worry about not being able to find a "copy."

On the other hand, I could see giving consumers a break due to the fact that raw materials aren't actually being purchased. For what it's worth, I'm sure the raw materials (case and game card) cost at least a couple, maybe even four or five bucks? If that's the case, that's a 10% discount.


Luddite! I haven't heard that word in quite some time. You made great use of it there, diaglyth. Well done!

I would consider getting retail games if they were AT LEAST $10 cheaper than shops. But Nintendo and publishers don't want to upset retailers (as if LOL). They all fail to see the point that the major difference between digital and box is the physicality of the box version! With the box version I can trade in, gift to friend, sell etc With digital, its in my device almost forever (well technically for as long as Nintendo servers are around). And as you said, there's no manual, no cartridge. So yeah I don't accept their so called reasoning on not pricing it lower.

On luddite: its the word that first comes to mind haha But yeah I just don't understand Nintendo's reluctance with regards to internet related stuff. It's taken them this long just to start offering a viable eShop (not to say 3DS eshop is bad, but the Wii U one is much better). They're clinging to old ideas way too stubbornly like region locking (I absolutely HATE region locking).
With the 3DS they've practically abandoned paper manuals, which I think is cool! Save a tree or whatever. Save on energy bills at paper factories. Put those paper fairies out of work. It's all good.

I've heard all these horror stories of getting games through the eShop and having problems occur at the system transfer stage (from a 3DS to a 3DS XL). It's like when a game glitches and you haven't saved your progress. A digital copy needs to be everything a physical copy is, the consumer has to feel that they truly own it. Even though they're not really "owning" anything, which is different.

Sales of e-book readers have fallen, proving that people still want physical copies of books. Or does it just prove that not enough people have found e-readers that are good enough for them?

The world of digital distribution is still pretty young, but I do think there's a standard being set by the best of the bunch and Nintendo isn't up to that standard yet. There are a lot of perks they could add once they get there though. But they have to get there first. An account tied to a gaming system? It doesn't make us technologically-savvy consumers very excited about going digital.

View Postdiaglyph, on 12 January 2013 - 10:02 PM, said:

They're clinging to old ideas way too stubbornly like region locking (I absolutely HATE region locking).

Nintendo isn't the only company locking down their software though, are they?
I was hoping the eManuals could be a bit more elaborate in a way, maybe show some more artwork, that type of thing.

I think 3DS transfer problems are very very few. Mine went through without a hitch. And also there are people out there who don't read instructions, do something wrong and stuff it up - I've read a lot about them!

I think another problem with digital stuff is how DRM is utilised. There's some DRM that's fine and doesn't get in a way, but unfortunately a lot of DRM gets in the way and can become frustrating when you're just trying to use the thing its trying to protect.

View PostKevin, on 12 January 2013 - 11:15 PM, said:

Nintendo isn't the only company locking down their software though, are they?

With regards to hardware console region locking, I believe its Nintendo only.
xbox and ps3 are not region locked. The developers/publishers can impose a region lock through their games e.g. Persona 4 Arena

It's why I have a love/hate relationship with Atlus. I love their games, but hate they don't believe in regions outside Japan/US. Being in Australia I have to rely on some publisher in Europe to pick up a game. Take Devil Survivor Overclocked for 3DS. That came out in US August 2011. It's only just coming out in euro region at the end of Feb :( that makes it almost 18 months after US release!
So I can imagine it could take 6 to 18 months for any new Atlus games to come out here: Soul Hackers, SMT4, etc
I never played Fire Emblem but i'm curious about it.
Just recently announced via official Nintendo Press...

The bundle will retail for $199.99

Jan. 14, 2013
When Fire Emblem Awakening launches on Feb. 4, it will arrive with a special version of the Nintendo 3DS hardware. The beautiful blue system is emblazoned with stylish Fire Emblem artwork, has the game pre-installed on the hardware and comes packaged with a 4GB SD memory card. It will be available at a suggested retail price of $199.99, a great value for fans of the series.