Choose Your Fate in Fire Emblem Fates for Nintendo 3DS

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Different Games Offer Unique Adventures

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–For the first time in the beloved Fire Emblem series, you can
play through different adventures with unique storylines and characters
in the Fire
Emblem Fates
games for the Nintendo
3DS
family of systems. The first two versions, Fire
Emblem Fates: Birthright
and Fire
Emblem Fates: Conquest
, launch on Feb. 19. You are faced with a
major choice: Do you choose to team up with the birth family you barely
know and battle the family that raised you in Birthright? Or do
you walk the more challenging path of Conquest and change your
misguided kingdom from within? The choice is yours. Let the adventures
begin.


Fire Emblem Fates is a tactical RPG with a massive cast of
memorable characters, an epic story and a deep, yet deceptively simple,
battle system. In the game, you play as a princess or prince of Hoshido
who was raised by Nohrian royals, forced to make a choice that will
change history (and the game itself!) forever. For the first time in the
franchise, your customizable female or male avatar is the main character
in the game.

Battles in the game take place on a series of grid-like maps, which
serve as your setting for commanding an army of characters with
different specialties. Fans of past Fire Emblem games will be
familiar with the famous “weapon triangle,” or the way different weapons
are strong or weak against others. A sword will best an axe, an axe will
best a spear and so on. This battle system seems simple at first, but
adds an immense amount of strategy to each turn on the battlefield.

Like previous Fire Emblem games, by playing the game on the
default “Classic” difficulty setting, characters that fall in battle are
gone … forever. This makes every decision an important one, as
favorite characters that you’ve grown to love could be gone in an
instant after just one bad decision. You can also choose to play in
Casual Mode to have fallen comrades return after each battle’s
conclusion, or Phoenix Mode to have lost allies return immediately in
the next turn of the battle.

To give yourself the best opportunity for success in battle, allies can
pair up to receive stat boosts. Pairing up with another character is as
easy as standing next to them on the map. In a new feature to the
series, landing on special Dragon Vein spaces on the map with Hoshidan
and Nohrian royals can also alter the battlefield in dramatic ways …
usually to your advantage.

“ ‘Which path will I choose?’ That’s the big question fans have been
asking themselves going into the launch of Fire Emblem Fates for
Nintendo 3DS,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice
President of Sales & Marketing. “With multiple massive adventures filled
with exhilarating game play and surprise-filled stories, maybe the best
answer is ‘all of them!’ ”

One of the most robust new features in all versions of Fire Emblem
Fates
is an area called My Castle. Here, you can prepare for
upcoming battles, interact with allies to build stronger relationships
or defend the castle from mysterious invasions. Many facilities of
different types can be constructed in your personalized castle,
including an Armory to purchase powerful new weapons, an Arena to battle
for prizes and even a Private Quarters to meet with and strengthen
relationships with your allies. As you progress through the game’s main
story, more structures can be built, and existing structures upgraded.

Building relationships with fellow characters is one of the most
fascinating parts of the Fire Emblem games. In Fire Emblem
Fates
, this feature continues and is more intriguing than ever
before. The higher the support level, the better these allies will
battle together. When two characters reach the highest relationship
level, they might even get married. New to the Fire Emblem Fates
games, you can use Second Seal items to give spouses the same character
class.

The rich history of the Fire Emblem series meets Fire Emblem
Fates
by using the Marth,
Ike, Robin or Lucina amiibo figures
(sold separately). By tapping
these figures to a New
Nintendo 3DS
or New Nintendo 3DS XL system (or to a Nintendo 3DS,
Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo
2DS
system using the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory),
you’ll receive special items or battle against them for the chance to
have them join your party.

All versions of Fire Emblem Fates are full games with unique
stories offering hours and hours of role-playing game play and unique
stories with their own twists and turns. On Feb. 19, Fire Emblem
Fates: Birthright
and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest launch in
stores, in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS or at http://www.nintendo.com/games
at a suggested retail price of $39.99 each. Once one version is
purchased, the other version can be downloaded from the in-game shop
that appears in Chapter 6 for only $19.99, opening up a new adventure to
experience. On March 10, a third option, Fire
Emblem Fates: Revelation
, will launch as downloadable content
from the in-game shop within Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire
Emblem Fates: Conquest
for only $19.99.

Fans that want to play through all three versions can purchase them all
separately, or pick up the Fire Emblem Fates Special Edition
bundle, which launches at select retail locations on Feb. 19 and
includes all three games on a single game card, an artbook and a
Nintendo 3DS pouch at a suggested retail price of $79.99. By purchasing
the Special Edition, fans can play the Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation
game weeks before it launches as downloadable content on March 10.

Starting on Feb. 19, further downloadable
content
in the form of new maps will also be released on a regular
basis. You can choose to buy each of these maps individually, or
purchase Map Pack 1 for a suggested retail price of $17.99 to get access
to all 11 maps plus bonus content as they are released at a discount
when compared to buying everything individually.

For more information about Fire Emblem Fates, visit http://fireemblemfates.nintendo.com/.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults
manage the content their children can access. For more information about
this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

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interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan,
manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U
and Wiihome consoles, and Nintendo 3DS and
Nintendo DS families of portable systems. Since 1983, when
it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has
sold more than 4.3 billion video games and more than 692 million
hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U,
Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy,
Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi
XL, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo
GameCube and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons
that have become well-known, household names such as Mario,
Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and
Pokémon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America
Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s
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