The Etrian Odyssey trilogy of games on DS can probably be regarded as cult classics for the handheld, an RPG series famed for relentless difficulty and harsh punishment of failure. Of course, when you combine that genre with a sufficient level of challenge, there'll be a group of gamers more than willing to dive in.
With Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan coming to 3DS in North America on 26th February, publisher Atlus has decided to re-release the DS titles, which is sure to be a source of relief to those struggling to get copies at a reasonable price. At the moment Canadian retailer Videogamesplus is offering pre-orders on the reprints ahead of the rest, with each individual entry listed at $29.99 Canadian dollars or a trilogy pack for $74.99 Canadian dollars, representing a discount if you don't own any of the titles. The retailer ships worldwide — with fees, of course — and refers to limited supplies, but we'd be surprised if other major retailers such as Amazon aren't in on the act soon.
There's no fixed release date provided as yet, and notably these DS releases should be region free, so could be an option for Europeans should local retailers or web stores decide to offer them — imports are also an option. It's worth bearing in mind, however, that Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan is currently only confirmed for North America, and will be region locked.
We may see these reprints dropping into other retailers soon, so are you interested?