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Fire Emblem: Awakening Battles Into Europe on 19th April

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Special edition 3DS XL bundle also confirmed

While Japanese gamers have been enjoying Fire Emblem: Awakening for a number of months, and North Americans have been taking on the adventure in recent weeks, poor old Europeans have been left without so much as a firm release date.

Nintendo of Europe boss Satoru Shibata apologised for that during today's Nintendo Direct, but also confirmed that the title will finally arrive on 19th April. In addition, he made some of us very happy by also unveiling a special edition blue 3DS XL bundle exclusive to the region. The system itself has a series logo on its cover, and the game will come pre-installed as part of the offer. As with other regional releases, there will be initial DLC — called Champions of Yore 1 — available for free from the eShop for a limited period when the game launches.

It's a long awaited release in Europe, and that new customised hardware design may tempt a few to switch handhelds. So, Europeans, excited about this?

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User Comments (29)

True_Hero

#1

True_Hero said:

Will the XL be sold on its own? I already have FE:A but I would like that XL.

EDIT: Oh, it's Europe exclusive. I am sad.

Linkstrikesback

#2

Linkstrikesback said:

The XL comes with Fire Emblem installed. Also, it's a Europe ONLY XL, since you have FE:A already, you must be from somewhere else, and you might want to remember the 3DS is region locked.

Peach64

#3

Peach64 said:

I was surprised by the two XL bundles launched as Monster Hunter and Fire Emblem are so low profile here. Hope Nintendo really markets them both well.

ToneDeath

#5

ToneDeath said:

If I was to transfer everything from my current 3DS to this XL, I wouldn't lose the pre-installed Fire Emblem in the process would I?

Peach64

#6

Peach64 said:

@ToneDeath You would, but you'd be able to re-download Fire Emblem immediately for free. I know a few people that transferred to the recent Mario Kart bundle.

datamonkey

#7

datamonkey said:

April 19th!?!?!

I think it's about time the UK was under the control of NoA's umbrella!

Shworange

#8

Shworange said:

Wow! You guys may have to wait, but I'm jealous over the limited edition 3dsxl!

Bulbousaur

#11

Bulbousaur said:

I have to say, this deal is making me think about upgrading to the XL. But I have exams coming up at that time so I don't wanna get distracted, and this bundle is probably going to have limited stock. I'll just have to see what happens.

Tasuki

#12

Tasuki said:

Wish NA was getting this. I don't like the game but that 3DSXL is just awesome.

k8sMum

#13

k8sMum said:

yeah, you in europe may wait for some games, but you get neat machines that aren't ever offered in the states.

someone needs to slap reggie right side the head. (i will volunteer for the job if no one else is available...)

Hong

#14

Hong said:

It is strange that they did not release the XL in North America. :/

WiiLovePeace

#15

WiiLovePeace said:

I'm excited for Fire Emblem, for sure. Though I'll just keep my blue 3DS XL, as pretty as the logo is on that new one.

chucknorrmis

#17

chucknorrmis said:

It doesn't look as good as the regular fire emblem 3ds but the fact that it's an XL makes it so much more awesome

Bluezealand

#18

Bluezealand said:

@Hong
I'm sure, the only reason for this bundle is because they want to apologize for the long wait. And that's also the reason, why it is an Europe-exclusive. Not even Japan got it.

Doma

#19

Doma said:

Sorry Shibata, this doesn't make up for having to wait, at all. Hideous colour, cheap looking 3DS.

AVahne

#22

AVahne said:

QUITE uglier than the normal 3DS version, but should please all the XL lovers.
Personally I think the XL benefits better from special editions that have bigger, more elaborate, and probably rounder designs.

Yosher

#23

Yosher said:

If the game wasn't pre-installed on the system, I'd buy it. I want physical copies of my games whenever possible. So unless there's a way to get this particular system and Fire Emblem: Awakening in CARTRIDGE form, I'm not getting this bundle.

sillygostly

#24

sillygostly said:

@Yosher You could just do a system transfer of your newly bought 3DS XL to somebody else and essentially forfeit your licence to the pre-installed game from your system.

Joshers744

#27

Joshers744 said:

Why is this XL Bundle not in the US?! I was finally going to upgrade to an XL and get FIre Emblem with this cool edition, but they only had the original 3DS sized one.

DaveC

#29

DaveC said:

@Yosher

Well if you really just want the XL with the logo mainly, you could still buy the bundle and get the cartridge too as a backup.

I don't like digital either because Nintendo's eShop method of locking games to hardware instead of an account sucks.

And to those in Europe don't feel too bad as the US really doesn't have the game either. They didn't make enough copies and it is sold out in all stores and online stores pretty much. I couldn't find a physical copy anywhere.

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