Fire Emblem Fates is now close to its European release, which is great news for fans of the franchise that are ready for a lot of strategy RPG action. Unfortunately the rather handsome Special Edition appears to have some stock issues in the UK, with some seeing their pre-order cancelled rather late in the day.
The special edition includes both the main campaigns and the downloadable 'Revelation' content on one cartridge (as shown in the image above), along with a steelbook case, poster and artbook. The special edition sold out rapidly in the UK, first at GAME and then on the Official Nintendo UK Store. However those that were late booking one on the official store have now been told, over a month after placing their orders, that they won't be available. The Nintendo store is trying to make amends, however, offering affected customers a special bundle that includes all of the game content in a different form (two as downloads), along with a t-shirt and 3DS HOME Theme. Affected customers are also getting a £5 discount voucher.
The details are below (via Reddit):
Thank you for placing order ******** with us.
We are sorry to inform you that we have had to cancel Fire Emblem Fates - Limited Edition from your order as the item in question is no longer available.
This product sold out on the 1st of April, but due to a technical error was showing on our store again a few days later. Having placed your order during this second period, we are unable to fulfill your order.
We sincerely apologise for the disappointment this may cause and would like to offer you £5 off your next order as a gesture of goodwill.
As an alternative, for the same price as Fire Emblem Fates - Limited Edition we are happy to offer you a new bundle that includes:
- Fire Emblem Fates Birthright (packaged version)
- Fire Emblem Fates Conquest (downloadable content)
- Fire Emblem Fates Revelation (downloadable content)
- Fire Emblem Fates T-Shirt
- FREE pre-order only Fire Emblem Fates Home Menu Theme
You are also able to use your £5 discount when pre-ordering this bundle.
One commenter has mentioned that they also had their order with GAME cancelled for stock issues. This isn't the first time that limited editions have been on store websites a little too long, with orders taken after the stock has been claimed. In the case of the Nintendo store, at least, it's trying to ensure affected customers still get all of the game content and some extras at a discount, even if it may not have the same allure as the special edition.
Have you been affected by this? Let us know in the comments.