Is it needlessly complicated? Naturally — this is Nintendo we're talking about here. Could you buy the physical versions of both if you needed, too? Sure, if you want to pay over the odds. Could you just buy the physical Special Edition that included all three branches on one cart? Good luck finding one of those for less than 400 bucks!
The point is that, at the time of writing, you're able to pop onto the eShop and download the game, and then beans it through to Chapter 6 and purchase the other two branches before 27th March. In a matter of days, that will no longer be an option.
If you're no fan of the Fire Emblems... well, why are you even reading this? If you're a massive fan... you probably already own Fates in all its iterations. It's the Fire Emblem Fates fence-sitters we're really speaking to here. Access to the game(s) is just a click right now, but that window is closing. There's plenty of other Fire Emblem goodness to enjoy on 3DS and elsewhere, but if you've ever been interested in Fates, now is your last chance to grab the whole caboodle at a reasonable price.
If you're not sure which path is the best one, the lovely Alex whipped up a video guide to address just that question:
How much is it?
$39.99USD / £39.99 / 44,99€ for either one of the 'base' games (Birthright or Conquest), plus the path not chosen (and the Revelation DLC) can be bought for a discounted $19.99USD / £17.99 / 19,99€ each.
We'll be back soon with another 3DS or Wii U eShop recommendation as part of this 'Countdown' series. Let us know below if you've already got this in your collection and share your thoughts. Also, feel free to nominate other games — we just might highlight those in the coming days, too.