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Nintendo announces Fire Emblem Fates Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL System

Nintendo announced an official Fire Emblem Fates-branded New 3DS XL today, in advance of the game's February release. No pre-order information was provided.

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The handheld is set to retail at $199 for standalone release on February 19, coinciding with the release of the Fire Emblem Fates games. This marks another limited edition New 3DS XL which is sold without any associated software.

This Fire Emblem release is broken up into a variety of titles, in two retail versions named "Birthright" and "Conquest", as well as a special edition which includes both titles and the "Revelation" DLC on the same cart. Those who purchase the retail version of "Birthright" or "Conquest" will have the opportunity to purchase the other at half price via the eShop, but will have to wait for the "Revelation" DLC to arrive on March 10 — whereas those with the special edition have access to all content immediately.

Full info from the press release:

The Fire Emblem Fates Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL system (game sold separately) launches on Feb. 19 at a suggested retail price of $199.99 and features gorgeous art inspired by the game on the front of the hardware. Players can choose to purchase one of two versions when the Fire Emblem Fates games launch on Feb. 19 at a suggested retail price of $39.99 each. In Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, players battle a corrupted king. And in Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest, a misguided kingdom must be changed from within. Each path is a complete story and a complete game. Playing both will show players two different sides of one brutal conflict. After completing Chapter 6, players will have the option to download the other version of the game and experience a new adventure for only $19.99. In addition, a third story, Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation, which finds the game’s main character choosing neither the “Conquest” nor “Birthright” path in the story, launches as DLC on March 10 for $19.99 for players that already own the “Conquest” or “Birthright” version of the game. A special edition will also be available that includes all three games on a single game card, an artbook and a Nintendo 3DS XL pouch at a suggested retail price of $79.99. When the game launches, further downloadable content in the form of new maps will also be released on a regular basis, with the first map launching on Feb. 19. Players can choose to buy each of these maps individually, or purchase Map Pack 1 for $17.99 to get access to them all at a discount once they are released. For more information about Fire Emblem Fates, visit http://fireemblemfates.nintendo.com/.