Fire Emblem Fates’ Third Story DLC is Out Now in Japan

Intelligent Systems and Nintendo have launched the third story arc of Fire Emblem Fates as downloadable content in Japan.

The game was released in Japan last month, in two separate releases: White Night Kingdom (Birthright for us westerners) and Dark Knight Kingdom (Conquest). Featured above, a new trailer was released for the DLC, which showcases a rather dire scenario, and some gorgeous visuals. The new DLC is available exclusively via the Nintendo eShop.

Players will find a shocking discovery in the third scenario, a threat in which the protagonist sides with neither kingdom, instead focusing on attempting to unite both towards fighting together against a new threat. Players will be able to develop the protagonist in the same level of freedom as you can in the White Knight Kingdom storyline.

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  1. Misogynerd
    July 9, 2015 at 10:01 am

    So it also features optional Grinding? I find the Fire Emblem games that have that pretty easy. Hope they release a 4th path that’s similar but features the Nohr/Black Kindgom restrictions. After all that version even sold better.

  2. TheCynicalReaper
    July 9, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Couldn’t this have been in the game itself instead of being DLC? Couldn’t the game have been on one card instead of two separate ones we need to buy for the full story?
    Nah, I was interested in this and that trailer got me excited, but our money is hard-earned and not worth spilling this much sweat for a game that was spliced into three different releases.

    People got mad when they found out NISA did that to Danganronpa. Makes no difference if Nintendo does it.

  3. Zizal
    July 9, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    They also lock characters behind amiibos which makes me less excited getting Nintendo games lately. I don’t expect anything to change since their strategies are working.

  4. Mr. Despair
    Mr. Despair
    July 9, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    But each of the versions IS a complete story. This isn’t Pokemon red and blue, it’s more like if Pokemon red and gold were out at the same side. The characters are different, the story is different (outside the setup, of course), even the game structure is different (white being like Awakening [worldmap, extra battles to grind, etc.] and black being like the older games [story mission to story mission, no woldmap, no chance to grind, etc.]).

    So I don’t really get the hold up, if each version is at least Awakening lenght and it’s a full experience, what’s the problem?

  5. Mr. Despair
    Mr. Despair
    July 9, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    This I agree with. It’s bullshit, especially when you can’t even get the amiibos at reasonable prices.

  6. Cerzel
    July 9, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    You know what else did the same thing? Growlanser 4. Three different routes, three different scenarios from a branching path, all complete stories. All one game, on one disc, for one price. Because that used to be standard.

    There really isn’t any excusing it. Nintendo are monetising something that was formerly standard, and it’s become quite clear that this third route was also stripped out to be sold as a separate product, given this fast release and that all of the support conversations were datamined out of the two cart versions.

  7. TheCynicalReaper
    July 9, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Wait, really? Why would they even do that? Who came up with that crap?
    Screw that then.

  8. TheCynicalReaper
    July 9, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Also, I enjoy Growlanser 4 so hard it’s criminal. Man that game is great.

  9. TheCynicalReaper
    July 9, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    I’m going to have to go with Cerzel on this one, mate. They explained it better than I ever could.

    Also note that while Growlanser 4 was originally sold as different editions in Japan, each addition with hugely added character and story content, that’s different to this. It’s not as though the devs had all that additional content for Growlanser 4 when it was first released but split it up to gouge prices, which is the case here.

  10. sanic
    July 9, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Cool How much was it in japan?

  11. Zizal
    July 9, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    My mistake, not amiibos but they have Marth , Lucina behind card game. You buy the cards and you get code number to get the characters but I don’t know what will be the case in the west. They will milk the FE fans and they know a lot of them will get both versions of the game.

  12. Unmotivated
    July 9, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    It wasn’t just the support conversations that were datamined, it was the entire third route itself. Someone hacked his game and downloaded it off Nintendo’s servers a month ago and played through it just fine.

    The route split didn’t bother me too much initially because they did both have enough in-game differences to at least justify the discounted price for the other after you buy one, but the third route has EVERYTHING, it has every unit and class and boss and whatever from both of the two original routes, completely invalidating the whole point of the original commitment they sold the game(s) on.

  13. Zizal
    July 9, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Around 20 USD.

  14. Unmotivated
    July 9, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    The amiibo functionality is the one thing they actually did right, though. They give you that one character as a unique – but watered down and mostly functionless – unit.

    Considering their unique classes can be gotten elsewhere, and whatever unique items they have are locked to them, they don’t actually offer you anything more than flair.

  15. sanic
    July 9, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Hmm I would have preferred it to be at the $15 mark but I’m not sure what it all entails.

  16. Unmotivated
    July 9, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    No, you were right. You use the amiibos to unlock the amiibo unit. There are also a few units behind the card game as well, but it’s worth keeping in mind that while all these DLC units have unique characteristics, because they have limited functionality they aren’t actually any better than what’s in the game naturally.

  17. Mr. Despair
    Mr. Despair
    July 9, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    So the entire problem is just a perception issue? If all the versions of Growlanser where released at the same time, would that be a problem?

    Haven’t played that so don’t know how it would split, but it seem to me like the hang up is just on perspective. We can’t really know how the game was budgeted or if they could’ve done this on, say, the budget of Awakening (assuming this had more budget). Maybe they got the budget to do 2 games and had the manpower to develop both at the same time, maybe Nintendo really is greedy and evil. I guess we’ll never know.

    At the end of the day I’m ok with buying 2 Awakening sized games and you guys aren’t and that’s that (vote with your wallet and what not). I’ll probably get 1 first and get the other one later.

    Still this whole thing is fascinating to me. Developers should really be taking note of all this. Would it have been better if they released one version now and the other, let’s say, 6 months to a year later?

  18. Mr. Despair
    Mr. Despair
    July 9, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    That just sounds like a budget add-on they planed after being done with the main games. In a “let’s reuse all of these assets we made and make a new thing”. It’s still a different story/missions from the other 2 right?

  19. Zizal
    July 9, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    It’s 16.5 USD so there is a chance it will be 15 in the west. The special edition was a good value 80$ for all three routes and you get some extras like art book and FE cards.

  20. LenLovecraft
    July 9, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Do we know how much the bundled version with all 3 routes in one cart will cost? I’d rather just buy that out of convenience to be honest with you.

  21. Unmotivated
    July 9, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Nah, they allegedly planned for all three at once. It was acceptable for the first two as they had different classes, maps, difficulties and gameplay elements (you can’t grind off repeat maps in Nohr, etc) but when you sell the concept on the division between the two versions and then introduce a third that merges them for the best of both worlds, it really undermines the entire appeal.

    Third route does have entirely unique maps and campaign, it’s just kind of a slap in the face of the people who got invested in the initial White vs. Black thing.

  22. British_Otaku
    July 9, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Wait what! Too soon! Let me finish the game first!