Fire Emblem Fates hits stores this Friday in two totally separate packages. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest are similar in many respects, utilizing the same engine, following the same conflict, and presenting the player with many of the same characters. However, after a certain point they branch off in very distinct ways. You can purchase both (though be sure to do so digitally rather than buying the physical copies), but you kind of have to pick one to do first at least, and many might just want to play one. For that last group Nintendo has provided a flow chart to decide which Fire Emblem Fates game to get.
You can check out the chart here. A lot of it is sort of tongue-in-cheek, but there is actually some method to the madness. For example, Birthright is definitely the easier game, as we point out in our review. This is why a lot of the questions about how much you like a challenge will lead you to it if you choose the easier side. If you like the permadeath and overall realism of the series’ combat then Fire Emblem Fate: Conquest is the one for you, otherwise Birthright will be less challenging, and possibly more fun.
To figure out the rest just check out the chart, it’ll show you which you should get if you prefer dragons or a pegasus, if you like spending time with family, or friends, etc. Once you decide you can always come back and hit up the other by buying it on the eShop. Finally, on March 10th Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation will hit, giving you another option to try out. Luckily that one won’t be separate, so you only have to figure out if you want more FE action, or not.