Fire Emblem Fates is out today and takes the very unique approach of offering three different games that start the game, but branch off very differently. While you would think you could just buy physical copies of the two available in retail, just like with Pokemon, this is something you should not do for a few different reasons.
Fire Emblem Fates has two versions coming out today with Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest, with the third part, Revelation, coming out in a few weeks as a digital only download.
Both Birthright and Conquest will be available both in stores and through the eShop, but it is very much advised that you do not pick up both. Instead, pick up the game you want to start with first between the two. After a certain point in the game you choose to buy, you will have the option from the game’s menu to go and purchase the second part at a 50% off discounted price.
So rather than having to pay $40 for both, you only have to pay $60 for the two total. In addition, the Revelation DLC will come for only $20 later, even though it is its own full game as well.
While technically you can have two separate cartridges for Birthright and Conquest, it is just not the best way to go about the game. The game it built itself to allow for you take the multiple paths easily in-game, so it’s better to have either one as a physical release and the other two digital, or all three digital.