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#601 TheGuardianWolf

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:10 PM

Sorry to ask a generalized question here, but I'm sure this isn't the first time this has happened so how long would you guys estimate it'll take them to get another shipment out to retailers?

I'd honestly rather have a physical copy, but I'm not very patient when it comes to games I want to play this badly. :P Plus I don't want to miss out on the free DLC, and you have to have the game in or installed to download it. v_v

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:12 PM

Sorry to ask a generalized question here, but I'm sure this isn't the first time this has happened so how long would you guys estimate it'll take them to get another shipment out to retailers?

I'd honestly rather have a physical copy, but I'm not very patient when it comes to games I want to play this badly. :P Plus I don't want to miss out on the free DLC, and you have to have the game in or installed to download it. v_v


some are saying this could be as bad as the POKEMON CONQUEST game... where it took up to 2 months to see them everywhere.....

dont see why people are going nuts over the DLC ...... it seems way over priced

3.00 per map i mean 3.00 for a single map is WAY OVERPRICED

they should of made 2 verisons of this game

single game for 40
game with all Japan DLC for 50

i would of jumped on the 50 but wont pay 20 to 30 more just for download maps
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#603 Elusive

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:13 PM

I really doubt there'll be a real delay if you preordered early. I'm obviously not the local Amazon expert, however, so don't take my thoughts too seriously.

Besides, you have a while to download the free DLC, right? No way they'd take that long to get a copy to you.

Edit: just saw the post above me. Pokemon Conquest seemed like more of a niche title, especially since it was a spinoff on a dated console - and my younger brother had no problem finding a ton of copies at the local Wal-Mart a day after release.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:18 PM

I really doubt there'll be a real delay if you preordered early. I'm obviously not the local Amazon expert, however, so don't take my thoughts too seriously.

Besides, you have a while to download the free DLC, right? No way they'd take that long to get a copy to you.

Edit: just saw the post above me. Pokemon Conquest seemed like more of a niche title, especially since it was a spinoff on a dated console - and my younger brother had no problem finding a ton of copies at the local Wal-Mart a day after release.


yea i found them too and flipped them ended up buying 3 selling 2 and getting my 3rd copy free :)
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#605 TheGuardianWolf

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:19 PM

Problem is I didn't pre-order early. I pre-ordered last week, after the warning was already up.

Nintendo really mucked this up, in my opinion. You shouldn't be so darn scared a game won't sell well that you actually hinder it's sales... >_> And Fire Emblem is a big title!!!

As for the DLC - free is the reason to be interested. It is overpriced, but at least you get all(or most) the DLC characters free anyway, only with slight differences.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:23 PM

This is hilarious. Canada gets early and we get late.

Either way, I hear GS has a habit of not having Monday release games. Maybe Best Buy wont screw me for once. Worst come to worst and I'll just get on eshop. Already getting a 20$ gc on Monday since they accidentally double charged me.

#607 Elusive

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:31 PM

As much as I want to play, I can wait an extra day or two (as long as I get my dinky little artbook). Not like I don't have a ton of other stuff to do with my life, right?

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:38 PM

Problem is I didn't pre-order early. I pre-ordered last week, after the warning was already up.

Nintendo really mucked this up, in my opinion. You shouldn't be so darn scared a game won't sell well that you actually hinder it's sales... >_> And Fire Emblem is a big title!!!

As for the DLC - free is the reason to be interested. It is overpriced, but at least you get all(or most) the DLC characters free anyway, only with slight differences.


you do know that free DLC is for a single person and a single map ... your going to have to PAY for the rest of the DLC that come in later months ...

in japan to get all of the DLC i think was almost 8000 yen (more then the freaking game cost



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#609 TheGuardianWolf

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:54 AM

you do know that free DLC is for a single person and a single map ... your going to have to PAY for the rest of the DLC that come in later months ...

in japan to get all of the DLC i think was almost 8000 yen (more then the freaking game cost


The limited time one is a single map and single character for free. It's not like you're obligated to buy any more of the paid. Plus there's plenty of free DLC for it as it is, there's actually arguably more overall content coming as free DLC than pay. And while I agree that what's available to pay for is a bit lacking in content for the price point, but what's free is free, can't see why someone wouldn't want that end of it.

For those who don't know, there are actually so many DLC characters for free you nearly can't have them all on your game at once. From what I understand there are 120 legacy characters, 12 items, and 6 maps all for free through 12 waves of spotpass content... So when I found all that out I wasn't too upset about the paid dlc.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:57 AM

Called a ton of local stores, they confirmed they can sell, but all of them aren't expecting till next week, and no extras. One store said they might get tomorrow and had a few extras and to call back.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:31 AM

The limited time one is a single map and single character for free. It's not like you're obligated to buy any more of the paid. Plus there's plenty of free DLC for it as it is, there's actually arguably more overall content coming as free DLC than pay. And while I agree that what's available to pay for is a bit lacking in content for the price point, but what's free is free, can't see why someone wouldn't want that end of it.

For those who don't know, there are actually so many DLC characters for free you nearly can't have them all on your game at once. From what I understand there are 120 legacy characters, 12 items, and 6 maps all for free through 12 waves of spotpass content... So when I found all that out I wasn't too upset about the paid dlc.


how i understand it all DLC will Cost to play ... did not know there was a ton of FREE maps

how does spotpass even work
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#612 Elusive

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:36 AM

Okay, so I stopped by the nearest Gamestop (the one where I preordered the bundle - yes, I reserved a physical copy at a different store, bite me). The employee seemed to know a little about the situation and how confusing it's been, and he said that they're probably getting copies in by Sunday. I'm not holding him to his word, though.

Anyway, they also had the artbooks already. Grabbed mine. Hooray.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:47 AM

So I just called my local gamestop where I pre-ordered and they told me they don't have a release date for it. So they told me to check tomorrow if their shipments come in and I could pick up the game. So basically it sounds like once they receive their shipment it's going to be sold right away. They didn't even have the artbook either so I guess I'll call tomorrow and check again.
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#614 TheGuardianWolf

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:11 AM

how i understand it all DLC will Cost to play ... did not know there was a ton of FREE maps

how does spotpass even work


There aren't a ton of free maps, but there are a few from what I see, and definitely a ton of free characters. I'm not sure of the specifics of Spotpass DLC itself, but in this case it is supposed to be free.

Spotpass characters make use of old artwork and the pay DLC characters have new artwork from 'guest' artist. And yes, there are paid and free versions of the DLC characters, and I think you can actually use both the units in the same battle if you like. From my understanding the stats are similar and the skills and artwork are the only real difference.

Kinda makes the pay DLC even less worth it, but I'm 100% glad the free option is there like it is. Originally I was thinking Nintendo was just being greedy, but this really changed my mind... I'm probably more out to buy a map or two because of that... and being a Lyn fanboy certainly helps sell that one particular map for me anyway. :P

#615 Sgt Barone

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:21 AM

I have never played a Fire Emblem game before, so would it be okay if this was my first? Would I need to know a huge amount of back story to enjoy the game?

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:24 AM

I have never played a Fire Emblem game before, so would it be okay if this was my first? Would I need to know a huge amount of back story to enjoy the game?


I think not. I enjoy the series from what I played from sacred stone but I don't think so. There are recurring characters in it like Marth.
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#617 Elusive

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:26 AM

I have never played a Fire Emblem game before, so would it be okay if this was my first? Would I need to know a huge amount of back story to enjoy the game?


No, you don't need to know anything of the past ones to enjoy the story of this game. None of the old characters are in the main game.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:33 AM

Well, technically there's 'Marth' but without really spoiling too much they're using the name mostly a reference to the old Marth (this game is set in that world some centuries or millennia in the future).

Regardless, most Fire Emblem games aren't more than tangentially related to more than one other game. This one is a fresh storyline, as far as I'm aware.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:36 AM

I have never played a Fire Emblem game before, so would it be okay if this was my first? Would I need to know a huge amount of back story to enjoy the game?


I don't think so. Each FE is kind of it's own story. Past games are a history of the world itself, but playing them is far from required to enjoy it. Matter of fact much of the story enjoyment actually comes from the characters that are in whatever game you're playing and the focus is on their particular struggle...

You're getting in at a good time too, in my opinion. This game looks to possibly be widely considered as the best in the whole series. From what I've played of the demo and seen, I don't expect it to disappoint by any means. :P

My only gripe so far is their freakish feet. :lol:

#620 Elusive

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 03:08 AM

Well, for what little it may be worth, it's currently the third highest rated 3DS game on Metacritic, and most reviews seem to be in the 9.0-9.5 range. That should mean something, right?

Hopefully this means they'll put more effort into keeping the series over here in the US. Can't blame them for not bringing over FE12, though, after its predecessor's low sales - that's what happens when you churn out a turd like FE11.

Also, the feet bug me, too. I first thought it was a glitch in the demo and their models were getting stuck in the ground. ;)

#621 devincenzi

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:10 AM

Also, the feet bug me, too. I first thought it was a glitch in the demo and their models were getting stuck in the ground. ;)


They bugged me, but then I tried to think back to Wind Waker's style, and those characters had teeny l'il feet too. The feet fit the style more in that game though, certainly. I'd like to pick the graphic designers' brains for a bit to find out the story behind those peglegs.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:20 AM

Well, for what little it may be worth, it's currently the third highest rated 3DS game on Metacritic, and most reviews seem to be in the 9.0-9.5 range. That should mean something, right?

Hopefully this means they'll put more effort into keeping the series over here in the US. Can't blame them for not bringing over FE12, though, after its predecessor's low sales - that's what happens when you churn out a turd like FE11.

Also, the feet bug me, too. I first thought it was a glitch in the demo and their models were getting stuck in the ground. ;)


Well unless this whole thing has been blown out of proportion and there will be plenty of copies of the game itself in, Nintendo killed launch day sales... No matter how good they are, they would have been better if they hadn't botched the launch so bad in US and Canada. You can also bet some people won't get FEA even near launch, when they may actually have otherwise, due to selecting other games when it should have been on shelves, or just being irritated with the whole process and impatient with their money. I shouldn't vent my displeasure with Ninty's present failure here though. :P

And yeaaaah, I'm hoping the feet don't bug me the whole time. I like the look a lot otherwise, but I can't help but notice their pencil legs on occasion. XD Either way there are more important things that are amazing, so I'm not worried.

They bugged me, but then I tried to think back to Wind Waker's style, and those characters had teeny l'il feet too. The feet fit the style more in that game though, certainly. I'd like to pick the graphic designers' brains for a bit to find out the story behind those peglegs.


Can't help but think the simplest explanation the most likely... it was just easier. They had a lot of animation to do for a lot of character models.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:52 AM

So im a little confused. Can you still preorder the bundle at a gamestop store? I just got email i will be getting my tax refund earlier then expected and i was going to hunt for a purple 3ds but i love the looks of this one.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:13 AM

So im a little confused. Can you still preorder the bundle at a gamestop store? I just got email i will be getting my tax refund earlier then expected and i was going to hunt for a purple 3ds but i love the looks of this one.


the 3DS bundle is still up to preorder

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:23 AM

Oh sweet, thanks. I will try and get into mine tomorrow or saturday.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:16 AM

Well my GS had the artbooks in stock but no game/system today. I got the 2 artbooks i had coming to me today just in case. To those of you worried you may not get them.. theyre rather small. Size wise theyre ok, but theres just not much content in them. I think theres like 8 or 9 pages and thats it. Kinda disappointing. The pictures do look nice though and have a nice glossy finish to them

Im gonna check in this weekend to see if they got them early. I want to make sure i get my system before they put stickers on it or anything like that.

By the way i watched a JP unboxing.. WTF?! That version DOES have a physical copy! Looks like its just US gamers that got screwed over. What a friggin jip.

I understand the urge to collect, as I've been ramping it up a bit lately. But why collect things you're not really interested in? You don't seem to like Call of Duty, so I could assume that you wouldn't really amass a pile of COD merchandise and sealed CE's right? It's only odd to me because you've expressed your dislike for Nintendo. I love them, despite some of their backwards-ass business decisions, and that's why I plan on buying and storing this particular 3DS bundle (i missed on that cool Zelda one)

Will you get that Poptart looking Animal Crossing 3DS XL if it comes out here?


Hah, no no pile of COD merchandise.. but i DO own every COD game (except BLOPS II). Even though i have not actually PLAYED beyond COD 4. I actually do have the CE for one of them, but that was just because it was on clearance for cheaper than the game itself.

My personal dislike of Nintendo started in the N64 era and just went downhill from there. They've just been making bad systems that cater far too much to gimicky casual crap and ignoring the hardcore market. They still make decent handhelds, but even their business practices screw those up (DLC transfer issues, their baffling lack of open and free internet conectivity, ect). That said, they do have some good RPG's on the system so I am required to purchase their consoles for completion sake alone. I hated the gamecube but i have to own it for Fire emblem and a few other decent RPG's.

Oh, and no i wouldn't get the animal crossing XL 3ds.. i think it looks ugly as hell =P And i was never a bitg animal crossing fan. I do wish we'd get a decent XL bundle, or at least some of the cooler colors over here other than just a red and meh blue though. If we did id probably leave this one sealed. That Purple regular 3ds would be cool in XL form

He won't because

A god damn collectors edition bundle for a game like Animal Crossing kinda demands a physical copy. Its BS that were getting a shitty digital copy. Basically just looks like theyre trying to pawn off some stock by slapping little logos on a 3DS XL


no, i wont get it because its ugly.. and even if it is just a digital version that doesn't piss me off very much. Animal crossing is different from an RPG like Fire Emblem. RPG's traditionally have nice manuals to flip through.

On the subject of video game collecting:

One of the best things I have ever done was selling my vast collection of ps1/2 games, even though I miss looking at them the weight of, "I should play these games" is now gone.

Plus with HD collections coming out left and right the value of older games (unless new and sealed, and even that is debateable with reprints now) seems to be going down these days. I mean it took me forever to try and get rid of Suikoden 2.

Edit: Does anyone know how long you have to get the free dlc is it a week or two weeks after release?


Ouch.. i could never do that. I play my PS1/PS3 games FAR more than my 360 and especially PS3. HD collections are meh IMO. Esepecially lately. IT seems companies are releasing very shoddy quick cash in's instead of doing a proper HD treatment =( Nothing beats having the original game/console in my opinion.


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For the Marth DLC character/map.. anyone know if this is actually Marth, or if its just someone taking his name? The artbook makes it sound like its just somoene using his name. Im not familiar with the time frame but i would think Marth would be long dead by now

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EWWW just watched a character creation video after seeing you guys talking about the feet.. WTF?! that looks HORRIBLE. Thats gonna take some getting used to. I do not like that style at all.
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:19 AM

Marth (DLC) is Marth.

Marth (in game character) is.. maybe.. Marth? ;) It's part of the story.
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:22 AM

Marth (DLC) is Marth.

Marth (in game character) is.. maybe.. Marth? ;) It's part of the story.


Hah guess i'll have to play and see. I think its someone just using his name though because this is centuries after the first game i think.

God damn i can not get over those horrible stick figure feetless legs! I'm also bummed at the lack of customization. I wanted to make a bald battle scarred looking guy. The only options are variations of generic spikey haired anime pretty boy styles =(
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:12 AM

I'm also bummed at the lack of customization. I wanted to make a bald battle scarred looking guy. The only options are variations of generic spikey haired anime pretty boy styles =(



Did you watch a video with all the options? Buzz-cut and battle scars are options for Avatar 3.



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Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:22 AM

You evidently didn't watch a video with all the options. Buzz-cut and battle scars are options for Avatar 3.


Ah no the video i watched only went through option 1 i guess. Still there is no actual shaved head, and the buz cut there looks really stupid. It is nice that avatar 3 does look a bit older though and there IS a scarred up option which is cool (is that the only face set with scars?). Just no shaved head look. I guess i can make something work

I'll have to watch them all thoroughly later; its bed time now, but it seems 3 has the least options. 1 seems to have the most. 2 looks super duper shota. The kid looks like hes like 8 years old o_O I think it shows the girls at the end too, i may just do a chick character, i'll have to see. Im actually gonna play this i think before i do my full Fire emblem Playthrough. I planned on starting from the GBA games and going up but figured that would take too long and i want to play this NOW. I'm assuming this has a New Game + like most other entries in the series right?


*edit* didn't see a skin color option either.. i guess you can only be super white? No tan/dark skinned characters?
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