UPDATE: Fire Emblem: Awakening 3DS Bundle Listed, Launches on February 4th.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

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Fire Emblem

So, everyone remembers this Fire Emblem 3DS bundle from Japan released last year, right? And everyone remembers how Iwata kind of underestimated how much folks wanted it as well? I suppose Nintendo of America is making sure die-hard fans like me get exactly what they want…besides the game itself, that is.

Fire Emblem

This image is rumored/all but confirmed to be featured in the latest issue of Game Informer. As soon as we received word on when and where this bundle is available, we’ll be sure to let you know. Rest assured, I’ll be scouring the Internet as vigilantly as possible. Considering the source of this image is apparently Game Informer, you can rest assured Gamestop will readily stock the bundle prior to the game’s release. And hey, I wonder if we still get the art book when we pre-order?


UPDATE: No new information, but Nintendo has now officially announced the bundle. Happy times, ladies and gentlemen! More information as it comes. It’s also confirmed, beyond all reasonable doubt, that Fire Emblem: Awakening will come pre-installed with the system. Here’s a pretty picture:

Fire Emblem

A lot of people are curious as to whether or not this is a standard 3DS or a 3DS XL. From what information I can gather, this is the standard 3DS system, identical to the one released in Japan last year. 

UPDATE #2: According to Nintendo of America, once again via social media: “The Fire Emblem Awakening Nintendo 3DS hardware bundle launches on Feb. 4! You’ll get a Nintendo 3DS emblazoned with Fire Emblem artwork, the game pre-installed on the hardware and a 4GB SD memory card. The bundle will be available at a suggested retail price of $199.99.”

I haven’t spotted any retail listings yet, but as soon as I do, I’ll update this article one final time! It generally takes retailers like Gamestop about two days after something’s been announced to receive relevant information in their system.

FINAL UPDATE: Alas, the Fire Emblem 3DS Bundle has appeared at Gamestop.com, and may or may not show up soon at other retailers. I can confirm that the bundle is available for pre-order at “nearly all” Gamestop locations. What I cannot confirm yet, is whether or not the art book that comes with a pre-order of the game itself is available in this bundle. I’ll be sure to keep you guys posted.

  • my money. where does it keep going.

  • handsomejack47

    Oh, how convenient. I’ve been looking for a new 3DS, and this will do just fine. PLEASE LET IT BE REAL.

  • Cyrus_Belmont

    Well I guess there’s a first time for everything so here it goes…
    Fap Fap Fap Fap…

  • That’s sweet.  If you’re still waiting to buy a 3DS, this is the perfect excuse.

  • XL?

    • JonathanOPR

      No sir, it’s not an XL, it’s the regular one. It’s the same thing that was all the rage in Japan. Some are upset that it’s not an XL, but… I don’t really blame them, you know? The fact is, we’re (probably) getting it, and I couldn’t be happier as a Fire Emblem fan. 

  • budah

    I’m reading around and people are saying that the game, after looking closely at the image of the box, is pre-installed. I seem to make it out too. Can anyone confirm?

    That can seriously make or break the purchase for me.

    • budah

      Here’s a larger image: http://24.media.tumblr.com/6f323a17a0abbbecfff7aa7770d4c53d/tumblr_mgfiur3KVl1rk0497o1_1280.jpg

    • JonathanOPR

      It’s pre-installed. Blurry, but with my zoom, I can make out those words. The concept of not owning a physical copy is a little disheartening, but the LE system more than makes up for it, IMO. 

  • Why did they do this? I waited so long for this bundle and now that I actually bought a 3ds they release it. WHY!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I’ve sorta been wanting to collect LE 3DS’s, and I was just complaining that only Japan gets them, but if this comes out I won’t have any funds on me to get it before it flies off the shelves… :s ;.;

  • Babdadb

    Darn it, I already have a sexy Purple one…
    And I need money for textbooks…

  • If true, I’d sell my Zelda 3DS for it.

  • Zelpok

    So tempting…too tempting. I’m going to try and stay strong though, and just stick with my Zelda 3DS. I would totally buy it if it was an XL though. 

    I am glad that they are bringing this bundle over to the US. Glad to see Nintendo listening to its fans. It gives me hope that maybe the Animal Crossing bundle, or even some of the Pokemon bundles might make it over here too.

    • caleb1993

      I know what you mean. I also have the Zelda 3DS, but this is such a tempting purchase (due to my love for Fire Emblem). Oh it is so hard not to buy it. 

  • Now I feel angry I already have a 3ds. 

  • I really, really hope this comes to PAL regions. It looks amazing.

  • Sounds like Nintendo is just looking  for an excuse to not bring limited editions to NA ever again if this sells low, which considering that it’s a regular 3DS, might very well be the case.

    • Zelpok

       This thought also crossed my mind, although I am hoping this is not the case. I know that there are fans here, but I had still thought that Fire Emblem was more of a niche series. I want to believe that Nintendo is not that devious.

  • I was excited until I realised it wasn’t the XL version. Why not both 3DS’ NIntendo for fuck’s sake???

    • It looks like they’re just bringing over the Japanese bundle, and the Japanese bundle was just the regular 3DS. Because it came out in Japan before the XL did.

    • SecretX

      but this bundle is coming with a pre-installed game without the physical copy so did nintendo open the box to get rid of it?

    • They’re not boxing the game and including it pre-installed to cut manufacturing costs, I’d reckon. Also, they figure the ones dedicated enough to the franchise (like me, for instance) would have gone digital anyway (Fire Emblem: Awakening is one of those games I would never sell back!). Digital = convenient for publisher and player alike.

  • I just hope we get a price soon, and hopefully we can get it from gamestop, cause that’s the only way i’ll be able to buy it.

  • How deceiving that the top picture is a regular 3DS but the bottom pic (with opened 3ds) is an XL.

  • Oh yay this is confirmed, now I can be sad about my lack of money :s

  • Guest

    Pre-installed? Lame…

  • What about Europe? No artbook? No a FE-themed 3DS!? RAAAAAGGGGEEE!

  • I just bought a 3Ds 5 days ago for the purpose of playing fire emblem… now they announce this… i might buy another one ><

  • SecretX

    why does the photo have the xl image? i would really like to trade my regular 3ds for the xl bundle. please nintendo do it.

  • i already got da XL……i’ll stick with just da game

  • Peekers

    Lol noooo~ I wish it came with the physical copy xD I like having the game in my hands.

  • If you haven’t picked up a 3DS yet, you have no excuse now.

  • Blastinburn

    I was seriously considering getting this despite already owning a 3DS, but the fact that it’s pre-installed makes the choice really easy.  No thanks, I’d prefer a physical copy.
    (pre-installed also signals to me that it won’t be attached to an account.  So if I delete the game, either because I need the space or by accident, I won’t be able to re-download it.  I also don’t know how I would transfer my data from my old 3DS to the new one.)

  • Mitchell

    $200+ in a couple weeks, sayonara. With this, Soul Hackers, and the host of other DS/3DS stuff I’ll buy, my money will be flying away from me in fear.

  • EBGames Canada informed me that they won’t be carrying the bundle. Yippee.

    • Lauren

       You could probably just order from somewhere online.  Shipping might be expensive, but it would be worth it!

  • jeti rehashed

     I have been waiting for this!  I want to pre-order it NOW !

  • Synbios

    I already bought a 3DS XL recently mainly for Awakening, yet this comes out haha. I think I’ll pass seeing as it’s just a regular 3DS and… the game comes pre-installed. If it was a 3DS, I’d more then likely double-dip.

  • budah

    Gamestop says the limited artbook comes with it!!! HUZZAH! I might just grab this then! (along with some screen protectors heh)