The upcoming closure of the Wii U and 3DS eShop for new purchases and downloads has been notable news today, with plenty pointing out various download-only or DLC classics that will be lost when the stores close. You will be able to redownload content you already own for the foreseeable future, but you won’t be able to add funds on either store from 23rd May 2022, while purchases will fully end at the close of March 2023.
One particularly notable loss, in a major Nintendo IP no less, will be Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation. Much like the more recent Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Fates had multiple campaigns to dive into – Birthright, Conquest and Revelation. The first two saw you take different sides at a key point in the story, and each had differences in difficulty and the sorts of missions you faced. The structure of how you bought the campaigns was interesting too, with a Pokemon-style approach of a dual pack or individual retail versions for Birthright and Conquest.
Revelation was a third campaign, and pretty important for fans that wanted to go all-in with the story; in this path you don’t choose a side, and in terms of gameplay it offers another interesting mix of maps and challenges. We liked it a lot in our review.
For the vast majority though this is a DLC add-on; it didn’t get individual retail versions like the other two campaigns, so unless you were lucky enough to get the relatively rare Special Edition that had all three on a cartridge, it had to be a download.
While Fire Emblem Fates also has a lot of other DLC add-ons that’ll also disappear with the shutdown, it’s the loss of Revelation that seems particularly painful. Nintendo’s Japanese support website has confirmed that Revelation and the other DLCs in Fates will be no exception; they will disappear from sale.
There are lots of games that’ll be lost, but this does seem to be one of the biggest to bite the dust. If you want to have it in your collection there’s still time to fire up Fates and purchase it, but after March next year a major Fire Emblem campaign will be gone outside of a relatively small number of limited edition physical copies.
Let us know if you are a fan of Fire Emblem Fates and its campaigns; are you potentially going to jump in and buy the Revelation download while you still can?