Nintendo’s faced some hard times in the last couple years with their failing home console and dwindling 3DS sales. With every passing week, Nintendo became more and more irrelevant to gamers. Even the most dedicated fans began to lose confidence in the company after long-awaited titles like The Legend of Zelda for Wii U and Star Fox: Zero were delayed time and time again. However, Fire Emblem Fates for the Nintendo 3DS proved that the Big N still had some fight left in them.
Fates took the Pokémon approach by dual-releasing two versions of the game, Birthright and Conquest, with a third version entitled Revelation promised sometime after. The game follows Corrin, a princess who was kidnapped as a baby and raised as royalty of a rival nation. Depending on the version of the game you buy you will follow a grown-up Corrin as she either chooses to reconnect and fight alongside the family she was born into or the family that raised her which means completely different stories, missions, and even some unique gameplay mechanics.
Downloadable content, which included the previously mentioned Revelations expansion, meant dozens of more hours of gameplay just in case two games wasn’t enough Fire Emblem goodness. The games flew off store shelves and were difficult to find if you didn’t preorder them. This was the first time in months that a Nintendo game was dominating the conversation and sales charts in the industry.