Nintendo has announced release dates for two of its upcoming video games: Wii U exclusive Star Fox Zero and Nintendo 3DS title Fire Emblem Fates, both scheduled for early 2016.
Star Fox Zero was delayed from its scheduled November 20 release date back in September, leaving the Wii U’s 2015 holiday line-up populated solely by Xenoblade Chronicles X and tumbleweeds. The game, an aerial combat title, will now launch on April 21, 2016 in Japan and April 22, 2016 in North America and PAL regions.
Fire Emblem Fates meanwhile will launch a little sooner on February 19, 2016 in North America, with PAL regions receiving the game later in 2016 for some unexplained reason. Seriously, if it’s out in America then it’s in English, what’s the hold up? In any case, it’s an odd release because Fire Emblem Fates actually refers to two standalone games.
Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest are two separate titles that will both be launching on February 19. Both games tell different interpretations of the same storyline, diverging after a certain point early in the game. Both versions will be available both physically and digitally for US $39.99 and if you have one then the other will be available digitally for the reduced price of US $19.99.
There’s also a third storyline coming by way of downloadable content: Fire Emblem Fates: Revelations, which will shed new light on both storylines. If you’re obsessive compulsive like me then you can easily get all of this content by purchasing a U.S. $79.99 special edition, which includes both games and the DLC, a 3DS XL pouch and an art book.