Guide: Fire Emblem: Three Houses Pre-Order Bonus, Special Edition, And More

Fire Emblem will make its debut on the Switch this summer.

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It's been a long wait for Fire Emblem fans since the newest entry in the series, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, was first announced in January 2017. Since then, the release date has been pushed back several times, but the game will finally release on Nintendo Switch July 26. It'll be the first Fire Emblem main title on a home console since Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, which released on the Wii back in 2007.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses will introduce fans to the continent of Fódlan, which is comprised of three nations who are currently at peace. At Fódlan's center is the Church of Seiros and the game's main setting, the Officer's Academy. Like previous Fire Emblem games, your customizable character will act as an advisor--only this time, you're actually a professor at the Academy, and your warriors are also your students, who are divided into three houses based on their respective nation.

The game will feature the same style of turn-based combat with life-or-death stakes, only now you can create battalions of troops to support individual warriors in battle. When you're not on the battlefield, you'll be able to explore the Academy and form relationships with students, which will in turn influence how they perform in battle.

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If you have a Nintendo Switch online membership and want to save yourself $20 in the long-term, you can also take advantage of Nintendo's limited-time voucher deal. The deal offers a pair of vouchers for $100 that you can then redeem for two eligible Switch titles, Fire Emblem included. You can get more info about that deal at Nintendo.

Pre-order listings for Fire Emblem: Three Houses are up on many retailer sites, and there are two editions currently available. Here's what you should know if you're planning to purchase the game.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses pre-order bonus

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So far, there's only one pre-order bonus available for Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and it's limited to GameStop. The retailer just announced it's offering an exclusive pin set representing the three houses at the Officer's Academy, while supplies last.

Pre-order Fire Emblem: Three Houses standard edition

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If you only care about owning the game itself, pick up the standard edition, which is selling at the usual launch price of $60. Remember that if you pre-order at Amazon and the price drops between the day you order and release day, you'll be charged the lowest price when the game ships. [Update: Walmart will be offering Fire Emblem: Three Houses for $49.94 in stores on release day, so if you live near a Walmart, you might be able to save yourself 10 bucks by picking it up in person.]

Pre-order Fire Emblem: Three Houses Seasons of Warfare edition

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Hardcore Fire Emblem fans may be interested in the Seasons of Warfare edition, which sells for $100. In addition to the game itself, the Seasons of Warfare edition comes with a sound selection CD, art book, steelbook case, and 2020 desk calendar.

[Update: The Seasons of Warfare edition is once again sold out everywhere. If you really want it, keep checking back, as it's already come back into stock briefly at both GameStop and Amazon during release week.]

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