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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Wasn't That SMT4 - FE:A Bundle a Load of Lies?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I mean, I guess they weren't lying in the sense that you actually got the money.

Way back in July of 2013, Nintendo and Atlus had this deal through Club Nintendo (may you rest in peace) that if you registered Fire Emblem: Awakening (Awakening) and then registered Shin Megami Tensei IV (SMT4), you would get $30 in eShop credit. Or you could do the other way around. That's quite a big deal, and it basically meant "Buy one game, get another 75% off."

This was to incentivise people to buy the just-launched SMT4, and to presumably get people on Nintendo consoles to definitely take a look at the Megami Tensei series. Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem (now known by Genei Ibun Roku #FE — but hopefully not for long) had already been announced half a year earlier in January 2013 exclusively for the Wii U. Most Nintendo gamers would be able to appreciate the Fire Emblem part, but to ensure they had the full benefit of the crossover, they wanted people to know the Shin Megami Tensei side as well.

Of course, now that we know what Genei Ibun Roku #FE has become, all of that was a waste.

And the games weren't even good. 

Shin Megami Tensei IV Fire Emblem Awakening bundle deal $30 off eShop credit Atlus Nintendo 3DS
The makers of this deal oughta go into remedial algebra.

Here's what Rawk thought about Shin Megami Tensei IV, after having done the deal. Note: The image he links to is probably NSFW so I don't recommend looking at it.

RawkHawk2010 (8:10:08 PM):    I got 45 minutes into the game.
RawkHawk2010 (8:10:19 PM):    Not a single second was good.
RawkHawk2010 (8:10:25 PM):    Character designs were trash.
RawkHawk2010 (8:10:47 PM):    Stats were represented by acronyms I couldn't understand or be assed to look up.
RawkHawk2010 (8:11:58 PM):
RawkHawk2010 (8:12:02 PM):    That's an SMT monster ^
RawkHawk2010 (8:14:33 PM):    That's why I'm glad SMTXFE is what it is.
RawkHawk2010 (8:14:42 PM):    And not just Chrom fighting demonic penis monsters.
Nintendork 13 13 (8:15:54 PM):    ...
Nintendork 13 13 (8:15:56 PM):    Well
Nintendork 13 13 (8:15:56 PM):    uh
Nintendork 13 13 (8:16:07 PM):    it's still Chrom possessing the MAIN CHARACTER
Nintendork 13 13 (8:16:15 PM):    and the monsters might look like penises.
RawkHawk2010 (8:16:23 PM):    That's Chrom?
Nintendork 13 13 (8:16:28 PM):    Yeah
Nintendork 13 13 (8:16:33 PM):    Read my live reaction log from E3.
RawkHawk2010 (8:16:34 PM):    Thought it was Marth.
RawkHawk2010 (8:16:39 PM):    Oh.
Nintendork 13 13 (8:16:44 PM):
RawkHawk2010 (8:17:19 PM):    Not playing it either way.
Besides the unfortunate circumstance of Rawk not reading our E3 coverage (we hope YOU did, and you still can after-the-fact to remind yourself of important details like who the freaking main character is), what we can get out of that is that Rawk didn't enjoy his experience at all.

What's with their faces?

Now we are all agreeing that Fire Emblem: Awakening is a sub-par Fire Emblem experience, though Rawk actually played a very substantial time investment for that game. Still, I would like to apologise for it winning Game of THAT Year 2013, and I had no part in that decision as someone who got outvoted. That was entirely Rawk and YoshiRider123, the latter of which was very biased. As we all know, I didn't even play Fire Emblem: Awakening at the time. Still haven't, and I've had it for over two years now.

Still, we can blame Fire Emblem: Awakening for the current direction the series is going in with Fire Emblem Fates, along with promoting little Chinese girls having forcefully deformed feet.

Either way, Genei Ibun Roku #FE is nothing like its components, and that might actually be a good thing, since all the deal did was show how bad those components were. Maybe Nintendo and Atlus actually realised how two bad things going together (well, they're continuing those bad things in their respective series) was a bad thing, and then took this radical J-Pop direction. Which is ALSO a bad thing in its own right.

But yeah, it'd be nice for more of these deals to happen in the future, but without any implications for crossovers. That said, I could see Nintendo sticking with this crossover business and do a deal with Paper Mario: Sticker Star and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team for Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. ...And I would not recommend that deal.

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  1. Rawk was in the article, so it was bad. Sorry.

    1. I was using him as an expert.

      'cause no one else on the staff has played SMT4. <_<

    2. Expert of being stupid

    3. You're just prejudiced against the intellectually-challenged!

  2. SamJuly 3, 2015 at 4:42 PM
    Expert of being stupid
    (Also I agree.)

    1. If I wanted an expert of that I'd consult the dudes who made the comments under "Worst KoopaTV Comment".


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