It’s time to take a look at another video game special edition: the Seasons of Warfare Edition of Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
Warning: image-heavy post ahoy!
Fire Emblem: Three Houses Seasons of Warfare Edition
Koei Tecmo / Intelligent Systems / Nintendo
Release Date: July 26th, 2019
I’ve picked up a few Fire Emblem games over the years, but I’ve never actually played one. In fact, I ended up selling a few of them off. But I heard that this set was getting hard to find, and I managed to snag a copy, especially since reviews of this game were so positive. Only GameStop had a preorder bonus, so it didn’t matter that I got my copy at Best Buy.
Box reminds me of Bravely Default. Probably a lot of special editions have the same black box with an image, but that’s the first thing that came to mind. I like how the back is just an image and doesn’t waste space explaining what’s inside.
Everything is neatly organized. A lot of times, I’m fighting to pull things out, but here, the contents are arranged neatly. I was really impressed. It’s a small thing, but I appreciate how easily everything slide out and rested in the insert.
First up, a soundtrack CD containing some game tracks. The CD itself reminded me of some of the Sailor Moon releases. Nice design. It came with plastic around it.
Next up is the item I was least excited for: a 2020 calendar. I mean, does anybody go, “Gee, I wasn’t going to buy this special edition, but it comes with a calendar!!” But I have to say, it was nicer than I expected. Each page has a calendar with a character portrait, and the other side has a beautiful image. The calendar is one of those stand-up ones, and it comes in its own slip. I wish they had dropped the calendar idea entirely. Instead, use the space for a character quote. The pictures are too pretty to retire after a year, and besides, it’s still only July. How many people are going to remember and actually WANT to pull this out in five months to display the calendar? “Oh, gee, it’s January 1st. I better open up my collector’s edition of Fire Emblem: Three Houses to get the calendar out!” Again, though, really pretty pictures. Didn’t study them much in case of spoilers.
Steelbook up next. I don’t know if I just assumed the regular case was included or if I saw a picture of the European edition (who did get both cases), but I was disappointed not to have a regular case. It’s a pretty cool image too:
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) March 8, 2019
But the steelbook is absolutely gorgeous. My pictures do not do it justice. I don’t know much about the story of the game, but the steelbook provides some hints about the game’s church. Beautiful with the (I’m assuming) angels, the dragons, the priestesses… and the shattering of this artwork on the other side. Steelbook fans won’t be disappointed.
Finally, the art book. Like the CD, it was sealed. It’s a hardcover book, and it is the reason the box is so big. Glad it’s not one of those dinky no-bigger-than-a-manga artbooks. I didn’t look at it too closely in case of spoilers, but there are character designs (early and final), enemies, locations, etc. Each section has some of those lacy pages, in between each section I believe. It’s a nice book, with one major caveat: all notes are untranslated. Yes, like most similar Japanese books, names and stuff are written in English, but any notes highlighting aspects or naming parts is left alone. It would be one thing if not everything was translated, but when you have large chunks of texts that could have easily been erased or had text added to the whitespace, it feels lazy. I will say it’s better that this is an actual art book and not what other companies try to pass off as an art book when it’s just really renders that you can find on the web printed out and collected in a book. This art book looks like one you’d go buy in a store… except for the fact that most people won’t be able to read it!
The Seasons of Warfare Edition is a pretty nice collection. It may be slightly overpriced since there’s no regular game case and the art book has limited English text, but it doesn’t really matter since it’s sold out at all major retailers anyway. I think I’m slightly envious of the European special edition, as even though the calendar is better than I thought, the pins fit better thematically since the game is about the Three Houses. Replace the calendar part with character quotes or stats and I’d been happier with it over the pins. Still, no regular game case stinks since both the steelbook and standard game case have great art by the lady who designed Uta no Prince-sama‘s characters.