So with the announcement of the release of a limited time version of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, specifically the 30th Anniversary Edition, a lot of controversy about the topic of Limited Releases had shown up. I want to give my two cents on the topic.
I don't like the way this was handled. In my opinion, it is a way to force consumers to cough up money as soon as possible. They don't give the consumers time to read genuine reviews, take into account their personal prefrances, take into account their financial situation and make a calm and we'll thought-out decision. There is decades of psychology behind this financial decision. By raising the stress levels of consumers, they are often more likely to purchase this out of fear that a time will come when they will want to play this game and will have missed out on the opportunity. The phrase "better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it" is the exact mindset Nintendo is trying to force here. While yes, Nintendo is 100% in their legal rights to do this, it is well within the grey area morally. People don't like feeling under the control of corporate greed. We don't like to feel like we are being toyed with. Limited releases like this, especially when they can just put it onto the Nintendo Switch Online NES app, make it blatantly obvious to consumers that the companies care more about the cash flow than the feelings of the consumers. Many people are aware of the fact that we are marketed to and researched in order to produce big numbers for corporate executives. But we would rather not think about such topics because they are depressing and aggravating. Video games are a common way for people to cope with and take a step back from the bad parts of the real world. They give people an opportunity to dive into a different world and do things the way they want. Having control over your own life is something expected in modern times. And while on a surface level it is something we have, companies are just doing it much more subtly nowadays. The issue isn't that "I won't be able to obtain this game after date X" There will always be ways to buy this game whether it be e-Bay or what have you. The issue is that we don't like to feel weak and powerless. This on top of the fact that I can not find a clear official answer on whether the game itself will be available after December 4th without all of the physical collectibles is upsetting to me. This would be fine if fans could still play the game as long as the e-shop is supported.
The overall content that you get is amazing for the price but I don't feel comfortable supporting this sort of business practice. To be fair, I am not a Fire Emblem fan anyway, (Not a hater, it just doesn't vibe with me) so I likely would not have purchased it anyway.
Let me know what your thoughts are. Perhaps we can have a civil debate in the replies.
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