Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Is Soaring To The eShop As A Cheaper Download

By Ishaan . October 30, 2012 . 7:22pm


Square Enix are going to release hit RPG, Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, as a download title on the Nintendo eShop on November 1st.


The download version of the game will cost 5,400 yen, which is cheaper than the game’s retail price of 6,090 yen.


This is a good move on Square’s part, as Bravely Default’s release was followed by reports of the game selling out at retail stores in Japan. A download version should make the game easier to find even if stock shortages continue.

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  • Sheimi12

    Oh cool! I might get this now that I don’t have to import it from play-asia

  • Herok♞

    darn for a moment I thought it was coming out of Japan.

  • Snap!  I just ordered this from Play-Asia along with a Mario 3DSLL.  Oh well I like having physical copies of games anyway.  Smart move on S-E’s part making this an e-shop download as well.  Hope this comes out in the west someday.

  • Shaun Huseman

    And yet still no word of a US release. SE, you need money, this will make you some.

  • Neophoton

    The region lock is exactly why I miss the DS and its older models having no locks. ;_;

    • Aoshi00

      But the e-shop were always tied to the system’s region right?  Actually it’s a bit easier to d/l things directly from Jpn e-shop using a US credit card on a Jpn 3DS than on a Vita, which you need to get a Jpn PSN card and do it on a Jpn acct.  I just added 500 points w/ my CC to get the Aksys Usagimaru puzzle game (so hard *.*), of course there’s a small exchange rate fee..

      I only get small d/ls digitally though, for such a big game, don’t want to waste SD card space and prefer a physical copy (5400 yen @ $1=~75yen cost almost the same as importing a copy from P-A)

      • Neophoton

         The shops are region-locked? For shame, I’d have just bought a digital copy of the game and be on my merry way.

        • Aoshi00

          yeah, Wii and DS/3DS e-shops aren’t region free, the e-shop is tied to the system, unlike like XBL or PSN where you create Jpn accts.  But the funny thing is e-shop lets you buy things and add money w/ a US credit card :)

  • Soar over to america please.

  • Even though the 3DS is region-locked, I am pretty sure only a very small amount of people would have been able to make use of a region-free 3DS.  How many of us know fluent Japanese (which is presumed to be a requirement for this game, according to the youtuber who showed the demos for this game)?

    Guys, I think you are overestimating the population of people who import games. They are a small community. Not only that, but a region free system faces more possibilities of having games pirated. Piracy is a big issue for them.

    • Being region-free isn’t just about importing games from Japan though. Some also import US releases, especially Japanese games that are taking months (if not years) to arrive in Europe.

      • Or games that might never come to Europe ’cause we almost always get the short stick at the end (except that time when the whole Operation Rainfall went full rage).
        It was quite humorous and ironic.

    • Gigawings

      Remember that languages is not a problem in Europe and Asia where we also use English to play games. 

      Unfortunately sometimes we’re shafted because those morons at the marketing division think that no one going to buy the game in certain region so we’re getting shafted.

      Really, region locking is a stupid move. 

      •  I’d like to agree with you, but unfortunately, after seeing how much backslash SE got for not releasing KH DDD in Spanish and Italian…I think I understand publishers better when it comes to translating languages as much as possible in Europe.

        Sure, most of the people complaining online do not represent the entirity of the potential buyers, but Nintendo of Spain refused to publish the game, making it much harder for spanish fans to get it, and lots and lots of italian and spanish fans said that they were simply not getting the game because it was not translated into spanish nor italian.

        While most of the european countries, as you said, will gladly play the games in english (while I’ll admit it’s nice to have a greater deal of videogames translated into portuguese once in a while), some countries have such a big history of dubbing and translation that they just can’t stand anything that’s not fully localized. And that’s what I believe creates this gap between the publishers and the consumers….actually paying up some extra euro for the multi-language translation? But will that cost justify an european release at all?

        Sometimes it does, sometimes, unfortunately, it does not.

        •  I wish I could understand it at your level, but I come from the Netherlands and 99% of the video games that come to our country are English and not in Dutch. Sure the Harry Potter games had a Dutch translation and many other games as well, but it’s in the general opinion just an addition. We’re very multilingual-minded that it evens borders to anglophilia.
          Spanish is of course a very common language, and Italian as well, but if it that option would be too much for the publishers, then they shouldn’t do it. IMO, the only required language should be English and if the publishers have enough money and time to translate it into other languages, that fine by me, but it shouldn’t be a must.

          •  Oh, but I totally agree with you there. It’s the same for us Portuguese, when it comes to videogames, most of what we always get is in english. As of late,the bigger publishers have been trying to make an effort to actually translate the content to portuguese (Sony and Nintendo are doing it with most, if not all of their first party games). Some others like EA or Konami do it with the football games (since we’re prolly one of the biggest markets in Europe for the genre, lol).

            But yeah, overall, it’s quite rare to see any games translated into portuguese. All of the movies are subtitled, not dubbed like they are in Spain, France, Germany and Italy. Only the cartoons are treated to some dubbing processes, and that’s because some actually target to kids who can’t read yet. But that’s about it…!

        • Gigawings

          The backlash is unfortunate. But I believe there are more to us who prefer to play games in English(text) rather than waiting longer for extra translations. Sure in Asia there’s Mandarin and/or Cantonese translation but most of us prefer English.

          It’s easy in Europe because even when Europe consists of a hundred countries (correct me if I’m wrong) but you guys use less languages than us Asian. Here we have tons of languages. Hundreds or even thousands of em. Even in  country like Indonesia they have 1 main language and almost 100 local active  languages.

          •  Yeah, absolutely, I definitely wouldn’t mind to play a game in english myself if that meant having to wait less for the game. But unfortunately, I’m kinda of a minority here, so publishers learned the hard way that if they don’t take the time to localize a game “Properly”,they’re just going to loose some potential sales. Heck, I’ve seen spanish gamers admit that they don’t buy a game they want if it’s not fully localized (translated and dubbed into spanish). I’m obviously not saying all spanish folks think that way, but it happened before, and I can’t help but wonder how much that can definitely hurt the sales in the end.

            Even if like you, me and perhaps some of us here in Europe wouldn’t mind getting the games earlier (or simply getting them at all) and play them in english exclusively, we’re not enough to justify the localization costs, so they need to cover as many different markets as possible. I really can’t blame publishers (most of the time) for doing so.

    • isfuturebright

      When I was younger and started playing games for the first time I didn’t know english either. And now I’m here so… yeah japanese is waaay more different but even so! I’ve played games in japanese just because I really like a franchise so. Why not give me the option to give them my money? hahahaah

    • Elvick

      There are plenty of releases to Europe that don’t come here that I would have bought for my Wii. As an example. And Europe tends to get more physical releases of content that won’t release in NA physically too. And there’s Asia versions of games with English. (Dokuro has tons of language options for instance)

      If Inazuma Eleven’s new collection for the 3DS doesn’t come to NA, then I won’t be able to get it. And that will most likely come out in Europe, like the series has done before.

      Region locking is stupid.

    • Neophoton

       My Japanese is decent enough to get me through a number of games just fine — I also know people who, while they don’t understand the language, enjoy importing games just to enjoy the gameplay aspect.

  • I’m seriously contemplating downloading it when it’s released on my JP 3DS. The demo really got me hooked.

  • isfuturebright

    I hate the fact of the 3DS being region locked… 

    • Aoshi00

      But problem is the Jpn e-shop was not region-free even when the DSes were region-free.  US DS got US e-shop and Jpn DS got Jpn e-shop, even though the DS & DSi were mostly region free.  It’s not so bad, at least if you have a Jpn 3DS, you could easily buy stuffs w/ a US credit card w/o the need of importing point cards, unlike PSN or XBL.  I think a Jpn Wii takes US credit card too.

  • You can trade summons via Friendcodes as well in this game right?  If so here’s my friendcode if anyone wants to trade once I get my copy: 1461-6501-7158

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