Etrian Odyssey Nexus pre-orders will come in special package

Many true believers still rocking their various 3DS incarnations (raises hand) are probably excited for Etrian Odyssey Nexus. Released last summer in Japan as Etrian Odyssey X, it’s coming stateside Feb. 5, 2019, to a console that’s been kicking for eight years. That’s pretty impressive.

To sweeten the deal, Atlus recently revealed its pre-launch exclusive package for the dungeon crawler RPG. Feast your eyes.

All pre-orders for Etrian Odyssey Nexus will get a limited-edition art book, a pin featuring Vivian, the game’s innkeeper and the game itself. Everything comes in a special edition collector’s box. All this comes at the same launch day retail price of $39.99. So, anyone already likely to buy the game should probably get in on this pre-order bonus.

An ‘Odyssey’ for all

For those of us still trapped in “old” 3DS land, take heart: unlike the recently-announced Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn, Etrian Odyssey Nexus will be playable on all 3DS models.

Etrian Odyssey Nexus is the sixth mainline entry in the portable system-exclusive series, which launched with Etrian Odyssey on the Nintendo DS in 2007. The first-person perspective games are known for their difficulty. This is primarily because they take an old-school approach by requiring players to map out their own movement. This has been accomplished via the DS (and, later the 3DS) touchscreens.

Despite not getting nearly as much attention as Atlus’s other popular titles like the Persona series, the Etrian Odyssey series has managed to move a respectable 1.5 million units worldwide. Music for Etrian Odyssey Nexus was done by lauded game composer Yuzo Koshiro, best known for his work on such classics as the Streets of Rage series, ActRaiser, Beyond Oasis and Shenmue.

Are you excited for the upcoming release of Etrian Odyssey Nexus? Will you be dusting off your sleepy 3DS or has it been getting used constantly since 2011? Let us know in the comments!

John Dunphy
John Dunphy has written, edited and managed several newspapers, magazines and news websites in both the United States and South Korea. He's written about local government, food, nightlife, Korean culture, beer, cycling, land preservation, video games and more. His love of gaming began with the Atari 2600 but truly came of age on the Super Nintendo. Looking at his staggering surplus of console and PC games yet to be played, he laments the long-ago days of only being able to buy one $70 32-megabyte cartridge and playing it until his hands ached.