As reported yesterday, Nintendo held a Nintendo Direct solely focusing on the Fire Emblem series itself this morning. The presentation brought us several announcements, some of which we expected. There are 4 new Fire Emblem games mentioned in the presentation, so without further ado, this is a round-up of what were announced during the livestream.
The presentation started off with an announcement of a remake of a classic title. Named Fire Emblem Echoes – Shadows of Valentia, the game is a rework on the second installment of the series called Fire Emblem Gaiden, which released only in Japan back in 1992. Nintendo then went on and showcase the comparison of the classic title with the new game, showing us how they re-imagine Gaiden in some aspects. What was surprising is that there is dungeon crawling in Echoes, a rare sight from a fire emblem game.
The main characters of the game, Alm and Celica are also getting their own amiibos, which will launch alongside with the game on May 19th this year.
After Echoes, the presentation went on and teased us a little about a new Fire Emblem game in the making for the hybrid console, the Nintendo Switch. Sadly, no visuals related to the game was showed during the announcement. After Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn on the Wii back in 2008, a home-based Fire Emblem experience will emerge once again. But with the accessibility of the Nintendo Switch, it won’t confine the players to only playing it indoors. Fire Emblem for Nintendo Switch (working title) is planned to release on 2018.
During the Nintendo Switch Presentation last week, Fire Emblem Warriors were announced but without any information other than the logo. This morning’s presentation granted us a wish by showing how the game looks, in action. The extended gameplay trailer showed us Chrom from Fire Emblem: Awakening tearing through a bunch of soldiers with style. It sure looks like a Warriors game alright. Fire Emblem Warriors will also be available on the New Nintendo 3DS System other than Switch itself, coming this Fall season.
The later half of the presentation then laid focus on an upcoming mobile game call Fire Emblem Heroes. Being the first mobile entry of the Fire Emblem series, the game is of course design to fit in smart devices. With a 8x6 grid, it simplifies the large scale map feature in the main series yet keeping the tactic formula intact. Moving around your Heroes and attacking is as simple as drag and drop. Players can summon and collect heroes via “Orbs” span across the whole Fire Emblem universe. “Orbs” can be obtained through in-game, or direct purchase, so treat it like gacha currencies like every other mobile game.
All and all, Heroes is pretty generic from what I can tell. Audiences who are familiar with mobile games should notice the formula immediately, but the Fire Emblem tactic-style combat differentiates itself with the rest. It looks pretty visually too, so that’s a plus. Fire Emblem Heroes will reach Google Play Store first on February 2nd, while iPhone and iPad users have to wait a little longer. In the meantime, you can vote for your favorite heroes to appear in the game as well. Visit Fire Emblem Heroes official website to participate the event.
That’s about all Fire Emblem we got from Nintendo through the presentation. The series is going strong this year, as it will have its appearance throughout all Nintendo systems, including the in the mobile market. One has to wonder why is the Switch title not coming out this year, since the console Is launching on March. If Nintendo wants to sell the console, keeping the momentum by having known IPs coming this year seems to be the way to go. While Breath of the Wild is the launch title and Super Mario Odyssey coming in the holiday season, what is Nintendo keeping in between this huge gap? A story for another time.
Catch the presentation from Nintendo down below.