The history of the Fire Emblem franchise is a little newer in the West than it truly exists for Nintendo. That, however, is a trend that is quickly changing for the better, as the series has seen steady, if not exponential, growth via their latest iterations. Nintendo held a Fire Emblem series-focused Nintendo Direct late Wednesday afternoon. During the Direct, we found out about several new Fire Emblem games coming out on varying platforms over the next year or so.
For the next few months and years, we will be seeing a steady release of Fire Emblem content. Take a look at the Nintendo Direct below:
As you can see, the first thing that was announced during the Direct was Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. This new game is inspired by the second ever released Fire Emblem game from Japan, entitled Fire Emblem Gaiden, which was released originally in 1992. Shadows of Valentia is set to be a Nintendo 3DS family of systems release on May 19. Alongside the game will be the release of two new amiibo, Alm and Celica, who are the two protagonists of the new game.
The next game that was announced was the new Fire Emblem for the Nintendo Switch. No name has been determined yet, so it’s still under a working title, at the moment. This new game for Nintendo Switch is planned for release some time in 2018.
The one console iteration that we were somewhat familiar with from the Nintendo Switch Presentation last week, entitled Fire Emblem Warriors, got a little more footage and is also being developed for both the New Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL. It is scheduled for release in Fall 2017 on both systems.
Then the last thing that was announced was the new Fire Emblem smartphone game that we briefly learned of before, but now we were able to see quite a bit more. The name of this new game is Fire Emblem Heroes, and it is being billed as a strategic RPG, so be sure to prepare properly. Fire Emblem Heroes will be available on both iOS and Android devices. Interestingly, there was a bit of confusion as the trailer for the game only listed a release date for Android devices on February 2, and “soon” on iOS devices. However, follow-up tweets from both Nintendo of Japan and North America showed the release for both platforms on the 2nd.
Nintendo is looking for fans to get involved early with the game, even prior to release by participating in a marketing promotion centered around choosing their favorite characters across all of the games in the series. The winning characters will be featured in Fire Emblem Heroes as special versions.
So, as the new year gets started, Nintendo is already into full swing promoting and marketing their products, hardware and software, and again, this is a truly exciting time to be a Nintendo fan. There are a lot of new experiences coming from the company, and they look to be arriving at an accelerated pace. The beauty of the matter is, we fans have definitely been waiting for them. I’m excited to see what comes next.
Did you watch the Nintendo Direct live? Which game are you most looking forward to playing?
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