Fire Emblem is a Nintendo exclusive strategy-RPG franchise which has garnered both critical acclaim and a massive fanbase. Its characters feature in the Super Smash Bros. roster, and its recent titles (Awakening and Fates) are regarded as some of the best 3DS titles. In a special video stream, Nintendo outlined their plans for the franchise, including new games, a remake, and good ole fan service.
The Fire Emblem Direct stream was fairly short, and only featured a sequence of trailers. The whole thing was narrated by renowned voice actor Yuri Lowenthal, who has provided voice work for the Fire Emblem series before. The first trailer was for Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, a 3DS exclusive reimagining of Fire Emblem Gaiden. The game mixes traditional FE combat with an RPG free roaming overworld, and has players pick a side in a continent-spanning civil war. It launches on 19 May 2017.
Next came the announcement of a new Fire Emblem title in development for the Nintendo Switch, set to launch in 2018. This marks the first console Fire Emblem game since 2007. Moving on, the stream then gave a slightly longer look at the recently announced Fire Emblem Warriors, for Nintendo Switch and New 3DS. Developed by the same team that brought us Hyrule Warriors, the game will pit multiple characters from the series against massive armies. The game will launch in late 2017.
The stream then spent a whopping ten minutes discussing Fire Emblem Heroes, a free-to-play game for smart devices. The game relies on building a roster of characters from the franchise, training and upgrading them, then doing turn-based battle on grids. If the gameplay has decent depth, and the in-app purchases aren’t too exorbitant, this may be a fun title. Pre-registration is open for Android users, and the game will launch on 2 February 2017 for Android and iOS.
And that brought the Fire Emblem Direct to a close. All in all, it’s good seeing Nintendo devote so much attention to one of their franchises and making it a major selling point for their systems. Hopefully, they’ll turn their attention to other fan-favourites, like F-Zero or Metroid soon. The entire stream is embedded below, if you want to catch the whole thing.