Nintendo held another Nintendo Direct this afternoon, announcing several games from the hit strategy-RPG franchise “Fire Emblem”. The new games will launch on smart devices, the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS over the next few years.
“In recent years, the popularity of the Fire Emblem franchise has grown exponentially,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The devoted fan base and series newcomers alike will soon have an abundance of new games to play on a variety of devices. There’s never been a better time to be a Fire Emblem fan or jump in for the first time.”
The mobile game will be called “Fire Emblem Heroes,” and will be an original strategy RPG about two warring kingdoms. As a summoner, players build their army by calling upon popular Fire Emblem heroes from worlds that span the breadth of the series. Players will wage tactical battles streamlined for on-the-go play and level up a mix of new combatants and legendary heroes. Nintendo stated that “some familiar hero characters” will become allies in the game, while others will become enemy generals. Players will lead their armies with touch-and-drag controls, including the ability to attack by simply swiping an ally hero over an enemy. If they manage to defeat every enemy on a given map, victory will be theirs. The heroes are depicted in new art hand-drawn by a variety of illustrators, and their voices have been newly recorded. Beyond the main story mode, players can engage in other modes to strengthen their army or to compete against others. Nintendo also stated that “Free and timely updates” will add new characters and content. Fire Emblem Heroes will be available as a free download with optional in-app purchases available.
“Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia” will be the American version of the 1992 hit “Fire Emblem Gaiden,” which launched exclusively in Japan. “Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia” was inspired by the 1992 original, reimagined “on a grander scale” according to Nintendo’s announcement today. Every aspect of the Fire Emblem Gaiden game’s presentation has been updated, along with the game being fully voiced.
“Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia” recreates classic Fire Emblem gameplay with a modern twist, mixing in exploration of dungeons with classic design elements. Nintendo confirmed that the new installment will launch on the Nintendo 3DS on May 19, 2017. Characters from the game, Alm and Celica, will be available as amiibo figures in a two-pack, also on May 19. You can also watch the “Fire Emblem Direct” presentation below.
Fire Emblem meets KOEI TECMO GAMES’ Warriors series: Fire Emblem Warriors is coming to both the Nintendo Switch and New Nintendo 3DS systems, which includes New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL. It’s being developed by the team that created Hyrule Warriors, and is scheduled to launch this fall.
Also, for the first time since “Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn” on the Wii console in 2007, a new mainline game in the series is being developed for a Nintendo home system. The new game is scheduled to launch in 2018.
It’s a great time to be a “Fire Emblem” fan, if you missed any of the newer installments and want to join in before the new releases, you can find them on-sale on authorized retailers like Amazon.com.