Fire Emblem is a fantasy tactical roleplaying video game franchise having originated from Japan with an emphasis on camaraderie, strategy, and perma-death. And of course, dragons.
Just a few days ago, Nintendo released a twenty-minute segment featuring not one, not two, but three future Fire Emblem games to debut this year – in addition to a sixteenth title in the works. As a newcomer to the franchise, I’ve been slowly learning who’s who in each game and find that the upcoming ones do well to showcase fan favorites. Whether you’re in the same boat as me or a veteran who didn’t have the luxury of s-supports and unbreakable weapons back in the day, you’ll be certain to find something to your taste.
First on our list is the upcoming fifteenth entry in the franchise, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. As a remake of the second entry made in 1992, Fire Emblem Gaiden, Echoes seeks to reimagine the titular land of Valentia on a much grander scale. The cast os given a fresh makeover, but the gameplay itself harks back to what made Alm and Celica’s story stand out in the first place. Unlike its successors, Gaiden was not restricted to the battle-by-grid format that has since become a staple of the franchise. The remake is advertised as being free-roaming as well as utilizing an open-ended class system for villagers – and hopefully, there will be more goodies to come. Judging by first impressions alone, Echoes may not only be a positive precedent for future remakes, but perhaps more “traditional” RPG entries as well.
Though I love how combat currently works in Fire Emblem, I wouldn’t be opposed to being able to explore the world of each game in further detail. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will be released on May 19th for the Nintendo 3DS.
The second game introduced in the Direct was Fire Emblem Warriors, a combat-oriented game in the likeness of Hyrule Warriors made by Koei. For those of you who are fans of said series or Super Smash Bros. Brawl may enjoy testing their mettle against hordes of enemies at once. As of now, the only character confirmed for the game is Awakening’s very own Chrom. It wouldn’t be at all surprising to see the rest of the Fire Emblem cast featured in the more recent Smash games (i.e Marth, Ike, Lucina, Robin, and Corrin) to make an appearance when the upcoming title is released sometime in the Fall for the new Nintendo 3DS and Switch.
And last on our list is the mobile game many fans–and I–have been hyped for since last year: Fire Emblem Heroes. The opening cinematic for Heroes, done in the same style as the cut scenes for Awakening and Fates, feature several major characters from said titles much to my delight. As far as plot goes, players will take on the role of a summoner calling upon Fire Emblem characters across games. In a simplified version of the battle-by-grid format, we fight alongside newcomers Alfonse and Sharena as they defend their kingdom from the sorceress Veronica and her Emblian army.
While free-to-play, Heroes will include in-app purchases as a means to both add characters to one’s roster and upgrade them. In true Fire Emblem fashion, a poll is also being conducted in which the two most popular characters, one male and one female, will receive special skins and a wallpaper. Being a big fan of Yusuke Kozaki’s artwork for Fates – my first experience with Fire Emblem – my vote for the next few days will definitely be going to Female Corrin, Silas, Ryoma, and Hinoka. Fans will have until February 2nd to “Choose Your Legends,” and as we at the Daily Geekette love our strong female characters, please consider giving the ladies of Fire Emblem a vote or two. Needless to say, Fire Emblem fans have a lot to look forward to in 2017. So until next time…