Nintendo has released details of four new Fire Emblem games heading to mobile, 3DS and the Nintendo Switch.
Is there such a thing as too much Fire Emblem? Wednesday’s Nintendo Direct broadcast certainly tested our limits but ultimately it was a good showing for Nintendo’s peerless tactical-RPG series. The breadth of content was an indication of the strides Nintendo has made in the last five years to elevate the franchise from its second-tier status to one that can sit alongside Mario and Zelda in stature if not, quite yet, in sales.
There were a number of announcements in last night’s broadcast. Here’s a round-up of all the important bits.
Fire Emblem Heroes – mobile
Nintendo next big mobile game is Fire Emblem Heroes, which will debut on Android devices on 2nd February, 2017. The game is an original strategy-RPG in which players assemble an army of heroes using characters from the full Fire Emblem series. Battles are played out on an 8×5 grid and it looks, at first glance, to be a smart distillation of the gameplay found in the most recent 3DS titles. An iOS release date was not announced.
Heroes will feature a variety of gameplay modes and will also receive character and content updates throughout 2017. Unlike Super Mario Run it be free-to-play with options for in-app purchases. You can register your interest at the game’s official website and vote for the Fire Emblem characters you’d like to see make an appearance at fire-emblem-heroes.com/vote. Nintendo Account holders will receive a Platinum point bonus for voting.
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia – 3DS
Shadows of Valentia is a 3DS remake of the second game in the series, Fire Emblem Gaiden, which was only released Japan. The game has been rebuilt from the ground up and is now fully voiced. It features traditional Fire Emblem gameplay with a little dash of dungeon crawling. Shadows of Valentia will launch on Nintendo 3DS on 19th May. Two characters from the game, Alm and Celica, will also be released as amiibos.
Fire Emblem Warriors – 3DS and Switch
Koei Tecmo’s Fire Emblem Warriors was confirmed for release on both Nintendo Switch and New Nintendo 3DS consoles. It looks as you’d expect and is being developed by the team that also created the flawed but enjoyable, Hyrule Warriors. The game is due for release in Autumn 2017.
New Fire Emblem for Nintendo Switch
For the first time since 2008’s Radiant Dawn, the Fire Emblem series will be getting game built for a home console, albeit one that is now portable for a few hours at least. No further were details were forthcoming but the game is due for release in 2018.