So, with all the hubbub about our Zelda and our Mario Odyssey, let’s remember the fact that there are not one, not two, not three new Fire Emblem games, but four. Nintendo is obviously considering this franchise as one of their flagship titles, standing on par with Kirby or Pokemon. That’s crazy to think about, considering that at this time 10 to 15 years ago, Fire Emblem was still just a niche Nintendo franchise in the States.
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is not a brand new game per se. It is a remake/reimagining of Fire Emblem Gaiden for the NES, the second game in the series-a game that was never released in the US. I was pretty disappointed to hear that it’s not coming to the brand new Nintendo Switch, but to the beloved New Nintendo 3DS. That said, the game looks absolutely phenomenal. Like the NES original, the game blends the typical strategic battles of Fire Emblem with a more traditional RPG experience, with an explorable world, towns and dungeons, as opposed to the campaign format of other games in the series.
This kinda sounds like when you hear a recipe for a dish that just sounds delicious. Fire Emblem already has a heavy RPG bent, and having them explore that aspect of the series sounds absolutely fantastic. It’s going to take a lot to rip me away from the Switch and Breath of the Wild, but this might just do it for me.
Fire Emblem for Nintendo Switch (working title)
Not much to say on this one, besides that I’m glad Nintendo announced it. It would have been kind of concerning for them to not announce support for the console they just announced a few days ago-a console with a pretty puny launch lineup. It’s coming out next year, which is a bummer, but it’s good to know that it’s in the works.
Fire Emblem Warriors
The latest Nintendo-related crossover with the Warriors series will be the next series that made sense – Fire Emblem. There is such a deep history of characters from the series’ past that it makes total sense. The Warriors‘ gameplay style doesn’t appeal to me too much, but I may pick this up on the Switch if it looks good.
Fire Emblem Heroes
And speaking of crossovers, this is one that appeals to me a little more. Fire Emblem Heroes will be a new mobile title that allows you to collect and summon many of the heroes from past Fire Emblem games. The gameplay itself looks like pure Fire Emblem, but in a bite-sized, quick format. This actually looks really fun to me, and the collection aspect will definitely keep me coming back for more.
It’s really nice to see Nintendo give this series such an unprecedented amount of love. It’s never been a better time to be a Fire Emblem fan. Expect more coverage on these games when they come out!