Nintendo recently unveiled Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia for the 3DS along with many other Fire Emblem titles. This can only be seen as good news, as the series is fantastic. The most exciting thing about this is that it’s a remake of the Famicom exclusive Fire Emblem Gaiden, the second game in the series.
Along with this title, they announced a smart phone game that looks fun. The Switch is also getting a true Fire Emblem game that comes along in 2018, and we know nothing else about it. There is also a Tecmo/Koei Omega Force Warriors game coming out for the Switch and 3DS. This will just be a button mashing massacre. In these games, you play as a human blender running through swathes of victims. Gameplay will likely be fun, but shallow. Strategy is usually pretty light in these games, to say the least.
Fire Emblem Gaiden
This was the second game in the fantastic series, most of which were exclusive to Japan. The first game that we got came out on the Game Boy Advance, and was actually the seventh game. Needless to say, we were left out for a long time. This gave Sega the chance to introduce America to Strategy RPG games with the excellent Shining Force series for the Sega Genesis. The first game was remade for the Nintendo DS as Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon. It’s good to know that we are slowly seeing remakes of these games once unavailable to us.
Fire Emblem Gaiden introduced a couple of things that are uncommon to the genre, which was a big deal when it came out. One is that it has areas of free roaming exploration. This should be a fun little treat. If you see an enemy, it appears you can attack it to go into the classic “board game” layout, allowing you to fight as you would in any other battle. The characters also have class tree that you can access. In the first game, character classes are set, however, in this one you are able to change classes by leveling up, giving you all new stats to match said class. This was reused in some of the later games. Due to the nature of free roaming areas, some people felt that some strategic value was lost.
Which one is your favorite?
There are tons of Fire Emblem games. Even if you live in the west, there are several to choose from. Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section!