Posted January 19, 2017 by Paul Roux in News

Fire Emblem brings the battle to 3DS, Switch and Mobile


Fire Emblem sure has come a long way since the series was almost canceled after Awakening. Last year we saw the most enjoyable Fire Emblem Fates bless our 3DS systems and it looks like Nintendo is planning to bring more Fire Emblem goodness this year. Early this morning we got a look at what is to come for the franchise and it definitely looks like we’re going to see some enjoyable Fire Emblem titles in the future.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia

First off we received the announcement that we would be getting a new Fire Emblem game for the 3DS and quite soon at that. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia will release on the 19th of May on the 3DS and serves as a bit of a remaster of the second Fire Emblem game, Fire Emblem Gaiden, that never came to the West. Shadow of Valentia will bring with it many features that were unique to Gaiden as well as rather interesting dungeon crawling segments. On top of the game’s release we’ll also see an amiibo double pack of the game’s two protagonists Alm and Celica.

Fire Emblem Switch

While there isn’t much to say about this, Nintendo has confirmed that a Fire Emblem title is in development for the Switch but we’ll only see it in 2018. This is the first time we’ll be seeing Fire Emblem on a home console since the Wii’s Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.

Fire Emblem Warriors

We already knew about this one but more Fire Emblem, regardless of its shape or form, can never be a bad thing. All that was revealed for Koei Tecmo’s Fire Emblem musou, Fire Emblem Warriors, was a new extended trailer that showed off Chrom in all his glory as well as that the game will be coming to the New 3DS. It does feel a little strange that they’ve decided to put the game on the New 3DS, but we can only assume it’s because Hyrule Warriors proved popular on the system. We’re still waiting on more details about the game but we should see the game release in the fall of 2017.

Fire Emblem Heroes

This has been a long time coming but we finally got our first look at the Fire Emblem mobile game Fire Emblem Heroes. Heroes looks to shrink the series down into 8×6 grid battles that feature fan favourite characters from the franchise. While the game does look a lot simpler, it does look like it could be a fun way to kill time on-the-go, without the stress caused by the console titles. Fire Emblem Heroes will release simultaneously on Android and iOS on the 2nd of February with pre-registration available for Android on the Play Store.

There you have, all the news to come out of the Fire Emblem Direct. The 19-minute presentation came with quite a few unexpected announcements that came as quite a welcome surprise. One of the best things about this direct however is that they mostly announced titles that would be available in the next couple of months, not leaving fans with a potential year of waiting. It’s great to see the Fire Emblem series come out in full force and I know a couple of us at SA Gamer can’t wait to get our hands on these new titles. You can check out the full presentation below.

Paul Roux