Remember when Nintendo didn’t consider Fire Emblem a viable series in the west? Times have changed, and yesterday Nintendo delivered a Direct presentation focused on the Fire Emblem series, which is getting a handful of new games in the near future. The first to be revealed was Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, a reimagining of the second entry in the series, 1992’s Japan-only Fire Emblem Gaiden.
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will feature cutscenes animated by Studio Khara, and it hits Nintendo 3DS on May 19. There will also be amiibo of the dual protagonists released on the same day.
Next up, there’s a new Fire Emblem game in the works for Nintendo Switch, marking the series’ first trip back to home consoles since 2008’s Radiant Dawn. That one’s not due out until 2018.
The first Nintendo Switch presentation had a quick reveal for Koei Tecmo and Omega Force’s Fire Emblem Warriors, and now you can see the first gameplay of the Musou spinoff.
Fire Emblem Warriors is in the works for a fall 2017 launch on both Nintendo Switch and New 3DS.
Finally, we have the smartphone take on the strategy franchise, Fire Emblem Heroes, which takes up the bulk of the presentation. Featuring an original story, classic heroes from the Fire Emblem series will come together to take part in strategic battles. Fire Emblem Heroes will be a free download with optional in-app purchases when it launches February 2 on Android, followed by iOS shortly after.
For all the Heroes info you could possibly need, jump to around the 8:45 mark below:
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