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January 18, 2017 Nintendo Direct Recap

Not too long after the Nintendo Switch pre-release presentation, Nintendo decided to have yet another presentation less than a week later. The focus this time? Fire Emblem of all things. I can't say that I was expecting this, but I am pleasantly surprised about the whole thing. I would definitely recommend watching the entire video below because its only about 20 minutes long and it is narrated by Yuri Lowenthal.

Even though it wasn't a rather lengthy presentation, as always I will recap what was shown off, even if there wasn't much to show off itself.

  • The Japanese only SNES game Fire Emblem Gaiden is being remade for the 3DS as Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. Like in the original game, it will feature dungeon crawling in the addition to the normal turn-based strategy the series is known for. It will also feature a voice acted cast and fully animated cutscenes. Shadows of Valentia will release on May 19 of this year along side 2 new amiibo of the game's two main characters, Alm and Celica.
  • A brand new Fire Emblem game was revealed to be in production for the Nintendo Switch. It has a planned release of 2018. Nothing else was shown off.
  • Fire Emblem Warriors was revealed to have a 2017 Autumn release and it was also shown that it was also in development for the New 3DS as well.
  • The rest of the video (which is around 11 minutes) was then used to show off the new game Fire Emblem Heroes for mobile devices. They showed that each battle would consist of a team of four on an 8x16 grid map and feature characters from throughout the history of the franchise. It will launch on February 2 on Google Play first, with iPhone and iPad versions to follow at a currently unannounced later date.

There is certainly going to be a lot of love for Fire Emblem this year. With at least 3 new games coming out in 2017 alone, I'm sure you'll be able to get your fantasy fix regardless of what game you decide to get. I'm personally excited for Fire Emblem Echoes. So until then, I'll be seeing you.


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