I guess I’m contractually obligated to talk about what I discovered pertaining to the Fire Emblem franchise. I don’t know why–
You pretty much know that Awakening has been the best selling FE in recent memory. You can go do a Google search on it to find the numbers, or maybe see people somewhere in your area with a game of it and talking about it. It is well deserved of course, as when I see FE selling well, it makes me believe people would be interested in learning more about the franchise as a whole. More good press = more people just being aware of how the franchise is. Oh, and it would make this blog useful 😀
That’s why when I found out about this interview, I gave a bit of a sigh. For the lazy, I’ll post the info here:
Q: Fire Emblem has had a long lifetime. Do you get the feeling it gets harder to release a new episode every time?
Yamagami: No doubt. Truth be told, sales are dropping. The sales manager of Nintendo, Mr. Hatano, told us that this could be the last Fire Emblem. Due to this progressive descend on sales, they told us that if the sales of this episode stayed below 250,000 copies, we’d stop working on the saga. I remember when I came back from the meeting and told the team “My God, what are we gonna do?! The end has come!”. Our reaction was clear: if this was going to be the last Fire Emblem, we had to put everything we always wanted to include. That’s how this new project was born!
I should probably point out that Fire Emblem, at least in the West, wasn’t exactly a particularly good seller. Then it really dropped the ball with Radiant Dawn and it basically cancelling out newbies to the game, and then bringing back Marth with a remake of Shadow Dragon. So with all that said, this could have been the last FE game?
Really IS? This could have been the last one?
Admittedly, considering everything that is packed in Awakening, where they had characters from prior Fire Emblem games appear in the game and features from most of the games packed in here, you could see how, as Yamagami said, “they wanted to put everything we always wanted to include”. And they did exactly just that. Did that make for a strong overall game? Not necessarily, but it was well done enough for me (and others) obviously.
Even so, I have to tip my cap to Awakening for basically saving the franchise. Personally, I had a feeling that while FE was a great franchise, there was something missing that prevented it from becoming something more widespread. Sometimes being too widespread is bad, but personally, with Awakening selling as well as did, I think it is the stepping stone. I think IS has the basis of what great and well received FEs can be. Now they should have the opportunity to improve upon it and make the franchise better so it doesn’t get close to ending so ingloriously.
Oh, and no remakes. Unless you make better changes. (Like Shin Monshou No Nazo).