So on Thursday November 8, the Nintendo Direct happened. A bunch of stuff was talked about, and the end PROBABLY made people happy. Lots of people:
However, one title was mysteriously missing from the showing: That’d be Fire Emblem for the Switch.
To recap: In the Fire Emblem direct January 18, 2017, it was mentioned it was planned for a 2018 release. Normally most would complain that’s a long time to go before any relevant info would be mentioned. And well, probably some did. However, with Fire Emblem Heroes, Fire Emblem Echoes, and Fire Emblem Warriors coming out in 2017, it was fair to not hear anything about.
But now we’re onto 2018, so now we should expect to hear about this title. What is it? What’s it about? The Nintendo Direct would be a grand opportunity to tease it. But we got…nothing. Now, it did say it was planned for a 2018 release. Maybe it’s been pushed into 2019. It could be a reasonable assumption. Or the title’s being saved for a later announcement, either around E3 or close to it.
However, my theory is there’s going to be another Fire Emblem Direct.
Devoting a direct to a franchise has been done before.
I mean, Nintendo has done individual directs to specific titles before. And of course they already did one for FE. It wouldn’t be surprising to dedicate it to the Switch version of the title.
This is going to be very similar to Echoes.
What I mean by that is by release date. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is the earliest the West has ever gotten a Fire Emblem (Echoes came out April 20th in Japan, May 19 in the US). I imagine Nintendo is attempting to coordinate the same with the Switch version so the wait is not that long. So it could be close enough to completion now, but at this point it’s getting localized, and if the Echoes iteration (or really, even the FE’s on the 3DS) is a sign, it’s also getting dubbed as well.
Fire Emblem is worth it.
Have you seen the money Heroes is making? And well, how well the last three FEs have sold? Yeah, Fire Emblem is close to an A list title for Nintendo, so it’s worth the treatment.
Smash Bros already revealed a new character from the Switch game–
Ok hell if I can tell who’s in the background in that trailer aside from Mario and BOTW Link, but I’m already guessing there’s a new FE character in there.
So anyways, that’s my theory. If a Direct does happen, then they’ll definitely talk not only about the Switch version, but other stuff as well (like Heroes…some ports…or maybe another 3DS entry since it just won’t die). Let me know if you feel this is the direction Intelligent Systems and Nintendo will go, or ARE you worried it’s gonna slip to 2019.