Last week, I came up with a list of predictions and then my hopes for the Fire Emblem direct. Let’s review said predictions shall we?
How did it feel to learn about a franchise from a 4 player free for all for friends?
How does it feel to support a franchise that managed to get progressively under the skin of its newcomers?
How did it feel when Awakening was intended to be the last in the series?
How does it feel today, January 19, 2017?
Well, let’s answer the questions.
The Fire Emblem Direct is tomorrow. At 5PM EST. Focused on upcoming Fire Emblem titles.
Ok, shrieking aside, this is a pretty important direct, since it’s expected to showcase some stuff for the future. I can’t exactly know what they will share with the public, but I can guess.
But I’m actually saving my hopes for the end. Now think of this post like the Kickstarter model, but convert the money into time. That’s what I’m doing — however lengthy the direct is, that’s what will be revealed. The shortest direct of an individual game is 6 minutes (The Pokemon Sun and Moon reveal direct), the absolute longest is 39 minutes (Super Smash Bros direct April 2014). Ignoring that Smash is a crossover though, the longest non-crossover was Bayonetta 2 at 30 minutes.
So ascribing to this model, what could possibly be announced in this span of time?
Based entirely off the NYT, The Fire Emblem Times is either a weekly or semi-weekly series that rounds up any news or reviews involving all things Fire Emblem. Chances are you’ll see old news mixed in for a while, but that should change as the year goes on.
As you’ll note in the comments of the above article, if Koei Tecmo’s working on another game, it has to be a Fire Emblem game. It makes all the sense. Another suggestion is also a Super Smash themed musou game. I dunno about that. But it’s all rumor, so take it with a grain of salt for now.
It’s scheduled for Thursday Jan 12 at 11PM EST. Obviously, we could get some FE news, though I’m not expecting it just yet. Guess we will see.
As I’m not the biggest manga reader, is this a rare thing to just suspend a manga like this? Seems a bit odd, but I guess SOMETHING happened. And it’s a bad something too.
Maybe this had something to do with it? Probably not, but whatever the case, I don’t think I’m that interested in Leo though…
Because it’s always a good thing to have more FE music, he’s more FE music coming in 2017!
Because we can always use more things to eat up our room space.
And finally, here’s a look at the FE card game in Japan that should come over here but won’t. Buncha nice cards..
Happy New Year! Let’s begin 2017 by wishing for dreams to come true.
Not surprisingly, 2016 for Fire Emblem had its highs (Fates selling like crazy) and lows (the localization kerfuffle that you can’t escape from). 2017 seems to not promise too much craziness, but with what is now a major franchise like Fire Emblem, there definitely will be some news that will either be warm to our hearts or…just be simply disgusting.
With that in mind, let’s begin with 5 hopes involving Fire Emblem for 2017:
That Fire Emblem Mobile will not suck
Confession: I hate mobile games. Ok, hate is too strong, but I find no reason to waste my time downloading a game to play while I’m on the go…when I have a handheld. So you can assume I’ll be playing my first mobile game this year whenever Fire Emblem mobile comes out. I can only hope it doesn’t suck. From reading up on Super Mario Run, it seems like that game’s for the crowd that really doesn’t play Mario on the consoles, and it’s $10 to get everything. Maybe it’s worth a play, and I know I can’t expect a great FE on a mobile device — I just hope it’ll at least be interesting for a month. Then I can say it doesn’t suck.
The Tellius Series returns as an HD update
With Shadow Dragon of all Fire Emblem games getting a re-release on the Wii U virtual console, it’s almost a certainty that the two remaining series yet to get a re-release, Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, will find themselves on the eShop at some point. If the rumor of Gamecube games being on the Switch is true, then it makes sense to put those two games on the Switch. If not, they should be released on the eShop for the Wii U and be HD upgraded. Short of that, the better play would be to release the Tellius Series on the Nintendo Switch as an HD upgrade. It most likely won’t happen, but I would definitely welcome it.
That Fire Emblem gets involved in another crossover
Crossovers are all the rage nowadays, so if Fire Emblem happens to get involved in another crazy crossover, it should happen. Whether it’s a fighting game, a musou game, etc.
That the Cipher card game gets released here
Honestly, this is the least likely thing to happen, but from seeing some of the cards out there on the internet (at some point I do want to write something about them), maybe it’s time to have them released officially in the U.S. Yes, I will buy them with much regret.
The 15th Fire Emblem Title should be for the 3DS
I guess there’s going to be two hopes in one paragraph, but here goes: I hope the next Fire Emblem game in the series gets announced during E3 week. Just me, but I think it would be nice to showcase it there for no real reason, aside from anticipating it for an Early 2018 release (probably Spring 2018 because localization!). If they do announce it, then my hope is that it’s for the 3DS. Eventually it will (or should) get its next iteration for the Switch. But with an established 3DS base and appeal of FE on the go, and also because I kind of want to see the system get 3 Fire Emblems, I think it’d be best to continue with its success and not worry about a Switch edition yet.
…and of course, I’ve fallen off the face of the Earth here. Whoops!
Anyways, FIRRREEEE EMMMMBLEMMM! has, uh, DEFINITELY seen a lull. Too long a lull actually. At the worst possible time! Between Fire Emblem Fates, the Fire Emblem Cipher card game (which is definitely taking off in JP, I wonder if it’ll come here?), Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, AND a mobile Fire Emblem game, there’s way too much Fire Emblem stuff, and I wanna talk about it!
…Shame I’ve been distracted by this though:
I will have to comment on these Ragefest submissions, as there are…crazy…yet only makes me want to play more Fire Emblem! Clearly I am the sadist you didn’t want to know.
Anyways, hopefully I can settle on a weekly schedule, though you may see some dumb, short stuff over the next month or so. I do have some stuff in my draft folders that I want to clear out. I will clean up the categories, as some things have changed in my off and on visits here.
…I’m pretty sure the big thing is yeah, I do plan on reviewing Fire Emblem Fates, in the order I’ve played them and how — so Conquest first, Birthright second, Revelations last. I’m sort of almost done with Revelations. I hope I can finish it before May’s over. Then I’ll be trying the maps…
I think you get the picture on how much FE content’s out there, so I’ll be working on it! Otherwise, enjoy watching this video and whining about how insane that map is…and there might even harder ones out there!
Image credit goes to Jadenkaiba (NSFW btw)