We’re just under a month away from the release of Fire Emblem Warriors, but as is the standard these days, we’ve already gotten word about DLC coming for the title, as Koei Tecmo revealed a three pack lineup earlier today at the Tokyo Game Show. Later this year, we can expect to see DLC based on Fire Emblem Fates, whereas Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Fire Emblem Awakening packs will be available next year, in winter and spring, respectively. The packs will be available as standalone purchases (¥1400 each), or you can buy them as a pack for a discount of ¥3000. A special bride costume for Lucina is also included with the three pack.
About a year and a half ago, a manga series was announced for Fire Emblem Fates. The planned manga was set to be illustrated by Fates character designer Kozaki Yusuke, and the scenario was going to be written by Shin Kibayashi, a writer for many games in the series. We haven’t heard much about the project since its initial tease last year, and apparently for good reason. According to a recent tweet from Yusuke, the project has been suspended.
That said, there is (perhaps) some hope that a Fire Emblem manga will still happen. Take a look at the message sent out by Yusuke:
“Regarding the Fire Emblem manga, due to various circumstances, right now the plans have essentially been suspended. Everyone who was looking forward to it, we are deeply sorry. Personally speaking, I would like to draw FE as a manga one way or another.” — Kozaki Yusuke
While the phrasing isn’t exactly clear, it sounds like the announced Fates manga is no longer happening. However, Yusuke personally still wants to work on a Fire Emblem manga. It’s possible that the manga was scrapped due to time constraints and other projects, but Nintendo could revisit the idea of a Fire Emblem manga for the next game. After all, Nintendo is planning to release a Fire Emblem mobile title sometime in early 2017, so there should hopefully create an influx of new fans to the series next year.
At this point, YouTube users looking to satisfy their itch for gaming soundtracks have likely already come across SilvaGunner’s “high quality rips.” What began as an affectionate parody of GilvaSunner’s uploads of actual video game music has quickly grown on listeners as it became a hub for some of the greatest—and meme-worthy—gaming music mashups ever heard this side of the Internet.
One such mashup came from YouTuber BotanicSage’s comment on how “Lost in Thoughts All Alone,” the theme music of Fire Emblem Fates, sounded just like the “Ballad of the Goddess” featured in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Lo and behold, such a combination now exists on Silva’s channel, and you can give it a listen in the video above.
What are your thoughts on this wondrous mashup of Zelda and Fire Emblem music? Do you have a favorite high quality rip among SilvaGunner’s videos? Sound off in the comments below!
With the conclusion of both of yesterday’s rounds, our Ultimate RPG Tournament is right on schedule! When it comes to handheld JPRGs, Golden Sun narrowly edged out Bravely Default by a mere 2%. The Tales bracket was a lot more one-sided, however, with Tales of Symphonia walking away with 59%. Golden Sun is advancing to face off against Persona 4 Golden in Round 2, while Tales of Symphonia will be squaring off against Fallout 3. Now that each Round 2 bracket is half full, it’s time to jump back to the Fire Emblem bracket and find our third Round 2 combatants.
Fire Emblem is a combination of the strategy/RPG genres and may very well be Intelligent Systems’ most well-known franchise. Though the franchise has been around since 1990, it wasn’t released outside of Japan until 2003, after Nintendo included Marth and Roy in Super Smash Bros.Fire Emblem has been noted for its permadeath feature (wherein once a unit dies, it remains dead for the rest of the campaign). We’ve got four representatives from the popular series duking it out today—Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, Fire Emblem Awakening, and the most recent title, Fire Emblem Fates. Genealogy is the only one of these titles to never have been officially released in the West, so will it stand a chance against the more modern games? Only your votes will tell!
To vote, simply use the poll included above, but be quick! Match-ups in this round only last a day and there’s no going back, so once the poll closes, it’s closed for good. Which of these Fire Emblem titles can avoid permadeath? Be sure to check back tomorrow to find out, and don’t forget to visit the tournament’s hub page, where you can find the complete list of contenders, as well as up-to-date standings.
The combatants for the next match-up are: Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts 2, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, and Phantasy Star Online.
A reminder to readers and votes: Please be civil with one another. This tournament is for everyone’s enjoyment, and we want it to stay fun for all who choose to be involved, no matter which games they support. Those who attack others in the comments will be temporarily banned and, if they continue to do so, will removed indefinitely. We really do not want to do this, so please keep it rated E (or E10), and thanks for your enthusiasm!
Nintendo has released its maintenance schedule for the upcoming week, and a few prominent titles will be seeing some downtime. First up, Nintendo will be working on Pokémon X & Y‘s online network services from 4:00 – 5:30 PM Pacific on Monday, May 23rd. Later that night, Xenoblade Chronicles X will be undergoing maintenance from 9:00 – 10:30 PM. Still later, Fire Emblem Fates maintenance will take place from 11:00 PM until 12:30 AM the next day. Finally, general 3DS and Wii U online maintenance will take place on Tuesday, May 24th from 6:00 AM until 11:00 AM.
Fire Emblem Fates is a smash hit in Japan and North America, and the tactical RPG is finally set to launch in Europe tomorrow. The 3DS exclusive is available in two versions (with their own unique stories), Birthright and Conquest. Ahead of the European launch, Nintendo UK has released a new trailer that highlights the differences between the two versions, helping players figure out which fate they should choose. You can check it out by clicking above!
Fire Emblem Fates has been a smash hit on Nintendo 3DS, selling over 1.87 million copies in North America and Japan. The tactical RPG will finally be launching in Europe, both its Birthright and Conquest versions, on May 20th, and in Australia on May 21st. To celebrate the European release, Nintendo UK has uploaded a launch trailer a few days early. The video gives a good overview of Fates, highlighting its characters, story and setting, battle mechanics, and more. You can check it out by clicking above!
Fire Emblem Fates is a content-packed experience with three different versions to play through, each offering their own unique story. If that’s not enough to keep you satisfied, Nintendo is also releasing map packs as DLC, and the second one recently launched in North America. Map Pack 2, which costs $7.99, introduces six new stages that tell a story about Kana and the other children of Nohr and Hoshido saving the two countries. If you’d like to check out some gameplay before you buy it, nearly an hour of footage from the new DLC has been uploaded on YouTube, and you can check it out by clicking above.
Bad news for Fire Emblem fans living in the UK! According to a recent post on Reddit, the Nintendo UK store is currently sending out emails to some individuals who preordered the Fire Emblem Fates Special Edition bundle from them; the email states that the Special Edition bundle sold out on April 1st, but a “technical error” caused it to continue to appear on their online store after it sold out. Because of this, customers who ordered the item after April 1st will not be receiving it. The email also includes a voucher for £5 off your next order as an apology to those affected.
Lots of Nintendo fans are looking forward to finding out more about the upcoming Legend of Zelda game at E3, but while they wait, Nintendo would like to direct them to a pair of recently-released first-party titles. Fire Emblem Fates is out on 3DS in North America and Japan (Europe has to wait two more weeks), and Star Fox Zero recently launched worldwide. Fates has been pulling in glowing reviews for all of its different versions, while Star Fox has seen more mixed reviews. Nintendo’s looking to hype both of them up with two new accolades trailers that highlight praise from reviewers. You can watch them by clicking below.
Earlier this year, Nintendo launched a special edition New Nintendo 3DS themed after the popular tactical RPG Fire Emblem Fates. As with many of Nintendo’s special hardware releases, quantities were limited, and the handheld quickly sold out. If you missed out on your chance to pick up one of these beauties earlier but you’re still interested, you’ve still got a chance. Amazon currently has them back in stock, both new and used. Unfortunately, they’ll cost you more than the standard price, as they’re selling new for $278 or used for $242.
The last map in Fire Emblem Fates‘ Map Pack 1 DLC may have released recently, but Nintendo is already back at it again with a new set of stages in Map Pack 2. This new DLC sets itself apart in that each of the six stages tells an overarching plot called “The Heirs of Fate.” The story follows Kana and the other children of Nohr and Hoshido saving the two countries, as opposed to the main adult cast that fans know and love. The DLC will not use levels gained in the main games, meaning players are left with a brand new team that they must keep alive throughout each stage.
The first stage of Map Pack 2 will be available this coming Thursday on May 5th for just 49 cents. Each of the following stages will be released once every week or so afterwards for $1.99. Players will be able to purchase Map Pack 2 this Thursday as well for $7.99, saving a couple dollars on the individual purchases. Additionally, “Another Gift From Anna,” a free item pack, will also be available on the 5th, giving players access to a free set of boots and the Paragon skill (veteran fans of the Fire Emblem series will know just how great these are!).
If you are interested in the exact release schedule, or want to check out some images and blurbs related to the stages, you can check out Nintendo’s official DLC page for Fire Emblem Fateshere.
Will you be purchasing the new DLC for Fire Emblem Fates? Let us know in the comments below!
During the company’s recent financial results briefing, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima discussed the growing success of Intelligent Systems’ Fire Emblem franchise, including a recent boom in sales of the most recent games in America. According to Kimishima, sales data for the last two entries in the series (Awakening and both versions of Fates) show that demand for the games is initially higher in Japan at launch, but the games sell better over a longer period of time in America. He later stated that the Fire Emblem series had become a “major IP” for Nintendo, so it looks like the franchise won’t be going anywhere anytime soon! Here are Kimishima’s full statements:
“Sales surpassed the 500,000 mark in the U.S. in Week 6 and have continued without losing momentum. Recently, sales caught up to Japan and are even maintaining a pace slightly higher than in the Japanese market. This graph adds a comparison with the previous entry in the series, Fire Emblem Awakening. As you can see, there are major differences in the trends in the Japanese and American markets. In Japan, most of the demand is filled within the first few weeks after launch, but the Fire Emblem series continues to perform well over a long period in the U.S. In the past, the Fire Emblem series did not sell as well in the U.S. as it did in Japan. However, Fire Emblem Awakening greatly expanded the user base for the series, and the current entry, Fire Emblem Fates, has been popular abroad as well since launch.
“As I mentioned before, the latest title, Fire Emblem Fates, is selling well in America and has found a wide audience outside of Japan as well. We have also released many spin-off titles and related products, and this has become a major IP for Nintendo, both in name and in substance.” — Tatsumi Kimishima
You can check out the graph that Mr. Kimishima references by clicking in the gallery below.
Fire Emblem Fates has sold over 1.87 million units as of March 31st. The 3DS title’s success can largely be attributed to stellar reviews and goodwill earned through the previous entry in the series, Fire Emblem Awakening. It’s worth noting that the game has not yet launched in Europe or Australia, as the title’s release date in those regions are May 20th and May 21st, respectively. That means these impressive numbers only include sales for Japan and North America. The path forward for Fates is a bright one.
Pokémon has always released two games at a time with minor differences between them upon every new entry in its core series, and sometimes even expands upon both with a third installment. Recently Nintendo released another game in three different incarnations, Fire Emblem Fates, each version of which significantly diverged from the others in both story and gameplay.
On the most recent episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia, a listener asked whether we think Pokémon should take inspiration with Fire Emblem Fates for its upcoming seventh-generation games and make each of its two versions more noticeably different. Check out the discussion video above for our full in-depth response, or keep reading below for a brief, brief summary.
We definitely don’t think Pokémon Sun and Moon should follow a Fates-inspired release model—primarily because Fates‘ version differences were driven by story, whereas Pokémon‘s are (and should be) driven by social activity. Pokémon has never been about making players buy all the different versions of each set of games to get the complete Pokémon experience. Its core gameplay mechanic of collecting monsters is in fact built around battling, trading, and interacting with other people, rather than absorbing oneself in their own personal storyline.
If you’d like to hear our fully-fleshed thoughts, be sure to watch the discussion video above, or check out the full episode of this week’s podcast, embedded below. If you like this video, you can subscribe to Nintendo Week on iTunes, where we release new episodes every Wednesday, or you could check out the full episode. If you don’t like long-form podcasts, you can subscribe to us on YouTube, where our discussion segments are uploaded on Thursdays, and these select snippets from the rest of the podcast—which we call NWC—are uploaded throughout the week. If you like what you hear, we’d love it if you leave us a review on iTunes, where you can find episodes covering tons of other subjects, or send us your feedback! We’d love to know what you think of the show, and how you think we can improve it.
There are tons of gaming enthusiast podcasts out in the wild, but almost none of the top-tier podcasts are made specifically for Nintendo fans. That’s where we come in! We here at Gamnesia are bringing you a new episode of “Nintendo Week,” a podcast made for Nintendo fans by Nintendo fans.
Join the Nintendo Week crew once again as Alex, Ben, and Colin navigate the waters of being a Nintendo fan in these bizarre times. News includes Street Fighter‘s producer wishing for a Nintendo crossover game, Nintendo’s whole new online infrastructure, and the recent controversies around Alison Rapp and her termination from Nintendo. After the break we check in on our recent gaming progress and then take some listener questions for the Mystery House, including subjects like a modern EarthBound game, Pokémon following the Fire Emblem Fates model, and how Nintendo can win back the youngest generation of gamers. You can check out the episode below—or if you’d like to save it to listen later, you can check the latest episode out on iTunes, available now.
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Retailer exclusive games are something that most of Europe fortunately doesn’t have to deal with; however, residents in the UK aren’t always that lucky. As it happens, the special edition of Fire Emblem Fates, containing the three different paths, a steelbook case, a poster, and an artbook, is exclusive to the retailer GAME in the UK.
That in itself might not even be so bad, if it weren’t for the fact that it doesn’t seem like you are still able to preorder the game. It hasn’t officially been marked as sold-out, but the button where you have to click to put the game in your cart has disappeared from the game’s page. This doesn’t mean that UK residents aren’t able to get it anymore, because they could simply try to order it from a retailer on the main continent, as they are still part of the PAL region.
The internet’s not ready to put this one to sleep just yet. Fire Emblem Fates stirred quite a controversy for all manner of reasons. There’s the split into multiple releases, and there’s that weird petting minigame that kindasorta got removed from the western release. Well, BriHard’s here to comment on that latter one.
Taking off from the previous uncovering of dialogue and recordings from the petting minigame for the game’s European release, BriHard uses his experience in QA testing for game localizations to shed some light on exactly “Why Cut Content Gets Localized” despite being cut from the actual game.
Fire Emblem Fates released in Japan last year, and Americans received the title back in February, but fans in PAL regions won’t get it until late May. Australia and New Zealand are included in that region, but Nintendo is giving fans in the land down under a special gift. Preorders for the game’s special edition, which comes with all three paths—Birthright, Conquest, and early access to the otherwise DLC-only Revelation—have already sold out, but Nintendo has now promised a second round of preorders for them. No word was given on when these preorders will open, and there’s no telling if the PAL regions in Europe will see a restock, but we’ll keep you informed if we learn more.
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