This rumor doesn’t really seem to be that plausible. One user on reddit claims to have broken the data for the latest Smash Bros update and claims that it includes info on at least two new characters that will come to Nintendo’s fighting franchise as DLC. One of them seems plausible. That would be Roy from the Fire Emblem series. He’s been in the game before. That would make sense.
The other one, however, doesn’t seem to jive so much. He claims that there is data for Ryu included. I’m talking the fireball throwing, hurricane kicking karate master from Street Fighter. Yes, he’s in a fighting game, but he doesn’t really seem to make that much sense for Smash Bros. Street Fighter hasn’t been that big a thing on a Nintendo platform in a long time. It’s a strange choice, if true. I would understand more if they were rumoring Ryu from the Ninja Gaiden series. That was a staple platformer on the NES and he’s been featured in a number of different games on Wii U and 3DS in recent year.
I’d hold off on getting too excited about this one until Nintendo make’s a solid announcement.
One of the more interesting things talked about during the recent Nintendo Direct on April 1st was the information revolving around Fire Emblem: If. Unlike previous iterations, you’ll be following the main character, not a supporting character. The game will also include two stories from different angles.
What wasn’t talked about in the western Direct’s though is the fact that, in Japan at least, the story paths are actually separate games. One version follows the White Kingdom – Hoshido, the more accessible version, and the the other version follows the Black Kingdom – Nohr, which offers both a more complex story and more challenging gameplay. The games will run at 4,700 yen per hard copy (roughly $40) however you can buy one copy of the game and download the other story as DLC for 2000 yen (roughly $16.50). To take it a step further, there will be a third path available for the same price as the DLC or you can buy a special version containing all three paths for 9,200 yen (roughly $80).
Whether or not they’ll decide to launch the game as separate releases in North America and Europe is unknown. However, there are many games that tend to change their contents and distribution methods from region to region. While the game is coming out June 25th in Japan, we won’t see it in the west till 2016. Likewise, we probably won’t know how they’ll handle the game’s release in the west till a few months before release. Till then, we’ll just have to wait and see.
How do you feel about this information? Are you still as interested in this as you were when you first heard about it?
Typically in a Fire Emblem game you play as a premade character or a character who’s not necessarily the main focus of the story. Nintendo showed off more details of the newest Fire Emblem game coming to 3DS in 2016. This time you create the character and you are put at the forefront of the story.
You choose one of two paths, Hoshido or Nohr. The path you choose determines your fate and the direction of the story. Hoshido gives you a more traditional experience while the Norh side turns up the difficulty and creates a more complex story to enjoy. Whichever you choose, you are the star.
Fire Emblem Awakening was a success on the 3DS when it launched last year. Intelligent Systems is currently working on Codename S.T.E.A.M. for the system, but that’s not stopping them from working on Fire Emblem. Today Nintendo announced a new title in the Fire Emblem series from the same team that brought you Awakening. It features the same visual style and gameplay, but with new characters, stories and battles to participate in. According to the company now any decisions you make in the game may affect not only your party, but the world as a whole. Aside from that details about the upcoming game are scarce, but we’ll keep you up to date as more information becomes available.
Nintendo owners have had a little bit of history with Koei Tecmo’s popular hack/slash series Dynasty Warriors, mainly through the spin-off series Samurai Warriors. The second spin-off series, Warriors Orochi hit Wii U with the release of Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper. Despite that the series is really getting attention from Wii U owners with the recent release of Hyrule Warriors, a game that mashes the Warriors series together with the Legend of Zelda.
The franchise is no stranger to mash-ups as it has partnered with other popular franchises in the past to help bridge the gap between fans of the Warrior series and other properties. Examples include Dynasty Warriors: Gundam, One Piece: Pirate Warriors and even the real world Trojan War in Warriors: Legends of Troy. That got me thinking what other franchises would make for good candidates for a mash-up and I thought of a few that might fit.
2013 has been quite the year in gaming, especially for me. We finally got the sequel to a game that I’ve been waiting to play for over a decade. Another game went from being one of the franchises I was least interested in to one I think is a fantastic franchise. Other games let me take character from completely different franchises and put them into scenarios only your imagination could have dreamed of. New consoles have been released. Handhelds have proven that they still have what it takes to compete with the up and coming cell phone market.
Regardless of what type of games you like to play it’s been a great year for gaming. Digital markets have been growing to the point where the games you find on places like XBLA and Nintendo’s eShop are undistinguishable from the games you get in retail stores. I played a bunch of games this year, but here are the ten titles that I think stood out above all the rest this year.
To let you know how I came about this list. I started by putting down all of the games I played for the first time this year (as that’s the criteria we have for our End of the Year Lists on the site). I played 65 different games for the first time this year. I whittled that down the to the list of games that I would have considered for a spot on my GotY list and that brought it down to 23 titles. Of those eleven were 3DS games, eleven were Wii U games, two were Xbox 360 games and one was a Wii game. Then I whittled that down even further by going over any that I reviewed, thinking of the experiences I had playing those games and which ones stuck out with me most.
Fire Emblem: Awakening has ended up being a much better seller than Nintendo and Intelligent Systems expected. It’s shattered the level of sales that Nintendo said was needed to really justify the game. Now fans are saying that they want more and that they want an HD version of Fire Emblem on the Wii U. The developers would be interested, but Intelligent Systems’ Hitoshi Yamagami said that a Wii U version of Fire Emblem would need to hit sales of 700k to make sense.
That’s not an unattainable goal, but considering the slow start that Wii U has gotten off to it might be hard to reach that, at this point. Of course, no game would be able to come out until at least next year and by then, presumably, Nintendo’s biggest sellers will be available and the install base of the system would be much greater. It’s no surprise that the Wii U needs more games in its library and considering how well the franchise has done on 3DS this could bolster that system and give it another solid title for people to latch on to.
Fire Emblem needs to sell 700K to be justified? Sign me up. I’d buy it in a heartbeat. Compared to other games I think that’s doable. I think it also shows how Nintendo compares sales to other companies if a game like Tomb Raider sold six million units and was deemed a failure. I think it also shows that smaller budgets can still produce high quality games.