As we step into the new year, here’s a look back at the events of 2017–by all means, a landmark year for Fire Emblem.
Image from the fake April Fool’s game.
Not only did we witness the release of Fire Emblem Heroes, which introduced the series to a wider audience, we received a highly-praised remake in Shadows of Valentia, plus another exciting spin-off in Fire Emblem Warriors.
Furthermore, there was the promise of a brand new console Fire Emblem for the Nintendo Switch in 2018. Truly, this was on-going proof of Nintendo treating Fire Emblem as one of their important franchises.
Disclaimer: This is meant to be a lighthearted look back, not an objective report of the entire year!
As is now tradition, Fire Emblem Cipher will be heading to Comiket 93, which is perhaps the largest fan event in Japan, bringing along its usual array of exclusive (and mouthwatering) merchandise.
Like previous years, Comiket 93 will be held at the Tokyo Big Sight, between 29th and 31st December 2017. The Fire Emblem Cipher area will be located in booth 3181, 4th floor, west corporate area.
The official Cipher website has all the details, which we’ll relay below!
Of course, for most fans, the biggest highlight is the merchandise–and there’s certainly a solid selection this year.
Following from yesterday’s Famitsu preview, we have a few more details about the Fire Emblem Fates DLC pack for Fire Emblem Warriors that releases on 21st December 2017.
(A big thanks to Nintendo Everything for the pictures)
Firstly, Azura’s mysterious songstress costume is unlocked when you get her. In addition to wielding lances, she can use Sing to restore the Warrior and Awakening gauge of allies. The other four costumes are unlocked by playing the new history maps.
Speaking of, the three history maps are loosely based off the Hoshidan capital, the Ice Village and Izumo. One of the new rewards is the “Bond Talisman”, which can be equipped in place of a healing item and increases the rate of gaining support points.
In terms of the new characters, Oboro has the Counter skill, which opens up a stun gauge when guarding an enemy attack. Meanwhile Niles has the Lethality skill, which increases the power of critical hits proportional to the user’s Luck.
During Google’s “Play Time 2017” event, which celebrated popular games and apps on the Google Play Store, Fire Emblem Heroes scooped the “Best Game of 2017” award. This information comes from Famitsu App.
From what we understand, only games released before late 2016 are eligible for this award. In addition, this award only applies to the Japanese region. Still, it’s a huge achievement nonetheless and the developers seem very proud.
Speaking of which, Famitsu App managed to briefly interview the developers after receiving the award. Below you can find a translation of the interview, which Reddit user drnged quickly and very kindly translated for us.