I tend to avoid trying to spam the front page with minor news and speculation, but they’ve been building up lately. So without further ado, here’s what’s been in the news lately…
15th April: A 3DS hacker by the name of shinyquagsire23 uncovered various new sound files in the 1.06 update for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, including an unused victory theme for Roy from Binding Blade and Super Smash Bros. Melee (Source).
To my knowledge, the findings are legitimate, but the purpose of the file is less certain. Obviously, there’s the possibility that Nintendo is paving the way for Roy as a future DLC character. But on the other hand, it could be a test file or a file from a scrapped project.
16th April: Nintendo announced on Twitter that it has allocated a second shipment of the Fire Emblem if Special Edition to retailers. For reference, this premium edition includes both the Hoshido and Nohr campaigns on a single game card, plus extras.
The extra shipment is good news for fans who failed to pre-order the bundle after it sold out within mere days. However, fans must be quick because this will be the final shipment and Nintendo outright states that they will not be organising further shipments.
Harsh, but infinitely better than the ordeal of the Fire Emblem Awakening 3DS bundle 3 years ago, where consumers crashed Nintendo’s servers during the pre-order window and Nintendo could not open more pre-orders because of Japanese laws (Source).
17th April: The 25th Anniversary Concert site revealed some of the guests that will be present at the talk show. Joining Nintendo and Intelligent System’s development staff are Masahiro Sakurai (director of the Smash Bros. series) and Yusuke Kozaki (the official artist for Awakening and if).
Sakurai’s presence in conjunction with Roy’s hidden sound file in Smash Bros. 3DS has led to widespread speculation that he could be announcing Roy as a DLC fighter during the talk show, which debuts with the concert on 24th July 2015.
That said, there are currently no clear indications that Sakurai is planning an announcement of any sort. The talk show’s main point of discussion is about the Fire Emblem games and the development staff’s passion for the games they’ve worked on.
Although Sakurai hasn’t directly worked on any Fire Emblem games, he is likely there to talk about his work with adding Fire Emblem characters to Smash and because he’s a keen fan of the series, as evidenced when he took over the Iwata’s Asks Shadow Dragon.
Of course, it’s not improbable that he could sneak in an announcement during his time there. We’ll just have to wait and see…