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Cipher: Spring 2019 Livestream (S17 reveals, S18 artwork and S19 titles) & Twitter Reveals

On 25th May, the Fire Emblem Cipher team held their Spring 2019 livestream–the second seasonal one of the year. The hosts were Ryota Kawade, Young, and Eri Suzuki.

Note: Images were taken from @kizuna_fecipher.

The main agenda was to discuss the upcoming Series 17: “The Advance of All Heroes”. This series breaks the usual trends of featuring a small number of factions by including not just every faction but every single game title.

Above is the official list of featured games. I won’t bother naming them all, but it’s all the mainline games from the first up to Echoes and including Heroes and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE. Unless I missed it, Warriors is not advertised, despite having cards in the past.

Besides that, the original Cipher mascots will make an appearance in Series 17 too. Above are Emma and Shade, the first pair of mascots, in the Falcon Knight and Dark Sage classes respectively.

Also, although Three Houses isn’t a featured title (because it’s a bit too new by the time the Series 17 releases), there will be cards for it, in the form of booster box “preview” promos. It seems everyone will get 2 of the 4 cards per box.

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Fire Emblem World: Daily Characters & Weekly Songs Round 6

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! As for me, I somehow ended up at a motorcycle festival, but that’s a story for another time and place. Anyway, I’m here to report the upcoming schedule for the rotating characters and songs on the Japanese Fire Emblem World website.

Last month, we covered the schedule from 22nd April to 26th May. From here, every single game that’s been released (that’s been developed by Intelligent Systems) has been featured at least once–some twice. My aim is to keep going until I’m bored or enough people shout at me.

27th May – 2nd June: Binding Blade

Featured song: Dark Priestess

Next week starts off with the second appearance of Binding Blade. The characters include the Araphen orphanage trio, a trio of promoted units (two from the Western Isles) and… Merlinus. It’s kinda like they were going for a pattern, but decided to sod it at the last minute.

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Binding Blade: Chinese Prototype Surfaces Thanks to Hidden Palace

Although Western Fire Emblem fans had to painstakingly wait until the 7th installment before the series reached their shores, Chinese fans had a far rougher time. Their first officially translated game was Heroes, followed by Echoes.

The game is literally called “Emblem War Records” or “Emblem Chronicles/Saga”.

However, if fate had taken a different turn, Fire Emblem could have made its official Chinese debut with Binding Blade. Over a decade ago, Nintendo was pushing the iQue brand of consoles in China, including the iQue Game Boy Advance.

It has recently come to light via Hidden Palace that a Chinese prototype of Binding Blade for the iQue GBA was submitted for approval. Unfortunately, it–along with many other games submitted at the same time–did not pass the approval stage.

Back to the present day, Togemet2 somehow obtained this Chinese prototype and released it to the public. Because the prototype is in the form of a ROM, we can’t directly link to the page. But you can easily find it by searching the right keywords (“Hidden Palace” etc.).

The translation looks pretty straightforward.

As far as I can tell, the prototype is fully translated in Chinese. Besides the text, nothing seems to have been changed. That said, there are two additional splash screens at the start, and the copyright for the game has been extended to 2007 (presumably when it was developed).

In order: a health warning/copyright screen, iQue splash screen and load up screen.

Also, a couple of names differ very slightly to the official names used in Heroes, but that’s nothing surprising. Usually, names are translated by adapting the Japanese phonetic sounds to the Chinese equivalents. During this process, there can be multiple valid ways to adapt certain sounds.

Finally, the credits appear to be unchanged. So there’s probably no way of knowing who exactly handled the Chinese translation for the game. From the copyright screen, we do know Phoenix Publishing & Media, Inc. and Jiangsu Electron Audio And Video Publishing House were involved with the publishing at least.

Binding Blade Concept Art via Cipher

Today marks the release of Cipher Series 16 “O Courage! O Soul Aflame!”. Which means a whole lot of new cards to collect and artwork to appreciate! But that’s not why I’m here today…

As part of the marketing, the Cipher team showcased various previously unseen concept art for Binding Blade–one of the four factions featured in Series 16. This is very cool because we don’t often get to see concept art, especially not for older games.

Now, some of you may recall that the Making of Fire Emblem included some concept art from Binding Blade, but not a lot. Still, if you haven’t seen it already, please check out this article from way back.

The first time they revealed the new concept art was during the Winter 2019 special livestream. Ryota Kawade–one of the hosts from Intelligent Systems–brought along four folders containing development materials used when creating Binding Blade.

Logo design (note the placement of the sword)

Cover art, world map

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