New Fire Emblem Adventures Headed for 3DS
Fire Emblem is a long-running, respected member of the strategy genre, with plenty for players to love. The painful waltz of having to say goodbye to a team member forever and ensuring the objectives of each mission are met is simultaneously heartbreaking and intriguing, as permadeath can radically change the game you've been enjoying thus far. The series has unfortunately been dormant for quite some time in the West, with the last major Fire Emblem adventure having been released in 2008. Fire Emblem: Awakening was a brilliant return to form with a gorgeous new coat of paint and more of what defined strategy RPGs in the first place, but it's been a few years since we experienced it. Now with the latest release of new Fire Emblem titles headed to 3DS, we've got a whole new round of content to look forward to.
The game will be sold in two different versions in Japan when it heads to retail store shelves in 2016, and during Nintendo's direct livestream at the beginning of the month, we learned that the newest game will allow players to use their own character, customized to their liking. It also seems to be adopting the same sort of familiar art style like that of which we saw in the previous installment.
Powering up your combatants in Fire Emblem Awakening became an addictive experience, especially in the midst of some particularly tense battles -- so even though it leaned on some of the most reliable tropes of the strategy genre, it still felt fresh. In addition, item drops, experience points, and other goodies, adding a new layer of strategy to a streamlined combat system.
Relationships are an integral part of Awakening, so much so in fact that it enhances the game overall. Fall in love, get married, and eventually see your child rise to aid you in battle. It's an endearing chain of events and an enriching narrative that actually depends on your input to shape the game world and characters. With this level of involvement it's easy to lose yourself in the world of Awakening, and it's refreshing to see how much work was put into creating a game world where this is possible. It remains to be seen if this will be the case similarly with the newest Fire Emblem games, but hopefully we'll see an important, relationship-based system as well since that quickly became a draw for several fans of the series.
Hopefully as more details arise we'll have a better look into the new world of Fire Emblem being woven before us, but for right now I would absolutely recommend getting into the series with Awakening and playing backward -- plus, you can't go wrong with the original Game Boy Advance cartridge, an excellent title if you're a handheld lover. Come back for more details on the upcoming titles as they arise, and we'll keep you posted.