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Over the Years, Fire Emblem Has Gain Quite a Following with Western Audiences

Fire Emblem is a series that many gamers know.  More than likely, many gamers know Fire Emblem from the Super Smash Brothers franchise.  Fighters like Roy, Marth, Chrom, and Corrin for example are all from Fire Emblem. However, some gamers know Fire Emblem from the video games.  For those who are unaware, this franchise is a role-playing fighting base game.  Originally, Fire Emblem came from Japan where it continues to be incredibly popular.  When western audiences became aware of this beloved series, more gamers wanted to know more about this series.  Progressively, more Fire Emblem games became available for audiences in the west. While these games were coming, Nintendo was having issues with localization.  Basically, the term localization means changing the language of a videogame to another language.  Anyways, Fire Emblem has been slowly releasing games for western audiences.  As more games have become available, more gamers have become fans.

Recently, Fire Emblem: Three Houses came to western audiences with raving success.  So much that the main character Byleth became a downloadable character in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate.  Granted, this may be because this series is incredibly popular in Japan.  However, the rise of popularity in the west has made a lot of people look at this franchise.  Then on October 22, 2020, Nintendo made an announcement about Fire Emblem.  More specifically, the very first game in the franchise Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light.  Within this announcement, Nintendo reveals that Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light will be finally release outside of Japan.  What do fans have to look forward to this announcement? Let’s find out together.  In this news article, we’re discussing Nintendo’s announcement of the localization of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light. 

Nintendo Brings Original Gameplay and Additions to Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light

At first glance, this game looks like a typical Fire Emblem game.  Essentially, Fire Emblem is a strategical role-playing game.  Players have only an amount of moves to complete until their turn is over.  Much like Risk or the Total War series for example.  For many, this series is the first introduction to strategical games.  There are some elements players must memorize to ensure their team is successful.  The reason for this is because if a team member dies, they’re dead.  These deaths are amplified because of the story elements these games include.  Players can become engulf in the story.  Which is where a lot of players love about this series is the story.  Now, one of the things that this trailer shows is a modern feature of save and rewind.

According to Nintendo’s official YouTube page under the video A First for Fire Emblem Fans! ??? Announcement Trailer, Nintendo explains that “players can now go back and save progress before moving forward in the story” (1:472:19).  Essentially, this means that players can go back and change their options if they mess up.  In the newer games, players can turn on and off the permanent death of characters.   Instead, characters will disappear until either the player fails, or the mission is successful.  With this new addition, this means players can choose how they want to play.  Which is huge for all the different types of players whether it be newer or older players.  Nintendo is keeping a consideration to all players regardless of where they originally came in.  Undoubtedly, including new as well as original elements will help sales of this game be high.

From What We See, Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light Will Bring Players to the Origin of the Franchise

In this news article, we’ve taken a look at what Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light have to offer players.  Firstly, this game offers all of the joys of the original game.  Which gives audiences both new and old a show of what the original game is.  At the same time, this game will offer a erase or reversal button.  This will help players who want to keep their characters alive if they make a mistake.  Especially since most of the newer games have this feature so gamers don’t lose their team members.  From what we see from both the trailer as well as the official website, this game will bring a lot to fans of this franchise.  It doesn’t matter if gamers found the game recently or from the first game that came to western audiences.

Nintendo is letting its audience know that they want their audiences to experience this game however the gamer wants.  Regardless, this announcement is incredibly exciting and will be available as soon as December 4, 2020.  Perhaps, this game will bring even more audiences to this beloved role-playing, story-driven, and tactical fighting game.

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Nintendo. A First for Fire Emblem Fans! – ??? Announcement Trailer. YouTube, YouTube, 22 Oct. 2020.

Nintendo. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light for Nintendo Switch – Nintendo Game Details, 22 Oct. 2020.