Wii U Games We’d Like To See: Fire Emblem
Of all Nintendo’s franchises the fantastical strategy series, Fire Emblem, is definitely one of the lesser known. It doesn’t have the same recognisability as the likes of Mario or Zelda but its history and heritage is just as deep.
It all started back in 1990 when Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi was released on the NES over in Japan and it wasn’t long before sequels were being thrown out left, right and centre. The game was huge in the land of the rising sun and unfortunately that’s where it stayed for thirteen long years until finally Nintendo made the decision to let the rest of the world see what all the fuss was about.
Fire Emblem came to the West in a very roundabout way and the game may never have seen the light of day outside of Japan if it wasn’t for the GameCube brawler Super Smash Bros Melee which featured Marth and Roy from the Fire Emblem universe as playable characters. People started to use them and they gained a large amount of popularity prompting Nintendo to think about bringing a Fire Emblem game to the West. In 2003 the game simply known as Fire Emblem was released in North America on the Game Boy Advance.
Was it a success? Well since then we’ve had four Fire Emblem games in the West and another one, Fire Emblem: Awakening, is just around the corner for the 3DS. We’ve also seen Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon on the DS which was in fact an enhanced remake of the original Japanese game on the NES.
The series has gone from strength to strength and the GameCube’s Path of Radiance and the Wii’s Radiant Dawn possibly represent the pinnacle of the series so far. But where should it go from here? The 3DS is obviously getting an iteration of the series but just think about what the Wii U could offer the Fire Emblem universe…
Obviously being a strategy game the Wii U’s GamePad would help tenfold! The touch screen could show a variety of things such as character information, statistics, how each member of your team is faring out there and so on. Seeing as the game uses grid-based gameplay you could use the touch screen to manoeuvre your characters in a way much more accessible that using the analogue sticks. Simply tapping the character you want to move would bring up their range of movement, then it’s just a simple case of tapping where you want them to go!
Of course the GamePad could help when you’re not on the battlefield too. At base camp you can use it to navigate through menus with ease and quickly buy things from shops and equip your characters faster than you’ve ever been able to! You’ll be flowing through conversations and levelling up characters in no time at all!
Then of course there’s the ability to take the action from your TV and put it on the GamePad. That would certainly come in handy seeing as Fire Emblem is the sort of game that can have you playing for hours on end as you plough through the long arduous levels! If someone comes along wanting the TV you can switch the action to your handheld GamePad and carry on enjoying the action there!
As far as story goes, it’s probably best to start a new set of characters off instead of resurfacing others. Ike was the main hero of the latest home console games and although, in my opinion, Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn had the best cast of characters their story has all been tied up now and it’s unlikely we’ll veer see them again. The latest lead character Chrom looks interesting so perhaps a Wii U sequel to Fire Emblem: Awakening could happen! Who knows maybe the Wii U version could connect to the 3DS one in the same way Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate does! Imagine that!
Nintendo’s new console is opening up a whole new realm for its games. Alongside the connectivity with the 3DS, the Nintendo Network promises to be the most expansive online experience on a Nintendo console so should breathe some extra life into some of its more endearing franchises. Fire Emblem is a series with consistently brings a deep and immersive single-player experience but now, with the Wii U, it has the chance to head out onto the online battlefield!
The way it would be organised would be fairly simple, each unit will cost you a certain amount of points to take into battle and of course you’d have a set maximum amount of points at your disposal. This would mean the game would be fair, and would lead to interesting battles as gamers start using several different strategies to gain an advantage. One team may go for more ballistic units while another may go with more mounted ones for example. The strategy you choose is up to you!
Fire Emblem on the Wii U would not only look magnificent in full High Definition but would also play seamlessly as well. It could be just as gigantic as Radiant Dawn and have a bundle of new features to make the gameplay even more satisfying! Fire Emblem has been on the GameCube, the Wii, the DS, and the 3DS so come on Nintendo, give us a Wii U adaptation!
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