So a couple of cool Nintendo related things happened today. First, everyone got super excited for that new Majora’s Mask 3Ds XL. (In fact, it was such a hot item, its online sales sold out!)
Second and–arguably–most important of all: Nintendo released a new teaser for an upcoming Fire Emblem game for the 3Ds. And after basically living and breathing psuedo-European fantasy thanks to (wonderful) months of Dragon Age: Inquisition and The (less wonderful) Hobbit , I must say that this trailer was a refreshing breath of fresh air, one to get any Fire Emblem fan really excited:
So now that we know that feet are confirmed for all in-game models–let’s get down to the nitty gritty and have a brief chat over why this is really something special.
While the style is certainly similar to Fire Emblem: Awakening, I believe that the tone set by this trailer harkens back to some of the older Fire Emblem games, which is very much welcomed and appreciated. Don’t get me wrong, Awakening was a much needed boost to the franchise after abysmal sales, and has roped in plenty of new fans–however, its story did lack the nuance of previous games…
… But, we’re not here to talk about Awakening and its place in the franchise (that’s a topic for another day). Rather, what we can thank Awakening for reviving interest in the series and, for serving as a launching off point to this 2-minute masterpiece.
I can only speculate on where we’re going with this game–beyond the obvious. Here we have two nations at war, with bright-eyed young warriors destined to bring peace to the land, hopefully navigating compelling, twisting plots filled with political intrigue and a curve-ball of magic to raise the stakes. After all, Fire Emblem does pride itself in its world-building, and already we can see our distinguished nations vying for some sort of dominance–and with impressive flair. The designs are phenomenal, some of the most inventive (and arguably beautiful) of the series yet; it seems to be a game of masks and greatswords versus naginata and kabuto in one of the most distinct FE art styles yet that doesn’t fly too far into the absurd.
(What’s absurd is that idea to send a fleet of Pegasus Knights towards archers–seriously)
And as with previous Fire Emblem games, already we see some nods to our own myths and legends. For instance, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War (Jugdral is derived from Yggdrassil, the World Tree) takes many cues from Norse mythology, and there are plenty of character names that hint at legendary sources–with characters such as: Lethe, Greil (I mean Gawain), and Hyperion, just to name a few.
Our brief glimpse into this new world–and current fan speculation about Roman influence–also treats us to the fierce sight of this giant monster who wears a very interesting mask, one that bears a stunning resemblance to a beloved tourist spot in Rome.
La Bocca della Verita, the Mouth of Truth, is said to be a lie detector of sorts; stick your hand in, and if it gets bitten off then all will know you’re a liar. Though this monstrous Bocca seems interested in smashing things instead of serving as a living lie-detector, it serves as a promising look of things to come.
Yes, I have waxed poetic about a 2-minute trailer, but I cannot help but be pumped for this announcement, and hope that you, dear readers, are excited, too!