Nintendo’s latest music related title for the Nintendo 3DS which is called Jam With the Band, Band Bros. P, is being developed by Fire Emblem developer Intelligent Systems. The news was announced when Nintendo released a teaser website for the game which also states that the game is powered by Vocaloid, which is the synthesiser software used to compose Vocaloid music for virtual pop-stars like Hatsune Miku. You can check out the teaser site, right here.
Nintendo has registered two trademarks in Japan today for the words “Fire Emblem” and “EMBLEM“. Interestingly, this shouldn’t been seen as a simple renewal, as the trademarks weren’t about to expire anytime soon. The trademarks were filed by Intelligent Systems, the critically acclaimed developer behind the Fire Emblem franchise. We have no idea what the trademarks are for, but hopefully they are a sign that a new Fire Emblem game is starting development.
Hitoshi Yamagami, a prominent developer at Nintendo, has revealed that if the Fire Emblem franchise came to Wii U then it would need to sell around 700,000 copies to justify development. The Nintendo 3DS hit Fire Emblem: Awakening needed to sell 250k copies globally for Nintendo to be satisfied. Thankfully, the game sold over 900k globally. Would you like to see a dedicated Fire Emblem title on Wii U?
Shin Megami Tensei IV, the upcoming mature-themed role playing game from ATLUS for the Nintendo 3DS system, has a brand new limited-time offer for fans: players in the U.S. and Canada who purchase Shin Megami Tensei IV and Nintendo’s hit turn-based strategy game Fire Emblem Awakening and register both games on their free Club Nintendo account will receive a $30 credit to use in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. The promotion begins on the release date of Shin Megami Tensei IV – July 16, 2013 – and runs through August 31. Both retail and digital purchases of either game are eligible for the offer, so long as both games are registered to the same Club Nintendo account by August 31, 2013.
The Club Nintendo promotion is a first-of-its-kind offer from Nintendo and ATLUS. RPG fans, tacticians, strategists and other gamers who love deep story and turn-based combat that purchase both games and complete the promotion requirements will earn a $30 credit to the Nintendo 3DS eShop to put towards any paid content, including future games and downloadable content (DLC). After each game is registered to the same Club Nintendo account, players must complete a short web survey by the August 31 deadline to receive the credit.
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In the U.S. alone, Fire Emblem Awakening sold more than 240,000 copies. If the game’s sales were meager, it could have been the very last entry in the Fire Emblem series, according to one of the game’s producers, Hitoshi Yamagami. Fortunately, for fans of the series, Nintendo isn’t retiring Fire Emblem just yet, as Intelligent Systems and Atlus are currently working on a Wii U crossover role-playing game between the Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei worlds.
Hitoshi Yamagami: No doubt. Truth be told, sales are dropping. The sales manager of Nintendo, Mr. Hatano, told us that this could be the last Fire Emblem. Due to this progressive descend on sales, they told us that if the sales of this episode stayed below 250,000 copies, we’d stop working on the saga. I remember when I came back from the meeting and told the team “My God, what are we gonna do?! The end has come!”. Our reaction was clear: if this was going to be the last Fire Emblem, we had to put everything we always wanted to include. That’s how this new project was born!
Coming this spring is the eagerly awaited Nintendo 3DS instalment of Intelligent Systems’ tactical role-playing series Fire Emblem: Awakening. Join the adventure in Europe on the 19th April when packaged and Nintendo eShop versions are launched, or pick up the Nintendo 3DS XL Limited Edition Pack with Fire Emblem: Awakening pre-installed, which includes an exclusive blue Nintendo 3DS XL console with Fire Emblem art emblazoned on the console. Nintendo of Europe also announces that the demo will be available from Nintendo eShop on 28th March to give Nintendo 3DS players a taste of the action.
Nintendo has revealed in a statement to IGN that the company sold 180,000 copies of Fire Emblem: Awakening in the United States during February. 117,000 copies of the game were sold at various retail outlets and 63,000 digital copies of Fire Emblem: Awakening were sold on the eShop. Nintendo also added that the previous Fire Emblem game, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, has sold a little more than 250,000 units life to date in the United States.
Fire Emblem Awakening launched on Feb. 4, exclusively on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, but bonus content keeps the game play going strong. Fans will continue to look forward to and receive free game content via SpotPass all the way through spring. This new SpotPass content is different from the downloadable content that is currently available through the game’s Outrealm Gate. The free SpotPass map available today is called “A Hard Miracle,” and follows the story of Fire Emblem Awakening main character Chrom as he encounters a mysterious woman and sets off on a journey with her to rescue a group of kidnapped villagers.
During the next few weeks, more maps will become available through the SpotPass feature. These include “Ghost of Blade” on March 28, a haunted tale about a ghost and the ultimate sacrifice; “The Wellspring of Trust” on April 11, a map full of challenging enemies; and “The Radiant Hero” on April 25, which takes place on an isolated island as Chrom and his allies search for a legendary hero. Players can also look forward to other special items that will be distributed for free via SpotPass, such as special weapons, additional playable characters and bonus challengers for the game’s Double Duel multiplayer mode.
The coming months are an exciting time for all fans of Nintendo hardware, with the announcement of black and white editions for Nintendo 3DS™ XL as well as new bundle releases for both Nintendo 3DS XL and Wii U™. The various bundles on offer incorporate highly-anticipated titles such as Monster Hunter™ 3 Ultimate or Fire Emblem™: Awakening. In addition, the launch of the new Nintendo 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro for Nintendo 3DS XL completes the bumper line-up.
On 22nd March, limited edition bundles featuring Capcom®’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will be coming to Wii U and Nintendo 3DS XL. The Wii U Limited Edition Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Premium Pack not only features a black Wii U console with 32GB of storage*, but also a black Wii U Pro Controller and a copy of the game. The Nintendo 3DS XL Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Limited Edition Pack comes with the game pre-installed on a black Nintendo 3DS XL – a brand new hardware colour for the handheld system.
The world of Monster Hunter™ can be experienced alone or in local multiplayer for up to four players on Nintendo 3DS, while Wii U players will be able to form hunting parties of up to four players online – or enjoy the hunt with Nintendo 3DS players via a local wireless connection. A demo will be available for both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions on 21st February via Nintendo eShop.
The Nintendo 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro for Nintendo 3DS XL, which offers an alternative control method for players of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate and other selected Nintendo 3DS titles, will be also be launching in Europe on 22nd March.
Additionally, the captivating world of Fire Emblem: Awakening for Nintendo 3DS is about to open up for European fans. In celebration, the Nintendo 3DS XL Limited Edition Pack with Fire Emblem: Awakening pre-installed, which includes an exclusive blue Nintendo 3DS XL console with Fire Emblem art imprinted on the console itself, will be arriving in shops alongside the release of the standalone game from 19th April.
In the game, players will command and fight alongside an army of spirited heroes standing against an enemy with the power to destroy empires. Plan your attack, customise your forces, and guide your heroes as you forge alliances that strengthen your resolve in battle and shape the course of history. A demo will be available from Nintendo eShop in early April.