Here’s A Better Look At Fire Emblem Fates New Nintendo 3DS XL

One special edition New Nintendo 3DS XL that got people excited last week was the Fire Emblem: Fates edition New Nintendo 3DS XL. It is destined to come to North America on February 19th and features a pretty sweet monochrome design. Take a look at the image gallery below for a better look at the stylish console.

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Famitsu: Sakurai Discusses His Love For Fire Emblem

It is no surprise that Super Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakurai is a Fire Emblem fan given how many characters from the series are on the roster. Sakurai recently took some time out in the latest edition of Famitsu to discuss his love and admiration for the series. Here’s what he had to say.

Interviewer: Please tell us about how you first encountered Fire Emblem.

Sakurai: I think that Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light (henceforth referred to as Shadow Dragon (NES)) was released before I’d spent a year at HAL Labs, and I was really drawn to the spritework and animation. That feeling of satisfaction when a pirate cleanly hits with his axe (laughs).

Interviewer: (laughs) You played the first one, but did you play future entries in the series?

Sakurai: Generally speaking, as soon as they were released, I bought and played them. There were some where the release window overlapped with a particularly busy period and I gave up halfway through, but I’ve touched upon every entry in the series, and I’ve beaten most of them.

Interviewer: Among those, which titles stick out the most in your mind?

Sakurai: I think it has to be Genealogy of the Holy War (henceforth referred to as Genealogy).

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Sakurai Thought There Were Too Many Fire Emblem Characters In Smash Bros Even Before Corrin

If you think there are too many Fire Emblem characters in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, you’re not the only one. The creator and director of the fighting game series himself, Masahiro Sakurai, thought that was the case even before he decided to add Corrin to the roster of playable characters. Corrin is the sixth Fire Emblem character to be featured in Super Smash Bros. – and he is considered the eighth by those who count his and Robin’s female versions. He will be available as paid downloadable content sometime in February 2016.

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Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 27K And Wii U Sells 13K

This week’s Japanese video game sales charts are now in thanks to Media Create. Unsurprisingly, the latest entry in the Fire Emblem franchise has kept the first-place spot, with Fire Emblem Fates: Black Kingdom proving to be the most popular of the two games. Splatoon refuses to leave the top 10, pulling in at number 3 this week behind Rhythm Heaven: The Best+. In the top 20 games, twelve are Nintendo titles (9 for Nintendo 3DS, 3 for Wii U).

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [3DS] Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright / Conquest (Nintendo, 06/25/15) – 54,896 (315,571)
  2. [3DS] Rhythm Heaven: The Best+ (Nintendo, 06/11/15) -34,467 (301,193)
  3. [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 34,135 (382,175)
  4. [PSV] Persona 4: Dancing All Night (Atlus, 06/25/15) – 13,028 (107,064)
  5. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 11,941 (232,530)
  6. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 7,833 (1,053,734)
  7. [3DS] Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden (Bandai Namco, 06/11/15) – 6,656 (105,445)
  8. [3DS] Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale (Marvelous, 06/18/15) – 4,992 (60,768)
  9. [PS4] Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition (Capcom, 06/18/15) – 4,920 (47,246)
  10. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 4,719 (2,653,053)
  11. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo, 11/08/12) – 4,276 (3,992,729)
  12. [PS4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Spike Chunsoft, 05/21/15) – 3,529 (125,567)
  13. [3DS] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo, 09/13/14) – 3,325 (2,253,580)
  14. [3DS] Girls Mode 3: Kira Kira Code (Nintendo, 04/16/15) – 3,148 (161,545)
  15. [PSV] Zettai Geigeki Wars: Metropolis Defenders (Acquire, 07/02/15) – 2,831 (New)
  16. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition (GungHo Online Entertainment, 04/30/15) – 2,708 (272,776)
  17. [PSV] Chaos;Child (5pb., 06/25/15) – 2,556 (12,882)
  18. [Wii U] Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Nintendo, 12/06/14) – 2,536 (651,565)
  19. [PS4] Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (Square Enix, 06/25/15) – 2,430 (41,188)
  20. [PSV] The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Evolution (Kadokawa Games, 06/11/15) – 2,142 (30,275)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. New 3DS LL – 19,475 (21,818)
  2. PlayStation 4 – 18,171 (14,482)
  3. PlayStation Vita – 14,067 (23,134)
  4. Wii U – 12,781 (13,166)
  5. New 3DS – 5,506 (8,294)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 3,102 (2,761)
  7. 3DS – 1,394 (1,396)
  8. 3DS LL – 861 (847)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 741 (820)
  10. Xbox One – 235 (243)

Japan: Nintendo 3DS Sells 32K And Wii U Sells 13K

This week’s Japanese video game sales charts are now in thanks to Media Create. Unsurprisingly, the latest entry in the Fire Emblem franchise has claimed the number one position, with Fire Emblem Fates: Black Kingdom proving to be the most popular of the two games. Splatoon still appears to be doing well in the charts with the Wii U exclusive still residing in the top ten. Here’s the best-selling software and hardware this week in Japan.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [3DS] Fire Emblem Fates: White Kingdom / Dark Knight Kingdom (Nintendo, 06/25/15) – 260,675 (New)
  2. [PSV] Persona 4: Dancing All Night (Atlus, 06/25/15) – 94,036 (New)
  3. [3DS] Fire Emblem Fates: Special Edition (Nintendo, 06/25/15) – 42,991 (New)
  4. [3DS] Rhythm Heaven: The Best+ (Nintendo, 06/11/15) – 42,718 (266,726)
  5. [PS4] Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (Square Enix, 06/25/15) – 38,758 (New)
  6. [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 37,458 (348,040)
  7. [PS3] TV Anime The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls G4U! Pack Vol. 2 (Bandai Namco, 06/25/15) – 16,392 (New)
  8. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SCE, 03/19/15) – 10,896 (220,589)
  9. [PSV] Chaos;Child (5pb., 06/25/15) – 10,325
  10. [3DS] Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale (Marvelous, 06/18/15) – 9,284 (55,776)
  11. [PS3] Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (Square Enix, 06/25/15) – 8,729 (New)
  12. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 7,978 (1,045,901)
  13. [3DS] Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden (Bandai Namco, 06/11/15) – 7,687 (98,789)
  14. [PSV] Shinobi, Koi Utsutsu: Setsugekka Koi Emaki (Idea Factory, 06/25/15) – 6,762 (New)
  15. [PS4] Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition (Capcom, 06/18/15) – 6,454 (42,326)
  16. [3DS] Kaitou Joker: Toki o Koeru Kaitou to Ushinawareta Houseki (Bandai Namco, 06/25/15) – 5,189 (New)
  17. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 4,899 (2,648,334)
  18. [PS4] Chaos;Child (5pb., 06/25/15) – 4,860 (New)
  19. [PS4] Ride (Intergrow, 06/25/15) – 4,056 (New)
  20. [PS4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Spike Chunsoft, 05/21/15) – 4,054 (122,038)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. PlayStation Vita – 23,134 (11,748)
  2. New 3DS LL – 21,818 (17,642)
  3. PlayStation 4 – 14,482 (13,850)
  4. Wii U – 13,166 (14,616)
  5. New 3DS – 8,294 (4,506)
  6. PlayStation 3 – 2,761 (2,819)
  7. 3DS – 1,396 (1,126)
  8. 3DS LL – 847 (790)
  9. PlayStation Vita TV – 820 (540)
  10. Xbox One – 243 (201)

Grab Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon On Wii U Virtual Console This Thursday

There has been a lot of Fire Emblem love on the eShop as of late. specifically the North American ESRB rating of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. However, North America isn’t the only one reaping the benefits — if you live in Europe you will be able to grab Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon this Thursday.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon released in 2008 on Nintendo DS, and is the remake of the original Japanese-exclusive Fire Emblem title “Fire Emblem: Shin Ankoku Ryu to Hikari no Ken.” Check out the Virtual Console trailer below:

 

Fire Emblem Fates Will Have 5v5 Online Multiplayer

When people say “Fire Emblem,” what comes to mind is typically a dynamic RPG, single-player experience. This is why it came as a pretty hefty surprise when Japanese players found an online mode in Fire Emblem Fates (released today in Japan as Fire Emblem If).

The online mode utilizes a 5-on-5 deathmatch battle, with either local friends with the game or random or friend-based online play. The 5 characters chosen are all chosen from units in one of your save files. Random battles can be played with standard rules or with item limitations. Additionally, the fog of war effect is disabled during the battles.

Fire Emblem Fates is an upcoming Nintendo 3DS exclusive, releasing in North America and Europe in 2016.