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.
Yes, we are getting another free Splatoon multiplayer map tomorrow. The latest map is one that you will be familiar with if you’ve played the game’s single player mode as it is Bluefin Depot. The new map joins fan favourites such as Blackbelly Skatepark and Urchin Underpass. I’m not sure what time the map will be live, but it will sometime tomorrow.
There were mixed reactions when Star Fox Zero was unveiled today during the Nintendo Digital Event. However, the good news is its developed by Platinum Games, but the bad news is that it won’t feature online multiplayer. Shigeru Miyamoto says that the team is working hard on making the single player campaign enjoyable and that’s currently were their focus is. Who knows they may eventually add online multiplayer, but it doesn’t seem likely at present.
“So, we’re really prioritising getting this new game playing at 60 frames-per-second,” he said. “In previous Star Fox games we had focused a lot on dogfighting, but here we’re really focused more the single-player experience.
“Of course, as we continue on and once people get a feeling for the game… as the process continues if we find that we do think it’d be really good we’ll definitely consider it, but right now we’re not.”
Nintendo Japan has confirmed via Twitter that a new Splatoon multiplayer map will be added tomorrow. Those of you that have delved into the single player should be familiar with Kelp Dome as it is one of the stages. Soon it will be added to the multiplayer map rotation. Here’s when it will be available in each region.
- Europe: 4AM
- UK: 3AM
- North America (EDT): 10PM (today)
- North America (PDT): 7PM (today)
- Japan: 11AM
More details are emerging about what to expect within the gameplay of Splatoon, most recent of which is that it won’t feature custom match types, like Super Smash Bros, to have custom lobbies with friends. You also won’t be able to change user settings like look sensitivity during gameplay, only before and after a game, otherwise you’ll have to exit the game to tweak the settings and jump back in.
Also, the gear you acquire will be different between online and offline modes and aren’t transferable. Online you can buy gear from the shopkeepers, whereas offline you’ll have “Power Eggs” used to unlock gear– which means people who don’t play online are missing out on a huge chunk of stuff. It seems like a lot of stuff is cropping up about things you can’t do in Splatoon and people don’t seem to be happy about it. Is this game going downhill fast or will it still be super enjoyable regardless? I’m still looking forward to trying it out! You can check out the latest gameplay footage and the Battle Dojo mode here.
“There isn’t a gear or equipment link between single player and multiplayer. So, it’s not that you earn money in single player to then spend in multiplayer. Instead, the link is more focused on skill. You practice your controls and develop skills in single player and then you can take those with you into multiplayer.” — Hisashi Nogam
Lucadian Chronicles, which was released on Wii U in December, will be getting cross-platform multiplayer with the soon to be released PC version. Yes, that’s right. You’ll be able to team up with your friends on the PC for multiplayer matchmaking on Wii U. This should mean that you are never short of opponents to play against in leagues and drafts.
Nintendo of America has posted the first look at the western version of Fantasy Life’s multiplayer mode. You’ll be able to team up with your friends to take down powerful enemies and much more. Fantasy Life is exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS and will be coming to North America on October 24th and Europe on September 26th.