Nintendo Hints Fire Emblem Echoes is Probably Last Entry on 3DS

When Nintendo announced Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, a Nintendo 3DS remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden, many fans were happy. However, there were some fans who hoped the game would be for the Nintendo Switch.

Now, we’ve learned that Fire Emblem Echoes is more than likely the final game in the series for the Nintendo 3DS, according to series producer Hitoshi Yamagami. The producer said in the latest Dengeki Nintendo (via Japanese Nintendo) that Echoes is probably the final game in the series for the 3DS.

Fire Emblem Echoes is the third game in the franchise on the 3DS, after Fire Emblem Awakening and Fire Emblem Fates. There’s also the upcoming Fire Emblem Warriors, however that’s also getting a Nintendo Switch version.

An untitled Fire Emblem game is also being developed exclusively for the Nintendo Switch, so perhaps Intelligent Systems really is saying goodbye to the Nintendo 3DS. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is launching in North America and Europe on May 19th.

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  • Makes sense. The 3DS life cycle has been winding down significantly as of late, so chances are they’re going to use the Switch as a springboard to move away from the handheld market, either altogether or until they design a new one.

    My current concern with this game, however, is the fact we’re getting yet another entry in the series without the Japanese dub, and that 8-4 might not do what they did with NieR: Automata: localize the damn thing properly. If I was Nintendo, the last thing I want is another goddamn shitstorm like we saw with Torrential Downpour. Regardless, I’m keeping my wallet close for the time being.

  • Feniks

    Interested to see what next gen censorship the Switch can pull off.

  • Feniks

    Out of curiosity has there ever been a Nintendo game with dual audio?

  • Fire Emblem: Awakening, believe it or not.

  • Matz

    Thank god FE will not be held back by the 3DS hardware, now if the next game doesnt get butchered by Treehouse, don’t care about Japanese voices, I just want a good localization without censorship and bad jokes, also get rid of the fucking marriage and children system

  • Lucky

    I’d be pretty good without the stupidly exploitable pair-up system, as well.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Obviously, the 3DS is on it’s way out. The New 2DS XL is basically the system’s last hurrah, by the end of 2018 Nintendo will be solely focused on the Switch.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Xenoblade? The first one.

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing

    I hope so, because Nintendo didn’t sound too confident in the Switch when they said theyre keeping the 3DS around as a backup.

  • Mr0303
  • Fandangle

    Most nintendo games don’t even change the sounds from the japanese game. Rarely they’ll rerecord new dialogue to make it sound less like a japanese person wrote it but that’s about it.

    I assume this is why most Treehouse games are translated like shit because they have no experience translating anything more than mario which requires bare minimum work.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    It’s basically the same thing all console manufacturers say when releasing new hardware. It’s just to appease the one’s who don’t immediately, uh, switch over to the new system. Most of the games coming to the 3DS/yet to be localised are the smaller games, there’ll probably be another Pokemon this year (like how the DS got B2/W2 after the 3DS was out), but aside from that the 3DS is likely going to slowly fade away.

  • TsukuyomiMagi99

    Well thanks Nannytendo for more censorship I mean its not like adults ever consumed alcohol. I really hope the Fire Emblem series from now on includes english subs since I don’t mind paying a little more for an imported copy. I am sick of passing over series I like cause some asswipes have to insult my fucking intelligence.

  • totenglocke

    Last week Nintendo updated Breath of the Wild to allow mix and match voices / subtitles for several languages.

  • Chocolate ISISCream

    They should at least port it to Switch.

  • Nuku Nuku Natsume Mishima

    Censored and no jap voices, more money for other games, more roms for my “card”.

  • Feniks

    They found evidence of beer brewing from 4500 years BC.

    Nintendo is always a little late.

  • Nagato

    With Nintendo the 90’s never end.

  • But they removed it for all versions?
    It’s only known because it was in the code?
    Is this really that big of a deal?

  • Loli de 42 Anos

    to me it seems that this is a case of something that was scrapped in development. not censorship.

  • Loli de 42 Anos

    Fire Emblem Awakening and Breath of the Wild come to mind

  • Kiryu

    Nintendo seal of quality.It wouldn’t be a proper Nintendo game without censorship.

  • Mr0303

    I’d argue that it is an issue. It shows the general mindset to avoid anything adult.

  • Mr0303

    I wouldn’t call it censorship, but a general mindset to avoid controversial topics.

  • Kiwi Hoy

    It’s the same as the Street Fighter 5 thing. Developers decided to willfully change their own game pre-release in all regions but people jump on it as another excuse to cry about censorship presumably because they feel the need to be outraged and/ or have outstanding issues with the company in question and therefore will take any excuse to attack them (in this case probably the latter since it’s Nintendo)

  • Great news.

  • Fenrir007

    Let’s call it what it is: plain, old retardation.

  • Fenrir007

    It is retarded regardless. “Muh alcohol!”.

  • chaoguy

    It makes some sense.

    If the handheld userbase is divided by hardcore gamers & casuals/kids then they use the handheld differently. Casuals/Kids actually use the handheld publicly or in short bursts. I’d argue Hardcore gamers don’t play handhelds publicly (embarrassment + not being able to fully concentrate & invest in the game).
    From Nintendo’s POV- they can keep the 2DS on life support until their casual audience jumps onto the Nintendo smart games or invests in a Switch. They think their hardcore audience will invest in the Switch.

    While I prefer home consoles to handhelds now- I think they need handhelds for that teenage/kid demographic who are/becoming hardcore gamers. Unless those guys are using smartphones in public, and home consoles at home (though they are expensive now- again, another reason parents might buy a handheld over a full console).
    And with the Switch’s technical issues, and how delicate the screen is (not to mention battery life) I can’t see it being a handheld system. People use smartphones since they are smaller and cheaper, while tablets are larger and more expensive.

    tl;dr I understand their logic- but I think they’ll bungle it for various reasons.

  • chaoguy

    What makes it funnier is that there are scenes of impalement (not just in combat) and pretty young adults (15?) fighting. Not that there’s any blood in either, but apparently that’s fine. Adults drinking booze isn’t (unless there’s questionable underage drinking in the game. Kinda umming and erring on that point myself).

    How many Tales Of games have had surprisingly dark themes, but the party feeling ill because of “eating too much” instead of hung-over?

  • chaoguy

    This IMO. While they could have self-censored during development, it could be a choice they made rather than something forced upon them fearing _unfair_ backlash.

    I’m a little more understanding why they cut it out if it was underage drinking- yet the video shows it’s “usable by those under 20”.
    Perhapes it was due to it being too limiting or having booze be “positive” (recovering fatigue) with no negative effects.

    It’s daft, and they didn’t need to cut it for outcry reasons IMO. There has been worse censorship/self-censorship that has been entirely condemned, but I think moments like these should be highlighted as they are “muddier” and the discussion helps work out where the line should be drawn.

  • Kiryu

    Nintendo + logic don’t go well together.And then N fans get butthurt when people call Nintendo kiddy.

  • Audie Bakerson

    If you want an inconsistent NoA translation, check out Golden Sun. Half the references to religion are censored, others are untouched.

  • Kiwi Hoy

    Oh I agree don’t get me wrong. I just think a lot of the response is massively over the top and disingenuous too

  • Travis Touchdown

    I love how people just gloss over the fact that it was also removed from the Japanese release.

    This isn’t censorship. Things like this happen all the time.

  • Mr0303

    “I love how people just gloss over the fact that it was also removed from the Japanese release.” – where have I stated otherwise?

    “This isn’t censorship.” – never said it was.

  • Lucy Taylor

    Didn’t take long for this discussion to degenerate into a crying session about “censorship”.

    Nintendo are a family-friendly orientated company. It makes sense for them to make adjustments to not cause controversy, which could result in complaints. Just like most companies do for video games nowadays.

    Children should not be encouraged to drink alcohol, nor should they be exposed to female characters in bikinis with half their breasts hanging out.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Fire Emblem isn’t meant for children anyway, so that shouldn’t even matter.

  • Lucy Taylor

    Regardless, Nintendo have morals on this issue. And that can only be a good thing.

  • RC

    It’s not a good thing when it’s used as a pretense for self-censorship. Methinks you don’t believe in freedom of expression.