In January, Nintendo held a very special Fire Emblem Nintendo Direct. Four games were announced from the cult franchise turned AAA bestseller, one of which was a remake/modern reimagining in the form of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia.
For those who don’t know, Fire Emblem Echoes is a remake of the second game in the Fire Emblem series, Fire Emblem Gaiden. Gaiden was one of the Fire Emblem titles that never made it over to the US. Furthermore, due to it being the second game in the franchise, it did things that most Fire Emblem games don’t. It took away supports, it focused on more of a dungeon crawling aspect, and had other features that future games shied away from.
However, Fire Emblem Echoes won’t shy away from what Gaiden did. On the contrary, they’re embracing it, and showing it off with new graphics, more cutscenes, and an even bigger story than what Gaiden had originally.
With this remake/reimagining, fans are wondering whether more remakes could come if Echoes succeeds in sales. This wouldn’t be a bad to question to ask, as many games in the Fire Emblem franchise have not crossed the ocean. Such as Binding Blade, which features fan-favorite Super Smash Bros. character Roy, plus there’s Thracia 776, which was the last console Fire Emblem game at the time when it released in Japan, and Genealogy of the Holy War, which has had characters featured in Fire Emblem Heroes.
Given the popularity of Fire Emblem right now, with it getting an even bigger boost via Heroes, nothing is out of the realm of possibility, but it is fair to say that the future remakes will depend on Fire Emblem Echoes. Not the least of which is because the last remake Nintendo did for Fire Emblem, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, was considered the worst Fire Emblem game by fans. If they can avoid that, more remakes may come.