Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem Articles RSS Feed | Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network The RPG Mashups That Won E3 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 02:30:01 -0400 K.W. Colyard

E3 2015 was a gamer's dream come true - from the Sony trifecta of Shenmue III, The Last Guardian, and Final Fantasy VII Remake to the announced returns of the Star Fox and Metroid franchises. As the expo ran its course, each day was filled with more, bigger, greater news for video game fans. But the three most impressive and innovative announcements were the RPG mashups: Kingdom Hearts IIIMario & Luigi: Paper Jam, and Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem.

You might think the creation of these games to be inevitable, and you'd be right. We all knew, deep down, that Kingdom Hearts III was coming, even before the E3 2013 announcement. You probably could have guessed that the Mario and Luigi and Paper Mario franchises would eventually merge, and you might even have had a conversation with your friends about the possibility of a crossover between Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem. But despite all of that, confirmation that these projects are actually happening doesn't fail to excite.

Yeah, the Final Fantasy VII Remake is huge news that Square Enix has teased us with since E3 2006, and we've been waiting on a new Doom title since Doom 3 dropped on the original Xbox in 2004. But these almost entirely unexpected titles are what really stole the show this year. Here's a look at the wonder and whimsy of the RPG mashups at E3 2015.

Kingdom Hearts IIIRPG mashups won E3

Gamers have been hooked on Kingdom Hearts since the franchise premiered on PlayStation 2 in 2002. Followed by handheld titles galore, the original Kingdom Hearts spawned a second main series installment in 2005. For the last ten years, fans have anxiously awaited Kindom Hearts III, and now, two years after it was confirmed to be in development, we have more to celebrate.

Neither of the E3 trailers have revealed much about what worlds we'll get to explore in Kingdom Hearts III. Since the release of Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance in 2012, Disney has acquired Star Wars and Marvel, both of which, if they are included in Kingdom Hearts III, will undoubtedly provide amazing new environments and enemies to conquer.

Kingdom Hearts III is the odd game out in this article, because it does not combine two established video game franchises into one. Rather, the Kingdom Hearts series melds together intellectual property from developer Square Enix and media giant Disney. The result is a quirky, endearing, and high-selling franchise.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
RPG mashups won E3

Both the Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario series trace back to Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars: a 1996 SNES title from developer Squaresoft (now Square Enix). In fact, Paper Mario was originally developed as Super Mario RPG 2.

A crossover title between these two related series was inevitable, but that certainly hasn't dampened Nintendo fans' enthusiam. This will be the first new Mario & Luigi title since 2013's Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, and the first Paper Mario series installment since 2012's Paper Mario: Sticker Star Story

Although we don't know much about Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, this RPG mashup looks pretty great already. Paper Mario joins Mario and Luigi as a playable character, and we've seen confrontations between several "regular" characters and their paper counterparts, including Boswer and Peach. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is currently slated for a Spring 2016 release.

Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem

Nintendo first announced this game back in 2013, as part of a collaboration with developer Atlus. Since then, updates on the development team's progress rolled out at regular intervals, but gamers in the West didn't have a confirmed release date until this year's Nintendo E3 conference. An April tweet from Atlus slated the Japanese release of Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem for winter 2015.

Due to hit North American and European shelves in Spring 2015, Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem - known in Japan as Genbei Ibun Roku #FE - is an RPG set in modern Japan. From what we can tell in the trailer above and Anime News Network's writeup, the Fire Emblem characters may have alter egos, known as Mirage Masters, who have all the cool equipment, abilities, and world-saving destinies we expect from a JRPG.

All in all, this writer thought E3 2015 was one of the best in recent memory. What do you think? Did the RPG mashups steal the show? Let us know in the comments!

How does Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem even work? Thu, 18 Jun 2015 05:50:14 -0400 KungFro

The Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem collaboration has been highly anticipated for quite some time now. However, the trailer above, which debuted at Nintendo's E3 2015 presentation, has stirred both excitement and worry in fans of both series. Let's start with the facts.

Shin Megami Tensei

  • Most often set in Tokyo, which is a running theme in many Atlus games.
  • Primary characters are often human students with extraordinary, latent gifts, who end up thrust into a war between "good" and evil forces.
  • Combat requires the recruitment and manipulation of powerful demons.
  • Dark themes: death and destruction – the apocalypse is always nigh.
Fire Emblem

  • Generally set in fictitious lands where war runs rampant.
  • Primary characters are often nobles fighting to protect their homelands.
  • Combat revolves around the establishment of an army and the weapon triangle, a strategic rock-paper-scissors that separates victory and death.  
  • Dark themes: especially genocide, tyranny, and subjugation.

Though the archetypal hero drastically differs between the two, there are some clear similarities between these series, particularly where dark and serious themes are concerned. Both games require the protagonist to save the world from warring factions, and ultimately bring on an era of (often short-lived) peace. So how deep does this darkness run through the veins of their love-child?

Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem (a.k.a. Genei Ibun Roku #FE)

Umm... what? Those flowers aren't even dead.

Set in Tokyo, this game looks heavily influenced by the real deal. Certain game areas are scaled down replicas of modern day Tokyo districts. Seeing as Tokyo is Shin Megami Tensei's usual setting, this is a relatable choice.

The game's primary characters are humans with exceptional creative energy called "Performa." Once their Performa has awakened, they gain the ability to see otherwise invisible beings know as "Mirages," which hail from the "Idolosphere." Mirages feed on the Performa of humans, sapping them, essentially, of their will to live.

Though this sounds vaguely reminiscent of genocide, it's a lot artsier than expected. Still, the effects are beautifully depicted in-game. Most NPCs are represented as colorful silhouettes, with drainage of their Performa turning them varying shades of gray. This clearly portrays the damage done.

Luckily for our heroes and heroines, not all Mirages are evil, and some will even assist in the battle against their malevolent kin. This is where the Fire Emblem characters make an appearance, though very much unlike their usual selves. Their designs are vastly different, and they're all unaware of their past lives. All they actually retain are their trademark character classes.

The armored figure above is this game's Chrom. He's even got Falchion.

Combat is a fusion of Persona's elemental weakness system and Fire Emblem's weapon triangle. Of course, the Mirages fuse with their respective human during battle – the ensuing makeovers are pretty sweet. According to the game footage, the integration of all of these elements is rather seamless. A+.

An interesting tidbit, which should be familiar to Fire Emblem fans, this game will have a support system. There will be dialogue options for the player to choose from, which affect the relationships between characters. If characters reach a commendable support level, they may be able to assist each other in attacks known as Dual Arts. In addition to powerful, some of these look pretty comical.

When not battling, our primary cast live their lives as performers/artists at "Fault Entertainment," a talent agency that gathers these "Mirage Masters." One particular Fire Emblem character, Tiki the divine dragon, is actually the poster child of this game's variant of a vocaloid. Instead of a badass firebreathing dragon, she's commercial music software. Surprisingly, that's just the half of it.

Many songs were recorded by actual artists specifically for this game, and the character's voice actors also provide their singing voices. That's where this collaboration falls away from its parentage, being dubbed a J-Pop RPG by its developers. Music is just that essential to this game in both plot and combat.


How far did the apple fall from the tree? Well, wrap macabre in rainbows and teach it karaoke, because I don't think anyone was truly prepared for this. Is that upsetting? I don't think so. Many have expressed excitement about this sunshine-and-rainbows take on the apocalypse. Alternatively, others have expressed feelings of betrayal. 

My biggest fear is not that this J-Pop RPG was never present in my wildest dreams. My biggest fear is that its style caters the most to anime lovers, which may be off-putting to those unexposed to JRPGs and the like.

I, for one, will be casting aside my expectations and enjoying Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem as the unique title it aims to be – when it drops in 2016.

Nintendo E3 2015 recap Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:03:01 -0400 Michael Slevin

The 2015 Digital direct opens with puppet versions of Iwata, Reggie, and Miyamoto transforming into Star Fox characters. It has begun.

If you didn't have time to watch, here's everything that Nintendo showed off at this year's E3.

Star Fox Zero 

Nintendo made a multitude of announcements today during their E3 presser, beginning with Star Fox Zero, the newest entry in the series. Packed with new vehicles and the beloved Star Fox crew, Star Fox Zero is slated for Holiday 2015. 

It was revealed that the GamePad will provide a cockpit view, providing a first-person view on the GamePad and a third-person view on your TV. 

Nintendo then went on to discuss amiibo, and a new partnership with Activision and their Skylanders franchise. Three Nintendo figures will be usable only on Skylanders Superchargers for Wii U, and will be usable in Nintendo games outside of Skylanders.

The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes

Then, a new game was announced, The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes for 3DS. This game allows players to work together, solving puzzles and dungeons. The game has the same visuals as The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes received a Fall 2015 release window.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force

Nintendo detailed Metroid Prime: Federation Force, a Metroid game with 4 player co-op. Not much was really revealed, other than a 2016 release window. The game will be on 3DS and come with Blast Ball.

Xenoblade Chronicles X

We were then shown a trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles X, in which the game received a 12/4/15 release date. With Zelda Wii U slated for 2016, Xenoblade Chronicles X will be one of the most anticipated Wii U games this year. 

Loads of misc. titles from familiar Nintendo faces

Nintendo went on to unveil Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival for Wii U, which is essentially Mario Party meets Animal Crossing. The game utilizes amiibo functionality, and new Animal Crossing amiibo are on their way for the new game. 

We then got a closer look at Yoshi's Wooly World. The game offers couch co-op and amiibo functionality. Yoshi's Wooly World also got a U.S. release date of October 16th, 2015.

Then, Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam Bros.,a game that combines Mario and Luigi and Paper Mario, was announced. This game looks really cool, and will release Spring 2016. 

A new Mario Tennis game was also announced, Mario Tennis Ultra Smash. This game will come out in Q4 2015, which could mean holiday time of this year or early 2016. Not much here, it looks like a standard Mario Tennis game. Visually it looks pretty good, and will, if anything, beef up the Wii U library.

The next installment in the Fire Emblem series was then named for the west, Fire Emblem Fates. It will arrive in 2016. Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem will also release in 2016. 

Mario Maker

Nintendo then went in-depth with Super Mario Maker. We learned that Link, Marth, Isabelle, Yoshi, Luigi and Wii Fit Trainer will all be playable in Super Mario Maker via amiibo. Super Mario Maker will release in the U.S. on September 11th of this year.The next installment in the Fire Emblem series was then named for the west, 

No PokemonZelda Wii U, or true Metroid? The press conference left a lot to be desired, while offering some exciting games in 2016.

Out of what Nintendo has to offer this year, Xenoblade Chronicles X and Super Mario Maker look great. Star Fox Zero has me cautiously optimistic, however, I feel that it will come down to the controls and how the new vehicles make the player feel. 

The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes has me excited as well, and the co-op should be very fun. But perhaps the reason I am truly unhappy with this press conference is because of Metroid Prime: Federation Force. I feel that this isn't quite what makes Metroid great. I haven't played the game so I have to reserve judgment, but based on what I saw this is not a Metroid entry that I wanted. 

In case you missed it, here are Nintendo's E3 Digital Event highlights Tue, 16 Jun 2015 18:52:44 -0400 David Fisher

Today at 9 a.m. PT, Nintendo held an E3 digital event broadcasted over and their own personal page here. Here are some of the highlights!

Starfox Zero

Team Starfox is back in action, and there are many new features in this latest addition to the series. As mentioned previously the gamepad's gyro controls can be used to fly, however, during the Treehouse gameplay session we learned that you can use both control sticks to play and use more intricate flying maneuvers.

A new feature in Starfox Zero is the walker transformation mode for the Arwing. Originally designed for the unreleased Starfox 2, the walker will be used for ground assault while the Arwing will be used for aerial dogfights. The transformation can be activated at any time at the touch of a button, providing new gameplay options for players.

Other vehicles are playable in Starfox Zero as well such as the Landmaster and a new helicopter-like vehicle known as the Gyro-wing. All vehicles will be able to transform, one of the gameplay footage reels showcasing the Landmaster's flying mode. All gameplay will take place on two screens simultaneously with the gamepad always displaying the cockpit mode, while the TV will show a more classic Starfox experience.

Platinum Games has been revealed as a collaborative developer for the game, and it shows. From the looks of it, this Starfox title will be much more fast-paced, an exciting announcement for the series.

Amiibo/Skylander Superchargers Crossover

Donkey Kong and Bowser will be making an appearance in the Skylanders Supercharged line of figures. A neat feature of both statuettes will be their dual functionality, working with both amiibo titles, as well as Skylanders platforms. These two figures, however, will be exclusive to the Wii U version of Skylanders.

The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes

Nintendo's latest Legend of Zelda announcement is for the 3DS. Designed to be more of a co-op experience as opposed to the competitive nature of games such as Four Swords Adventures for the Nintendo GameCube, Triforce Heroes will focus on more serious dungeon design when compared to past Legend of Zelda multiplayer titles.

According to series director Eiji Aonuma, the game will have only 3 players during co-op sessions as he believed 4 players was too many in a serious Legend of Zelda experience. He did state, however, that the game will have a single player mode implemented as well.

Another feature is the ability to change outfits for your hero. Some suits - such as the one featured above - will upgrade certain items when you use them. How other outfits such as the Zelda Dress outfit, or various other outfits showcased will function has yet to be seen. During the Treehouse event it was revealed that all three players will share the same heart meter, making this game much more challenging. 

The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes is expected to come out fall 2015.

Hyrule Warriors: Legends

The Hyrule Warriors 3DS port had a short teaser trailer, introducing new playable characters: Tetra and King of Red Lions, both from The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker. From the footage it seems that players will be able to switch characters in real-time during missions, providing a new gameplay experience. The game will be released in the 1st quarter of 2016.

Metroid Prime Federation Force/Blast Ball

Metroid fans rejoice! A new Metroid Prime game has been announced.

The game appears to have a much less serious design than previous Metroid Prime titles.

Titled Metroid Prime: Federation Force the game appears to be a co-op experience featuring the Galactic Federation soldiers featured in Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. The game will be a 3DS exclusive that will also come with another game known as Metroid Prime: Blast Ball. Other than that, there isn't much to go off of.

Fire Emblem: Fates

Not much was revealed for Fire Emblem: Fates, other than the American title. However, we did get this trailer (above).

Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem

We also got a trailer for Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem. This trailer did not show much either, but it did give us the names of our protagonists, as well as some of the Fire Emblem heroes appearing. Some of these Fire Emblem characters include: Chrom (Awakening), Caeda (Mystery of the Emblem), Cain (Shadow Dragon), and Tiki (Shadow Dragon).

Yoshi's Wooly World

Yoshi's Wooly World has received an offical release date of October 16th, 2015.

Yoshi's Wooly World was showcased during Nintendo's Digital Event, and revealed some of the game's unique features. Some of these features include the ability to create platforms out of yarn by throwing yarn balls at empty slots such as the windmill propeller seen above, and swallowing enemies to create yarn balls.

Also shown during this demonstration was the amiibo functionality for non-Yoshi amiibos. A number of amiibo figures will work with Yoshi's Woolly World, each changing the colour of your Yoshi depending on which amiibo the player scans. A trailer for the game can be found here.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

A new Mario and Luigi RPG is coming out. This time the moustached duo will be teaming up with Mario's paper counterpart: Paper Mario!

 Both Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi games have been known for their comical plotlines, and from the trailer it seems like fans will be assured that the tradition continues. The game takes place in both universes, with characters from both series appearing as friends and foes. Whether or not Paper Mario's friends will be joining them in battle is unknown, but the game already appears promising.

The game has a proposed launch date in Spring 2016.

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer is about what you would come to expect from the title. The trailer highlights some of the gameplay features, including designing dream homes for villagers, as well as schools and other locales. Whether or not the main Animal Crossing gameplay features will be present is currently unknown.

Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival

Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival, however, appears to be some sort of Mario Party clone. Not many details have been released, and the footage leaves much to speculation about how the game will operate.

Yo-kai Watch

Yo-kai Watch's trailer shows parts of the story, as well as gameplay elements.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

The newly announced Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash had a short reveal trailer, the only detail really found being the game's feature of using Mega Mushrooms during matches to grow to gigantic proportions. How it will affect gameplay is currently unclear.

Stay tuned on GameSkinny for more E3 Coverage! 

RUMOR: Nintendo to Acquire Atlus? Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:08:47 -0400 vegna871

It's tough times out there for many people.  Index Corporation, a Japanese multimedia company, has filed for bankruptcy and is selling off a few of their subsidiaries. One of these, perhaps the biggest, is the game company Atlus.  Atlus is a fairly well know developer of JRPGs, probably most known for their long running Shin Megami Tensei series.  Well, rumor has it that the most likely bidder for the company is none other than Nintendo.

Nintendo acquiring Atlus would make a great deal of sense. The two companies have been working together for some time, and Atlus' next two big games, Shin Megami Tensei IV and Shin Megami Tensei X: Fire Emblem are going to be released on Nintendo systems, the 3DS and Wii U respectively.  It's even been said that Nintendo has been treating Atlus like a first party studio since long before Index Corp's bankruptcy was announced.

Now this could have a few effects on Atlus' games.  For one, Atlus is known to jump around to various different platforms, never really sticking to just developing for one. One of the reasons they are beloved is that up until now, gamers have been able to receive some of the company's greatness no matter what console they owned. Even PC has the sorta decent free to play Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine MMO. The second reason is that Atlus makes some DARK games.  Pictured above is a scene from Persona 3 in which the main character has to shoot himself in the head to unleash his powers.  This is a major mechanic in the game.  Nintendo has a bit of a reputation from shying away from dark and mature themes whenever possible, due to their stance that video games are toys rather than a higher form of entertainment. If they acquired Atlus, would they try to rein them in and dumb down the dark themes that make Atlus' games as great as they are? If so, it would be a huge fall for an excellent gaming company.

What do you guys think? Would you like to see Nintendo acquire Atlus? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned to Gameskinny and the Team Timelords Facebook page for more updates on this potential acquisition.

Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem Setting More or Less Revealed Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:30:43 -0400 MirandaCB

For a very long while no one heard anything on the new Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem game that was mentioned last January. However, Hitoshi Yamagami, head supervisor of all Intelligent Systems projects, revealed a small, but highly interesting detail about the game in an interview with Hobby Consolas.

Yamagami expressed that he wanted to make a Fire Emblem in modern times. He imagined “a Pegasus that comes from the sky and lands on…Building 109 of Shibuya, Tokyo.” After visiting with several companies to pitch this idea, Atlus suggested throwing Shin Megami Tensei into the mix, launching the collaboration between Atlus and Intelligent Systems.

With this mash up of RPG’s and Yamagami’s vision, it can only mean that Fire Emblem characters and elements will take place in a modern setting (possibly post-apocalyptic). How they’ll get there? Most likely time travel.

To set the groundwork until its release, Nintendo of America is opening the opportunity to get $30 eShop credit when customers purchase Shin Megami Tensei IV and Fire Emblem: Awakening and register the Club Nintendo codes within. These two titles are for 3DS, but Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem will be released on the Wii U.