SMT Meets Fire Emblem

Right on the heels of the localization of Project X Zone, announced by Namco-Bandai just a few days ago, Nintendo 1-ups them (pun intended) with their announcement of Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem.

My experience during the Nintendo Direct was something like this: mostly uninterested for a while, see the phrase ATLUS PRESENTS, and suddenly I’m paying attention. Fans of the great RPG’s with compelling stories and complex in-battle strategy would have been happy enough just to see the announcement of a new Shin Megami Tensei title, a longstanding series that includes offshoots such as Persona and Digital Devil Saga.

Much to my jawdropping, then, when the camera cuts to Marth and pans across a host of other classic Fire Emblem characters, playing its theme all the while. While the rest of us are eagerly awaiting Fire Emblem: Awakening, especially with the recent release of the  demo, I think it’s safe to say this strategy game is even closer to our hearts.

Here’s the trailer:

Nintendo hasn’t revealed much about the game. Is it going to be more turned-based strategy, like Fire Emblem, or will characters form a party and fight random battles similar to Shin Megami Tensei? Or, will each confrontation on the strategy battlefield turn into an entire battle full of decisions? (The latter sounds exhausting, but it makes for a cool concept, no?)

Well, we’re all waiting pretty eagerly to find out.



Phil Schipper
Phil N. Schipper joined the Operation Rainfall staff to review Android games, but soon fell in love with writing news articles and Games of the Past. His dream is to make a living writing sci-fi and fantasy novels, which is why he leads the Obscure Authors Alliance in his free time. Still, even in his stories, which usually involve insane people, video games are one of his strongest influences. He describes himself as "a Mr. Nice Guy with a horrible, horrible dark side."