Fire Emblem Fates being Released as One Game in Europe?

As you may or may not know, Fire Emblem Fates (the latest title in the Fire Emblem series and a game coming to 3DS in 2015-2016) has been released in Japan as multiple games with a connecting story.  With Birthright following the tale of the Byakuya Ōkoku (White Night Kingdom) and Conquest following the story of the Anya Ōkoku (Dark Night Kingd0m), the title has basically been given the Pokemon treatment in regards to the story and how the game is split across multiple different versions.


Above: The two different box art designs for Fire Emblem Fates (If) in Japan

But it seems like things might be different outside of Japan!  Yes, we might be getting the whole game as a single release with multiple storylines on the same card!  As per Amazon UK’s page for the game:

fir eemblem fates announcement

Above: Proof the game is coming on just one card outside of Japan?

Please note that this game is the only version being released in the market segment. You will be able to choose which path you would like to follow within the game.

Either way, it sounds pretty promising.  And while it’s technically not confirmed to be a 100% accurate statement (Nintendo has stayed mostly quiet on the news and Amazon’s message is only appearing on mobile devices at the moment), it does makes us think that we might now be able to enjoy Fire Emblem Fates the way it was meant to be enjoyed, and not have to put up with the expense and frustration of buying multiple versions of the same game.

But what do you think?  Do you like the idea of being able to buy just one version of Fire Emblem Fates and choosing what faction to go with storywise (rather than buying them as separate games)?


Fire Emblem Fates Looks to be Single Release in West According to Amazon – Nintendo Life


Nintendo to Release 30th Anniversary Mario Soundtrack

As another way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros 1, Nintendo are going to release a soundtrack CD with various songs from the many games in the Mario series.

SMCSP History soundtrack

Above: Best to forget this one ever happened…

But unlike last time around, where the song list was literally half sound effects, this one seems to have a tad more variety. Behold, the full list of games that songs are being taken from this time around:

  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 (the Lost Levels)
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Super Mario Land
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario USA (Super Mario Bros 2)
  • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
  • Super Mario 64
  • Super Mario Sunshine
  • New Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Galaxy
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2
  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Super Mario 3D World
  • Super Mario Maker

In other words? They’re representing the entire series, even down to the more obscure ones like the Super Mario Land series and Super Mario Sunshine. Definitely a far cry from such ‘imaginative’ tracks as ‘Mario gets a 1-Up sound effect’, isn’t it? Either way, it’ll be released on the 13th of September for 3,240 yen (about £17 or $26) and will come on two full CDs.

But what do you think? Is this a soundtrack you might be interested in buying? And on a similar note… are there any great Mario songs you’re desperate to see used in a soundtrack like this? Cause we’d like the ruins theme from Super Mario Land ourselves…

The Legend of Zelda Tri Force Heroes Launching 23rd October

Back in E3, Nintendo announced a new co-op Zelda title called The Legend of Zelda Tri Force Heroes.  Starring three versions of Link and based around different types of clothing granting him various abilities, it drew mixed reactions upon its reveal.

Above: A basic trailer for the game.

Either way, they’ve now also revealed when said game will be released. When?  October 23rd 2015.  This release date will be shared by North America and Europe, with Australia getting the game one day later on October 24th.

So what’s there to say here?  To be honest, not sure.  It’s a decent enough seeming game from the videos that exist (albeit with an art style and gameplay type that has put off a few fans), but it’s not exactly on the level of A Link Between Worlds or Zelda U in terms of hype.

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Mighty No. 9 Delayed until 2016

It’s been pretty obvious for a while, but today it was officially confirmed that Mega Man successor Mighty No. 9 has been delayed until 2016.  So what’s the reasoning for this?


Above: Why is this game delayed?

Well, as the company puts it themselves, “there are still bugs and issues pertaining to the online features that are included in the game.”  There’s also a bit of a longer explanation on the Kickstarter page, if you prefer reading that:

Mighty No 9 Delayed – Kickstarter

Either way, the game will now be targeting a Q1 release, with no specific date being set as of this point.  Hopefully that means we should see it sometime between January and March 2016.

What do you think of Mighty N0 9’s delay?

New Pokemon Revealed in Pokemon The Movie X and Y

Is generation 6 already nearing its end? It seems like it may be so, given that a brand new Pokemon species has been revealed in Pokemon the Movie XY. Shown briefly near the logo in the trailers, this mysterious green Pokemon isn’t one that’s recognisable from any existing game, and seems to be from an unreleased title. Here are some pictures from showing it off:

So what exactly is this species anyway? How is it introduced? Well, we’d say there are two possible ways this Pokemon is going to be announced here.

The first (and one which has quite a bit of a precedent in past Pokemon movies), is that this is a generation 7 species we’re merely being shown early. Like how Snubble and Marill were previewed in that Pikachu cartoon bundled alongside Pokemon the Movie all that time ago. Or how Ho-oh was given a literal early bird cameo in the first ever episode of the Pokemon anime back in 1998. Or maybe how Helioptile and Gogoat made an appearance in the Black and White series of the anime ahead of Pokemon X and Y’s offical release.

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