5 posts tagged mystery of the emblem
The English patch for Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem ~Heroes of Light and Shadow~ is out!
While we wait for Fire Emblem: Awakenings to hit North America next year, here’s a DS game that we missed out on! Fire Emblem: NME is the sequel to Shadow Dragon (both are remakes for the series’ first games), which hit the U.S. a few years ago but wasn’t well received by many fans. From what I hear, this follow-up, though it never released in the Statues, is MUCH better.
It looks like The Heroes of Shadow team did a fantastic job with the translation here, and the group even localized the BS Fire Emblem: Akaneia Senki episodes that’s included with the game — the first time Nintendo has re-released Satellaview content since discontinuing the Japan-only Super Famicom service.
“Wind” from BS Fire Emblem: Akaneia Senki (Satellaview). You might have heard the astounding news that the upcoming Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem DS remake will include this Satellaview chapter from the series.
As far as I can tell, this is the first time Nintendo has re-released any Satellaview-related content in the past decade; this is a nice way to mark the Japan-only system’s 15th anniversary this year!
For those unfamiliar with the Satellaview, it’s a satellite modem add-on for the Super Famicom that allowed owners to stream broadcasted games and other material. It was kind of like our Sega Channel, except with special/exclusive Nintendo titles like Excitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle Stadium and BS The Legend of Zelda: Ancient Stone Tablets.
One really interesting thing the Satellaview offered was its SoundLink games, which allowed for fully voice acted scenes and narrators guiding you through different titles. It gave games a real “radio play” feel, especially since you could play these SoundLink-enabled releases only during certain hours of the day.
You can see/hear SoundLink in action in this gameplay clip from BS Fire Emblem: Akaneia Senki:
Pretty amazing for its time (this title released in 1997), right? That’s how Intelligent Systems was able to embed a song like “Wind”, the first lyrical song for the Fire Emblem series, in the end credits of Akaneia Senki.
Now, the big question is will this DS remake include the original music/voice acting/narrator? And if Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem releases in the U.S., will the localized version offer an English dub? … Probably not.
See also: Fire Emblem OAV Episode 1
Gameplay clip for Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem - Hero of Light and Shadow. As far as I can tell, this clip doesn’t show anything unexpected or the remake’s new features — such as the new Casual mode that makes permadeath optional — but if you’re desperate for media of the upcoming strategy RPG, here you go!
This comes out in just a month in Japan, and Nintendo hasn’t done much to excite fans about its release. Perhaps it will give us more reasons to anticipate Mystery of the Emblem (and announce a U.S date) at E3 next week?
The Japanese boxart doesn’t look bad:
Fire Emblem OAV Episode 1. Since Nintendo announced a remake for Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem today, I dug up the two-episode anime that Studio Fantasia and KSS produced based on the SFC game back in 1996.
ADV brought the show and “Prince Mars” to the States in both subtitled and dubbed formats, the latter of which I’ve embedded above. This clip is the first third of Episode 1; you can watch the rest of the dubbed OAV here. And if you prefer your anime subtitled, I’ve got a link for that, too.
I mentioned earlier today that Mystery of the Emblem never released outside of Japan, but that doesn’t mean you can’t check it out in English. Thanks to a fan translation patch (which you apply to a somewhat legally ripped Fire Emblem back up, I suppose), you can try out the original game and actually understand what’s going on.
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem - Hero of Light and Shadow, another portable remake for the strategy RPG series, this time for the third SNES/SFC game Fire Emblem: Monshou no Nazo, released in Japan in 1994.
The game was originally split into two parts, the first half offering a remake of the first Fire Emblem game and the latter section continuing those events and character storylines. I wonder if the DS game will just consist of just the second half, since we already saw another DS remake of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon last year.
You won’t see a lick of gameplay in this clip, but if you’re a fan of panning across still images, close-up shot of dudes shaking hands, and swords just hanging about, there’s lots of that. And Marth. I’m sure this girl will love that.
See also: Our previous Fire Emblem posts