Even though they recently released the powerful, fully portable Switch, Nintendo refuses to admit that the increasingly long-in-the-tooth 3DS may be on the way out. They just announced the New Nintendo 2DS XL and have teased more 3DS redesigns may be on the way, but come on – the system can’t endure forever. It’s already over six years old! Well, we may have got our first hint 3DS support may be slowly starting to wrap up.
The Nintendo 3DS and the Fire Emblem series are very closely linked. Fire Emblem: Awakening was one of the 3DS’ first breakout hits and really revived the Fire Emblem series from death’s door. That was then followed by Fire Emblem: Fates, which was also very successful. You could strongly argue Fire Emblem has been the 3DS’ signature franchise, but now it seems the strategy series is moving on.
According to Japanese Nintendo, Fire Emblem producer Hitoshi Yamagami told Japanese gaming mag Dengeki that Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will be the series’ last “mainline” entry on the 3DS. There will still be a version of the upcoming Fire Emblem Warriors coming to the 3DS, but don’t expect any more classic tactical RPGs. An era is about to come to a close.
So, where does Fire Emblem go now? The Nintendo Switch, of course! Nintendo has already announced the next major Fire Emblem is coming to the Switch, and it will likely be joined by all sorts of other previously 3DS-exclusive series. Monster Hunter, Ace Attorney, even Pokemon – they’re all making the jump eventually, regardless of what Nintendo says now.
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia marches onto the 3DS on May 19. Meanwhile, the Nintendo Switch Fire Emblem is slated for 2018.
[via Japanese Nintendo]