A Fire Emblem Remake on Switch Should Build Upon Three Houses’ Monastery
Intelligent Systems’Fire EmblemThe franchise of tactical turn-based RPGs is one of Nintendo’s most reliable since the NES. However, it has not always been it’s most successful. After 2007’s death, the franchise was well on its way to ending. Radiant DawnBefore 2012AwakeningThe ambitious design helped to drive handheld 3DS sales. The 2019 Switch game has made it even more popular. Fire Emblem – Three Houses are the most popular entry in the series.
It’s difficult to see the franchise losing momentum with this much momentum – even if some are disappointed by the number of Fire Emblem characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. A rumor that a Fire Emblem remake was in the works for Switch was started earlier this month by Zippo, a Nintendo leaker. However, neither Nintendo nor Intelligent Systems has confirmed it. It would be a good idea for the game to develop one of Three Houses defining features: the Garreg Mach Monastery Hub area.
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Echoes of the Past
Many Fire Emblem remakes have been made, focusing on the games that starred Marth, a bona fide series’ character. Shadow Dragon and Blade of Light was released in English last year as part of the series’ 30th anniversary. It was remade on the DS as Shadow Dragon in 2008. The campaign was also included in “Book One” of the 1994 SNES title Mystery of the Emblem. “Book Two” is a continuation of Marth’s adventure. The 2010 DS remake New Mystery of the Emblem does not include the sequel content.
Fire Emblem Echoes Shadows of Valentia, 2017, is a more informative game that can help you understand what future remakes might look like. This was a much more detailed reimagining of Fire Emblem Gaiden (the second Fire Emblem game ever released on NES) in 1992. It retained and improved upon the original franchise’s unique “black sheep,” such as the open-world dungeons to explore and introduced new characters and story beats while retrofitting older entries to match the older formula. This mix shows that a Switch-based remake can use Three Houses elements to improve an older blueprint.
Future Open Hub Worlds: The Potential
The most notable contribution of Three Houses to Fire Emblem’s continued development is Garreg Mach Monastery serving as a hub. Byleth is a surrogate player akin to Robin and Corrin from past titles. He is also a professor at Garreg Mach’s Officers Academy. Byleth can be taken by players around the 3D space between missions to interact with students and engage in other activities, such as eating or fishing. Fire Emblem Fates, for example, tried to give players a “My Castle” feature that would allow them to create a virtual world. However, it wasn’t nearly as effective at creating a living, real world.
According to the rumor, speculation suggests that a remake will be made of either the SNES game Genealogy of the Holy War (or the Game Boy Advance game The Binding Blade). It is easy to map the idea that a larger, more fleshed-out hub area would be brought back similar to Garreg Mach. The Three Houses-like Genealogy is similar, but this time skip allows players to change from characters like Sigurd to those of that generation to characters like Seliph.
Intelligent Systems could bring back a live-in hub world to a Genealogy remake. This would allow players to see the same place from different perspectives. The Binding Blade, and its prequel The Blazing Blade, could also be benefited from the new system. Fans will have to wait to see the next content, but it should continue to build on Three houses‘ highlights.