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Fates

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Developer(s)

Intelligent Systems

Publisher(s)

Nintendo

Release date(s)

JPJune 25, 2015
NAFebruary 19, 2016
EUMay 20, 2016
AUSMay 21, 2016
KORSeptember 8, 2016

Rating(s)

CERO: C
ESRB: T
PEGI: 12
USK: 12

Platform(s)

Nintendo 3DS

Predecessor

Fire Emblem Awakening

Successor

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Fire Emblem Fates (Japanese: ファイアーエムブレムif Fire Emblem if)[1] is a turn-based strategy role-playing game for the Nintendo 3DS system. It is the fourteenth installment in the Fire Emblem series and the second for Nintendo 3DS. Character designs and artwork were handled by Yūsuke Kozaki, who was also responsible for the character designs of Awakening, while the basic story was written by the manga storywriter and novelist Shin Kibayashi.[2]Unlike prior games in the series, Fates is split into multiple editions which follow different paths of the same story.

Fates is set on a new, unnamed continent split between two great nations which have long been in conflict with each other: Hoshido, a peace-loving eastern nation themed after medieval Japan, and Nohr, a barren, glory-seeking western nation. The story follows a player avatar with deep ties to both nations, born in Hoshido but raised in Nohr, who is at the center of a critical war after a disaster in Hoshido. The player is given a critical choice: to assist Hoshido, their birthright, in repelling the Nohr invasion, to stay with Nohr and serve its cruel king Garon in completing the conquest of Hoshido, or to abandon both and seek revelations about the true origins of the war. When the game was first revealed, it was claimed that it was an entirely original story with no ties to other Fire Emblem worlds,[3] but this is not entirely true as the game features three characters returning from Fire Emblem Awakening.

The game is divided into three separate campaigns: Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright (Japanese: ファイアーエムブレムif白夜王国 Fire Emblem if White Night Kingdom), Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest (Japanese: ファイアーエムブレムif暗夜王国 Fire Emblem if Dark Night Kingdom), and Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation (Japanese: ファイアーエムブレムifインビジブルキングダム Fire Emblem if Invisible Kingdom).[4][5] The Birthright campaign has the player side with the Hoshidan army, the Conquest campaign has the player side with the Nohrian army, and the Revelation campaign has the player side with neither and eventually unite members of both nations to their cause. Physical copies of the game are published in two separate editions for Birthright and Conquest, and the side not purchased first by the player is available as paid downloadable content at a lower price than the retail cartridge. Revelation is available only as downloadable content. Digital copies purchased from the Nintendo eShop initially download the first several chapters, then the player chooses one campaign to be downloaded and must pay for the others.

In all regions, Fates received Special Edition releases which come with multiple campaigns. The Japanese Special Edition contains both Birthright and Conquest on one cartridge, as well as a download code to get Revelation with no additional charge. The Special Edition released in the rest of the world contains all three campaigns on a single cartridge, allowing players who purchased the Special Edition at launch to experience Revelation before its official release.

Plot

The story features two opposing kingdoms, the black kingdom of Nohr, and the white kingdom of Hoshido. Corrin is allegedly a blood descendant of the Hoshido family, however, Corrin was kidnapped by Garon and placed into the care of the Nohr royal family. The major choices in the game revolve around who Corrin wishes to align with throughout the story.

Before the Decision

Corrin dreams of a battlefield where forces from Hoshido clash with the Nohr army, and both sides ask Corrin to fight with them. Corrin is then awoke by Felicia and Flora in the Northern Fortress, where Corrin grew in seclusion with the royal family of Nohr. After a training round with Xander, Corrin is allowed to finally leave the castle and the royal family departs to Windmire to meet with King Garon, their father. The king gives Corrin the sword Ganglari to kill two Hoshidan prisoners, Kaze and Rinkah, as a test of loyalty and ability. Corrin defeats the prisoners but refuses to kill unarmed foes, enraging Garon. The king then decides to send Corrin on a simple mission to scout a fort near the Bottomless Canyon as a punishment. The fort proves to be occupied by Hoshidan forces, and while retreating Corrin falls into the canyon. Lilith then appears and takes Corrin to a pocket dimension, revealing herself to be an Astral Dragon. When sent back to the normal world, Corrin is captured by Rinkah and brought to Hoshido.

However, in place of being executed, Corrin is recognized as the lost member of the Hoshidan royal family, kidnapped by Garon during a previous war with Nohr. Corrin struggles to accept the Hoshidan as a family and Queen Mikoto as a mother until meeting Azura, a Nohr princess kidnapped by the Hoshidan in the same manner as Corrin. During the ceremony where the return of Corrin was to be publicly announced, Mikoto is killed by ghastly warriors using Ganglari, revealing that Corrin served as a vessel for the sword to kill Mikoto and take down the barrier keeping Nohr forces out of Hoshido. Enraged and grieving, Corrin transforms into a Feral Dragon, the attackers are killed and Azura manages to make Corrin return to human form. After receiving a dragonstone from Azura to help control the dragon form, Corrin is brought to a battlefield similar to the opening dream, where the royal families of Hoshido and Nohr will fight.

At this point, Corrin must make a decision and pick a side.

Birthright


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Corrin sides with Hoshido, refusing to serve King Garon, and the Hoshidan royals force their Nohr counterparts to retreat. Soon afterward, Corrin, along with Sakura, helps in the defense of Fort Jinya against Nohr invaders, recruiting an old Nohr friend in the process, and learns about the disappearance of Ryoma and Takumi near Izumo. While passing through Wind Tribe territory, Corrin's soldiers and Wind Tribe combatants are tricked into attacking each others by Iago, Garon's advisor. Corrin's army is then forced to fight the Wind Tribe to prove their innocence, but eventually reaches Izumo after recruiting a young Wind Tribe diviner and Hinoka. In Izumo, they are ambushed by Zola, a Nohr mage impersonating Duke Izana. At the end of the fight, Zola is taken as a prisoner and Leo, of the Nohr royal family, briefly appears, letting Corrin notice a change for the worst in his behavior. Heading for the Bottomless Canyon to investigate the site of a recent battle, Corrin's army is attacked by the Mokushu ninjas, who were promised lands if they sided with Nohr against Hoshido. During the battle, a entranced Takumi appears and is reasoned by Azura's chants. The prince tells about how he and Ryoma were attacked by overwhelming Nohr forces before falling in the Bottomless Canyon and losing memories of the next events. Corrin's forces also free Kagero, one of Ryoma's retainers, who reports that the crown prince went for Cheve in Nohr after hearing about a civil strife. The party ships a boat to travel to Nohr, but they are attacked by the same warriors that killed Mikoto. Zola gains the trust of Takumi by taking a blow in his place.

In Cyrkensia, Corrin meets Kaden and Layla, a singer who must perform for Garon despite her mother dying. Azura sees an opportunity to use Zola's illusions to make her look like Layla while singing, letting the others set an ambush against the Nohr king. However, Garon reveals that he was prepared for the attack and Zola is revealed to be a spy. But the mage asks that Corrin be spared and Garon kills him, his show of cruelty shocking Corrin once again. Overwhelmed, Corrin must retreat and is briefly confronted by Xander until Elise interrupts him. Afterwards, Azura is shown collapsing of exhaustion for a short while, but assures Corrin she is fine. In Cheve, Corrin fights Camilla and her retainers.

Conquest


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Revelation


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Gameplay


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It was mentioned in the Nintendo Direct broadcast of January 2015 that the choices the player makes during gameplay will have a "greater than ever" effect on the game's world,[3] though it is currently unknown how great an effect. It was also revealed that the game will feature challenges "the likes of which have never been seen in the series, up until now".[3]

From the teaser trailer, it was confirmed that Pair Up will return.[6] However, the Jun 2015 Famitsu issue revealed that Pair Up and the accompanying dual guard and dual attack mechanics have been changed. Dual attacks now only occur when the units are adjacent, but not paired up, and dual guards only occur between paired up units.[7]

The game introduces what appear to be Japanese-style equivalents to the traditional weapon triangle of sword, lance, and axe: the katana (刀), a form of single-edged sword, the naginata (薙刀), a type of polearm with a weapon triangle advantage over swords, and the club (金棒 kanabō), a truncheon-like weapon. Bows have also gained a placement in the weapon triangle; so far, they are known to have a disadvantage to the katana. A mage casting ice magic with what appear to be fans also features in the trailer; it is currently unknown what relation this has to the tome magic featured in previous games.

Monsters of some sort also make a return, with a golem like monster bearing the Mouth of Truth (Stoneborn) as a face appearing in the CGI trailer.[8] There is also another large built monster, defeated by Xander in the trailer, who appears to be wearing some sort of mask (Faceless).[9] In the April direct, this monster was shown to be called "Nosferatu" (ノスフェラトゥ).

The game also features damage to a unit's armor, in the Nintendo direct, Corrin is seen attacking an axe using enemy, when the enemy takes damage, their pauldrons shatter.[10] The masked monster mentioned earlier also loses its mask when damaged, as demonstrated by Xander. It is unknown if this has any gameplay effects or is aesthetic. This was actually present as a feature in Fire Emblem Awakening, but only seen on Grima, his face plate is destroyed past a certain amount of damage.

There also appear to be terrain bonus alterations, one being that water tiles now subtract 10 avoid.[11]

Weapon durability has been removed, similarly to Fire Emblem Gaiden.[12]

The Classic and Casual Modes introduced in New Mystery of the Emblem return once again. Fates also introduces "Phoenix Mode", wherein fallen units are revived the turn after they are defeated.[12]

Unlike Awakening, dragonstones now have a weapon rank that can increase from E to A like most other weapons. This is demonstrated by Corrin having a C rank in dragonstones.

Chapters

Characters

Between all three campaigns, there is a total of 69 playable units, 21 of whom are second-generation units obtained by pairing the initial cast. 43 of these units are available in Birthright, 41 are available in Conquest, and 68 are available in Revelation. Outside of the initial 69 units, Anna can be obtained in all three routes via DLC. Marth, Ike, Lucina, and Robin may be recruited in all three routes via amiibo connectivity, and Marth, Lucina, and Minerva may be obtained in Japan only, via download codes distributed in special packs of TCG Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher) cards.

Development

Fire Emblem if was first revealed world-wide in a Nintendo Direct broadcast on January 14th, 2015, although in the international broadcasts it was known only as "the latest in the Fire Emblem series".[6][3] Further information was revealed in a second Nintendo Direct broadcast on 1/2 April, 2015.[2][4] Information on the My Castle feature was also revealed in a Japan-exclusive Nintendo Direct on May 31st, 2015, although both the individual My Castle video clip and the entire Nintendo Direct have since been set to private and can no longer be viewed.[13]

Although the game was confirmed for localization when it was first announced in January, it was announced at E3 2015, where its English name, Fates, was confirmed. Unlike the preceding games, Shadow Dragon and Awakening, Fates was localized in-house by Treehouse at Nintendo of America instead of being outsourced to 8-4. During E3, Nintendo of America featured Fates several times on its Treehouse gameplay stream, demonstrating the game in English albeit at a relatively early stage of the localisation process: debug information was displayed on the bottom screen at various points, the translation of My Castle had not been implemented, and the game apparently crashed during the playing of a cutscene.[14]

Nintendo's South Korean subsidiary has confirmed that Fates will be the first Fire Emblem game to be translated into the Korean language and officially published in South Korea.[15]

Trivia

  • Fates and Gaiden are the only games to have generic icons for items and weapons instead of unique icons for each.

Gallery

Etymology and other languages

Fire Emblem Fates

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Fire Emblem Fates
Japanese ファイアーエムブレムif[1] Fire Emblem if
Spanish Fire Emblem Fates --
French Fire Emblem Fates --
German Fire Emblem Fates --
Italian Fire Emblem Fates --
Korean 파이어 엠블렘 if Fire Emblem if

Conquest

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Conquest --
Japanese 暗夜王国 Kingdom of Anya. Anya (literally, "dark night") is the Japanese name of the kingdom Nohr, which is the focus of this campaign.
Spanish Conquista Conquest
French Conquête Conquest
German Herrschaft Reign
Italian Conquista Conquest
Korean 암야 왕국 Kingdom of Amya. Amya is a phonetic approximation of Anya, the Japanese name of Nohr.

Birthright

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Birthright --
Japanese 白夜王国 Kingdom of Byakuya. Byakuya (literally, "white night") is the Japanese name of the kingdom Hoshido, which is the focus of this campaign.
Spanish Estirpe Lineage
French Héritage Heritage
German Vermächtnis Legacy
Italian Retaggio Inheritance
Korean 백야 왕국 Kingdom of Baegya. Baegya is a phonetic approximation of Byakuya, the Japanese name of Hoshido.

Revelation

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Revelation Official English sources occasionally use "Revelations" when referring to the path.[16] This is presumably in error.
Japanese インビジブルキングダム Invisible Kingdom
Spanish Revelación Revelation
French Révélation Revelation
German Offenbarung Revelation
Italian Rivelazione Revelation

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "No word on a name or release date yet, though it's called "Fire Emblem If" in Japan." — Jason Schreier, New Fire Emblem Announced For 3DS, Kotaku, Published: 14 January, 2015, Retrieved: 14 January, 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nintendo Direct, Nintendo UK & Ireland, Published: 2 April, 2015, Retrieved: 2 April, 2015
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Nintendo Direct - January 14th, 2015, Nintendo UK & Ireland, Published: 14 January, 2015, Retrieved: 14 January, 2015
  4. 4.0 4.1 Nintendo Direct 2015.4.2, 任天堂 (Nintendo Japan), Published: 2 April, 2015, Retrieved: 2 April, 2015
  5. VincentASM, Fire Emblem Fates releasing as two separate versions in the West, Serenes Forest, Published: 2015-06-16, Retrieved: 2015-06-18
  6. 6.0 6.1 Nintendo 3DS - Fire Emblem Teaser Trailer, (YouTube video), Published: 14 January, 2015, Retrieved: 14 January, 2015
  7. VincentASM, Rebalanced Dual/Pair Up system, Serenes Forest, Published: 18 May, 2015, Retrieved: 18 May, 2015
  8. http://serenesforest.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Jan_001.jpg
  9. http://serenesforest.net/wp-content/gallery/january-2015-nintendo-direct/Jan_016.jpg
  10. http://i.imgur.com/TsiDwjd.png
  11. http://i.imgur.com/tWGKubm.jpg
  12. 12.0 12.1 VincentASM, Fire Emblem if Famitsu leak: Phoenix Mode, Serenes Forest, Published: 12 May, 2015, Retrieved: 12 May, 2015
  13. The video pages are archived on the Internet Archive (My Castle clip, Nintendo Direct), confirming that they once existed at these URLs.
  14. VincentASM, Treehouse Day 1 Analysis, Serenes Forest(webpage), Published: June 17th, 2015, Retrieved: June 17th, 2015
  15. 한국닌텐도, 「Fire Emblem if」 외 닌텐도 3DS 소프트웨어 발매 예정 라인업 발표, , Published: 2015-06-11, Retrieved: 2015-06-18
  16. "Fire Emblem™ Fates for Nintendo 3DS - Revelations, Maps" — Nintendo, Fire Emblem™ Fates for Nintendo 3DS - Revelations, Maps, fireemblemfates.nintendo.com(Webpage), Retrieved: January 5th 2017

External links

Fire Emblem Fates
Playable characters Birthright AsugiAzamaAzuraCaeldoriCorrinDwyerFeliciaHanaHayatoHinataHinokaHisameIzanaJakobKadenKageroKanaKazeKiragiMidoriMitamaMozuOboroOrochiReinaRhajatRinkahRyomaSaizoSakuraScarletSelkieSetsunaShigureShiroShuraSilasSophieSubakiTakumiYukimura
Conquest ArthurAzuraBerukaBennyCamillaCharlotteCorrinDwyerEffieEliseFeliciaFloraForrestGunterIgnatiusIzanaJakobKanaKazeKeatonLaslowLeoMidoriMozuNilesNinaNyxOdinOpheliaPercyPeriSelenaShigureShuraSiegbertSilasSophieSoleilVelouriaXander
Revelation ArthurAzamaAzuraBerukaBennyCaeldoriCamillaCharlotteCorrinDwyerEffieEliseFeliciaFloraForrestFugaGunterIgnatiusJakobKanaKazeKiragiKeatonLaslowLeoMidoriMitamaMozuNilesNinaNyxOboroOdinOrochiReinaRhajatRinkahRyomaSaizoSakuraScarletOpheliaPercyPeriSelenaSelkieSetsunaShigureShiroShuraSiegbertSilasSophieSubakiTakumiSoleilVelouriaXander
DLC Anna
Non-playable characters CadrosIkonaKaterinaLaylaLilithMoroRainbow Sage
Bosses ???AnthonyAnankosAreteCandaceDaichiDanielaFunkeGaronGazakHaitakaHansIagoKilmaKotaroKumageraLloydLlewelynMikotoNicholOmozuSennoSumeragiTakumiTarbaZolaZhara
amiibo characters IkeLucinaMarthRobin
Regalia and personal weapons Astral BlessingAurgelmirBifröstBölverkBrynhildrChakramExcaliburFujin YumiGanglariHagakure BladeMissiletainnPursuerRaijintoSkadiSiegfriedWaterwheelYato
Chapters Prologue Pr: Ties That Bind • 1: Nohr • 2: Gift of Ganglari • 3: Journey Begins • 4: Hoshido • 5: Mother • 6: The Path Is Yours
Birthright 6: In the White Light • 7: A Vow Upheld • 8: Fierce Winds • 9: Land of Gods • 10: Ninja Village • 11: To the Sea • 12: Dark Reunion • 13: Another Hope • 14: Light Scatters • 15: Wolfskin Peak • 16: Pleasure Palace • 17: Lost in the Ice •18: Leo • 19: Rainbow Sage • 20: Fort Dragonfall • 21: Burning Falls • 22: Hidden Capital • 23: Camilla • 24: Tears of a Dragon • 25: Traitor Revealed • 26: Xander • 27: King Garon • Final: Dawn Breaks
Conquest 6: Embrace the Dark • 7: A Dragon's Decree • 8: Cold Reception • 9: Another Trial • 10: Unhappy Reunion • 11: Rainbow Sage • 12: Bitter Intrigue • 13: Uprising • 14: Voice of Paradise • 15: The Black Pillar • 16: Invasion • 17: Den of Betrayal • 18: Black & White • 19: Kitsune Lair • 20: Winds of Change • 21: Eternal Stairway • 22: Sakura • 23: Possessed • 24: Hinoka • 25: Ryoma • 26: Treason • 27: The Empty King • Final: Night Breaks Through
Revelation 6: Into the Ground • 7: Unspeakable World • 8: Traitor's Brand • 9: Wanderer • 10: Voice of a God • 11: Mutual Enemies • 12: Frozen Sea • 13: A Lost Peace • 14: Orders • 15: Rainbow Sage • 16: White Flames • 17: Black Flames • 18: Veiled Kingdom • 19: Hidden Strings • 20: Seeds of Doubt • 21: Going Forward • 22: Memories • 23: Arete Undone • 24: Days Lost • 25: Blades Drawn • 26: The Vallite King • 27: Hear My Cry • Final: Anankos
Paralogues Pr1: Tragic Start • Pr2: Dragon Blood • Pr3: Surprise Duet • Pr4: Fight or Flight • Pr5: Bold Approach • Pr6: Herbal Remedy • Pr7: Father & Liege • Pr8: A Great Hunt • Pr9: Saizo vs. Saizo • Pr10: Hunter & Prey • Pr11: A Long Grudge • Pr12: Sweet Dreams • Pr13: Truly Talented • Pr14: After the End • Pr15: Hidden Bravery • Pr16: Abducted • Pr17: Two Defenders • Pr18: Nutty Family • Pr19: Great Heroism • Pr20: Ultimate Power • Pr21: Bright Smile • Pr22: Abrupt Clash
DLC chapters Before AwakeningBeach BrawlBoo CampMuseum MeleeGhostly GoldRoyal RoyaleHidden Truths 1Hidden Truths 2Vanguard DawnAnna on the RunBallistician BlitzA Gift from AnnaWitches' TrialAnother Gift from AnnaI: In Endless DreamsII: Realms CollideIII: The Changing TideIV: Light's SacrificeV: Endless DawnEnd: Lost in the WavesHoshidan Festival of BondsNohrian Festival of Bonds
Hero Battles Hero-King MarthRadiant Hero IkePrincess LucinaGrandmaster Robin
Locations Deeprealms (My Castle) • Hoshido (Flame TribeIzumoKohgaMokushuWind Tribe) • Nohr (Dragon's GateIce Tribe) • Valla (Bottomless Canyon)
Groups, objects, and concepts Curse of VallaDragon VeinMy Castle
Related topics Ancient TextsDownloadable contentName chartPre-release information (Unused content) • Soundtrack
Fire Emblem series
Main series Shadow Dragon and the Blade of LightGaidenMystery of the EmblemGenealogy of the Holy WarThracia 776The Binding BladeFire EmblemThe Sacred StonesPath of RadianceRadiant DawnAwakeningFatesFire Emblem for Nintendo Switch
Remakes Shadow DragonNew Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and ShadowEchoes: Shadows of Valentia
Other BS Fire Emblem: Archanea War ChroniclesMario Kart: Double Dash!! bonus discFire Emblem Heroes
Crossover games Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii UCode Name: S.T.E.A.M.Project X Zone 2Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FEFire Emblem Warriors
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