It’s been a long time since we last had a home console entry from the Fire Emblem series. With the series potentially on the chopping block, it found it’s true footing over on 3DS with the release of Fire Emblem Awakening, which not only saved the franchise but allowed it to flourish with Fire Emblem Echoes now released and Fire Emblem Warriors well underway as well. On top of all of that, an exclusive Fire Emblem game for Nintendo Switch is in the works for release in 2018. It’s one of the few big games we know is heading to Switch next year.
While there is some excitement to see the series return to a home console, a lot of speculation has existed on if it should come back to home consoles and what the benefits are. Hitoshi Yamagami and Kenta Nakanishi (producers on the recent Fire Emblem games) had to say in a recent interview with french publication Juexvideo:
Do you see Fire Emblem as a handheld series first and foremost? The latest home console release was Radiant Dawn ten years ago; and though a new Fire Emblem is coming to Nintendo Switch next year, a lot of players had their hopes up for a Wii U installment. Do you think the Wii U wasn’t suited for a series like Fire Emblem, or were there other reasons to focus on the 3DS?
Yamagami: The Fire Emblem series has a long history of home console games. While we were developing this title on a handheld console, we felt like we were reaching the apex of our work on Nintendo 3DS. Looking back, we don’t believe the series is a handheld one above all else. In the future, we hope to have more opportunities to create home console games.
Nakanishi: As it was said earlier, we’re currently working on a Fire Emblem game on Nintendo Switch. With this title designed for home consoles, we should be able to offer a completely different Fire Emblem, breathing life into our characters like never before.
Source: Nintendo Everything