Nintendo has launched a promotion on its Club Nintendo program that if you register both Fire Emblem Awakening and Shin Megami Tensei IV, you’ll get an extra $30 added to your eShop account. The promotion will last from the release of SMT IV (which is next Tuesday) all the way to August 31st. According to the press release, both games must be registered to the same Club Nintendo account and within the time frame of the promotion. [UPDATE] Both games have to be registered by August 31st to qualify for the promotion. Also, it’s confirmed via Tiny Cartridge that if you registered your game beforehand, like around the FE: Awakening launch, it counts. It also says it at the bottom of the promo page. More details about how to redeem your $30 credit can be viewed on the Club Nintendo website.
While some might think this to be some random pairing of games for a promotion, this actually ties back to the fact that Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem actually still exists and that it’s in development. Sad we didn’t hear anything about the game at E3. But if this promotion is anything, that means this project is still alive and well.
Ahoy Fellow Fishes to another Wired Fish Podcast! In this episode, look back on the Skullgirls Indiegogo campaign and get hyped up for its success. Not only did Skullgirls meet many of its goals, it also meant that Mane6, the developers of the C&D’ed Fighting is Magic, get to use the Skullgirls engine for their new fighting game. After that, we delve into the small, niche, and indie gaming scene and wonder how these guys are doing so well compared to the AAA scene.
Woah. Um, ….woah. Did not see this coming at all. During a Wii U centered Nintendo Direct this morning, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced that Nintendo and Atlus were collaborating on a game. The trailer commenced with Shin Megami Tensei characters appearing on-screen. Looked normal. And then BAM, Fire Emblem characters! Now I’m very curious as to what exactly these two sides will bring to the table. Both franchises had their roots in being once Japan-Only titles and being RPGs. What could be more different from the two is one being much darker than the other. The stories of Shin Megami Tensei tend to deal with existential dilemmas, religion, and cast God as one big douchebag. Fire Emblem‘s plot varies from game to game, sometimes deals with a power struggle between kingdoms and a search for the titular Fire Emblem. And there’s also the game’s perma-death feature. Wonder if that’ll make it into this game.
One aspect I’m really curious about is the juxtaposition of the music from both franchises. Fire Emblem‘s music is known to have beautiful, sweeping orchestral arrangements, sometimes delving into more pounding rock-like compositions. SMT‘s music on the other hand is really dark with hard guitar riffs, odd voices (sometimes), and some pretty unnerving arrangements. You can even hear the difference in the trailer itself with the SMT characters being shown, followed by the Fire Emblem characters with their theme.
Gotta say, I’m pretty hyped!