Given good ol' time zones, it’s April Fool’s Day in Japan right now. Which means it’s the most wonderful time of the year: taking any and all game news that seems too good to be true with a grain of salt. (Because in all likelihood, it’s just a goof.) I’ve been keeping a close eye on Twitter all afternoon to catch what I can, and luckily, Japanese game developers and companies did not disappoint.
Fire Emblem: Battle of Revolution
With the Fire Emblem Gaiden remake for the 3DS, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia, on the horizon, Nintendo decided to tug on Fire Emblem fans’ heartstrings. Fire Emblem: Battle of Revolution is a joke demake of the Fire Emblem series, returning it to its roots quite literally: it’s 8-bit, like Gaiden once was. The never-to-be-realized game will be “available” on both the 3DS and the Nintendo Switch, a stab in the heart to every Fire Emblem fan who desperately wants a Switch port of a game to be realized. The joke premise for the game, as translated by Siliconera, would be that it takes place during the Edo period. And hey, it supports Amiibos, because of course it does.
Final Fantasy XIV: Tactics Alexander
Now this is an expansion I could get down with. Square Enix’s faux-expansion Tactics Alexander reimagines the sprawling, MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV as a 16-bit tactics-focused venture. Though an obvious April Fool’s joke, the visuals and music are impeccably polished. This goof reminded me of a plea I'd like to make. Please make another pixelated tactical RPG, Square Enix. Please. Even if it’s just for a portable console or mobile device or something... In the meantime, we can watch the faux trailer for Tactics Alexander above.
Fate/Grand Order Go
The world is starving for more Pokemon Go clones, and the Japanese game Fate/Grand Order has offered their own (as a joke, that is). Available on Google Play or the AppStore, Fate/Grand Order Go takes its popular online free-to-play RPG to the literal streets, as Pokemon Go did with its pocket monsters. The original game, Fate/Grand Order, is based on the adult visual novel Fate/stay night.
Street Fighter EX
A new Street Fighter EX from its developers Arika is a distant dream for fans of the niche spin-off arcade series. And today, that dream was nearly realized, with a goof video teasing the unreal game. The trailer, featuring Street Fighter EX characters Garuda, Hokuto, and Kairi, shows its slickly detailed characters and visuals. With all the work put into this trailer, it’s sure to make Street Fighter EX fans cry out in anger.
Are there any other April Fool’s gags we missed? Sound off in the comments. And we look forward to seeing what the rest of the world has up their sleeves when their clocks strike April 1st too.