Will Ike Star in a New Fire Emblem Remake?

Will Ike Star in a New Fire Emblem Remake?

Did Nintendo stir up a frenzy over a typo?

A tweet from Nintendo of America tried to get people hyped for Ike coming to Fire Emblem: Heroes, but instead elicited excitement after advertising Ike as the hero of "Fire Emblem Echoes: Path of Radiance," a game that doesn't really exist.

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Ike did appear in a GameCube Fire Emblem called Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, and there is a 3DS Fire Emblem game titled Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia coming out later this week. So naturally this seems like a possible typo.

The problem is that Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is actually a full remake of the previously unreleased NES title, Fire Emblem Gaiden. This mix-up stirred hopes among Fire Emblem fans that Path of Radiance could receive a modern remake under a new Fire Emblem Echoes imprint.

Both Twitter and various forums broke out over the possible misprint, with fans desperately calling on Nintendo to confirm whether this ambiguous game title is an error, or a possible remake of one of Fire Emblem's strangest titles.

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance was eagerly anticipated by fans considering at the time there were still very few Fire Emblem games released in North America. Unfortunately, Path of Radiance is also notoriously difficult, and could benefit greatly from a remake which could iron out some of the balance issues.

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Ike is the popular Fire Emblem character who made his debut in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. Since then, he's made several other appearances in the Fire Emblem franchise like in Path of Radiance's direct sequel, Radiant Dawn and follow-up games like Fire Emblem Awakening, Fire Emblem Fates, and Fire Emblem Heroes as a bonus character. He also made a popular appearance in the Super Smash Bros. series as a heavy-hitting fighter.

Fire Emblem has a weird history in North America, with Nintendo forgoing much of the early Fire Emblem games, before releasing a few Game Boy Advance titles and giving heroes like Ike and Marth appearances in the Super Smash Bros. fighting games. Then Fire Emblem Awakening and Fates were released to great critical and commercial acclaim.

Since then, the mobile title Fire Emblem: Heroes also proved to be a financial success for the company, paving the way for Fire Emblem's much higher profile within the Nintendo portfolio. Now, several new Fire Emblem games like Shadows of Valentia for the 3DS and Fire Emblem Warriors for the Nintendo Switch are releasing in 2017.

USgamer reached out to Nintendo about comments regarding whether or not the tweet is a typo or something more and will update the story with a response.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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