Fire Emblem Engage’s Nintendo NYC Launch Felt Pretty Unengaging

Human ingredient apart, the road began transferring, with the employees letting folks in in batches of about ten at a time. I began to get excited, I could not wait to see what the shop had ready for Fire Emblem Engage’s considerably divisive pink and blue character design. So, scrolling casually in direction of the doorway to make my means into the shop I used to be considerably dissatisfied on the utter lack of Fire Emblem branding on show.

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After being flogged to dying by Fire Emblem character DLC in Smash Bros. for years, you’d assume the launch of Engage would warrant a banner or standee, however Friday’s launch was disappointingly barebones. Surely all of the Pokémon Scarlet/Violet branding value a fairly penny, so there is not any must discard it, however there have been no Engage shows to be discovered anyplace, save for a lone kiosk displaying the sport which, when the sport is idling on a battlefield map, is not a very gripping watch. Moreover, not like the previous half-dozen occasions, there have been no posters, stickers, or magnets on supply for early adopters.

Fire Emblem Engage NYC Launch
Image: James Mielke / Nintendo Life

So, with zero Engage-related merch or promotional supplies to entertain us, we spoke with some Fire Emblem followers in line about what made them get off the bed on a Friday morning in NYC’s winter to queue up for Fire Emblem.

NL: Hi, what’s your title?

“Winston.”

What made you come out and stand in line this morning for Fire Emblem Engage?

“I’ve been a fan of Fire Emblem since Awakening. I’m visiting New York — I used to stay right here — it is my first time again since [Nintendo NYC] was Nintendo World, so I figured the Fire Emblem Engage launch is an efficient time to return and I heard thrilling issues about this sport.”

Are you getting the common version or the Divine Edition?

“I’m getting the Divine Edition.”

As a Fire Emblem fan are you glad concerning the quantity of help the franchise is getting recently?

“I’m. Especially since I heard that [at the time] Awakening may be its final hurrah. I believe Intelligent [Systems] did not anticipate it to explode after Awakening —that is what received me into it— so I’m glad it is gotten the publicity that it has, even when [Smash Bros. fans] would possibly assume it is an excessive amount of. I’m right here for it.”


NL: Good morning. Can you inform us your title?

“Eli.”

Fire Emblem Engage NYC Launch
Divine, certainly — Image: James Mielke / Nintendo Life

What made you get off the bed at 8:00am to face in line at Nintendo NYC?

“Since preorders are bought out at retail, that is the one choice —first come first served— for me to get the Divine Edition particularly. Of course the brand new amiibos, too [holds up a Marth amiibo].”

[points at Eli’s Amiibo] Isn’t {that a} reissue?

“Actually it is the very first Fire Emblem amiibo.”

How do you are feeling about Fire Emblem’s emergence as a mainline Nintendo franchise?

“I believe [the franchise] sort of went down when it got here to Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn and with Ike, however I believe extra avid gamers and new gamers to the franchise have come on due to Awakening, after which Fates, Echoes, and Three Houses. Now Fire Emblem has turn into extra widespread, like Mario and Pokémon. Obviously, Pokémon is extra widespread, however Fire Emblem alternatively is gaining that stage of recognition due to the DLC for Smash Bros.”


So, no matter whether or not Nintendo NYC rolls out the pink carpet equally for each launch, the followers nonetheless have a whole lot of love for Nintendo’s technique sport. Now if solely Intelligent Systems and Nintendo may make investments the identical quantity of vitality into their different technique franchise, Advance Wars, technique sport followers could be spoiled for selection.

Fire Emblem Engage NYC Launch
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