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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Review – Old Never Looked So New

The Fire Emblem series has seen a huge boost in popularity as of late, mostly due to Awakening’s sales. Less than a decade ago, fans often wondered how long they would have to wait for a new game. Now, they wonder how they can keep up with new titles coming within a short time period. While Fire Emblem hasn’t reached Pokémon level of success and content, there is no doubt it is becoming one of Nintendo’s most popular franchises.

However, some fans of “traditional” Fire Emblem games feel as though their beloved franchise is moving away from its roots. Instead of focusing on tactical RPG combat, newer editions focus more on pairing couples and making children. To these fans, new Fire Emblem games play more like a dating simulator rather than a war simulator. (Waifu Wars?)

Whether you agree with “traditional” fans or not, there’s no denying the difference between old Fire Emblem and modern Fire Emblem. I often wondered to myself, “Is there a happy medium?” Going into Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, I wasn’t sure; I wanted to know if the present could learn from the past.