Video game crossovers are always going to be a bit odd, but the upcoming “Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem” game for Nintendo's Wii U may take the cake in terms of overall oddness. The game is expected to hit North America and Europe sometime in 2016, but Nintendo was able to give fans of the franchise a long look at the game during this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles.
The “Shin Megami Tensei” series has usually dealt with high schoolers and demons, particularly in the “Persona” series. “Fire Emblem,” on the other hand, has always been a fantasy title with a strategy role-playing game (RPG) combat system. Still, it should be interesting to see these worlds collide.
According to Siliconera, the story revolves around a young boy who is caught in a problem that has the world of glamour taking on the world of darkness, all while trying to be a famous Mirage Master. These Mirage Masters want to be famous, so they polish up their singing and acting skills, with hopes that they make it big in the entertainment industry.
The game takes a lot of cues from both the “Shin Megami Tensei” series and the “Fire Emblem” games, like the ability to summon a “Performa,” which is clearly a reference to the “Persona” games. Traces from the “Fire Emblem” include the return of the weapon triangle during combat, which has been a mainstay in the “Fire Emblem” series.
Despite plenty of combat and conversation, it seems that music is one of the bigger aspects of “Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem,” as the game really plays up the entertainment aspect of the Mirage Masters. It makes the crossover a much lighter game compared to either the “Shin Megami Tensei” games or the “Fire Emblem” games.
Perhaps the funniest thing about this is that the crossover started when Atlus and Nintendo decided to have a photo-booth game, as confirmed in an interview with the Venture Beat. The odd but bubbly “Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem” will be coming out on the Nintendo Wii U next year.